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Top 100 Prospects: 31 Through 35
No. 33 Ryan Edell Ryan Edell's goal in 2007 was to stay healthy. Anything beyond that would be gravy for the 6-1, 215-pound left-hander who was the Tribe's eighth-round draft choice in 2005. He not only pitched 31 games (17 starts) for Kinston, but also put up an impressive 11-6 record and a 3.70 ERA. He comes in at No. 34 on this year's list of the Tribe's Top 100 Prospects. Last year he was No. 42. Edell missed all but six games of the 2006 season because of a strained ligament in his pitching elbow. Edell will likely end up being a relief pitcher even though he was in the rotation at Kinston for a few months in 2007 as he built up his arm strength. The natural "lean" of his pitches from the left side translates into his being a tough left-on-left reliever. Edell has worked hard on consistency, repeating his delivery and working both sides of the plate. He is still working to make his slider a plus pitch. The Ryan Edell File Born: July 6, 1983 in Boston, MA Position: Pitcher B/T: L/L HT/WT: 6-1/215 Acquired: Eighth-round draft pick in 2005 from the College of Charleston 2008 Projection: Will likely start season as one of four lefties in Akron's rotation. 2007 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER Team W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO Kinston 11 6 3.70 31 17 121.6 122 31 109 Minor Totals 14 11 3.44 51 34 204.0 206 54 183 No. 35 Jim Deters Jim Deters is quietly turning into one of the most productive pitchers in the Indians' minor-league system and comes in at No. 36 on this year's list of the Tribe's Top 100 Prospects. He was No. 39 a year ago. Deters, who was a seventh-round selection in 2005, spent all but one game at Kinston and went 12-4 with a splendid 2.24 ERA in 33 games, including 10 starts. As a starter, he was 7-1 with a 1.93 ERA while holding opposing hitters to just a .195 batting average. In his first two years of pro ball, Deters was 15-13 with a 3.07 ERA. Deters features three quality pitches. His fastball tops out in the low 90s, but is normally in the upper 80s. He also has a good curve and a solid changeup. Pitch location is the key for Deters because he lacks an overpowering fastball. In 112 innings this past season he walked 21 and struck out 66. His game preparation, ability to control his emotions and desire to excel are all assets for Deters. The Jim Deters File Born: June 4, 1983 in Kalamazoo, MI Position: Pitcher B/T: R/R HT/WT: 6-4/180 Acquired: Seventh-round pick in 2005 from Calvin College 2008 Projection: Likely to start season in the mix at Akron. 2007 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER Team W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO Kinston 12 4 2.24 33 10 112.3 101 21 66 Buffalo 0 0 12.00 1 0 3.0 5 4 5 Minor Totals 27 17 2.89 76 52 352.6 357 71 225 CLEVELAND INDIANS' TOP PROSPECTS NOS. 31-35 31. Carlos Rivero, SS 32. Sung-Wei Tseng, RHP 33. Ryan Edell, LHP 34. Juan Lara, LHP 35. James Deters, RHP Rivero just looks like a big-leaguer and he doesn't turn age 20 until May. He's got all the tools except speed though it looks like he'll outgrow shortstop and become a corner infielder with pop in his bat. Tseng, 23, signed as a free agent from the Taiwan National Team, has a sharp slider, good moving fastball and fine mound presence. He could move quickly through the system. Lara, 27, made his MLB debut in 2006, pitched well at Buffalo in 2007, but may not ever take the mound again after being seriously injured when a speeding motorcycle crashed into his stopped SUV at a traffic light in November. He suffered a spinal fracture, severe brain trauma, two fractured ribs and a perforated lung. Indians GM Mark Shapiro said the organization will do all it can to help Lara regain his health and that resuming his career is a distant second priority.
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