2014 Indians 9th round pick: SS Alexis Pantoja
With their 9th round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected shortstop Alexis Pantoja out of Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico).
Born: 1/18/1996 – Height: 5’11” – Weight: 150 – Bats: Switch – Throws: Right
Baseball America: 173
Jeff Ellis: It’s the ninth round and the Indians are picking #278 and they are taking another consensus top 200 guy. I am not sure how they can afford all these players as they have only taken a single senior sign. Alexis Pantoja is one of the best defenders in this draft and should be a plus defender at shortstop. He was listed in many places as the top player from Puerto Rico in this draft. He can field and has a strong arm for shortstop. At the plate he has a good approach with a nice eye, but the hit tool needs work, and power is nonexistent. Pantoja needs to bulk up as he is 5’11”, 150 pounds and the hope is with an increase in size and strength he can improve with the bat. If you watched Lindor rise through the system he is half a Lindor as defensively he will surely remind fans of the Indians top prospect. Much like Lindor he is also a baseball rat who is going to out work everyone. This is not a kid to sleep on and a nice addition to the Indians system.
Press release: Very good defensive infielder and bat projects well according to Perfectgame.com. Glove stood out at Perfect Game World. 2014 Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American… All Region 1st Team (Canada/PR).