2011 Draft Report Card: Cleveland Indians


Lindor is the first prep first-rounder for the Indians since 2001, and this refreshingly young class should help restock a system gutted by the Ubaldo Jimenez trade and big league graduations.
Bonus spending: $8.2 million
BEST PURE HITTER:  3B Jordan Smith (9) hit .420 in two seasons at St. Cloud (Minn.) State, then had a strong debut, hitting .300/.403/.391 while using an easy swing and a knack for centering the ball. BEST POWER HITTER:  C Jake Lowery (4) ranked second in Division I with 24 homers in the spring, then led the short-season New York-Penn League with 23 doubles and 30 extra-base hits. FASTEST RUNNER:  OF Bryson Myles (6) and SS Francisco Lindor (1) both have plus speed, with Myles being a bit more explosive. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:  Lindor got comparisons to Omar Vizquel as an amateur. He has fluid actions, a strong arm and first-rate hands and feet. He has tremendous instincts and the passion to get better.


BEST FASTBALL:  RHP Dillon Howard (2) features all three aspects of a quality fastball: above-average velocity at 92-94 mph, plus sinking life that's usually late, and average command, which is a separator for a high school pitcher. RHP Cody Anderson (14) touched 96 in the spring and sat 94-95 mph in instructional league, and RHP Shawn Armstrong (18) has touched 95 in short stints. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:  The Indians also drafted RHP Cody Allen (23) out of junior college in 2010, and they've liked his hard curveball for several years. RHP Jake Sisco (3) flashes a plus slider to go with his fastball that has touched 95.


BEST PRO DEBUT: Allen finished the year with a relief outing at Double-A Akron before heading to the high Class A Kinston bullpen for the Carolina League playoffs. He threw 17 scoreless innings at low Class A Lake County and went 5-1, 1.65 between four levels overall with 75 strikeouts in 55 innings. Myles hit .302/.394/.401 with 20 stolen bases in the NY-P, while teammate RHP Will Roberts (5) went 1-3, 3.27 with just seven walks in 41 innings while bumping 94 mph with his fastball. BEST ATHLETE: Lindor gets the edge over Myles. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: Lindor moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico at age 12. Myles originally signed to play football at Texas Christian before heading to junior college and then Stephen F. Austin to focus on baseball. The Indians scouted athletic OF Brian Ruiz (41), a Dominican Republic native, at hometown Lincoln West High in Cleveland, where he dominated the city's public school league. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Allen could zip to the majors as a reliever. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Allen also has a fastball that touches 94 mph. Ruiz has athleticism and some power potential. LHP Shawn Morimando (19) shows three average pitches as well as a clean arm and sound delivery. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: The Indians made six-figure overtures to LHPs Stephen Tarpley (8), who wound up at Southern California, and Dillon Peters (20), who headed to Texas.