The Indians signed their fourth round draft pick, right-hander Kyle Blair, this afternoon, with a midnight deadline bearing down on them to negotiate terms for their top three choices.
Blair, who turns 22 on Aug. 27, posted an 8-4 record and 2.84 earned-run average as a junior at the University of San Diego. In 98 1/3 innings, he gave up 79 hits and 28 walks, while striking out 126. His batting average against was .218.
He was named Pitcher of the Year in the West Coast Conference and to the third team All-American team. Baseball America rated him the 84th best prospect in the draft.
If Cleveland fails to agree to terms with any of its top three picks, including No. 1 choice Drew Pomeranz, by midnight, the unsigned players will go back into the draft next year.
However, not long after signing Blair, the Tribe and eighth-round selection Alex Lavisky agreed to terms. Lavisky is a highly regarded local player from Lakewood St. Edward High School.
It was thought that Lavisky would honor his letter of intent to Georgia Tech rather than sign a pro contract unless he received a bonus out of proportion to his position in the draft. The Indians have not announced terms for any signees.
Lavisky batted .450 with nine doubles, 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 80 at-bats. Lavisky was rated the 89th best prospect by Baseball America.