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2014 MLB Draft: Live day one blog

2014 MLB Draft: Live day one blog
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11:32 p.m. ET: With their 2nd round pick the Indians have selected prep RHP Grant Hockin.

11:02 p.m. ET: Just a reminder that the picks are not on the front page. To see them go to the newswire to the right or the "New" tab at the top. Here are the links:

Bradley Zimmer:
http://www.indiansbaseballinsider.com/blog/2014-indians-1st-round-pick-of-bradley-zimmer-68035

Justus Sheffield:
http://www.indiansbaseballinsider.com/blog/2014-indians-1st-round-compa-pick-lhp-justus-sheffield-68062
 

Mike Papi:
http://www.indiansbaseballinsider.com/blog/2014-indians-1st-round-comp-balance-pick-of-mike-papi-68075 

10:38 p.m. ET: The Indians have selected outfielder Mike Papi from the University of Virginia with their #38 pick. 

10:07 p.m. ET: The Indians have selected prep left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield with the #31 pick.

10:02 p.m. ET: KC loves the lefties and take Griffin who I like much better than Mederios who went 20 picks ago. Cincy takes Blandino who has some nice pop from the right side, but no way I think he can play shortstop. Texas then takes a really great pitcher in Luis Ortiz, who I think the Indians were hoping to take at 31.

9:47 p.m. ET: The first round is done with these two picks. Chavis to the Red Sox was a heart breaker for a lot of Indians fans. He is undersized but the hit tool could be very special. Weaver looked like a top 15 pick earlier, I think his consistency and velocity drop were caused by arm fatigue and bet he rebounds quite well.

9:37 p.m. ET: Two back to back interesting picks. Cole Tucker is a guy I had in round two, but a good athlete. A writer I work with over at MLB DI loves the kid though, and I trust him so time will tell. Matt Chapman to the A's is a bit shocking. They weren't connected to him at all, might have the best right handed college player in the draft. Big concern with Chapman's hit tool.

9:26 p.m. ET:  Gillaspie had a huge year, but I worried about his 90 point jump in average being the same as his 90 point jump in BABIP, still a nice pick. Holmes was another huge talent, Dodgers made a hell of a pick right there. Hill is a mega athlete with some of the best future defensive value of any player in this draft. The kid could win a lot of gold gloves patroling centerfield in Detroit. 

9:11 p.m. ET: The Indians have selected outfielder Bradley Zimmer from the University of San Francisco.

9:02 p.m. ET: More college arms off the board. Fedde goes to the Nationals who scoff at TJ surgey. Reds take Nick Howard who was hitting 98 this year, plan has to be to see if he can start. 

8:50 p.m. ET: One of my favorites goes to the Royals. If he was four inches taller he is the first pick. Yet with the injury concerns and the fact its the Royals means his arm might fall off. 

8:46 p.m. ET: I am a big fan of the last two picks. Newcomb is a big lefty with some upside for the Angels. I am a bigger fan of the Diamondbacks taking Toussaint, who I think has a real chance to be the best player in this draft massive upside. 

8:36 p.m. ET: College players coming off the board, might be because of depth of high school arms. Turner to Padres makes sense, been fans for awhile. Beede to Giants is a suprise, but Giants always suprise. Beede is a guy I wanted no part of glad, he is off the board.

8:22 p.m. ET First pick, I have a major issue with. Medeiros did not have a first round grade to me. I think he will get killed against better competition. He is going to be a LOOGY, I could be wrong but then again he was just drafted by the worst drafting team in baseball over the last five years with the worst minors in baseball.

8:18 p.m. ET: Now back to back college bats. Conforto the on base machine to the Mets. Then the Blue Jays take the top catcher Max Pentecost who is a do it all type.

8:03 p.m. ET: Run on pitchers. Nola the safest pitcher in the draft to the Phillies. Rockies take the local kid  in Freeland. Toronto takes the gamble on Hoffman who was the top talent on the board, but slid due to injury. 

