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2014 Indians 2nd round pick: RHP Grant Hockin

2014 Indians 2nd round pick: RHP Grant Hockin
June 5, 2014
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With their 2nd round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Grant Hockin out of Damien High School (CA).

Born: 3/5/1996 – Height: 6’3” – Weight: 195 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right

Ranks:

Baseball America: 109
Keith Law: 49
MLB.com: 92

Tony’s take: This is a bit of a reach for the Indians as a lot of publications had him more in the 100 range when ranked among all draft prospects, so either the Indians really like him and see something different or this is a guy they think they can get underslot.  He is a projectable high school arm with a commitment to UCLA. His fastball, slider and changeup all have a chance to be solid average offerings, and there is some upside to his body. He is another player with bloodlines in professional baseball as he is the grandson of Harmon Killebrew. The Indians really seem to be targeting players who have bloodlines within the game as this is their third of four players taken so far with such comps.

Jeff Ellis: The big story for Grant Hockin in most cases is that he is the grandson of Harmon Killebrew. Hockin is a good sized right hander who needs to fill out. The hope is that if he fills out that he can add some more velocity which is a necessity as he sits in the high 80’s or low 90’s. The Indians are targeting guys with clean throwing motions it seems and guys who have four legitimate pitches. His best pitch is his slider. In a lot of ways Hockin is a bigger right handed version of Justus Sheffield. He isn’t a bad pick, but not really as high as a lot of other arms left at this point. The Indians seem to be passing on power to add guys with advanced secondary offerings.

Press release: Hockin, 18, recently graduated from Damien High School in La Verne, CA where he logged 20 career victories in 63 games across 4 varsity seasons for the Spartans. The 6-4 190-pound right-hander went 9-3 with a 1.49 ERA (17 ER/80.0 IP) in 14 games/13 starts during his senior season, limiting opposing batters to a .199 (59-297) while notching 99 strikeouts against 17 walks.  A part-time infielder, Hockin hit .379 (25-66) with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 15 RBI and 15 runs scored, while notching a 1.124 OPS (.488 OBP/.636 SLG) in 83 plate appearances this season.  Hockin is the grandson of late Hall of Fame infielder Harmon Killebrew and is currently committed to UCLA.

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User Comments

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June 6, 2014 - 11:27 AM EDT
Hope this isn't another example of the Indians Brass outsmarting themselves when ity comes to trying to be clever with the draft picks.
Nikolaos
June 6, 2014 - 6:40 AM EDT
Good call on the throwing motion....very clean and effortless. This guy seems kind of similar to Adam Plutko.
art
June 6, 2014 - 12:36 AM EDT
Perhaps the Indians believe that the guys with multiple solid pitches but not great velocity have a better chance of staying as starting pitchers.

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