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2014 Cleveland Indians Draft thread

Posted: 6/5/2014 11:16 AM

2014 Cleveland Indians Draft thread 


Draft thread, anyone?  Alright then.  The draft begins today and the Tribe is poised to jam the farm system with talent.

A quick look at the first 5 picks for Cleveland:

1. 21st overall
2. 31st overall (Thanks, Ubaldo!)
3. 38th overall
4. 61st overall
5. 97th overall

5 picks in the first 100 selections of a deep draft and $8.23 million to spend (8th in the league) should get the farm buzzing.  Excited to see what happens.

So far, the most common pick going to Cleveland in mock drafts (I know, mocks don't mean much of anything, but they at least give us a NAME to talk about) is Casey Gillaspie (Conor's brother).  A switch-hitting first baseman from Wichita St.  Showed power and average in college and is considered one of the most advanced bats in the draft.  And at age 21, could be a viable Swish replacement when the contract is up in a few years.  Although, he's starting to come off the board earlier in some predictions.  Would love to see him fall to #21.  A little scouting on the younger Gillaspie:

http://www.crawfishboxes.com/2...b-wichita-state

Another name that is popping with connection to the Indians is Jacob Gatewood.  A high school SS.  Maybe even at #31.  Probably won't stick at short.  He's already big as a high school senior at 6'5, 190.  And is showing plus power.  Potential thirdbaseman of the future.  A little scouting on the Gatewood:

http://www.minorleagueball.com...-ca-high-school   

But, who knows what will happen?  Carlos Rodon could always fall.  Manziel-style.  biggrin
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Posted: 6/5/2014 1:32 PM

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The internet tells me that the draft is deep in pitching so while the bats sound good, most of the pitchers should be the "best player available" over any hitters. In today's baseball you can't win if you can't pitch and the Indians need to add some impact arms to sustain being a winning club, I think the Indians need to go heavy after pitching.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 1:51 PM

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The early book on recent 2nd round SPs taken by Tribe have not been promising.  Both Mitch Brown and Dace Kime have been pretty disappointing at Lake County.  Brown 0-6 with 4.86 ERA and Kime 0-8 with a 6.10 ERA.  Let's hope for some better luck with pitchers in this draft.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 1:54 PM

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Not that i'm advocating the Indians sign him but say tomorrow or whenever the draft is over if someone signs Morrales does that mean they have to give up a pick in next years draft
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:07 PM

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fishmong wrote: The internet tells me that the draft is deep in pitching so while the bats sound good, most of the pitchers should be the "best player available" over any hitters. In today's baseball you can't win if you can't pitch and the Indians need to add some impact arms to sustain being a winning club, I think the Indians need to go heavy after pitching.

Absolutely.  I actually think that out of picks 21, 31, and 38...two will be pitchers.  But trying to get some power bats at the higher levels of the system could be a priority with the first or second pick.  Who is true power hitting prospect we have right now?  Frazier might be the only one and he's 4 years out minimum.  Aguilar is intriguing, but I would guess he settles in as a platoon 1B/DH.  We have tons of great middle infielders (Lindor, Paulino, RR, Jose Ramirez, Wendle) and lead off type outfielders (Naquin, Washington), but really no power guys.  I'd love to see Cleveland get a true #4 hitter at some point in my lifetime.  biggrin

But I do agree.  Pitching is ingredient 1 and 1A in the recipe for sustained success.  With such a deep pitching draft and the extra picks and money we have, hopefully we can fill that cupboard up as well.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:09 PM

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JCrawdad wrote:
Not that i'm advocating the Indians sign him but say tomorrow or whenever the draft is over if someone signs Morrales does that mean they have to give up a pick in next years draft
From what I understand, the draft pick compensation evaporates after the draft.  I think Morales will be free and clear to sign without any baggage.  And he won't be waiting long.  Really glad the Red Sox decided to bring back Stephen Drew.  He would have been a Tiger before Friday's game time.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:32 PM

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JCrawdad wrote:
Not that i'm advocating the Indians sign him but say tomorrow or whenever the draft is over if someone signs Morrales does that mean they have to give up a pick in next years draft

I'm not sure if it is any point after the draft starts or once it is completed, but the draft pick attachment does go away at one of those points.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:32 PM