7:46 p.m. ET: Pair of prep bats go back to back. Gordon to the Twins was something everyone knew. Jackson to Mariners was also put out there by a lot of people first prep player taken in the top ten by Mariners since AROD.

7:29 p.m. ET: Schwarber to Cubs is first truly crazy pick. Cubs have drafted power at the expense of everything else. This certainly changes things. 

7:25 p.m. ET: Rodon to White Sox, rich get richer. 

7:20 p.m. ET: Kolek to Marlins is a bit of a suprise. I had Kolek to Marlins in Feb, because of Stan Meek. I backed off dumbly even though everything about it screamed Meek. Pick should really not be a suprise. Have to wonder if Rodon's salary demand is hurting him right now. 

7:08 p.m. ET: Being reported by Keith Law Brady Aiken will go first, top player on every board

6:17 p.m. ET: Reports are coming out that Carlos Rodon is asking for over six million, and the Astros seem to be fully locked in on Aiken

 

Jeff Ellis taking over here, can also follow for more info on my twitter @jeffmlbdraft

5:30 p.m. ET: I can't believe draft day is here again. It seems like yesterday we were prepping for the Indians fifth overall pick in 2013 and beyond excited when they chose Clint Frazier with the pick.

As in years past, the IBI will be all over the draft this week and up through the signing deadline with information, scouting reports, news, and much more. As each pick is made we will be throwing up draft capsules literally minutes after the picks. IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis will once again be providing write-ups on each drafted player and we will also have pictures, video, bios, and other information on players included in their draft capsules literally minutes after the picks from day one and day two.

Also, as in years past, I'll be providing post-day commentary each morning with analysis, quotes, and tons of stuff from scouts and people in the know. These writeups will be available to premium members only. In addition, I'll be providing daily signing updates up through the July 18th signing deadline.

One thing to note is that all of the draft picks will not be listed on the front page. In order not to bog down the front page and slider, we will only be posting them to the “News” section, which is the top left tab below the site header (they should also display in the "Newswire" in the right panel on the front page).  As each pick is made, we will update and post the picks to that page. We will have one homepage article each morning on Day 2 and Day 3 that will direct people to that page as a reminder.

Also, this blog post will continue to be updated throughout the day today as new information becomes available, though with the Indians first pick at #21 overall the updates and news should be much less than last year. We will also post some commentary in this post throughout the day and during the draft up until the Indians first pick.

To get caught up on the draft, I suggest you check out Jeff Ellis's final mock which posted earlier today. Incredibly, he mocks out the first 105 picks of the draft, including the Indians' first five picks. For more detail and tons of info and insight on the top players in this draft, I suggest you check out his his big board which posted on Wednesday (premium only).

In any case, tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET the 2014 First-Year Player Draft will commence, and it can be seen live on the MLB Network in their Secaucus, N.J studio. They will also air a preview show, simulcast on MLB.com, at 6 p.m. ET.

Here is the draft order for the first round:

1. Houston Astros
2. Miami Marlins
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Chicago Cubs
5. Minnesota Twins
6. Seattle Mariners
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Colorado Rockies
9. Toronto Blue Jays
10. New York Mets
11. Toronto Blue Jays (P. Bickford - unsigned)
12. Milwaukee Brewers
13. San Diego Padres
14. San Francisco Giants
15. Los Angeles Angels
16. Arizona Diamondbacks
17. Kansas City Royals
18. Washington Nationals
19. Cincinnati Reds
20. Tampa Bay Rays
21. Cleveland Indians
22. Los Angeles Dodgers
23. Detroit Tigers
24. Pittsburgh Pirates
25. Oakland Athletics
26. Boston Red Sox
27. St. Louis Cardinals

1st round compensation 

28. Kansas City Royals (E. Santana)
29. Cincinnati Reds (S. Choo)
30. Texas Rangers (N. Cruz)
31. Cleveland Indians (U. Jimenez)
32. Atlanta Braves (B. McCann)
33. Boston Red Sox (Ellsbury)
34. St. Louis Cardinals (C. Beltran)

