2013 Indians 3rd round pick: RHP Dace Kime
With their 3rd round pick in the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Dace Kime out of the University of Louisville.
Born: 03/06/1992 – Height: 6’5” – Weight: 220 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
Baseball America: 92nd
Perfect Game: 91st
John Sickels: 44th (as a pitcher)
Tony’s quick take: Kime is a local product out of Defiance, Ohio and just finished his junior season at Louisville. He was formally drafted out of high school in the 8th round of the 2010 Draft by the Pirates and he really came on this season at Louisville. He has a live 92-95 MPH fastball and mixes in an curveball and occasional changeup. What really helped him this season was the addition of a cutter-slider which really played up his repertoire. His offspeed stuff is promising and he has the frame to start, and the Indians should initially develop him as a starter.
Jeff Ellis: Kime is a big ground ball pitcher who came out of the baseball factory that is Defiance, Ohio. He was almost entirely a reliever for his career at Louisville. He was drafted out of high school but struggled to find a defined role at Louisville until he became a starter this April. Since he hasn't started a lot there is a lot of projection in his big frame 6'5". He is kind of a risky college arm as projecting him as a starter when he had not done that since high school is a bit risky. His stuff is interesting, but he has only started since April of this year. He projects to me as a big durable back end starter. I think the knock on the pick is he was viewed as about the 90th to 100th best player in the draft and the Indians took him at 78.
Kime, 21, is 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 25 games/8 starts this year for the University of Louisville (66.0IP, 63H, 23ER, 20BB, 79K, 1HR, .257AVG). The eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team plays this weekend at Vanderbilt in the NCAA Super Regional. Kime began the season in the bullpen before entering the starting rotation mid-year and had a three start stretch from April 30-May 12 where he had a 0.96 ERA over 18.2 innings (3-0, 2ER, 25K). He has recorded 146 strikeouts in 131.2 innings during his 3-year Louisville career (10SO/9.0IP).
Dace was previously selected in the eighth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates after earning All-American, All-State and All-League honors during his career at Defiance (OH) High School. As a senior, he was 7-1 on the mound with a 1.31 ERA and 108 strikeouts after being named a Preseason Louisville Slugger All-American.
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Dace Kime agreed to a contract with the Pirates for $400k, then MLB dragged their feet approving it and he decided to head to college. He has pitched fairly well this year, splitting his time between starter and relief. In 8 starts and 17 calls from the bullpen, he is 5-1, 3.14 in 66 innings, with 79 strikeouts. He looked to be a third round draft pick, which will get him slightly more money than he agreed for, but that was three years ago as well, so who knows if it will pay off long-term.
Not sure why we don't throw that stupid theory about the need to waste high draft picks on pitchers out with the notion that the earth is flat.
Let's hope this guy signs well below slot so we have some coin for a real position player high school draftee in rounds 5-10.
Draft pitchers after round 10! The odds are way too high compared to position guys and the Tribe scouts have no proven talent for finding stud hurlers in the first 10 rounds.