BALTIMORE -- The Indians released one of their past early-round Draft selections Friday. Pitcher Scott Lewis, taken in the third round in 2004, struggled with injuries in recent years and had been playing for Triple-A Columbus.
Lewis briefly pitched for the Indians in 2008, going 4-0. He made his Major League debut in September of that year, throwing eight innings against the Orioles. The left-hander had struggled recently with elbow soreness.
Indians focused on entire Draft
BALTIMORE -- With the Indians holding the fifth overall pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the team is not worrying about criticisms of past Drafts.
"What we've tried to do is learn from our past experiences, both positive and negative, and continue to make adjustments to improve our processes," assistant general manager Chris Antonetti said before Friday's game with the Orioles.
This year's Draft is expected to be deep with high school pitchers. Antonetti said the team's approach to the Draft changes year to year.
"This year," Antonetti said, "we've done a number of different things to try to make sure we capitalize not only on our first pick, but throughout the rest of the Draft to make the best selections we can and take advantage of an opportunity to bring talent to the organization."
He said the team's budget reflects its position near the top of the Draft.
Tribe pleased with Santana's progress
BALTIMORE -- Columbus catcher Carlos Santana had six home runs entering Friday, and the Indians are keeping tabs on the potential star's defensive progress.
"He's continuing his development in Triple-A," assistant general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We've really been pleased with the progress he's made defensively. That said, he still has work to do down there. He continues to work in those areas, and hopefully at some point we'll see him up here."
Offensively, it would seem he's ready. Antonetti said Santana could "compete" on the Major League level.
"Carlos certainly has the ability," Antonetti said.
Indians confident in young players
BALTIMORE -- Indians assitant general manager Chris Antonetti said young players Matt LaPorta and Luis Valbuena are going through a learning process.
Both were batting around .200 entering Friday's game, but Antonetti said each has shown the ability through various levels of the organization to push through similar troubles.
"Hopefully, they'll do that here in the near term," Antonetti said.
Matt Palmer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.