2011 MLB Draft: Cleveland Indians at Mercy of Scott Boras
Just about everyone expected the Cleveland Indians to take a pitcher with their first-round pick (No. 8 overall) in the 2011 MLB amateur draft, but the Tribe shocked most analysts when they instead chose prep shortstop Francisco Lindor (Montverde Academy). Most writers—including Bleacher Report's own Geordy Boveroux—were impressed with the signing.
But the Indians are trying to have their cake and eat it too. Cleveland picked high-ceiling high school right-handed pitcher Dillon Howard with their second pick (No. 67).
The question is: Can Cleveland afford to sign both?
The reason Howard—a consensus first-round talent—fell so far is his asking price; the Scott Boras client (a red flag in itself) has a commitment to Arkansas and can simply go to college if he's unsatisfied with the Indians' offer. Meanwhile, Lindor is sure to command a large signing bonus, and Cleveland also has the rest of its picks to think about.
The Indians already got a bargain from Boras this winter. They better hope they can get another one.
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