Time For Tribe To Sign Draft Picks

Drew Pomeranz ... still unsigned.

The clock is ticking faster now on the 2010 Draft then it did when the selections were being made in June. The Indians have until the Aug. 16 deadline to negotiate with the 36 players they have yet to sign from the 50 they selected. Only three of their top 10 choices are under contract and one of those, right-hander Robbie Aviles is out for at least a year after having Tommy John surgery.

"We're working on it," said Chris Antonetti, the Indians' assistant general manager. "We have time and things should start falling into place."

Translation: MLB teams are waiting each other out, seeing who blinks first and trying to avoid doling out huge signing bonuses.

Only one of the top nine picks overall has signed. That was infielder Christian Colon, selected at No. 4 overall by Kansas City with the pick immediately ahead of the Indians. Cleveland chose Mississippi left-hander Drew Pomeranz at No. 5.

Many scouts believe Pomeranz will prove to be the best collegiate pitcher to come out of this draft.

Only 13 of 32 players picked in the first round have signed and five of them were among the final six choices in the round.

Teams that had choices in the supplemental first round (picks given for losing free agents) have done a little better, signing 11 of 18 choices.

Cleveland's second pick, outfielder LeVon Washington of Chipola (Fla.) Junior College taken at No. 55 overall, figures to be a tough sign. He was a first-rounder in 2009 by Tampa Bay and didn't sign then, either. His agent is tough-minded Scott Boras.

Other teams have done a little better in this round as 19 of 32 second-round picks are under contract.

Twenty-one of 30 third-rounders are signed, but not California high school infielder Tony Wolters, taken at No. 87 overall by Cleveland.

The Indians haven't signed their No. 4 pick, San Diego right-hander Kyle Blair. The 120th choice overall is one of 12 unsigned players of 30 chose in the round.

Pepperdine right-hander Cole Cook, taken at No. 150 overall in the fifth round by Cleveland, is among only seven of 30 selections in that round not to have signed.

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