Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 6/7/13
The Cleveland Indians have selected their fourth pitcher out of five players selected, using their sixth-round pick (171st overall) on Casey Shane, a right-handed arm out of Burleson, Texas. Shane is listed at 6-feet-4-inches and is said to boast a solid sinking fastball-change-up combination. The 19-year-old already touches 93 with his fastball, one which scouts say provides “heavy sink and run.” He mixes in a 71-73 mph curveball, an upper-70s slider and a 80-82 mph change up. Per MaxPreps, Shane has held opponents to a .143 batting average, striking out 77 in just 39 1/3 innings pitched and not allowing a single home run. Some scouts are concerned about recent weight gain which has negatively impacted his velocity, but Shane was recently named to the Rawlings All-American First Team. Baseball America ranks Shane as the 235th-best prospect, but one specific prospect outlook considers him one of the best kept secrets in the draft due to his lack of hype. Shane is a commit to Texas A&M, a school that has reportedly had recent success in getting their commits to follow through. Given slot, the Indians may be able to offer the right-hander more than he had anticipated. [Related: Indians shoot for the stars with potential-laden Clint Frazier]
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