The Indians selected another eight players on Friday, Day 2 of the 2014 MLB Draft, which included rounds 3 through 10. Here those players are, with some brief information about each of them:
Round 3, pick 97: Bobby Bradley (1B), Harrison Central HS (Mississippi)
DOB: 5/29/96, Age: 18
6'1", 225 lbs. - Bats: L, Throws: R
He committed to LSU, and could be a tough player to sign unless the Indians are willing to go over slot. Hopefully they can save a little money on other players (as they already did with #31 pick Justus Sheffield) and free up what it takes to bring Bradley in, because he's one of the best prep batters in the country.
From MLB.com: "Bradley has an extremely advanced bat for a prep player and the power to match. He has a sweet left-handed swing with plenty of bat speed, as well as a willingness to use the entire field. He focuses on making hard contact rather than selling out for home runs, though he still can hit the ball out of any part of any park."
Slot value: $539,600
Round 4, pick 128: Sam Hentges (LHP), Mounds View HS (Minnesota)
DOB: 7/18/1996, Age: 17 (he wasn't even born when Independence Day came out!)
6'6", 235 lbs. - Bats: L, Throws: L
Hentges led his high school team to the state title last year, and he was named the state's Player of the Year this season. He committed to Arkansas. His fastball sits at 86-87 MPH, but as young as he is, there should still be plenty of growth there. He also throws a changeup and a curveball. Mitch Brown, the Tribe's 2nd-round pick in 2012, was also a prep pitcher from Minnesota.
Slot value: $400,200
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Round 5, pick 158: Julian Merryweather (RHP), Oklahoma Baptist University
DOB: 10/14/1991, Age: 22
6'4", 200 lbs. - Bats: R, Throws: R
Merryweather was 12-3 record with a 1.07 ERA in 100 2/3 innings this season, with 132 strikeouts. He was named to the NAIA All-America team. His fastball sits at 91-92 MPH, and he throws a good changeup as well. He lists Jack Johnson as his favorite musician, so I'd guess he's a pretty chill guy. A college senior, Merryweather is the kind of guy who can usually be signed for below slot, saving the team some money to bring in a guy like Bradley.
Slot value: $299,600
Round 6, pick 188: Greg Allen (CF), San Diego State
DOB: 3/15/1993, Age: 21
6'0", 175 lbs. - Bats: S, Throws: R
Allen hit .302 average this season, with 25 stolen bases, and he is said to be a plus defender in center. He was listed at #81 on MLB.com's pre-draft prospect rankings, which makes him seem like quite a steal at #188. I've seen Michael Bourn listed as an upper-end comparison for Allen.
Slot value: $224,300
Round 7, pick 218: Simeon Lucas (C), Grant Community HS (Illinois)
DOB: 2/7/1996, Age: 18
6'2", 195 lbs. - Bats: L, Throws: R
Posted a .443/.581/.871 line with 9 2B and 7 HR this season. His power is more to the gaps than over the fence right now, but his approach is good, and he could fill out into a bigger player. He committed to Illinois State, but most teenagers would gladly accept six figures to leave central Illinois.
Slot value: $168,200
Round 8, pick 248: Micah Miniard (RHP), Boyle County HS (Kentucky)
DOB: 4/12/1996, Age: 18
6'7", 195 lbs. - Bats: R, Throws: R
He had a 1.76 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 56.1 innings this season. His fastball sits at 87-88 MPH, but he's also been clocked at 94, so there's reason to think he'll fill out his very tall frame and generate higher velocity more regularly. His also throws a very good curveball. He committed to Western Kentucky.
Slot value: $154,800
Round 9, pick 278: Alexis Pantoja (SS), Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
DOB: 1/18/1996, Age: 18
5'11", 150 lbs. - Bats: S, Throws: R
Considered maybe the best available from Puerto Rico, Pantoja is a plus defender at shortstop, but with a lot fo questions about whether or not he'll ever hit enough to be a regular. It would certainly help if he added some meat to his bones, because MLB player who weigh 150 pounds are almost non-existent (Alexei Amarista is the only active player listed at such a low weight with more than a cup of coffee in the big leagues, and he's only 5'6", which means he's not as skinny as Pantoja).
Slot value: $144,600
Round 10, pick 308: Steven Patterson (2B), University of California-Davis
DOB: 8/3/1992, Age: 21
5'9", 205 lbs. - Bats: L, Throws: R
Patterson doesn't have much power, but hit .324 at UC-Davis, and was one of the toughest players in the country to strike out. Another guy who the Indians should be able to sign for below slot.
Slot value: $137,600
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Day 3 of the draft kicks off at 1:00 ET on Saturday, and includes rounds 11-40. Unlike the first 10 rounds, there are no slot values attached to those picks.