So far we've covered prospects expected to go in the first two rounds in our series of draft reports; we'll continue to plow through those guys, but I want to mix in some of the sleepers as well. We'll begin that process with outfielder Andrew Calica of the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Calica: "That was one of the hardest decisions I had to make in my life. I saw it as a great opportunity either way. I could play for a great pro organization that really liked me, or I could get a good education and play for an up-and-coming college baseball program with a great atmosphere and a great coaching staff. It came down to whether I felt I was ready for pro ball, or whether I wanted to get my degree. Ultimately the package from the Indians wasn’t quite what I wanted so I decided to get started on my degree."
"To be honest I didn’t find much difficulty changing the bats, from metal to wood. I was in a good groove that spring and I understood a lot more about myself, how to make my approach work. I was able to carry that consistency to the Cape."
"That’s true, the results with the batting average are not where I’d like them to be. But I still think I’m developing as a hitter. I’m showing more power this year and I’m having really good at-bats. I’m making contact, drawing more walks. By getting on base as much as possible I’m helping my team, even if the batting average isn’t where I’d like it. I understand my role now and what I’m good at. With UCSB I’ve learned the mental preparation and habituation that it takes to hit leadoff."