Competitive Balance Round A

35. Colorado Rockies
36. Miami Marlins (M. Krook - unsigned)
37. Houston Astros (from the Orioles)
38. Cleveland Indians
39. Pittsburgh Pirates (from the Marlins)
40. Kansas City Royals
41. Milwaukee Brewers

- The draft will carry over three days as the first round, compensation round, competitive balance round and second round will only be held tonight, rounds 3-10 will be on Friday, and rounds 11-40 will be on Saturday. The draft picks back up at 1:00 pm ET on Friday and at 1:00 pm ET on Saturday.

- There will be a five minute interval between picks in the first round, and then one minute between picks from the first round supplemental round through the tenth round of the draft. Rounds 11-40 will be like the old way where picks are named off without delay. Both day two and day three of the draft will be held via a conference call from MLB headquarters in New York.

- The bonus pool will once again be something that is very interesting to follow this year since it is just the third year it has been implemented into the draft. Each club has a set amount of money that they can spend on their picks in the first ten rounds depending on where they are picking and how many picks they have.

Here is the Indians bonus pool:

Pick Amount
Round 1 (#21) $2,008,100
Round 1 (#31) $1,733,000
Round 1 (#38) $1,495,400
Round 2 (61) $928,700
Round 3 (#97) $539,600
Round 4 (#128) $400,200
Round 5 (#158) $299,600
Round 6 (#188) $224,300
Round 7 (#218) $168,200
Round 8 (#248) $154,800
Round 9 (#278) $144,600
Round 10 (#308) $137,600
TOTAL $8,234,100

- It is important to note that the Indians cannot simply punt on picks in the first 10 rounds to use that money to help sign another player. If they do not sign a player, that money is lost in the bonus pool. For example, if they decide to not sign their 3rd round pick valued at $539,600, they can’t just reallocate that money to their 9th rounder as that money from their 3rd round pick is gone.

- However, unused money from a signed pick can certainly be used toward other picks. So, in the example above, say they sign their 3rd rounder for $400,000, then they can use the extra $139,600 they did not spend on their 3rd rounder and use it toward the signing of another player(s).  Bottom line, the Indians can use the money in the first 10 rounds however they see fit so long as the player is signed.

- After the 10th round, teams can spend whatever they want on players up to $100,000 and the signing does not count against their bonus pool. Teams can sign a player above $100,000 after the 10th round, but then that signing is counted against their bonus pool.

- The penalties for going over your draft bonus pool allotment are pretty severe. If a team goes from 0-5% over they will be taxed at a rate of 75% of the overage.  If a team is over by 5-10% then they are taxed the 75% and also lose their first round pick in the next draft.  If a team goes over by 10-15% then they are taxed 100% and they lose a first and second round pick. Anything over 15% and the team is taxed 100% and they lose their first round pick in the next two drafts.

- Don't forget to keep checking back into the site throughout the day for updates to this blog post. As updates are provided they will be posted at the top of the page.

Follow Tony and the Indians Baseball Insider on Twitter @TonyIBI. Also, his new book the 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider which profiles the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is available for sale.

User Comments

Matthew
June 6, 2014 - 10:45 AM EDT
Anybody else love that the comment praising "academic drive" had approximately 63 grammatical and spelling errors, or is that just me?
Jeff
June 6, 2014 - 10:43 AM EDT
eastside look at Swish's college numbers he did hit for average, compare vs level not to college vs pros
Tony
June 6, 2014 - 10:33 AM EDT
I actually asked a few scouts about the Swisher comp this morning when asking about him and not one denied that and said they could see it. The comp is less on build and abilities, but ultimately what kind of productive player he could be and him being either an OF or 1B. No doubt they are different physically and with other things, but the patience and power is similar.
Eastside
June 6, 2014 - 10:24 AM EDT
Papi/Swisher comp? Nick Swisher has never hit for average, whereas Papi does. Nick Swisher is like 5'10" and Papi is 6'3". Papi has a good throwing arm. Only things comparable between Swisher and Papi is they draw walks and are corner IF/OF guys. Quite different players otherwise.

