Fourth-Round Pick McFarland Signs
Mark Thompson ... among signed draft picks.
Mark Thompson ... among signed draft picks.
Indians Ink
Posted Aug 15, 2007


The Indians have signed fourth-round draft pick T.J. McFarland, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound left-hander from Amos Alonso Stagg High School in Orland Park, Ill., along with 15th-round selection Chris Jones, a lefty from Gaither High School in Tampa. Cleveland has signed 25 of its selections from this past June's draft. Tonight at midnight is the deadline to sign 2007 picks.

McFarland, the 137th selection overall, was the second player picked by Cleveland, which did not have a selection in rounds two and three.

"T.J. McFarland is a big-bodied athlete with a loose arm," said John Mirabelli, the Indians' scouting director. "He has a potential out-pitch breaking ball, and we really like his upside as a starting pitcher in our organization."

McFarland, who turned 18 just after being drafted, struck out 55 batters in his first 32 innings this spring.

Several players from the draft already have made good impressions in their first season of pro ball.

First pick Beau Mills, taken with the 13th overall selection, had a slow start at Mahoning Valley, hitting only .179 (5-for-28) in eight games. After being promoted to Class A Lake County, he has settled in, hitting .277 with five homers and 34 RBI in 40 games as he makes the transition from third base to first base.

Three later picks, all pitchers, made the All-Star team in the New York-Penn League for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Right-hander Kyle Landis, taken in the 18th round from the University of Pittsburgh, is 1-0 with an 0.40 ERA and five saves. He has 29 strikeouts in 22 1-3 innings. Lefty Garrett Rieck, picked in the 29th round from Cal-State Chico, is 3-0 with a 1.03 ERA and one save with 24 strikeouts in 26 1-3 innings. Lefty Heath Taylor, a 10th-round pick out of Oklahoma, is 2-2 with a 1.78 ERA in 35 1-3 innings.

Shortstop Mark Thompson, Mills' teammate in college, had a good start with the Scrappers, but has slumped of late. A 5-for-39 (.139) streak over the past 10 games has dragged his average down to .238, though he is playing steady defense and has seven steals in nine attempts.

Outfielder Matthew Brown is hitting .277 with 26 RBI at Mahoning Valley. In 46 games, the former Wichita State star has 11 doubles, three triples and six steals in seven attempts.

Here's the Indians' entire 2007 draft list. Those who have signed are listed with an asterisk (*) after their school.

2007 CLEVELAND INDIANS JUNE DRAFT SELECTIONS

ROUND 1 Beau Mills (13th overall) 3B-1B; Lewis-Clark State *
6’3; 205; L/R; Born 8/15/86 (20)
Resides in Visalia, CA; Scout: Greg Smith.

ROUND 4 T.J. McFarland (137) LHP; Amos Alonzo Stagg High School *
6’3; 190; L/L; Born 6/8/89 (18)
Resides in Orland Park, IL; Scout: Byron Ewing.

ROUND 5 Jonathan Holt (167) RHP; University of Tampa *
6’2; 210; L/R; Born 3/10/86 (21)
Resides in Fruitland Park, FL; Scout: Mike Soper.

ROUND 6 Bo Greenwell (197) 1B; Riverdale High School *
6’0; 185; L/L; Born 10/15/88 (18)
Resides in Alva, FL; Scout: Mike Soper.

ROUND 7 Cole St. Clair (227) LHP; Rice
6’6; 225; L/L; Born 7/30/86 (20)
Resides in North Tustin, CA; Scout: Les Pajari.

ROUND 8 Mark Thompson (257) SS; Lewis-Clark State *
5’9; 165; R/R; Born 11/26/84 (22)
Resides in Santa Clara, CA; Scout: Greg Smith.

ROUND 9 Adam White (287) OF; West Virginia *
5’10; 195; S/R; Born 4/21/85 (22)
Resides in Morrisdale, PA; Scout: Bob Mayer.

ROUND 10 Brandon Heath Taylor (317) LHP; Oklahoma *
5’11; 220; L/L; Born 5/26/86 (21)
Resides in Bowie, TX; Scout: Kevin Cullen.

