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08/16/10 4:09 PM ET
Blair, Lavisky sign, start deadline dash
Two of Tribe's top 10 picks inked on what should be busy day
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- In what has potential to be a busy final day before the Draft pick signing deadline, the Indians announced Monday afternoon that they have agreed to terms with fourth-round selection Kyle Blair and eighth-round pick Alex Lavisky. The 21-year-old Blair, a right-hander out of the University of San Diego, reportedly received a $580,000 signing bonus. The 19-year-old Lavisky, a catcher, is a Cleveland native who just graduated from St. Edward's High School. He received a bonus worth $1 million. Blair, listed at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, is coming off a junior season in which he went 8-4 with a 2.84 ERA over 15 starts, striking out 126 and walking 28 in 98 1/3 innings. His 126 strikeouts were tied for the 10th most of any NCAA Division I pitcher. Blair was named West Coast Conference pitcher of the year and selected as a third-team All-American. The Dodgers drafted Blair in the fifth round in 2007 out of high school, but he opted not to sign. Lavisky, listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, batted .450 (36-for-80) with nine doubles, 13 home runs and 40 RBIs while scoring 33 runs for the OHSAA Division I State Champion Eagles. He had signed a letter of intent to attend Georgia Tech. The Indians have now signed 22 of their 50 selections from the 2010 Draft. They have until 12:01 a.m. ET to sign their remaining picks, including No. 1 selection Drew Pomeranz.