Over the past few years a lot has been made of the Indians draft record of late. IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has heard many fans lament the bad drafts and wish for the good old days of John Hart when the organization was loaded with talent and seemed to always produce new players to fill a need. His research shows how the last three Indians GMs prior to Chris Antonetti had their own areas of strength and how the draft for the past 20 years has not produced many major league options in Cleveland.
Tony wraps up this five-part series in his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Sean Brady, Kenny Mathews, Ben Heller, Garrett Smith, Cody Ferrell and Gerald Bautista. He explains why Brady is very similar to another top left-handed pitching prospect the Indians recently drafted and signed, why Mathews and Heller have some upside, and more. He provides some scouting notes on each player and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Dace Kime, Trevor Frank, Paul Hendrix, Kerry Doane and Jordan Milbrath. He explains why Kime has so much upside as a starter, why Frank might be another gem found in the bullpen, why Milbrath is so intriguing and more. He provides some scouting notes on each player and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
The IBI's Jeff Ellis has often wondered where the top starting pitchers in baseball come from. Do they come from the draft or internationally? Do they come from college or high school? Is there any rhyme or reason to it all or is there really no such thing as a starting pitching prospect (TINSTAAPP)? He came up with some data which he believes helps answer that question and why the Indians may be a prime position for the 2014 Draft.
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Casey Shane, Adam Plutko, Sicnarf Loopstok, Cole Sulser and Justin Garcia. He explains why Plutko and Garcia did not pitch this season, provides some scouting notes on each player, and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
It is several months before the college baseball season begins, but that doesn't mean people aren't already talking draft. Since the summer leagues are done and the showcase circuit is over, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis decided to sit down and make his first draft board. Next year's draft figures to be the best pool of talent in years, and with the Indians holding at least two first round picks it could be a very important draft for them.
Over the course of the next few weeks Tony will be posting post-draft pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2013 Draft with insight from Scouting Director Brad Grant. Last week he touched on players like Clint Frazier, Matt Whitehouse, Thomas Pannon and others, and this week he fills us on on players like Kyle Crockett, James Roberts, Grant Fink, Cortland Cox and Mike Giuffre.
Over the course of the next few weeks Tony will be posting post-draft pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2013 Draft. The Indians signed 25 players in total and also signed two undrafted free agents, and he will have a tons of comments on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant as well as other insights from what was seen in their pro debuts this season. In today's first edition he looks at Clint Frazier, Thomas Pannone, Silento Sayles, Matt Whiteside and Shawn Rowland.
The competitive balance lottery happened on Wednesday to no fanfare at all, but Indians fans should really be happy about it and need to know about it. The reason is simple: this pick becomes a big trade asset for the Indians. It could be the centerpiece in a trade, especially if it's for pen help. The IBI's Jeff Ellis explains the value of the pick and how fortunate the Indians were to get it.
The Cleveland Indians have signed 11th round draft pick right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko. With his signing they have now signed 25 of their 39 draft picks. The deadline is just two days away and Tony talks about who the Indians may still have their sights on and provides an update on the status of the unsigned picks.
The 2013 Draft is long over now, and most players who are going to sign have done so. This year, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis thought it might be fun to cap off the draft coverage here at the IBI with an Indians shadow draft. A shadow draft is exactly what you think it is: Jeff gets to put on my GM cap and make every single pick. Take a look at who he picks and compare his picks to what the Indians did.
The 2013 MLB Draft signing deadline on July 12th is fast approaching. The Indians have signed all of the bonus pool picks that there are going to sign and are $332,100 under budget which means they have some money they can use for post-10th round picks and not be at risk of being severely taxed or lose a first round pick. Here is an update on some of the post-10th round picks who the Indians have talked to and may be talking to.
About a week after the draft, the IBI's Jeff Ellis was able to do an interview with former Buckeye and now Chicago White Sox minor league pitcher Bradley Goldberg. Here is their entire conversation transcribed and it provides a chance to get some insights on the draft process and the Ohio State baseball program.
The Indians have done their major lifting with signing picks from the draft as they have signed all of their picks through the ninth round and have signed 21 of the 39 players they selected in the draft. But they are still busy trying to sign a few more players, and today we provide an update on one new signing.
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!