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2012 Indians 9th round pick: RHP Jacob Lee

2012 Indians 9th round pick:  RHP Jacob Lee
June 5, 2012
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With their 9th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft the Cleveland Indians selected Jacob Lee, righthanded pitcher from Arkansas State University.

Born: October 25, 1989--Height: 6'1"--Weight: 190--Bats: Right--Throws: Right

Ranks:

Baseball America: 307
Perfect Game: 475th

Jim's Quick Take: Lee seems to be a typical pick for the Indians with regards to to pitchers. He's not a big guy, but he can locate, and has a decent fastball. He likes to keep the ball low in the zone, and can induce ground balls with regularity. He's really worked on his delivery during his senior season, and throws the fastball, slider, change, and has a new two-seam sinker. Sound familiar?

Jeff Ellis: Jacob Lee is a senior sign out of Arkansas state. He is a solid guy to grab in the 9th round. He is only 6'1" and 190, but has a good build and has never had injury concerns. He throws in the low 90's has a curve which projects to be above average, and average change up. He is a legit starter prospect  because of his solid three pitch mix.  If you do want to get excited his fastball has touched the mid 90's at some points this year.  He might not be as flashy as some of the earlier picks, but he is going to be a guy who can start in A ball, and possible develop into a back of the rotation guy. You can never have too many arms and Lee is a solid.

Press release: Senior at Arkansas State University…Named third-team Louisville Slugger TPX All-American Thursday by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper…Lee went 9-1 w/a 2.77 ERA and was also named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-SBC…Is ASU’s career strikeout leader, struck out 86 batters on the 2012 season…He also finished with 24 career victories, 1 shy of the school record and is also first with 322.1 career innings pitched.

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Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

User Comments

Tony
June 5, 2012 - 11:38 PM EDT
Agreed.....interesting draft strategy by the Indians. They in a way punted a top 10 pick in order to give them more money to sign other upside tougher sign guys.
elrod
June 5, 2012 - 5:28 PM EDT
excellent pick. a 22 year old with zero bargaining power. sign him at discount rate so we have $$$ to sign the HS picks.

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