Eith 45 minutes to spare before Monday's midnight deadline, the Indians signed RHP DILLON HOWARD, the team's second-round pick (67thoverall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. MLB.com reported Howard signed for $1.85 million.
The 19-year old went 9-1 with a 0.31ERA in 12 starts for Searcy High School in Searcy, Ark., striking out 115 batters in 58 innings.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder was named the Arkansas high school Player of the Year by both Gatorade and MaxPreps. Last summer he was named the MVP at the Connie Mack World Series while playing for the Midland Redskins. As a junior at Searcy High, Howard went 7-4 with a 2.96ERA and 92 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings, concluded his prep career with an 18-8 record and 212 strikeouts.
Howard was ranked as the 31st-best prospect entering the draft by Baseball America.
Right before the clock reached midnight, the Indians also wrapped up neogotiations with 18th-round pitcher Shawn Armstrong.