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JCrawdad wrote:
Not that i'm advocating the Indians sign him but say tomorrow or whenever the draft is over if someone signs Morrales does that mean they have to give up a pick in next years draft
No they don't have to surrender a pick to sign him but you do know who his agent is, right?
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:40 PM

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DCTribefan wrote: The early book on recent 2nd round SPs taken by Tribe have not been promising.  Both Mitch Brown and Dace Kime have been pretty disappointing at Lake County.  Brown 0-6 with 4.86 ERA and Kime 0-8 with a 6.10 ERA.  Let's hope for some better luck with pitchers in this draft.
Kime has strung together 4 really good outings so maybe he has turned it around.
Brown is only 20, and also strung together 5 good outings.  Also remember, IMO the ERA at Lake County is a little deceiving because of their piggybacking because the starters get pulled so even if they are rolling, they possible lose 1-2 IP in those games to bringing down their ERA.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:46 PM

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Any way the LHP from Kauai drops to the Indians?  It would be nice to have a local boy to root for in the farm system.
Speaking of which, I am guessing that Steven Wright has had issues as we haven't had the ranting of how the Indians FO sucks for letting Wright go etc.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:47 PM

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allhailshapiro wrote:
No they don't have to surrender a pick to sign him but you do know who his agent is, right?

I'm not sure that matters at this point. The guy is staring a deal for the rest of the season down the barrel. Boras is Stephen Drew's agent, and he signed for the prorated portion of a qualified offer.

Morales is looking at less than that, but it is really his max starting place for a deal. In the absence of Swisher, I would advocate pursuing him. He isn't great, but he is still a good enough hitter to solidly contribute.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:49 PM

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If Francona was willing to cut ties with Giambi, I would definitely take Morales even with Swisher back off the DL.
ProfessorRossEforp wrote:
allhailshapiro wrote:
No they don't have to surrender a pick to sign him but you do know who his agent is, right?

I'm not sure that matters at this point. The guy is staring a deal for the rest of the season down the barrel. Boras is Stephen Drew's agent, and he signed for the prorated portion of a qualified offer.

Morales is looking at less than that, but it is really his max starting place for a deal. In the absence of Swisher, I would advocate pursuing him. He isn't great, but he is still a good enough hitter to solidly contribute.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:57 PM

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Hawaii007 wrote: If Francona was willing to cut ties with Giambi, I would definitely take Morales even with Swisher back off the DL
Not happening (you should have seen the dugout after Giambi's double last night) and Swisher isn't going anywhere.

Morales is not even an option.  He's dead to us.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 2:58 PM

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Hawaii007 wrote: Any way the LHP from Kauai drops to the Indians?  It would be nice to have a local boy to root for in the farm system.
Speaking of which, I am guessing that Steven Wright has had issues as we haven't had the ranting of how the Indians FO sucks for letting Wright go etc.
I haven't seen him in the handful of 1st round mocks I have looked at today.  Medieros could well be there with either of the compensation picks, and I think he is the kind of guy you gamble on there.  Looks slated for the bullpen to me though.
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Posted: 6/5/2014 3:09 PM

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Nice site I found.

http://sbb.scout.com/2/1407185.html
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Posted: 6/5/2014 5:51 PM

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WhoAzcue wrote:
Hawaii007 wrote: If Francona was willing to cut ties with Giambi, I would definitely take Morales even with Swisher back off the DL
Not happening (you should have seen the dugout after Giambi's double last night) and Swisher isn't going anywhere.

Morales is not even an option.  He's dead to us.
Between Catcher, first , third and DH you have Gomes, Santana, Chisenhall, Swisher and Giambi. No room at all. Santana would be the only one of that group that could be traded, but I don't see that happening.

Thanks for the info on the draft Idaho.

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Posted: 6/5/2014 8:19 PM

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Following the draft on MLB.com, and they are talking about how there is a lot of value in having an everyday catcher...no superlatives to the definition of an "everyday catcher".  Makes you wonder if the Indians are sitting on a gold mine with all their catching prospects! tongue
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Posted: 6/5/2014 8:23 PM

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Darn it...the local reporters were correct, Brewers wanted Kodi, and they got him at 12. banghead
Do we have a CC Sabathia to trade for him? tongue
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Posted: 6/5/2014 9:07 PM

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Well there went Gillaspie
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Posted: 6/5/2014 9:14 PM

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Waiting for the bashing to begin and the Bible (Baseball America)-thumping.
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