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The Indians Take Pitchers At 67 And 97; A Look At All Teams' Selections

The 2011 MLB Draft is over the the Indians have added 50 selections, most of whom you have never heard of and most of whom you will never hear of again.

Be that as it may, here is a link to all picks for all teams, via MLB.com.

We have already taken a brief look at Francisco Lindor, the Indians' pick in the first round at number 8. The Tribe selected pitchers at both 67 and 97.

That second-round pick at 67 was Dillon Howard of Searcy High School in Arkansas. Here is a thumbnail look at Howard, again, via MLB.com:

Comments: In past Drafts, there would only be a small offering of high-ceiling, projectable high school pitchers with good velocity to choose from in the first round. In 2011, there's some depth in that category. Case in point is Howard, who doesn't rank up with the prep arms being mentioned near the top of the Draft, but isn't far off, either. The Arkansas product has a fastball that will be plus, touching 95 mph at times. It's not straight, either, with both sink and run to it. His hard curve, 78-80 mph, is a little slurvy now and is fringy average, but it's got some depth to it and will be more than fine. He's even got a good feel for a changeup, an offspeed pitch that should be a Major League average pitch as well. With a clean delivery, decent overall command -- not as much with the curve -- and the chance to have a solid three-pitch mix, Howard looks like he's settled firmly into the first round, unless signability (he's advised by Scott Boras) becomes an issue.

If you follow the link you will have access to filters for all teams' picks and the order in which they occurred. A veritable feast for draft junkies.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.