Coming in at 6'5" and a mere 160 pounds, right-handed pitcher Triston McKenzie was chosen as the Cleveland Indians pick to finish off the Lottery Round A in the 2015 MLB Draft. McKenzie's stock has recently boosted thanks to a fastball that has seen its velocity increase from roughly 80 MPH in 2012 to 92 and climbing. He also features a curveball and a changeup in his repertoire.
At 17 years old, McKenzie is one of the youngest players in this year's draft and could still have a lot of growing to do to fit into his tall frame.
In his senior year at Royal Palm Beach High School, McKenzie carried a 0.44 ERA and a 4-1 record in six appearances. He was also a 1st Team All-American member of the 2015 Perfect Game team, as well as the All Region 1st Team in Florida. McKenzie is verbally committed to Vanderbilt, which could pose some sign-ability issues, but like their earlier pick of Brady Aiken the Tribe are going for high ceilings in the early part of this draft.
Some very early comparisons that I've seen include Randy Johnson and Adam Wainwright.
The Cleveland Indians made the pick with their competitive balance pick at #42 overall, which has a slot value of $1,468,400. Next up for the Tribe will be their second round pick at #59.
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