Indians sign top picks Naquin and Brown
By Staff Report
June 15, 2012
On Friday afternoon the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed first round pick outfielder Tyler Naquin and second round pick right-handed pitcher Mitchell Brown to minor league contracts.
Naquin, 21, was drafted out of Texas A&M University and hit .380 (92-for-242) for the Aggies during his junior season this year with 18 doubles, 6 triples, 3 home runs and 49 RBI in 61 games. He also scored 56 runs, stole 21 bases in 26 attempts and posted a .999 OPS. The first-team All-Big 12 selection is also a semifinalist for the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and received Louisville Slugger third team All-American honors.
As a sophomore in 2011, Naquin led all NCAA Division I batters in hits (104) and hit a Big 12-best .381 (104-for-273) with 23 2B, 7 3B, 2 HR and 44 RBI in 68 games. He was named Big 12 Player of the Year and garnered All-America honors from College Baseball Insider (first team), American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings (second team) and Collegiate Baseball (second team) on an Aggie team that advanced to the College World Series in Omaha. In the summer of 2011 he was a member of the USA Baseball 2011 Collegiate National Team, batting .321 (17-for-53) with 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR and 10 RBI in 12 games.
Brown, 18, was named the Minnesota Baseball Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012 pitching for Rochester Century High School, going 7-1 in the regular season with a 0.91 ERA. He was also named a third team High School All-American by Rawlings and entered the draft ranked as the 44th best amateur prospect by Baseball America and 51st overall by MLB.com.
With these two signings the Indians have now officially signed 11 of their 40 selections from the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, though there are several other signings that have been made that are still unofficial.