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Outfielder-turned-pitcher Pannone picked by Tribe

Outfielder-turned-pitcher Pannone picked by Tribe

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Outfielder-turned-pitcher Pannone picked by Tribe

When Thomas Pannone was drafted a year ago out of the Rhode Island high school ranks, it was as an outfielder. But while he played both ways at Southern Nevada this year, he was selected by the Indians as a pitcher.

Because he's relatively new to pitching, his secondary stuff has a ways to go, though he does have a curveball and a changeup. He'll get his fastball up to 92-93 mph with fairly decent fastball command.

Pannone has size, a fresh arm, some good athleticism and an aggressive approach on the mound working in his favor, all things that could intrigue a team to take him for his upside.

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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