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Published: Tuesday, 6/8/2010

Indians draft Mississippi lefty in 1st round


CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have selected Mississippi left-hander Drew Pomeranz with the fifth overall pick in the baseball draft.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Pomeranz went 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 16 starts this season for the Rebels. He struck out 139 in 102 2-3 innings. He was taken by Texas in the 12th round in 2007 out of high school.

It was the highest the Indians picked since 1992, when they took right-hander Paul Shuey with the second overall selection.

Pomeranz throws a fastball in the low 90s, but scouts are more impressed with his curveball.

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