6/8/2013 8:23 P.M. ET
Plutko Indians' first pick on Day 3 of Draft
By Mark Emery / MLB.com
UCLA right-hander Adam Plutko -- the Indians' first pick on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, selected at No. 321 in the 11th round -- has been one of the most consistent performers in college baseball during the last three years, and he's done it without terribly overpowering stuff.
As a freshman he pitched in UCLA's rotation with Gerrit Cole (the first overall selection in 2011) and top Indians pitching prospect Trevor Bauer before taking over as the Bruins' ace the last two years.
"[He has a] really good feel to pitch, very successful in high school, a guy we followed through college, too," said Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting. "[He] has got a lot of success at UCLA."
Plutko pitched with the USA Collegiate National Team last summer during Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and logged a 2.63 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He followed that with a solid junior season, going 8-3 in 16 starts with a 2.51 ERA, limiting opponents to a .210 batting average heading into the Super Regional round.
Plutko has excellent pitchability and is great at locating his pitches. He's a fly-ball pitcher who isn't afraid to use his upper-80s-to-low-90s fastball up in the zone. He also throws a curveball, slider and changeup, all of which have a chance to be at least Major League-average offerings.
He commands all four of his pitches and isn't afraid to attack hitters.
Cleveland uses 12th-round pick on Quinn
The Indians selected outfielder Heath Quinn in the 12th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. Quinn, who turned 18 on Friday, attended Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala., and was the 351st player to be picked.
"Really good runner," said Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting. "Good bat, good arm. Really good athlete."
Quinn has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Samford University, which offered a scholarship. The outfielder is 6-foot-2 and weighs 190 pounds. He hits and throws right-handed.
Said Samford head coach Casey Dunn of Quinn: "Heath is going to be one of the top players in our area this spring. He is a very athletic kid that is going to develop into a power bat at our level. Heath is another guy from a great family and is a young man of high character that is going to be a great fit with our team."
Loopstok lucky 13th-rounder for Indians
Western Oklahoma State has a history of finding talent in the Caribbean, including Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Aruban Sicnarf Loopstok, chosen by the Indians in the 13th round of the First-Year Player Draft, is the latest example.
Loopstok, who speaks five languages, seems to have an innate ability to put the barrel of the bat on the ball, but he will need to rein in his free-swinging ways when he begins to see better pitching as a professional.
"Really good catch-throw skills, with a developing bat" is how Loopstok was described by Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting.
Defensively, Loopstok's strong arm plays well behind the plate. In addition, Western Oklahoma had a glut of catchers this year, and Loopstok's athleticism allowed him to also play second base and third base.
Loopstok's 5-foot-11, 200-pound frame would seem to fit best behind the plate, but his versatility gives teams several options to consider.
Speedy Sayles selected by Tribe at No. 411
The Tribe nabbed a national record holder in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft. With the 411th overall pick, Cleveland selected Silento Sayles, a base thief who stole a record 103 bags during his senior season at Port Gibson (Miss.) High School.
Sayles, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound outfielder, was caught stealing just once. His 103 stolen bases are an all-time national record, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. He averaged 3.5 steals per game and grabbed as many as 12 in a single contest. He also stole home six times, according to reports.
"Sayles is the one that's pretty exciting, just with that upside with that speed, with the run tool, the stolen bases," said Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting. "It's pretty impressive what he's been able to do.
"Well, well above-average runner. Probably an 8 on our 2-to-8 scale. A guy who can really run, but has a feel, too, with the bat. [He can] get on base and steal bases."
The right-handed hitter and thrower played center field and shortstop for Port Gibson. In the fall he played quarterback and free safety on the football team -- and he plays basketball, too.
Before the Indians took him, Sayles signed to play baseball at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College.
Indians pick Roberts in 15th round
James Roberts received plenty of playing time during his first two years at USC. He must have impressed the Indians, who selected him in the 15th round of the First-Year Player Draft with overall pick No. 441.
Roberts spent most of his 111 career college games at shortstop. He's hit .281 with 14 doubles, one home run and 39 RBIs, and he stole six bases in 10 attempts.
Roberts, selected by the Giants in the 42nd round of the 2010 Draft, lettered four years in a row at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif.
Roberts is 6-foot-2 and weighs 200 pounds, and he throws and hits right-handed. In 57 career Pac-12 games, he batted .354 with a .376 on-base percentage.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.