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Young righty Shane has potential for Tribe

Young righty Shane has potential for Tribe

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Young righty Shane has potential for Tribe

One of the youngest players in this First-Year Player Draft class, Casey Shane won't turn 18 until August, but that didn't stop the Indians from selecting the right-hander in the sixth round.

Still, the hurler out of Centennial High School in Burleson, Texas, has shown an advanced feel for pitching. Shane's fastball sits in the low 90s with heavy sink. His 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame allows him to throw from a good downward plane.

Shane also throws a biting slider that's clocked typically in the low 80s and a good changeup in the mid-80s. He has a big frame, but still has room to grow. He has committed to play next year at Texas A&M.

"Another guy who throws 86-93 [mph]," said Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting. "Real good life to his fastball. Solid-average slider, solid-average changeup, and a guy that's progressing with his delivery. He's got a really good delivery, got a good size to him."

All three of Shane's pitches have a chance to be at least Major League-average offerings. He isn't afraid to come after hitters with any of his three pitches, but he relies heavily on his fastball.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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