Tribe Has Signed 27 Of 53 Selections

Brad Grant, the Indians' assistant director of scouting, said the organization is pleased with its overall draft despite not having its own No. 1 pick this year. The Indians loaded up on pitchers, especially right-handers, in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Cleveland looked to the college ranks for help early -- its first six selections were college players from all parts of the nation.

"Most people focus on a club's first round selection, but the talent in the Major Leagues comes from all different places and all different rounds in the draft," Grant said. "While we hope to add some quality players to the system from the top of the draft, we also hope that our middle and later round players along with some of our non-drafted free agents make an impact on our system."

The Indians have added yet another farm team this year, a club that will play at Cleveland's spring training home of Winter Haven, Fla., in the short-season Gulf Coast League. That means the organization will sign even more players than usual.

"With having three short season clubs this year, most of our non-drafted free agent signings will assist us in filling out our Burlington (N.C.) roster," Grant explained. "Our GCL roster will be made up mainly with our Latin America prospects and our high school and junior college picks."

The Indians made UCLA left-hander David Huff their first overall pick and selected two of his pitching teammates, Brant Rustich and Dan Miltenberger, in the later rounds. Grant likes the potential of all three.

"Brant Rustich was a solid prospect coming into the draft but suffered a ligament injury in his finger early in the season," he said. "We were there watching him and Huff early on in the year.

"Miltenberger is a senior right-hander. So we were aware of Huff, Rustich and Miltenberger early and it really wasn't a matter of finding new talent while evaluating Huff. We watched them all throughout the season."

For the second time in four years, the Indians selected a catcher from the University of Tennessee. In 2003, they picked Javier Herrera in the second round. This year, it was Kelly Edmundson in the 11th round.

While Herrera has proven to be an exceptional defensive catcher, he has struggled to become a consistent hitter in three years in the Tribe farm system. Edmundson, however, is highly regarded as a hitter and could be similar to Ryan Garko, who was a third-round pick in 2003 out of Stanford and has been switched from catcher to first base.

"Edmundson actually DH'd more than he caught at Tennessee as he backed up J.P. Arencibia, a potential top draft pick next year," said Grand. "We are excited to be able to give Kelly significant time behind the plate in professional baseball and add a quality bat to the organization at the same time."

Edmundson hit .301 (55-for-183) with 16 doubles, nine homers, 35 runs and 39 RBI in 52 games as a senior in 2006. In 37 games in 2004, he hit .264 (23-for-87) with three homers and 15 RBI, then batted .328 with eight homers and 39 RBI in 62 games in 2005.

The Indians lost their first-round pick this year to the Los Angeles Angels as compensation for signing free agent pitcher Paul Byrd last winter, but were awarded four others as compensation for losing free agent pitchers Bob Howry, Kevin Millwood and Scott Elarton. That gave Cleveland five of the first 75 picks overall.

With their 53 total picks in the 50-round draft, the Indians selected:

38 college players
15 high schoolers
20 right-handed pitchers (14 from college)
10 left-handed pitchers (nine from college)
7 outfielders (five from high school)
5 catchers (four from college)
5 second basemen (four from college)
3 third basemen (two from college)
2 shortstops (both utility-infielder types from colleges)
1 first baseman baseman (college)

Here's the complete list of selections (Those with two asterisks (**) have signed with the Indians)

2006 CLEVELAND INDIANS JUNE DRAFT SELECTIONS

1. (No. 39) David Huff, LHP; UCLA **
Ht: 6-3; Wt: 205; Throws: L; Bats: L; Born 8/22/84 (age 21)

2. (No. 56) Steven Wright, RHP; Hawaii **
602; 205; R/R; Born 9/30/84 (21)

2. (No. 57) Joshua Rodriguez, 2B; Rice **
6-0; 180; R/R; Born 12/18/84 (21)

2. (No. 69) Wes Hodges, 3B; Georgia Tech
6-2; 206; R/R; Born 9/14/84 (21)

2. (No. 75) Matt McBride, C; Lehigh **
6-3; 215; R/R; Born 5/23/85 (21)

3. (No. 101) Adam Davis, 2B; Florida **
5-9; 185; S/R; Born 10/15/84 (21)

4. (No. 131) Ryan Morris, LHP; South Mecklenburg (N.C.) High School **
6-2; 180; L/L; Born 1/10/88 (18)

5. (No. 161) Chris Archer RHP; Clayton (N.C.) High School **
6-3; 180; R/R; Born 9/26/88 (17)

6. (No. 191) Austin Creps, RHP; Texas A&M **
6-2; 185; R/R; Born 2/23/85 (21)

7. (No. 221) Robert Alcombrack, C; Bear River (Calif.) High School **
6-0; 205; R/R; Born 6/6/88 (17)

8. (No. 251) Mike Eisenberg, RHP; Marietta **
6-7; 198; R/R; Born 2/19/85 (21)

9. (No. 281) Jared Goedert, INF; Kansas State **
6-2; 200; R/R; Born 5/25/85 (21)

10. (No. 311) Paolo Espino, RHP; Pendleton School (Bradenton, Fla.)
5-11; 200; R/R; Born 1/10/87 (19)

11. (No. 341) Kelly Edmundson, C; Tennessee **
6-0; 195; R/R; Born 10/3/83 (22)

12. (No. 371) Daniel Frega, RHP; Illinois State **
6-5; 195; R/R; Born 11/16/84 (21)

