2008 Draftee Profiles: Trey Haley and Bryce Stowell
June 24, 2008
Round drafted (overall draft slot): 2nd (76th)
Signing status: Still in negotiations through advisor Joe Sambito, former Astros reliever.
Stuff: Fastball 90-95, curveball 77-81, changeup (83-84)
Pre-draft buzz: Indians followed him closely seeing most of his starts and even Brad Grant saw him pitch. Scouts said he could go low first round or sandwich round.
Strengths: Very competitive, fastball is his best pitch right now.
Playing status this summer: The Indians have asked that he not play summer ball so he is just working out and lifting weights as the negotiation process plays out. Also, there are no additional workouts scheduled with the Indians (I don't even know if they can do that at this point).
He said: "It is 50-50 right now for me signing. We are not releasing any bonus amounts we might want, I will let my advisor handle that. I am hopefully getting close to signing. I love the Indians organization and have heard great things about them and it is interesting that my first little league team was called the Indians. "
Bryce Stowell - UC Irvine - RHP
Round drafted (overall draft slot): 22nd (681st). Bryce was a redshirt sophomore accounting for his college junior-like age and his draftability as a college sophomore.
Signing status: Summer draft-and-follow
Summer Ball: Just started playing for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League with his first action scheduled for this Thursday.
Stuff: Fastball 89-93 now (94), sinker, circle change, slider (out pitch) and is working on a 12-6 curveball this spring and summer. His command is still lacking a little.
Strengths: Competitiveness, leadership skills, some have said he has a bullpen mentality.
Pre-Draft Buzz - Scouts indicated that he could go significantly earlier than he was eventually drafted. The Indians saw him pitch a number of times in the spring.
Bonus Negotiations: They haven't even started talking about bonuses with that conversation occuring as the summer goes on, typical for summer draft-and-follows
He said: "The Indians have a great organization and I am on great terms with them right now. I am here to pitch this summer and I am focusing on that right now and I'll think about the negotiations later this summer."