Between west coast baseball and the ongoing draft excitement, there were a lot of late-moving parts for the Tribe yesterday. I'm sorry for not covering every team’s drafts here, but I’ll try to get to the big stuff that went down yesterday.
Indians 5, Mariners 3
A late offensive mini-outburst picked up Josh Tomlin’s excellent start, and Cody Allen manage to stave off a late collapse despite his Bryan Shaw’s best attempts to blow it all up. The Indians salvaged a split in Seattle, which has to be considered a positive given the last two games.
Indians news & notes
The biggest draft news of yesterday was the Indians selecting Will Benson, a beast of an outfield prospect out of Atlanta. Benson was drafted out of high school, but already had a commitment to Duke University so some though he may be a challenge to sign. Tp his credit, Benson is doing his best to dispel those notions early on. Be sure to check out all of the draft coverage on LGT’s story stream.
No. 1 pick Will Benson gives Indians’ future outfield ‘No Fly Zone’ nickname | Cleveland.com - If the thought of Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer roaming the future Tribe outfield didn’t make you drool enough, picture adding a 6’6”, 220 pound power hitter.
Examining the recent struggles of Indians’ 2B Jason Kipnis | Waiting for Next Year - Despite multiple injuries and PED suspension, the Indians still find themselves in first place in the AL Central. But the more the injuries pile up, the more obvious Kip’s struggles become. Michael Bode digs into the data to find out just what the hell is going on.
News from around the league
- I said I wouldn’t cover too much of the draft, but it’s pretty wild that the Cardinals selected a dude who already failed a PED test with their first round pick
- Despite being about 68 years old, Ichiro is still hitting the crap out of everything
- CBS’ Matt Snyder makes and defends a fairly bold claim that Carlos Beltran is a future HoFer
- The White Sox signed Justin Morneau to a one-year, $1 million deal; coincidentally, I recently moved just down the street from Justin Morneau Field in beautiful New Westminster, BC
- Manny Machado was suspended for four games for charging the mound on Yordano Ventura, and Ventura was suspended nine games for the 99 mph fastball that hit him