At pick 282 in the 9th round, the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher James Karinchak out of Bryant University.
Born: 9/22/95 — Height: 6’3″ — Weight: 215 — Bats: Right — Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: James Karinchak is an interesting player in the ninth round as he was a top 200 player on a lot of lists. In addition he is very different from the arms the Indians have gone for in the draft early on the last two years. He has had trouble with his control during his time at school, which has been such a focus for the Indians. He does have one trait the Indians look for which is a potential plus offspeed pitch. His curve is a 12-6 that he has a great feel for and ability to command. Karinchak also had injury issues and when he came back his control issues got worse. There were concerns that he might have bigger injury concerns which lead to his slide on draft day. Karinchak is a great gamble late, especially if he is not a pricey sign. There are some areas for concern, but Karinchak is one of the higher rated players they have draft by industry consensus.
Press Release: Garnered All-NEC honors over his three seasons at Bryant, 2015-17…This past spring during his junior season was limited with shoulder soreness, but still fanned 86 batters in 56.2IP in 13 starts…In 2016, was named second team Louisville Slugger/ABCA/Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American …2016 Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Year, going 12-3 with a 2.00 ERA in 15 starts (112SO, 94.2IP).