Tribe signs Draft pick Plutko on deadline day

Tribe signs Draft pick Plutko on deadline day

CLEVELAND -- On the last day Cleveland could sign its selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the club agreed to terms with a national champion.

Adam Plutko, a right-hander out of UCLA, was selected by the Indians in the 11th round last month. In this year's College World Series -- in which the Bruins earned their first national championship in baseball -- Plutko went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA.

"[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 following Day 3 of the Draft. "[He] has got a lot of success at UCLA."

In 19 starts this year, Plutko posted a 10-3 record and 2.25 ERA. An All-Pac 12 performer in each of his three college seasons, Plutko built a 2.29 career ERA at UCLA, where he's ranked second on the career wins list (29) and seventh on the school's strikeout list (273).

As a freshman, Plutko pitched in the same rotation as Trevor Bauer, the Tribe's top pitching prospect, and Gerrit Cole, who was taken No. 1 overall in 2011 by Pittsburgh.

Plutko was the last Draft pick that Cleveland announced it had signed prior to Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline. Of their 39 total picks, the Indians agreed to terms with 24, including first-round selection Clint Frazier. The highest pick that went unsigned was 10th-rounder Ross Kivett, who played at Kansas State after attending nearby St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.

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