Fifth-round pick Putnam signed

The Indians have signed fifth-round Draft pick Zach Putnam, a right-hander from the University of Michigan.


Putnam, 21, went 9-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 12 starts during his junior year with the Wolverines. He struck out 78 and walked 23 in 76 2/3 innings and was named the District V (Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin) Player of the Year for the second straight year and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year.


Friday is the deadline for signing Draft picks, and second-round pick Curtis Haley, a right-hander from Central Heights (Texas) High School, is unsigned at the moment. But the Indians are expected to come to terms with him by the deadline.

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