The MLB draft began yesterday, and the Cleveland Indians nabbed two players. They would have drafted earlier in the day, but the signing of Edwin Encarnacion resulted in their first pick coming in at #64 overall.
Our own Brian Hemminger wrote about Quentin Holmes, the Tribe’s first pick in the 2017 Amateur Draft. Many believe that Holmes fell this low due to concerns about his commitment to Mississippi State University, but if the Tribe can sign him, they will be adding the fastest player in the draft to their farm system.
Many have speculated whether or not the Indians’ slow start to the 2017 season can be attributed to the lack of the veteran leadership that they had last season in Mike Napoli. This year, Edwin Encarnacion provides that leadership, albeit on a quieter level. However, the biggest change is that many of the guys who needed veteran guidance a year ago are now evolving into veterans in their own right.
The good news comes in the form of CC Sabathia, Lonnie Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin, Bradley Zimmer, and of course Francisco Lindor. The bad news comes in the form of Corey Smith, Alan Horne, Mike Conroy, Jeremy Guthrie, Adam Miller, and many others.
Around the League
- Jameson Taillon made his first start since returning from testicular cancer and he looked great over five scoreless innings. Welcome back, Jameson!
- VOTE FOR ZACK COZART FOR THE ALL-STAR GAME AND GET THE MAN A DONKEY.
- Chris Davis exited Monday night’s game with a strained right oblique.
- The Houston Astros starting pitching woes continue as RHP Lance McCullers Jr. is headed to the DL with lower back pain.
- No graphical standings update today, so enjoy this gif of the Reds being bad at baseball in last night’s game: