2013 Indians 9th round pick: LHP Thomas Pannone
With their 9th round pick in the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected left-handed pitcher Thomas Pannone out of the College of Southern Nevada.
Born: 04/28/1994 – Height: 6’1” – Weight: 195 – Bats: Left – Throws: Left
Baseball America: 357th
Perfect Game: 184th
Tony’s quick take: This is a very interesting pick and one I am very excited about because Pannone has some considerable upside from the left-side. He originally went to play baseball at Miami, but transferred to Nevada after some uncertainties came about with his playing time. He is a former two-way player as he was also recruited and scouted as an outfielder, but his future with the Indians is on the mound thanks to a 90-92 MPH fastball that has been up to 94 MPH and has good life through the zone. He has a solid delivery, lots of athleticism and is one of the better available junior college prospects.
Jeff Ellis: Thomas Pannone was drafted last year out of high school as a outfielder to the Cubs, which shows how quickly things can change. He kind of reminds me of last years pick Dylan Baker. Both were junior college picks out of Nevada, both came from non-national baseball states in high school, and both saw velocity jumps which made them interesting prospects. Pannone had a scholarship to Miami, but passed on it to go to a junior college. Once he got there he was switched to the mound and started to sit in the low 90's topping out in the mid 90's. His secondary pitches need work, but he has only been pitching for a short time. He is a good athlete and his pitches look like they should develop. A really interesting upside pick this late.
The freshman, 6'1", 185-pound left-hander went 6-2 with a 1.84 ERA (11 ER/53.2 IP) through 10 games this season. Pannone was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2012 First-Year-Player Draft by the Chicago Cub as an outfielder out of Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island. The Cranston, RI native took 2012 Northeast all Region 1st Team honors after his senior season in 2012.
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