ROUND 11 Matt Hague (347) OF; Washington
6’2; 225; R/R; Born 8/20/85 (21)
Resides in Kent, WA; Scout: Greg Smith.

ROUND 12 Garrison Campfield (377) RHP; Texas A&M *
6’2; 185; R/R; Born 5/29/84 (23)
Resides in Kerrville, TX; Scout: Les Pajari.

ROUND 13 Matt Brown (407) OF; Wichita State *
6’1; 190; L/R; Born 2/21/85 (22)
Resides in Oklahoma City, OK; Scout: Steve Abney

ROUND 14 Daniel Morales (437) RHP; San Francisco *
6’3; 245; R/R; Born 1/28/85 (22)
Resides in Waianae, HI; Scout: Don Lyle.

ROUND 15 Chris Jones (467) LHP; Gaither High School *
6’2; 165; R/R; Born 9/19/88 (18)
Resides in Tampa, FL; Scout: Mike Soper.

ROUND 16 Doug Hogan (497) C; Clemson
6’3; 210; R/R; Born 9/29/84 (22)
Resides in Columbia, SC; Scout: Billy Ryan.

ROUND 17 Miles Morgan (527) RHP; Texas Tech
6’3; 210; R/R; Born 3/11/86 (21)
Resides in Lubbock, TX; Scout: Kevin Cullen.

ROUND 18 Kyle Landis (557) RHP; Pittsburgh *
6’1; 185; R/R; Born 5/30/86 (21)
Resides in Drums, PA; Scout: Bob Mayer.

ROUND 19 Robert Coyle (587) OF; Chatsworth High School
6’1; 190; L/L; Born 3/6/89 (18)
Resides in West Hills, CA; Scout: Vince Sagisi.

ROUND 20 Jeffrey Hehr (617) SS; Eastern Michigan *
6’1; 185; R/R; Born 7/27/85 (21)
Resides in Boardman, OH; Scout: Derrick Ross.

ROUND 21 Jared Clark (647) OF; Cal State Fullerton
6’4; 225; R/R; Born 5/9/86 (21)
Resides in Castaic, CA; Scout: Jason Smith.

ROUND 22 Henry Sowers (677) RHP; North Lenior High School
6’2; 170; L/R; Born 12/13/88 (18)
Resides in Gifton, NC; Scout: Bob Mayer.

ROUND 23 Shaeffer Hall (707) LHP; Jefferson College
6’1; 190; R/L; Born 10/2/87 (19)
Resides in Lee’s Summit, MO; Scout: Steve Abney.

ROUND 24 Adam Zornes (737) C; Rice
6’0; 210; R/R; Born 4/2/86 (21)
Resides in Houston, TX; Scout: Les Pajari.

ROUND 25 Kyle Leiendecker (767) LHP; Homestead High School
6’3; 195; L/L; Born 9/29/88 (18)
Resides in Fort Wayne, IN; Scout: Derrick Ross.

ROUND 26 Michael Valadez (797) C; Lee University *
6’1; 220; R/R; Born 5/31/86 (21)
Resides in Pasadena, CA; Scout: Chuck Bartlett.

ROUND 27 Daniel Edwards (827) RHP; Kansas State
6’1; 190; R/R; Born 9/28/85 (21)
Resides in Kingwood, TX; Scout: Steve Abney.

ROUND 28 Scott Savastano (857) SS; Franklin Pierce College
6’3; 205; R/R; Born 6/12/86 (20)
Resides in Plymouth, MA; Scout: Brent Urcheck.

ROUND 29 Garrett Rieck (887) LHP; Cal State Chico *
6’2; 175; L/L; Born 9/4/85 (21)
Resides in Valencia, CA; Scout: Don Lyle.

ROUND 30 Bryce Brentz (917) RHP; South-Doyle High School
6’1; 195; R/R; Born 12/30/88 (18)
Resides in Knoxville, TN; Scout: Chuck Bartlett.