Most definitely not spot on, son! Let's step it up with the analysis. C'mon, man.
Roger
June 6, 2014 - 10:22 AM EDT
a point work mentioning about sheffield. yes he was underslot yes he is high caliber prospect however a point worth bringing up here is ever though he isnt going to get special treatment at Vandy he is getting 8 semesters tuition which means he is there as regular student. normal everyday run of the mill students dont matriculate to vandy. vandy only accepts the dream of the crop. if he goes to vandy and succeeds that is quite the accomplish for a professional athlete and shows acedemic drive that more millenials should have. Keep up the good acedemic work justicce shefield you will be a success in life in whatever persuit you choose.
Clay
June 6, 2014 - 12:02 AM EDT
I'm fairly amused at some of the comments made towards these picks. People are so quick to point out something they dislike.
BigTex
June 5, 2014 - 11:11 PM EDT
@Tondo. Sorry if my comment didn't come across the way it was intended. I only meant except Brady in the sense that he has yet to have the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities with a short or full season affiliate. You're absolutely right he could very well be the best of the bunch once he gets his chance. BTW, I'm still disappointed he hasn't been promoted to LC yet, but the Indians seem to be patient with their valued left-handed starters. Maybe with Morimando and maybe Lugo being the exception.
matt underwood
June 5, 2014 - 11:09 PM EDT
i am fighting the opinion we have drafted beau mills, giovanni soto and beau alred with our first 3 picks. is it the cleveland in me or the train wreck of a draft record that shapiro & company has been in charge of over the past 15 years
Tony
June 5, 2014 - 11:06 PM EDT
Jeff's comp of Nick Swisher to Papi is spot on if you ask me.
Rocky55
June 5, 2014 - 11:04 PM EDT
Seeing as how Papi has played all 3 OF positions, made 4 errors all year, led his conference in HRs was a pitcher in HS with a low 90's FB, I'd say that Papi has 4 tools. He's not fast but he's not a base clogger either. The best strike zone judgment in college ball.
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 10:50 PM EDT
For a draft that is supposed to be so deep in Power Arms.. so many position players have come off the board.. The overall strategy seems to be a risk averse approach.... There will be a sustained run of pitchers coming.. Hopefully, one of the guys the Indians like is still there..

.. and isn't a 5 foot something, hundred and something pound lefty with pitchability... rme...

So, Zimmer, a speed merchant & athlete to go with Mike Papi, a limited one tool guy (hit tool) and a midget in the first three picks.. meh... there are a lot of names yet to be picked..
Matt
June 5, 2014 - 10:48 PM EDT
I was hoping Vallot would somehow fall to 61. I liked him based solely on Jeff's writeups.
Andrew
June 5, 2014 - 10:44 PM EDT
Aaron Fitt ‏@aaronfitt 59s
Translation: he rules the strike zone with an iron fist. RT @Clint_BA: Mike Papi has walked in 19.5% of PAs this season
Rocky 55
June 5, 2014 - 10:43 PM EDT
Amen Tondo. Should sign for slot & move quick.
Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 10:41 PM EDT
Other than Brady? He had a fantastic debut right after the draft and is already a top 20 prospect. He might be the best of the bunch you mentioned and I agree with the rest of what you said.

