Yesterday, Tony posted part one of his post-draft Q&A with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli. Today, in part two, Mirabelli goes into depth about their preparation for the draft, the philosophy of the draft, how they manage their bonus pool money, the decision-making process that goes into the first round pick (and other picks), the negotiation process, and much more. This is a very detailed and insightful Q&A on the pre and post draft process.
The signings have slowed down and the news has all but disappeared this week as remaining unsigned players either stand strong on their commitments to going to or going back to college while others are weighing their options. We are still 23 days away from the July 12th signing deadline and the Indians have only signed 14 players, so roughly 8-12 more players will be signed between now and then. Tony gives an update on a few that could be next as a few high profile signings should come soon, and one is in town as we speak.
We are already almost two weeks removed from the draft and with that lots of new players are coming into the organization and a few are already making their professional debuts this week. Tony had a chance over the weekend to sit down at length with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli and talk about the Indians draft. Mirabelli discussed the strength of the draft and trends we saw in it this year, the decision-making process, why he liked Clint Frazier so much, and lots more. Part 2 will post later in the week.
The Indians inked more players over the weekend, this biggest being 1st round pick outfielder Clint Frazier to a $3.5 million deal. The Indians have now signed 14 players from their 2013 Draft and more will filter in over the next three weeks before the signing deadline passes on July 12th. The signing news is slowing down, but Tony checks in today with a few updates on some players.
The draft has come and gone, and now it is time for IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to post his annual post-draft review. It was a very interesting draft and as always had a lot of trends that he found while following it. He touches on the Frazier pick and why the negatives on him are a bit overstated right now, the Indians approach in the draft with selecting several smaller sized players, and their "safe" approach with their bonus pool to maybe save money to strike and sign later round guys.
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to contract terms with fifth overall pick prep outfielder Clint Frazier. He is in town for the weekend and is expected to officially sign his contract on Saturday and should talk with the local media on Saturday or Sunday.
The Cleveland Indians have officially signed two more players from the 2013 Draft to minor league contracts on Friday as they announced the signing of 6th round pick right-handed pitcher Casey Shane and 19th round pick left-handed pitcher Matthew Whitehouse.
The Indians inked two more players yesterday to official minor league contracts as 14th round pick outfielder Silento Sayles and 18th round pick infielder Paul Hendrix signed their contracts. With both on board the Indians have now "officially" signed six players from their 2013 Draft. The Indians have since signed two more players and more players will "officially" sign deals this weekend.
The Cleveland Indians have officially signed two more players from the 2013 Draft to minor league contracts. On Thursday they announced the signing of 14th round pick outfielder Silento Sayles and 18th round pick shortstop Paul Hendrix.
Yesterday the Indians officially inked four players to contracts, and more are coming as if you have been paying attention to the signing updates here at IBI several more players will be officially signed in the next few days. Tony gives a few updates on some of the Indians' top 10 round picks plus some new news on some other players previously unmentioned in these signing updates.
The first batch of official 2013 Draft signings are now in the books as they have officially signed 8th round pick right-handed pitcher Trevor Frank, 20th round pick catcher Shane Rowland, 23rd round pick third baseman Grant Fink and 36th round pick second baseman Mike Giuffre.
The Indians completed the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday night with a group of 39 new faces. Tony takes a look back on the selections the Indians made from the 2nd through 40th rounds, looks at the strategy the Indians used, talks about some of the players that intrigue him the most, has some input by college coaches on the new draft setup, and more.
Another day, another update on the signing status of several of the Indians draft picks. In today's update Tony gives an update on Clint Frazier and has the day he will sign, discusses a few new players who are expected to sign, talks about some high leverage players that will decline to sign and go to or back to school, and more.
We have a few different post-draft articles coming to the IBI over the next few days. In addition to the signing updates, we will also have our detailed site recap of the draft as well as a post-draft Q&A with John Mirabelli. In part one of our site recap today, we let the scouts do the talking as they provide many comments on the players the Indians selected and provide some insight into the signability of a few of those player. In total, 13 players are reviewed by scouts outside of the organization.
Tony checked in yesterday with his first signing update with news, notes and firsthand information on 14 of the Indians 39 draft picks. Today, he continues his signing updates with more news on Clint Frazier, some additional players that have agreed to terms on deals, a few players who have decided not to sign (one who is a pretty big name), and more.
The 2013 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!