2013 Indians 4th round pick: LHP Kyle Crockett
With their 4th round pick in the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected left-handed pitcher Kyle Crockett out of the University of Virginia.
Born: 12/15/1991 – Height: 6’2” – Weight: 170 – Bats: Left – Throws: Left
Baseball America: 103rd
Perfect Game: 148th
Tony's quick take: Crockett has been a reliever his entire career in Virginia and dominated as their closer, and the Indians may be looking at him as a left-handed bullpen arm that can move quickly. His floor looks to be that of a lefty specialist, but his ceiling could be a little more as a possible backend setup option. He is a finesse lefty who tops out around 90 MPH but throws tons of strikes, commands his pitches well, gets a lot of groundballs, and has some deception. He has a wiry frame which player development could help him add some strength which may add some velocity down the road. His best pitch is his plus curveball which he does a good job of changing speeds and has good downward break.
Jeff Ellis: Crockett is a lefty who sits in the high 80's with good command. He has been dominant in college, and projects to gain some velocity as he fills out. He, much like earlier pick Kime, is a guy who is more of a ground ball pitcher. Crocket is going to rely on secondary stuff to get by because of the low velocity fastball. The hope is that he will continue that dominance and be a lefty reliever who can help the team by next fall. I have to think this might be an under slot deal.
Crockett is 4-1 with 12 saves and a 1.68ERA in 28 relief outings this year for the Cavaliers (53.2IP, 39H, 10ER, 6BB, 68K). In his 3-year career at UVa he is 12-3 w/a 1.98 ERA in 87 games (145.2IP, 110H, 32ER, 27BB, 157K). He has a collegiate walk to strikeout ratio of 5.8, including just 6 walks and 68 strikeouts in 53.2 innings during his junior year. Virginia plays Mississippi State this weekend in the NCAA Super Regional.
The 6-2, 170-pound lefty was the 2010 Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year and a two-time State Player of the Year (2009, 2010) at Poquoson High School.
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