After months of mock drafts and many road-weary scouts, the 2014 Major League Baseball first year player draft came to a close this past weekend. For the Indians, it was a draft in which they had three first round picks along with one supplemental round pick (in which they received from the Baltimore Orioles for losing Ubaldo Jimenez) . Although most of the players who were drafted by the tribe will never make it to Progressive Field (unless they sit in BROHIO) , it is always fun for fans to read the names and scouting reports of the potential future Cleveland superstars.
While the Indians were aggressive by selecting six prep players out of their first ten picks, they were balanced by taking five position players and five pitchers within those ten picks. This was a slight deviation of recent draft results from the organization; 2013 saw only two position players taken with the top ten selections and 2012 only three. It is wrong to speculate that this was the club’s change in strategy, as the draft is a dynamic process which constantly evolves as names are taken off the board continuously.
The 2014 draft class was deep with pitching in the first two rounds and deep with prep positional players the rest of the way. This closely followed the Indians draft as well, which comes as no surprise.
All players have until he July 18th signing deadline to come to terms on a contract with the Indians.
The full list of Tribe draftees is below:
(Note that the Indians selected Peter Dolan, the son of chairman Paul Dolan out of Gilmour Academy, in the 33rd round. He will most likely not sign with the Indians and will attend to Harvard University in the fall.)
(*) Indicates already signed.
Thursday, June 5th:
First round: Bradley Zimmer, OF, University of San Francisco.
First round (losing Ubaldo Jimenez to free agency): *Justus Sheffield, LHP, Tullahoma (Tenn.) High School.
Competitive balance: Mike Papi, OF, Virginia.
Second round: Grant Hockin, RHP, Damien High School, LaVerne, Calif.
Friday, June 6th:
Third round: Bobby Bradley, 1B, Harrison Central High School, Gulfport, Miss.
Fourth round: Sam Hentges, LHP, Mounds View High School, Shoreview, Minn.
Fifth round: Julian Merryweather, RHP, Oklahoma Baptist.
Sixth round: Greg Allen, CF, San Diego State.
Seventh round: Simeon Lucas, C, Grant Community High School, Ingleside, Ill.
Eighth round: Micah Miniard, RHP, Boyle County High School, Danville, Ky.
Ninth round: Alexis Pantoja, SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.
10th round: Steven Patterson, 2B, UC Davis.
Saturday, June 7th:
11th round: Jared Robinson, RHP, Cerritos College.
12th round: Jordan Dunatov, RHP, Nevada.
13th round: Austin Fisher, SS, Kansas State.
14th round: Grayson Jones, RHP, Shelton State Community College.
15th round: Luke Eubank, RHP, Oxnard College.
16th round: J.P. Feyereisen, RHP, Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
17th round: Cameron Hill, RHP, Redlands Community College.
18th round: Taylor Murphy, OF, Pacific.
19th round: Argenis Angulo, RHP, Ranger College.
20th round: Gian Paul Gonzalez, C, Discipulos De Cristo High School, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico.
21st round: Bobby Ison, OF, Charleston Southern.
22nd round: Jordan Carter, RHP, Saint Joseph’s.
23rd round: David Armendariz, OF, Cal Poly Pomona.
24th round: Jodd Carter, CF, Hilo (Hawaii) High School.
25th round: Kainoa Harrison, C, Punahou HS, Kailua, Hawaii.
26th round: Reese Cooley, OF, Fleming Island HS, Middleburg, Fla.
27th round: David Speer, LHP, Columbia.
28th round: Nathan Winfrey, 3B, Maplewoods Community College.
29th round: Drake Roberts, 2B, St. Mary’s (Texas).
30th round: Nick Hynes, RHP, Riverside Community College.
31st round: Dominic DeMasi, RHP, Valdosta State.
32nd round: Jared West, LHP, Houston.
33rd round: Peter Dolan, 3B, Gilmour Academy, Chagrin Falls.
34th round: Cody Calloway, 3B, Midview High School, Cleveland.
35th round: Joseph Dunand, 3B, Gulliver Prep School, Miami.
36th round: Max Bartlett, SS, Gulf Coast Community College.
37th round: Juan Gomes, C, Odessa College.
38th round: Cody Jones, CF, TCU.
39th round: Jake Morton, RHP, Oakland.
40th round: Ryder Ryan, RHP, North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, N.C.