YES! Mike Papi at 38, another one of my targets and finally both rocky and me can celebrate it. Cheers!
Tony
June 5, 2014 - 10:37 PM EDT
I'm all for risk here....go Gatewood or Harrison. But I would love Reid-Foley as well.
BigTex
June 5, 2014 - 10:35 PM EDT
Is it me or is Sheffield Shawn Morimando's identical twin? Both short lefties that don't throw hard and have multiple decent secondary offerings. The Indians obviously have an obsession with short, soft throwing lefties...House, Morimando, Merritt, Brady, and now Sheffield. Guess what, other than Brady these have proven to be a solid strategy. I would much rather have BOR performers (i.e. House) than FOR busts (i.e. Dillon Howard). Hopefully Sheffield can follow in the footsteps of Morimando.
Rocky55
June 5, 2014 - 10:24 PM EDT
Hope I'm wrong but shorter, low 90's "pitchability lefties really don't float my boat. We were linked to Verdugo & I'd have preferred him. We watched Kopech go right after & I liked him much better.
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 10:15 PM EDT
BA had Sheffield rated 49th...

MLB had him at 39..

The Indians selected him at 31.. this is a reach...
Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 10:14 PM EDT
I'll re-post a PG-chat comment, this should be in his capsule too:

Patrick Ebert: "I will say that I think Justus Sheffield has some of the best pitchability I've seen at the HS level and think he could be a guy we all wonder how he didn't go int the first round 2-3 years down the road."

LHP, pitchability...kind of reminds me of a bigger version of Sean Brady.

BrianM
June 5, 2014 - 10:12 PM EDT
I respect Keith Law, and he had him as his 21st ranked player in this draft.
Matt
June 5, 2014 - 10:10 PM EDT
Sheffield seems like he has committed to signing (Vandy commits don't usually drop out of high school to go to baseball showcases). If he is slot or lower I'm ok with it.
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 10:10 PM EDT
Justice Sheffield LHP..

I dont' get this pick.. at all.. this looks like a reach..
Rocky55
June 5, 2014 - 10:10 PM EDT
Yeah, lots of guys I liked better than Sheffield but it might work out. Vandy commit is hard to buy out. Hope they can get him for slot.
Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 10:09 PM EDT
Ha! I got one of my guys too now.

This is a good pick folks. Would have slightly preferred Reid-Foley or Mac Marshall, but if Sheffield came in cheaper, I'm all for it since he's right up with them on my board.

Great pick! Now watch GS hate on it, hehe
BrianM
June 5, 2014 - 10:07 PM EDT
*talking about sheffield
BrianM
June 5, 2014 - 10:07 PM EDT
Law had him mocked to us I believe.
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 10:05 PM EDT
@Tondo... I had the math wrong.. it was with the Collegiate National Team, where he was swiping 11 of 12 bases over 21 games while also hitting an even .300.. He has the wheels.. not wrong.. just not exactly right..
Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 10:03 PM EDT
If they get Reid-Foley here, I'll just pretend that we took him at 21 and Zimmer at 31 and all is cool with me again...promise :-)
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 10:01 PM EDT
@Tony Second Choice.. Jacob Bukauskas
Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 10:01 PM EDT
Simply wrong on many levels GSon, not sure where to start, but Zimmer is not a "speed merchant" and no, he was not 29 of 31. He was merely 21 of 32, that's under 66%...and he fills out that frame as expected that % will probably not improve, so his speed will probably fizzle out by the time he's MLB ready.

Then, BB:K: Naquin had similar BB:K in College in a better conference against better pitching to boot. Zimmer had a horrible 2:17 BB:K in the Cape against the sort of pitching he will face soon, not Gonzaga or Sacramento St pitchers

Best case comp for Zimmer, if ALL goes well for him and he improves, he max out as another Brantley. I guess soem would say Hunter Pence, but I think that's too optimistic.

Naquin-Wacha and now Zimmer-Weaver. Maybe that's the reason the Cards seem to get to the postseason more regularly. We will see.

