The Indians wrapped up the 2011 MLB amateur draft early Wednesday evening by including a local Cleveland product in their final 20 picks on Day Three.
With the 41st section (1,238th overall), the Tribe tabbed 6-foot-3, 180-pound outfielder Brian Ruiz from Lincoln West High School.
"He played in the Cleveland Indians RBI program in the past and then played in the Senate League Championship game here at Progressive Field this year," said Brad Grant, the Indians fourth-year director of amateur scouting.
Grant said Ruiz's athleticism stood out.
"He's a very good athlete, has the ability to hit and play centerfield," Grant said. "We'll follow him over the summer, he's going to play on some summer teams here in Cleveland. So we'll get a chance to watch him play a little further here during the summer."
Grant said there's still talent to found among the final day's drafting activities.
"These rounds still provide some kind of major league talent for us, so we take these (late) rounds seriously...We've found we have had some success in these later rounds and wanted to continue to build on that. A lot of our success in these later rounds have been pitching."
He mentioned current Indians left-handed reliever Tony Sipp (45th round in 2004) as an Indians late-round acquisition that panned out well for the big league club.
Here's Grant's overall thoughts on the Indians 2011 draft class:
"We kind of knew it was going to be a deep pitching draft," he said. "It seemed like there just weren't as many position in this draft as there has been in the past. So we kind of leaned towards pitching and came out with a lot of it.
"What we were trying to do later in the draft was add high school pitchers and college pitchers with power arms and then just mix in some up-side position players at the same time."
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