Here is the Mock Organization Diary for the Cleveland Indians in the 2011 Minorleagueball.com Community Mock Draft. The Indians have a pick in the top third of the draft for the second year in a row, will new GM Chris Antonetti continue the trend of the recent past or will he begin a new strategy...
Much like the last couple of years the Indians have a pick in the first half of the opening round and seem to be targeting a college pitcher. Their picks consist of just the standard pick for each round as they did not gain or lose anything to free agent signings for failure to sign a 2010 draft pick. Here is what their schedule looks like for the first three rounds.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Round 2 - Pick 7 (#67 Overall)
Round 3 - Pick 7 (#97 Overall)
One of the knocks against the Indians system at the beginning of the year is that while extremely deep there was not much in the way of impact hitting in the mold of the players that shaped the great Cleveland teams of the 90s. Still, early reports have the Indians looking for another college pitcher without any sign-ability concerns (aka slot money). While this is maybe a little disheartening, if the success seen from Alex White and Drew Pomeranz could be repeated once more the Tribe would have the makings of a potentially dominating rotation down the road. Looking past the first round, Cleveland has only taken 13 High School players in the first 10 rounds of the draft in the past five years, and only three in the first three rounds (T.J. McFarland LHP 2nd rd 2007, Trey Haley RHP 2nd rd 2008, Tony Wolters SS 3rd rd 2010) so unless a great value falls to them they will likely pull from the college pool once again.
Current names being thrown around as targets for the Indians include:
- Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt
- Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas
- Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA
- Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow HS (OK)
- George Springer, OF, UCONN
- Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde Academy (FL)
- Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso HS (OK)
- Matt Barnes, RHP, UCONN
- Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, South Carolina
So will Cleveland continue with their recent history and draft a college arm like Gray or Barnes or in a year with a deep player pool do the Indians go over slot to try and nab a player like Bubba Starling,
Francisco Lindor, or Archie Bradley?