Now at 31 I hope they go pitcher, avoiding the likes of Gatewood, Harrison and Fisher.
If they go strictly internet boards BPA Reid-Foley should be in play, lol
Roky55
June 5, 2014 - 10:01 PM EDT
Be amazing to grab Ortiz or Reid-Foley at #31. I'd have taken either at #21.
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 9:59 PM EDT
@Tony.. How about Spencer Adams?
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 9:58 PM EDT
Great.. another Stanford dud that's gonna flame out in High A ball.. good for the Reds...
Tony
June 5, 2014 - 9:58 PM EDT
Indians up in two picks.....I am thinking a prep guy next. Reid-Foley, Ortiz or if they go with another bat then Gatewood.
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 9:56 PM EDT
Jeff.. IDK... this could get to be habit forming...
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 9:55 PM EDT
Foster Griffin = Left handed Michael Wacha...damn..
Jeff
June 5, 2014 - 9:51 PM EDT
Gson, you and I dont often agree. Yet I think you hit the nail on the head there. I think his meduim comp is basically Micheal Brantley previous to this year
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 9:47 PM EDT
Hmmm.. How does Zimmer compare to Naquin.. Well, let me count the ways..

Physical Size: A "yet to mature" 6'5 205 versus a fully filled out 6'2, 190.. Zimmer should be able to put on 15 to 25 more pounds..he'll be Jimmy Thome size..

Speed: Zimmer is a speed merchant and smart base stealer. 29 of 31 tries.. Naquin.. not so much..

Power: Not a lot of difference right now.. as power is typically the last toll to develop, this could be a question going forward.

Hand/Eye: Zimmer has as many K's as he does walks.. Naquin would be in heaven if he could cut his K-rate to only 3 times Zimmer's

Price: It's a slotted system and saving money for later has been and will ALWAYS BE A BAD PLAN. When it comes to baseball talent, teams should their money on the best talent.. not save it for later on LESSER talent..

I'm sure this sounds like it's one sided.. but truth be told.. Zimmer can and should be a bigger faster stronger better player. He's not a masher.. but, he shouldn't be at this time. His swing mechanics and bat speed says he will have some pop.. I'll take 9 guys in the batting order who hit 15 to 20 homers each year.. forever..

Overall, it looks like the approach tonight is starting out with the Indians grabbing the scarcer resource (college level bat) and relying on later picks for the real depth of the draft.. upside arms.. I can't say I disagree with the approach..

Your thoughts?
Tony
June 5, 2014 - 9:44 PM EDT
I don't see any similarity whatsoever to the Naquin pick and the Zimmer pick.
Rocky55
June 5, 2014 - 9:37 PM EDT
I wasn't high on Holmes as I think what you see is what you get. Weaver might be available at #38. Chapman to Oakland is a surprise. Love seeing Zimmer in the Tribe lid. Zimmer boys to face each other in the AL Central.
pathofkindness
June 5, 2014 - 9:31 PM EDT
True, the Zimmer pick is strangely similar to Naquin. However, all along Zimmer has been rated significantly higher than Naquin, and (even though I haven't seen him in person) he looks to have MUCH more power potential than Naquin. You can't pass up an opportunity to get a middle of the order, high-upside stud like Zimmer. I thought/think something very different about Naquin, who still may be a ML regular some day, but will never develop middle of the order power...
Walter
June 5, 2014 - 9:28 PM EDT
I know this is wishful thinking, but it would be great to see Zimmer start in LC with Frazier. I think he would start in MHV.
Homer
June 5, 2014 - 9:27 PM EDT
Just a thought...

How does Zimmer falling to the Tribe affect their draft pool? They could play hard ball with him and offer slot, but I would expect he might want more than slot.

At 31, I'd like Michael Chavis or Luis Ortiz and at 38, Luke Weaver or Matt Imhof.

Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 9:19 PM EDT
Not sold. He probably won't sign under slot too since he was virtually ranked higher.

Someone needs to explain to me why Zimmer is such a much better pick compared to Naquin. Taking him over Holmes and Weaver has some Naquin-Wacha feel to it, without the under slot strategy that is.

Sorry to be this negative, but I'm simply not seeing it yet. Hope I'm very wrong.

3 more picks to come though...
Rocky55
June 5, 2014 - 9:18 PM EDT
Surprised Dodgers took Holmes. They usually like the tall lanky guys.
Tony
June 5, 2014 - 9:12 PM EDT
Felt all along that if Zimmer slipped to the Indians he would be the guy.
Walter
June 5, 2014 - 9:12 PM EDT
Yes!!!!!!Yes!!!!Yes!!!!!Wahooo!!!!!Wahooo!!!!

