Cleveland Indians

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 15 Tyler Naquin OF Texas A&M Texas $1,750,000
Naquin is the best pure hitter in the entire 2012 draft. He won the Big 12 Conference batting title (.381) and topped NCAA Division I in hits (104) as a sophomore, and he's leading the Big 12 in hitting (.397) again this spring. He has a quick lefthanded bat and a controlled approach at the plate, focusing on staying inside the ball and employing the opposite field. He also has the best throwing arm among college outfielders, earning 65-70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale and a don't-run-on-him reputation in the Big 12. Additionally, he's a solid runner who flashes plus speed at times. Despite all those attributes, Naquin will last until the second half of the first round because most teams view him as a tweener who lacks the power for right field and the defensive chops for center. He has a 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame with narrow shoulders, and his ability to add strength and develop average power remains in question. He can drive the ball in batting practice but doesn't show the same kind of pop in games, hitting just seven homers in 173 college contests. His ability to play center field is undetermined because the Aggies use speedster Krey Bratsen there, and some scouts don't love Naquin's routes on fly balls.
2 79 Mitch Brown RHP Century HS, Rochester, Minn. Minn. $800,000
Brown could make history as the first Minnesota prep pitcher ever drafted before the second round. He looked like a first-rounder in his opening start of 2012, when he didn't throw a fastball under 90 mph and threw several at 94. He backed it up with an 87-88 mph cutter/slider and a curveball that both projected as plus pitches, and showed aptitude for a changeup that could become an average offering. Brown hasn't quite lived up to that standard in his subsequent outings, but he continues to display advanced feel for his four-pitch repertoire. Scouts gush about his focus and discipline as well. The son of a Korean powerlifter, he has a strong 6-foot-2, 210-pound build. There's some crossfire to his delivery, but it adds deception rather than detracts from his command. Brown has a scholarship from the University of San Diego that likely will become moot if he's selected in the first two rounds.
3 110 Kieran Lovegrove RHP Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS Calif. $400,000
Lovegrove has flashed outstanding stuff over the last two years, but the quality of his stuff can vary from outing to outing, or even from inning to inning. He was electric last summer, tired in the fall, then got off to a good start to the spring. He labored early in a May outing, working in the 86-91 mph range, then ran his heater up to 92-94 mph and flashed a vicious 86 mph slider in his final inning after his team took the lead. Lovegrove has plenty of projection in his lean 6-foot-4 frame, but durability is a concern for scouts. He often pitches around 90-93 and bumps 94, but he needs to prove he can maintain his velocity in order to be a starter. His slider can be a wipeout pitch in the 83-86 mph range, but it can also get slurvy and softer. He also has the makings of a decent changeup. Lovegrove's funky, complicated delivery and short stride probably contribute to his inconsistency, but if the Arizona State signee can iron out his mechanics and add strength, his upside is significant.
4 143 D'vone McClure OF Jacksonville (Ark.) HS Ark. $765,000
Arkansas' top prep hitter, McClure put himself on the map in 2011 when he won several matchups with eventual Indians supplemental first-rounder Dillon Howard. McClure has consistently hit the top arms he has faced (including Trey Killian this year), and gave up football to sign a baseball-only scholarship offer to Arkansas. Few expect him to get to Fayetteville, though. Some scouts compare McClure to Austin Jackson, while others are unsure if he can stay in center field. Like Jackson, McClure takes a big swing and is just an average runner, at times turning in below-average times to first. He'll have to improve his instincts to play center as well as Jackson, but he should have more power. McClure has excellent bat speed and the handsy looseness scouts look for in hitters, and many project him to hit for plus power. Teams that aren't as high on McClure say he has an inconsistent motor and modest speed. Even teams that give him a chance to stay in center realize they are mostly buying the bat.
5 173 Dylan Baker RHP Western Nevada JC Nev. $200,000
Baker has taken an uncharted path as a prospect. He went to Douglas High in Juneau, Alaska, before pitching at Tacoma (Wash.) CC last year and then winding up at Western Nevada this year. Baker has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3 and 213 pounds and has put up fantastic numbers as the ace for the Wildcats, though scouts see him in the bullpen. His fastball sits in the 90-95 mph range, and his breaking ball shows flashes of being a plus pitch, though scouts would like for it to be more of a true slider. He mixes in an occasional changeup but is more of a two-pitch guy, which limits his role. Scouts don't love his delivery because he doesn't stay in line to the plate and shows effort, which limits his command and would seem to further suggest a future in the bullpen.
6 203 Joe Wendle 2B West Chester (Pa.) Pa. $10,000
Wendle helped West Chester win the Division II national championship by hitting .399/.479/.768 with 12 home runs in 198 at-bats. He also struck out 29 times while striking out just five. He has good hitting ability thanks to a good, level stroke and approach. He's an average runner and has solid hands. He's shown aptitude for hitting with wood by hitting .346 in the Coastal Plains League in 2011 and .311 in the New England Collegiate League in 2010.
