The Cleveland Indians have selected OF Quentin Holmes out of Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in Queens, New York, with the 64th overall pick of the 2017 MLB Draft. Holmes is a high-ceiling outfielder who draws comparisons to Adam Jones.
MLB Pipeline had him listed as the 33rd best prospect in the 2017 MLB Draft. It’s a bit surprising he dropped this far, which means some teams may be worried about his current commitment to Mississippi State University.
Holmes is a burner, graded with a max 80 speed by MLB Pipeline, which says he’s the fastest player in this draft. He’s 17 years old, stands 6’1 and has potential to add more power as his frame fills out. Despite playing in the northeast, he was still talented enough to be a member of the 18-and-under U.S. National Team. From what I’ve read, his hit tool is a bit of a gamble at this point, but it’s a big risk/reward if the team can find the leadoff hitter of the future.
If he signs, Holmes will join a loaded outfield system which includes Bradley Zimmer, Greg Allen, Will Benson and more.