Yes!!!!!!Wahooo!!!!
Tony
June 5, 2014 - 9:06 PM EDT
Please no out of nowhere pick! I am calling Zimmer or Chavis here.
Rocky55
June 5, 2014 - 9:05 PM EDT
Tribe's in the house, where do we go?
Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 9:03 PM EDT
One of Holmes, Weaver, Reid-Foley for me. Would be ok with several others, but I hope it's not Harrison or Gatewood, and even Zimmer at this point. He was obviously overrated. Nobody goes to bat for him and there's a reason for it...
Rocky55
June 5, 2014 - 9:01 PM EDT
What John Hart just said. Take the injured guys, more good players fall to us.

I liked Nick Howard at #21.
pathofkindness
June 5, 2014 - 8:59 PM EDT
oops, I would go for him...
pathofkindness
June 5, 2014 - 8:58 PM EDT
If Zimmer makes it past the Royals, I would go for them.
Rocky55
June 5, 2014 - 8:57 PM EDT
Fedde to Nats. Didn't want him.
Tony
June 5, 2014 - 8:55 PM EDT
Yep, glad Finnegan is off the board. I'd be fine with Chavis or Gillaspie as well. I mean, shoot, there are a lot of good players available right now. Tough for the Indians to go wrong unless they come completely out of left field with something.
Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 8:55 PM EDT
mlb.com has it at 55, so above AVG.

He was 40/69 in the WCC the past two seasonsi, with 21/32 in 2014, not impressive and not trending good. He also had an inflated BABIP in 2014. He's falling for a reason, he's just not that impressive. He's closer to Naquin than you think and Naquin might have been the better pure hitter....
Gson
June 5, 2014 - 8:53 PM EDT
thank you for taking Finnegan..
GSon
June 5, 2014 - 8:52 PM EDT
Great pick by the DBax.. Touki has the kind of projection that is off the charts... John Hart may be hitting that nail on the head comp'ing Touki to Bob Gibson... We'll see about that..
Jeff
June 5, 2014 - 8:50 PM EDT
Zimmer is a burner 70 speed
Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 8:50 PM EDT
I think I know why Zimmer's "falling". What is he good at? He's not a burner, he's not a power guy and he didn't have an impressive K:BB considering the conference he played in. He was pretty average in CapeCod with .730 OPS and 2:17 BB:K. That sticks with scouts when you come from a bad conference. I'd rather have Gillsapie to be honest
Tondo
June 5, 2014 - 8:47 PM EDT
I want Weaver, great track record in a good conference, good stuff, good control and probably saves budget too. Not sexy, but very solid. Holmes and Reid-Foley would be fine too. Not sure about Zimmer or Finnegan. Don't want Gatewood or Harrison at all
Tony
June 5, 2014 - 8:44 PM EDT
Yes, there are some very interesting options for the Indians at #21 right now. I am hoping Zimmer falls to them.
Sternfan10
June 5, 2014 - 8:36 PM EDT
Tribe is going to have a quality player fall to them, Newcomb, Zimmer, Harrison, Gatewood, Chavis, Finnegan and Hill are still available
hawk1228
June 5, 2014 - 8:31 PM EDT
Thanks
Sternfan10
June 5, 2014 - 8:30 PM EDT
Medirios is a reach by the Brewers,
Sternfan10
June 5, 2014 - 8:23 PM EDT
Toronto didn't sign their 1st round pick last year so that got one pick for that and the other is for where they finished in the standings.
Hawk1228
June 5, 2014 - 8:13 PM EDT
how did Toronto get 2 picks so close and near the top of draft?
Arthur
June 5, 2014 - 7:44 PM EDT
I also hear that Schwarber could be a move to save on Bonus Pool money to overpay lower picks.

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The 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!

 

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