7 233 Josh Schubert OF Calhoun (Ga.) HS Ga. $250,000
Schubert is in the process of legally changing his last name from the current McAdams. By any name, he's one of the toolsier preps hitters in Georgia, a high-risk, high-reward player with significant upside. He's 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, and he runs well for his size, a tick above-average now, though he will wind up a fringy or below-average runner as he fills out. Otherwise, it's not hard to project on Schubert, a righthanded hitter who flashes plus raw power when he makes consistent contact. He'll likely wind up on a corner, and his strong arm makes right field a logical future location. Teams that believe in Schubert's bat have to believe he'll refine a raw approach at the plate, relying in part on his impressive batting-practice displays. He committed late to High Point, and scouts consider him signable, which may get him to get picked in the first two rounds even though the scouting consensus appears to peg him as a third- to fifth-round talent.
8 263 Caleb Hamrick RHP Cedar Hill (Texas) HS Texas $180,000
Another attractive Texas high school pitcher who probably can't be diverted from college, Hamrick is a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder who repeatedly has reached 93 mph with his fastball this spring. The Dallas Baptist recruit usually works at 88-91 mph with his heater and pairs it with a promising slider. Also a righthanded-hitting slugger, he has participated in the last two International Power Showcases.
9 293 Jacob Lee RHP Arkansas State Ark. $2,500
Arkansas' No. 4 prospect last year, Lee wasn't drafted after an up-and-down spring. He was better as a sophomore, with more consistent velocity in the 89-91 mph range and even touching 93. His curveball remains his best pitch, earning 55 grades for its shape and consistency, and his changeup is fringe-average to better. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder lacks upside but is a solid senior sign.
10 323 Josh Martin RHP Samford Ala. $5,000
Martin is a veteran workhorse who broke through with a 12-1, 2.96 season as a senior. Scouts don't love his delivery, but he'll touch 92-93 mph at times with his fastball and throws strikes with his curveball.
11 353 Logan Vick OF Baylor Texas $125,000
Vick slumped to .213 as a sophomore in 2011 when the NCAA switched to BBCOR bats, but he got back on track by hitting .337 in the Cape Cod League last summer and was the top regular season hitter (.347) this spring on a Baylor team that ran away with the Big 12 Conference title. He commands the strike zone well, though his lefthanded swing can get long at times. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder's power comes more to the gaps than over the fence, which could make him a tweener unless he can move to the infield. Vick has a strong arm and solid speed, but perhaps not enough to stick in center field. He struggled playing third base on the Cape, but a club may give him a shot at second base. A good athlete, Vick was an all-state football kicker at Tivy High in Kerrville, Texas.
12 383 Jeremy Lucas C Indiana State Ind.
The state of Indiana boasts three of the draft's better college catching prospects in Lucas, Kevin Plawecki (Purdue) and Joe Hudson (Notre Dame. Lucas, the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, has raised his profile this spring by improving his power and defense. He has made consistent line-drive contact for three years at Indiana State, and now the 6-foot-1, 205-pound righthanded hitters is driving the ball more often. Lucas still has work to do behind the plate but looks like he belongs there. He has fringy arm strength and his throws sometimes tail on him, which is why he nabbed just 24 percent of basestealers in the regular season. He's a choppy receiver but has handled the ball better in 2012 than he had in the past. He moves decently for a catcher and projects as an offensive-minded backup.
13 413 Tyler Booth OF Central Arizona JC Ariz. $100,000
14 443 Scott Peoples RHP Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
15 473 Nellie Rodriguez 1B Washington HS, New York N.Y. $100,000
Rodriguez has an extra-large frame at 6-foot-2, 250 pounds. He has power and can handle the bat a little, but he won't be able to catch at the pro level and scouts aren't sold on his bat enough to use an early pick on a high school first baseman.
16 503 Cody Penny RHP North Carolina N.C.
17 533 Andrew Calica OF Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif. Calif.
Calica has raised his profile with scouts by playing hard, having fun and consistently performing at a high level. He is a quick-twitch athlete with a chance for four average tools and below-average power. The switch-hitting Calica isn't physical at 6 feet, 170 pounds, but he swings hard and has a knack for making hard contact to all fields. He has a chance to be an average hitter as he matures. Calica is just an average runner, but he has good outfield instincts that give him at least a chance to stick in center field. He is an aggressive defender who isn't afraid to lay out for balls in the gaps, and he has an average arm. Some scouts think Calica (who is also a standout student) would be best served by developing his body and refining his game for three years at UC Santa Barbara, but a team could make a run at him in the fifth-round range.
18 563 Louis Head RHP Texas State Texas
19 593 Colyn O'Connell RHP Dunedin (Fla.) HS Fla.
20 623 Nick Pasquale RHP Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
21 653 Joe Sever 2B Pepperdine Calif.
The nephew of football Hall of Famer John Elway, Sever is a hard-nosed player who was a standout hockey player when he was younger. Sever's average has jumped nearly 100 points, from .279 as a sophomore to .370 as a junior, as he has blossomed into the top run producer in Pepperdine's lineup. Still, scouts aren't in love with his tools. His 6-foot, 205-pound build evokes Dan Uggla, but he projects for below-average power. He's an aggressive hitter who handles fastballs as well as curveballs and projects as an average hitter. His infield actions are somewhat stiff and his range is suspect, but he makes up for it with his sound instincts and aggressiveness. He has fringe-average speed and arm strength, and his defense also has a chance to be average.
