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Cleveland Indians MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2012 Picks

Casey CroweFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2012

Cleveland Indians MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2012 Picks

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    As a rare buyer in the market for high-profile free agent signings, the Cleveland Indians' destiny as a franchise depends on the prospects it produces on the farm.

    Of the Tribe's everyday position players, six of the eight regular starters spent significant time in the Cleveland minor-league organization.

    The MLB Draft is GM Chris Antonetti's main means for compiling the roster of the future, seeking to select players who project to contribute near the shore of Lake Erie.  Now it's time for the Cleveland front office to restock with that type of talent.

    Track all of the club's picks here:

Round 1, Pick 15: Tyler Naquin, OF

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    Considered a fringe first-round prospect by MLB.com, the Cleveland Indians didn't agree.

    The MLB Network noted that his positives are a huge arm—probably the best in the entire draft class—and an impressive bat, totaling a .380 average with 49 RBI and 21 steals last year for Texas A&M.

    The question mark seems to be whether he will emerge as a legitimate center fielder or if he will be forced to move to one of the corner outfield spots, where his power (or lack thereof) becomes a problem.

Round 2, Pick 79: Mitch Brown, RHP

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    The Tribe stayed in the Midwest with its second-round selection, taking powerful right-hander Mitch Brown out of Rochester Century High School in Minnesota.

    Brown's appeal is in his arm, where he already touches the mid-to-upper 90s.

    He posted a 0.91 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 54 innings as a senior, according to TwinCities.com.

    Those numbers scream first-rounder, but he lasted until late in the second.

    MLB.com says he owns four above-average pitches.

Round 3, Pick 110: Kieran Lovegrove, RHP

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    GM Chris Antonetti and the Tribe management opted to take two large, hard-throwing high school pitchers back to back, grabbing 6'4" Mission Viejo, Calif.-native Kieran Lovegrove with their third-round selection.

    While Lovegrove hasn't shown enough consistency, his upside is tremendous, with a top-shelf slider, a 92-to-94 mph fastball and an improving changeup, according to MLB.com.

Round 4, Pick 173: D'vone McClure, of

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    If McClure opts to go straight to the pros in baseball, he'll forgo a scholarship to Arkansas (where he probably could've played some football also).

    One of the premier athletes available in the draft, McClure is 6'3" and 190 pounds, a combination of speed and power. 

    ESPN.com had him listed at No. 41 in its top 100 high school players, out of Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Ark.

Round 5, Pick 203: Dylan Baker, RHP

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    Dylan Baker was completely dominant during his stay at Western Nevada Community College, holding the opposition to a .155 average while going 13-0 with a 1.91 ERA.

    The 6'2", 215-pound right-hander owns one impressive pitch and decent stuff to go along with it. From MLB.com:

    With a strong, durable and athletic build, Baker is what teams want to see on the mound. He could have three at least Major League average pitches with solid average command. His fastball sits comfortably around 92 mph, but he can dial it up to 95 mph when he needs to, and it has some pretty good run and sink to it.

Round 6 to Round 15:

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    Round 6, Pick 203: Joseph Wendle, 2B, West Chester University (Penn.) (5'11",190)

    Round 7, Pick 233: Josh McAdams, OF, Calhoun High School (6'4", 210)

    Round 8, Pick 263: Caleb Hamrick, RHP, Cedar Hill High School, Cedar Hill, Texas (6'2", 210)

    Round 9, Pick 293: Jacob Lee, RHP, Arkansas State, (6'1", 190)

    Round 10, Pick 323: Josh Martin, RHP, Samford University (6'5", 230)

    Round 11, Pick 353: Logan Vick, OF, Baylor University (5'11", 190)

    Round 12, Pick 383: Jeremy Lucas, INF, Indiana State (6'2", 190)

    Round 13, Pick 413: Tyler Booth, OF, Central Arizona Community College (6'0", 155)

    Round 14, Pick 443: Scott Peoples, RHP, Oklahoma State (6'5, 190)

    Round 15, Pick 473: Nelson Rodriguez, George Washington High School, New York, New York (6'2", 250)

Round 16 to 27:

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    Eight of the 12 picks from Round 16 to Round 27 were right-handed pitchers, including the last four straight:

    Round 16, Pick 503: Cody Penny, RHP, North Carolina (6'3", 205)

    Round 17, Pick 533: Andrew Calica, CF, Eastlake High School (Calif.) (6'1", 180)

    Round 18, Pick 563: Louis Head, RHP, Texas State (6'0", 190)

    Round 19, Pick 593: Colyn O'Connell, RHP, Dunedin High School (Fla.) (6'5", 200)

    Round 20, Pick 623: Nicholas Pasquale, RHP, Diablo Valley College (Calif.), (6'0", 190)

    Round 21, Pick 653: Joe Sever, 2B, Pepperdine (6'0", 205)

    Round 22, Pick 683: James Stokes, RHP, Elon (6'6", 225)

    Round 23, Pick 713: Richard Stock, C, Nebraska (6'2", 190)

    Round 24, Pick 743: Thomas White, RHP, South Georgia College (5'11", 185)

    Round 25, Pick 773: Cameron Cox, RHP, Weatherford College (6'3", 190)

    Round 26, Pick 803: Justin Garza, RHP, Bonita High School (5'10", 160)

    Round 27, Pick 833: Ray Castillo, RHP, Russell County High School (Ala.) (6'0", 180)

     



Round 28 to Round 40:

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    The Tribe picked up the son of the voice of the Indians, Tom Hamilton, when they grabbed Kent State's Nick Hamilton in the 35th round.

    Round 28, Pick 863: Joshua Pigg, 3B, Franklin High School (Calif.) (6'1", 175)

    Round 29, Pick 893: Randall Fant, LHP, Arkansas, (6'4", 190)

    Round 30, Pick 923: Josh Lester, SS, Columbus High School (Ga.) (6'0", 189)

    Round 31, Pick 953: Daniel Holst, CF, Parkway South Senior High School (Mo.) (5'11", 165)

    Round 32, Pick 983: Paul Hendrix, SS, Howard College (6'1", 180)

    Round 33, Pick 1,013: Cory Raley, SS, Uvalde High School (Texas) (6'2", 190)

    Round 34, Pick 1,043: Matthew Fultz, C, Summit West High School (Mo.) (6'1", 215)

    Round 35, Pick 1,073: Nick Hamilton, SS, Kent State (6'1", 200)

    Round 36, Pick 1,103: Benny Suarez, RHP, Hill Junior College (6'0", 190)

    Round 37, Pick 1,133: Jacob Morris, OF, Arkansas (6'3", 215)

    Round 38, Pick 1,163: Joshua Nervis, RHP, Sonoma State (6'3", 230)

    Round 39, Pick 1,193: D.J. Brown, RHP, James Madison (6'6", 205)

    Round 40, Pick 1,203: Anthony Hawkins, OF, Fresno High School (5'10", 220)

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