The Cleveland Indians don’t have a first-round pick this year after giving theirs up to sign Edwin Encarnacion, so mock drafts have been hard to come by.
Thankfully, Jim Callis of MLB.com offered a brief preview of the Indians draft as well as a “shot in the dark” projection of who he thinks the Indians could be taking with their second round pick, which comes at number 64 overall on day one:
Indians fans, though, take heart. The Indians have made good second round picks in the past. In fact, with pick 63 in 2009, they found Jason Kipnis. Three years before that, they got Steven Wright, who became a future All-star, and if you want to go way back, Albert Belle was a second round pick as well.
We’ll take a stab in the dark to try and project pick 64. We know it’s a fool’s errand, but we’ll throw out the name of James Marinan, a Florida high school right-hander who’s velocity has really taken off this spring.
James Marinan stands 6’5, 220 lbs and currently pitches and plays first base for Park Vista Community High School in Boynton Beach, Florida. He has a commitment to play baseball for the University of Miami.
Here’s what they had to say about him:
Early on, the big right-hander had been throwing in the 87-91 range, but he first jumped on the radar when he lit up the radar gun up to 92-96 and sat mostly 94-96 in a two-inning relief stint against powerhouse American Heritage. That put him on a must-see list and when more than 50 scouts arrived to see him throw against lefty stand-out Jake Eater, his stuff was just as good. He currently throws a hybrid breaking ball that gets stuck in between a slider and curveball but looks more like the latter with some bite when it’s on. Marinan will mix in an occasional change-up but it’s far behind his other pitches. He stays around the strike zone and should have average control in the future.
Do you think this sounds like a pick the Indians could make at 64? Who do you hope falls into the Tribe’s lap on Monday?