22 683 Jim Stokes RHP Elon N.C. $100,000
23 713 Richard Stock C/1B Nebraska Neb.
Drafted as a catcher in the 45th round out of high school three years ago by the Brewers, Stock hurt his shoulder as a freshman at Southern California. He did little catching for the Trojans or in 2011 at Pierce (Calif.) JC, but he had enough action behind the plate this year at Nebraska to pique the interest of scouts. He has more than enough arm strength to catch but would have to improve his receiving and footwork. If he can pull that off, he'd have much more value than he does as a first baseman. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder offers lefthanded power and makes consistent contact, but scouts don't envision him providing enough offense at first base. The Cardinals drafted his brother Robert in 2009 and converted him from catcher to pitcher this year.
24 743 Walker White RHP South Georgia JC Ga.
25 773 Cameron Cox RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
While scouts hold Weatherford teammate Jacob Stone in higher regard because he has better stuff, Cox has more projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. He has a promising three-pitch mix in an 88-91 mph fastball that should pick up more velocity as he adds strength, a curveball that has its moments when he stays on top of it and a solid changeup. He'll need to smooth out his delivery.
26 803 Justin Garza RHP Bonita HS, La Verne, Calif. Calif.
Undersized at 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, Garza attracted minimal interest from scouts and colleges until signing with Cal State Fullerton toward the end of the recruiting cycle. He raised his profile by showing some of the best stuff at the Southern California Invitational in February, and over the course of the spring scouts began to view him as a bona fide top-five-rounds prospect despite his lack of physicality. Garza has electric arm speed and an easy arm action. He isn't afraid to pitch inside with a 90-94 mph fastball that he commands well. His curveball projects as an average or slightly better pitch, and he has been tinkering with an 84-87 mph slider/cutter that scouts are intrigued by. He also has the makings of an average changeup. Scouts won't be as content to let him head to Fullerton as they would have been six months ago.
27 833 Ray Castillo RHP Russell County HS, Seale, Ala. Ala.
28 863 Josh Pigg 3B/RHP Franklin HS, Elk Grove, Calif. Calif.
Pigg is an athletic 6-foot-1 two-way player whom scouts are divided on. Someprefer him on the mound, where he shows an 87-89 mph fastball. He'll need to develop secondary stuff and harness his command. Others like him as a lefthanded hitter who shows quick hands and some potential with the bat. He has an above-average arm, but will need work to remain at the hot corner. He'll also need to tone down moving parts at the plate. He'll be a project, but he shows quick-twitch athleticism and is considered signable.
29 893 Randall Fant LHP Arkansas Ark.
Fant lost his spot in Arkansas' rotation for part of the season before regaining it in the final third of the season. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder has good size and two average pitches at 88-91 mph and a solid changeup. His breaking ball remains below average, which hinders his ability to profile as a reliever.
30 923 Josh Lester SS Columbus (Ga.) HS Ga.
31 953 Danny Holst OF Parkway South HS, Manchester, Mo. Mo.
32 983 Paul Hendrix SS Howard (Texas) JC Texas
33 1013 Cory Raley SS Uvalde (Texas) HS Texas
A dual-threat quarterback at Uvalde HS, Raley rushed for 1,470 yards and 20 touchdowns last fall. He hasn't played in many showcase events, and Uvalde is off the beaten scouting path in Texas, yet word of Raley's athleticism still spread this spring. His best tool is his well above-average speed, as he's capable of getting from the right side of the plate to first base in 4.0 seconds. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has the arm and actions to stay at shortstop, though his bat will need time to develop. That figures to happen at Texas A&M rather than in pro ball, because it may take a seven-figure offer to get Raley to sign. His brother Brooks was a two-way standout for the Aggies and now pitches in the Cubs system. Another brother, Russell, starred at Oklahoma and now coaches for the Sooners.
34 1043 Matt Fultz C Lee's Summit (Mo.) West HS Mo.
An offensive-minded catcher with legitimate lefthanded power, Fultz could have played his way into the first 10 rounds. While he continued to show a nice swing and pop this spring, scouts were disappointed with the way his body and intensity regressed. They have serious questions as to whether the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder can stay behind the plate. He has a below-average arm and will have to work hard to improve his catch-and-throw skills. If not, he'll have a lot less value as a first baseman. At this point, he may wind up at Kansas State rather than getting picked high enough to turn pro.
35 1073 Nick Hamilton SS Kent State Ohio
36 1103 Benny Suarez RHP Hill (Texas) JC Texas
37 1133 Jacob Morris OF/C Arkansas Ark.
38 1163 Joshua Nervis RHP Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
39 1193 D.J. Brown RHP James Madison Va.
40 1223 Anthony Hawkins OF Fresno HS Calif.