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Cleveland Indians

Trio of top Tribe draftees sign minutes before Monday deadline

By sstorm Published: August 17, 2010

It certainly got down to the wire, but the Indians were able to sign their top three draft picks in LHP Drew Pomeranz (first round, fifth overall pick), CF LeVon Washington (second-round pick) and prep SS Tony Wolters just minutes before Monday's midnight signing deadline.

Pomeranz, the Ole Miss SEC Pitcher of the Year, was originally was selected by the Texas Rangers out of high school in the 12th round of the 2007 draft. But he opted to go to college instead, where he established himself as one of the dominant collegiate arms in the country.

Washington, a product of Chipola (Fla.) Junior College, is a Scott Boras client. That's important to note because he was the 30th overall selection by the Rays in the first round of the 2009 draft, but failed to reach a monetary deal. The Indians selected the speedy Washington 55th overall and hope he can become their leadoff hitter of the future.

Wolters, who recently finished playing for Team USA's 18-and-under National Team, had committed to the University of San Diego. But that fact that he was reported to be in Cleveland last weekend to complete a physical as part of the negotiation process, hinted at his desire to sign.

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