2012 Indians 17th round pick: OF Andrew Calica
June 6, 2012
In the 17th round of the 2012 Draft the Indians have selected center fielder Andrew Calica out of Eastlake High School (CA).
Date of birth: 3/5/1994 - Height: 6'1" - Weight: 180 - Bats: Switch - Throws: Right
Quick take: Calica is a hardnosed player that gives maximum effort every at bat of every game. He is still growing into his body so his power is well below average at this time, but he shows good ability to make consistent contact to all fields. He is an average runner, has a solid average arm, and solid range and instincts to play anywhere in the outfield. He is an instinctual player with great makeup and maximizes his tools because of how hard he plays and works at his craft. He is committed to attend UC-Santa Barbara.
Jeff Ellis: I have to think that Andrew Calica will be a hard sign for the Indians. He was a well thought of player that carried a high rank into the draft. He is very much the new style of Indians hitter, a guy who is more of a ball player full on intangibles than a physical freak. He does seem to have good bat speed, and can turn on a pitch. Power is never going to be a part of his game, but he could end up being an above average runner who can cause havoc by running smart. He should be able to end up in centerfield, but most people thought he was headed to college before the draft and being drafted later means that I think there is a better chance he ends up in school than in Cleveland.
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