13. (No. 401) Brant Rustich, RHP; UCLA
6-6; 225; R/R; Born 1/23/85 (21)

14. (No. 431) William Delage, LHP; Lamar **
6-1; 190; L/L; Born 7/12/84 (21)

15. (No. 461) Matt Meyer, LHP; Boston College **
6-4; 200; L/L; Born 1/17/85 (21)

16. (No. 491) Stephen Douglas, OF; East Tennessee State **
6-2; 185; L/R; Born 5/10/85 (21)

17. (No. 521) Kyle Harper, RHP; Orange Coast (Calif.) College
6-4; 220; R/R; Born 2/20/85 (21)

18. (No. 551) Daryl King, OF; Benicia (Calif.) High School **
6-4; 228; R/R; Born 1/21/88 (18)

19. (No. 581) Josh Tomlin, RHP; Texas Tech **
6-0; 185; R/R; Born 10/19/84 (21)

20. (No. 611) Vinnie Pestano, RHP; Cal State Fullerton
6-1; 205; R/R; Born 2/20/85 (21)

21. (No. 641) John Gaub, LHP; Minnesota
6-2; 205; L/L; Born 4/28/85 (21)

22. (No.671) Chuck Hargis, INF; East Tennessee State **
6-0; 185; R/R; Born 11/10/83 (22)

23. (No. 701) Derrick Loop, LHP; Cal State Los Angeles **
6-3; 220; L/L; Born 12/11/83 (22)

24. (No. 731) Chris Nash, 1B; Johnson County (Mo.) C.C.
6-5; 235; R/R; Born 2/22/87 (19)

25. (No. 761) Alex Jordan, RHP; Cypress (Calif.) College
6-5; 190; R/R; Born 2/4/86 (20)

26. (No. 791) Ty Pryor, RHP; Tennessee
6-3; 228; R/R; Born 7/5/85 (20)

27. (No. 821) Chris Roberts, OF; Oshkosh West (Wis.) High School
6-1; 180; L/R; Born 1/14/88 (18)

28. (No. 851) Dustin Realini, 3B; Santa Clara **
6-2; 200; R/R; Born 5/14/84 (22)

29. (No. 881) Tom Benton, RHP; UNC Wilmington
6-6; 190; R/R; Born 1/17/84 (22)

30.(No. 911) Brett Carlin, LHP; Fullerton College **
5-11; 180; L/L; Born 4/3/85 (21)

31. (No. 941) Easton Gust, 2B; Cottonwood (Utah) H.S.
5-8; 165; S/R; Born 1/11/88 (18)

32. (No. 971) David Uribes, 2B; Pepperdine
6-0; 180; R/R; Born 12/22/84 (21)

33. (No. 1001) Jarett Jackson, OF; Thomas Jefferson H.S. (Kent, Wash.)
6-3; 220; R/R; Born 4/17/88 (18)

34. (No. 1031) Mike Bolsinger, RHP; McKinney North (Texas) H.S.
6-2; 190; R/R; Born 1/29/88 (18)

35. (No. 1061) Alan Brech, LHP; Bowling Green **
6-0; 195; L/L; Born 9/10/84 (21)

36. (No. 1091) Ryan Miller, LHP; Blinn (Texas) College
6-0; 195; L/L; Born 12/14/86 (19)

37. (No. 1121) Brett Kinning, 2B; Arkansas State **
6-0; 195; R/R; Born 12/30/83 (22)

38.(No. 1151) Nathon Bunton, RHP; Midland Lutheran College (Mo.) **
6-1; 205; R/R; Born 6/1/84 (22)

39. (No. 1181) Jimmy Brettl, LHP; Cal State Northridge **
6-1; 190; L/L; Born 2/21/84 (22)

40. (No. 1211) Josh Yates, C; Arkansas State
6-3; 200; R/R; Born 3/28/85 (21)

41. (No. 1241) Kyle Paul, C; Vernon (Texas) College
6-2; 210; R/R; Born 8/1/85 (20)

42. (No. 1271) Roderick Barcelo, OF; Lino Padron H.S. (Puerto Rico)
5-11; 200; R/R; Born 2/3/88 (18)

43. (No. 1301) Mike Pontius, RHP; Wentzville (Mo.) High School
6-3; 245; R/R; Born 10/26/87 (18)

44. (No. 1331) Brad Reid, RHP; Decatur (Wash.) High School
6'1; 185; R/R; Born 1/18/88 (18)

45. (No. 1361) Zach Barger, OF; Grossmont (Calif.) College
6-2; 195; L/R; Born 11/1/85 (20)

46. (No. 1391) Daniel Miltenberger, RHP, UCLA **
6-0; 190; R/R; Born 9/15/83 (22)

47. (No. 1421) Eric McKinney, OF; Spiro (Okla.) High School
6-1; 200; R/L; Born 3/8/88 (18)

48. (No. 1451) Travis Turek, RHP; Santa Barbara (Calif.) C.C.
6-1; 170; R/R; Born 9/2/87 (18)

49. (No 1481) Ryan Mottern, RHP; Oklahoma
6-1; 195; R/R; Born 3/26/85 (21)

50. (No. 1511) Vincent Catricala, 3B; Jesuit H.S. (Sacramento, Calif.)
6-2; 210; R/R; Born; 10/31/88 (17)

** -- Signed with Indians

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