2014 Indians 5th round pick: RHP Julian Merryweather
With their 5th round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Julian Merryweather out of Oklahoma Baptist University.
Born: 10/14/1991 – Height: 6’4” – Weight: 200 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
Tony’s take: Shortly before the pick was made I made mention in a tweet that the Indians would probably begin to take a few college seniors in order to save some bonus pool money to pay what has been a pretty good haul up to this point. Coming out of a DII school and being a senior he should have almost no leverage and might get a very low under slot deal. Perhaps I am wrong, but this could be more of a Josh Martin kind of lower level depth pickup to fill in some pitching in the lower levels with low upside to be much more. He should pitch in the Mahoning Valley rotation once he is signed and sent there.
Jeff Ellis: Julian Merryweather is a senior sign from Oklahoma Baptist. He is a big kid at 6’5” who has been sitting in the high 80’s for most of his career. Since he is a pitcher at a division two school he has been draft eligible every year and this was the first time he has been selected. His velocity moved up to the low 90’s and he hit 95 this year. He doesn’t take advantage of his size when pitching, and there is no doubt that coming from a DII school that he will benefit from professional coaching. I think if they can fix the delivery and get him to take advantage of his size then maybe he can start hitting 95 with regularity. There is some upside here as coming from a smaller school with great size. Teams have to take senior signs, so when you do so it is nice if that pick could conceivably have some nice upside as well.
Press release: Named to the 2014 NAIA Baseball All-America team (first team)…Finished 12-3 on the season with an ERA of 1.07 in 100.2 innings pitched. The senior from Berkley, Calif., allowed just 12 earned runs all season while striking out 132 batters and holding opponents to a .181 batting average. Merryweather was also named to the 2014 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series All-Tournament Team for his performance in Lewiston, Idaho.
thanks for the advise. will zip it :-). fyi, i really know my baseball.... as an immigrant from Chile and a neuroscientist by trade, i love to analyze baseball and the mechanics of it.... awesome physics when it comes to pitching. Even more amazing is figuring out how the hitter's brain works. We know how many synapses are involved from seeing a pitch to taking a swing.....not really enough time to really see and react. Maybe really good hitters have synapses that work faster than we scientists know.... we should study this.