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Indiana Prospects in the MLB Draft

2011 Indians 20th Round Pick: LHP Dillon Peters

06/07/2011, 11:14pm EDT
By Geordy Boveroux

If the Indians are able to sign him, Dillon Peters could be one of the best steals in a while. Peters was rated as the 104th best prospect by Baseball America, but fell into the Tribe's lap with the 608th pick. Considered the best prospect in the State of Indiana, Peters fell for two reasons. First, he will command a lot of money to sign, and falling into the 20th round could make him want to go to Texas where he's committed. The other reason is because of his size: Peters is only 5'9". Despite his height limitations, Peters still won the Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year Award and put up eye-popping numbers. His record throughout high school included 447 Ks in 258 innings over four years. He only suffered three losses as compared to 36 wins in his career. Peters' velocity sits in the low 90s, but he is certain to gain velocity as he matures. He also holds a plus curveball and changeup. Size be damned, Peters is just an excellent pitcher and should have gone in the first three rounds. Picking him up in round 20 was a ridiculous steal for the Tribe, and while it will take a lot of money to sign him, he could very well be worth every penny.