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2009 Indians 1st Round Pick: RHP Alex White

June 9, 2009
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With the 15th pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, the Cleveland Indians select: RHP Alex White - UNC
6'3" 190 lbs.

UPDATE (9:37 PM EST): Dennis Nosco
Here are a few links that might be beneficial:
2009 Stats
2009 CWS Bracket; see White pitch Sunday
College Baseball Blog article (with video)
Real Baseball Intelligence Scouting Report

UPDATE (9:36 PM EST): Information courtesy of Anthony Castrovince
"Because White already is nearing 100 innings this season, the Indians, upon signing him, probably wouldn't use him much in the Minors this year.

"We'll probably slow-play it once we do get him signed," Grant said. "We'll begin the transition to the bullpen probably next year."

UPDATE (9:26 PM EST): Dennis Nosco
Upside: He has a great arm, two VERY VERY good pitches and was a MUCH higher rated prospect than the #15 selection. We got a real bargain, talent-wise. He was thought to be an ace-in-waiting if he got his mechanics straight which many thought was an easy fix. So, great value for that arm at #15. Plus, the Indians have had some luck (Jensen Lewis) turning college starting pitchers into relievers.

Downside: They drafted him as a reliever and will have to deal with Scott Boras as an agent. This means an overslot bonus and very possibly a major league contract for a guy with very, very limited closing or even relieving experience (6 games in two years before this year).

Summary: Just seems like an odd selection, given they are going to turn him into a reliever and their lack of success in drafting guys high in the first round (see Trevor Crowe and second base) who they had change roles significantly. Can't argue with the arm or, as a reliever, the present stuff, but the intangibles (moving to full time relief, dealing with Boras) just make it odd for me.

UPDATE (9:01 PM EST): Jeff Ellis
White did have some bullpen experience, but very little, as late as last year, so the Indians could be really meaning to make him the closer of the future.

White was electric for the Tar Heels out of the bullpen in the 2008 College World Series, sitting at 96 mph with excellent life on his fastball, and some scouts see him in that role.

UNC Player Page

UPDATE (8:43 PM EST): Player Page

UPDATE (8:26 PM EST): Jeff Ellis, with information courtesy of ESPN and Keith Law
Alex White has struggled a bit this year and shown a drop in velocity that affected his stock causing him to drop from a possible top 5 selection to a player in the 8-12 range. One of his bigger problems is throwing too many off speed pitches instead of relaying on his dominant fastball. His slider is a bit long and tends to end up out of the zone and while college hitters

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