The Cleveland Indians will not pick until 64th overall in the 2017 MLB Draft. Due to “rules”, the Indians surrendered its first round pick to the Toronto Blue Jay when acquiring Edwin Encarnacion. While Edwin is yet to truly heat up, it is interesting to consider what the Indians might have found in the late first round.
We know that the Indians are excellent at developing pitching talent. Will Seth Romero fall all the way to the 25th spot after getting kicked off of Houston’s team earlier this season? Makeup questions matter, but so does his 15 K/9 arsenal.
Maybe the Indians would look to reload an outfield system that took a hit with the loss of Clint Frazier and the promotion of Bradley Zimmer. Heliot Ramos is an intriguing, toolsy outfielder out of Puerto Rico; he drips with power potential but needs polish on his approach at the plate. A stud like Nick Pratto probably won’t fall far enough, but some scouts say his recent slump will send him slipping far down the board.
Had the Indians kept the pick, what would your strategy be for the Indians? Feel free to weigh in about how they should manage the picks they actually have at 64 and 71, as well. As always, here is a guide for sharing your thoughts.
Also, thank you to LeoMDoran for weighing in on last week’s prompt about the next exploitable market inefficiencies. If you want to hop in the wayback machine, 9James did a fun piece last year on what it would take to get Mike Trout in an Indians uniform.