"[He has a] really good feel to pitch, very successful in high school, a guy we followed through college, too," said Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting. "[He] has got a lot of success at UCLA."
Plutko pitched with the USA Collegiate National Team last summer during Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and logged a 2.63 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He followed that with a solid junior season, going 8-3 in 16 starts with a 2.51 ERA, limiting opponents to a .210 batting average heading into the Super Regional round.
Plutko has excellent pitchability and is great at locating his pitches. He's a fly-ball pitcher who isn't afraid to use his upper-80s-to-low-90s fastball up in the zone. He also throws a curveball, slider and changeup, all of which have a chance to be at least Major League-average offerings.
He commands all four of his pitches and isn't afraid to attack hitters.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.