ROUND 31 Jason Hessler (947) RHP; St. Joseph (Pa.) University
6’3; 230; R/R; Born 8/18/86 (20)
Resides in Silver Spring, MD; Scout: Brent Urcheck.

ROUND 32 Joey Mahalic (977) RHP; Wilson High School *
6’4; 200; R/R; Born 11/28/88 (18)
Resides in Portland, OR; Scout: Greg Smith.

ROUND 33 Tyler Kuhn (1,007) SS; West Virginia
5’10; 185; L/R; Born 9/9/86 (20)
Resides in Louisville, KY; Scout: Bob Mayer.

ROUND 34 Josh Judy (1,037) RHP; Indiana Institute of Technology *
6’4; 200; R/R; Born 2/9/86 (21)
Resides in Morgantown, WV; Scout: Derrick Ross.

ROUND 35 Brian Juhl (1,067) C; Stanford *
6’0; 210; L/R; Born 9/22/85 (21)
Resides in Katy, TX; Scout: Don Lyle.

ROUND 36 P.J. Zocchi (1,097) RHP; Clemson
5’11; 205; R/R; Born 6/19/85 (21)
Resides in Bronx, NY; Scout: Billy Ryan.

ROUND 37 Dean Kiekhefer (1,127) LHP; Oldham County High School
6’0; 160; L/L; Born 6/7/89 (18)
Resides in Crestwood, KY; Scout: Derrick Ross.

ROUND 38 Jonathan Williams (1,157) RHP; University of Tampa
6’3; 175; R/R; Born 4/29/86 (21)
Resides in Tampa, FL; Scout: Mike Soper.

ROUND 39 Eric Jokisch (1,187) LHP; Virginia High School
6’3; 180; L/L; Born 7/29/89 (17)
Resides in Virginia, IL; Scout: Byron Ewing.

ROUND 40 Dallas Cawiezell (1,217) RHP; Valparaiso *
6’6; 255; R/R; Born 9/4/85 (21)
Resides in Longrove, IA; Scout: Derrick Ross.

ROUND 41 Tommy Luce (1,247) RHP; Seminole State
6’5; 215; R/R; Born 2/8/88 (19)
Resides in Broken Arrow, OK; Scout: Kevin Cullen.

ROUND 42 Bryce Tafelski (1,277) C; Santa Ynez Valley Union H.S.
6’0; 190; R/R; Born 12/25/88 (18)
Resides in Los Olivos, CA; Scout: Vince Sagisi.

ROUND 43 Travis Howell (1,307) C; Long Beach State
6’2; 220; R/R; Born 1/19/85 (22)
Resides in Campbell, CA; Scout: Jason Smith.

ROUND 44 Ryan Royster (1,337) OF; University of California at Davis
6’1; 180; L/L; Born 10/13/85 (21)
Resides in Sacramento, CA; Scout: Don Lyle.

ROUND 45 Dan Evatt (1,367) 1B; Grapevine High School
6’3; 215; R/R; Born 11/27/88 (18)
Resides in Colleyville, TX; Scout: Kevin Cullen.

ROUND 46 Brock Simpson (1,367) OF; Kansas
6’3; 210; L/R; Born 11/15/85 (21)
Resides in Topeka, KS; Scout: Steve Abney.

ROUND 47 Kevin Rucker (1,397) OF; Pioneer Valley High School *
6’1; 185; R/R; Born 9/14/89 (17)
Resides in Santa Maria, CA; Scout: Vince Sagisi.

ROUND 48 Walter Diaz (1,427) SS; South Florida
5’11; 180; R/R; Born 11/13/85 (21)
Resides in Miami, FL; Scout: Mike Soper.

ROUND 49 Matt Willard (1.457) SS; Arkansas *
5’11; 177; R/R; Born 12/31/85 (21)
Resides in Newtown, PA; Scout: Steve Abney.

ROUND 50 Doug Pickens (1,487) C; Michigan
6’0; 190; R/R; Born 6/19/85 (21)
Resides in West Bloomfield, MI; Scout: Derrick Ross.



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