Eighth-rounder Miniard latest Indians prep arm

Eighth-rounder Miniard latest Indians prep arm

The Tribe has picked up yet another high-school arm.

With their eighth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, the Indians selected Micah Miniard, a right-handed pitcher from Kentucky's Boyle County High School. The team has already landed three other prep pitchers in this year's Draft class -- Justus Sheffield (No. 31), Grant Hockin (No. 61) and Sam Hentges (No. 128).

Miniard possesses excellent size at 6-foot-7, 195 pounds, with a fastball that can reach up to 94 mph. However, more often than not, he'll work the pitch in the 87-90-mph range. He has signed a letter of intent with Western Kentucky and has a sister, Hannah, that pitches for the Hilltoppers softball team.

Miniard was named an Under Armour High School All-American in 2013 after posting a 2.24 ERA and striking out 76 in 56 1/3 innings as a junior. He also threw a no-hitter that season, and due to his success and potential, was thrust into the national spotlight among the scouting community.

"I feel like I'll have a target on my back now because everyone will want to hit off me," Miniard said to Boyle County. "I take [the attention] with a grain of salt. I don't really like the attention."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.