Tribe gets ball rolling on deals with 8 picks
Ninth-rounder Stewart, switch-pitcher Perez among draftees to agree to terms
CLEVELAND -- The Indians got to work on locking up some of their newly acquired young talent, agreeing to terms with eight of their 41 Draft picks on Tuesday.
The first wave of signees is highlighted by ninth-round selection Devon Stewart, a right-handed pitcher from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., though perhaps the most recognizable name was switch-pitcher Ryan Perez, the 12th round selection out of Judson University in Illinois.
The Indians also signed left-handed pitcher William Strode (10th round), catcher Daniel Salters (13), infielder Anthony Miller (18), right-handed pitcher Brock Hartson (21), catcher Jack Goihl (28) and right-handed pitcher Christian Meister (29).
The team also announced Tuesday afternoon that it had sold the contract of right-handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak to the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization. Swarzak made the team's Opening Day roster this season and threw 13 1/3 innings out of the bullpen with a 3.38 ERA before being designated for assignment on May 9 to make room for left-handed starting pitcher Bruce Chen. Swarzak was signed to a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training on Jan. 15.