Plutko Indians' first pick on Day 3 of Draft

Plutko Indians' first pick on Day 3 of Draft

Plutko Indians' first pick on Day 3 of Draft

UCLA right-hander Adam Plutko -- the Indians' first pick on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, selected at No. 321 in the 11th round -- has been one of the most consistent performers in college baseball during the last three years, and he's done it without terribly overpowering stuff.

As a freshman he pitched in UCLA's rotation with Gerrit Cole (the first overall selection in 2011) and top Indians pitching prospect Trevor Bauer before taking over as the Bruins' ace the last two years.

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"[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. "[He] has got a lot of success at UCLA."

Plutko pitched with the USA Collegiate National Team last summer during Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and logged a 2.63 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He followed that with a solid junior season, going 8-3 in 16 starts with a 2.51 ERA, limiting opponents to a .210 batting average heading into the Super Regional round.

Plutko has excellent pitchability and is great at locating his pitches. He's a fly-ball pitcher who isn't afraid to use his upper-80s-to-low-90s fastball up in the zone. He also throws a curveball, slider and changeup, all of which have a chance to be at least Major League-average offerings.

He commands all four of his pitches and isn't afraid to attack hitters.

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