MLB Draft 2011: Ranking the Cleveland Indians Best Picks from Day 2

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MLB Draft 2011: Ranking the Cleveland Indians Best Picks from Day 2
Dillon Howard the Indians second round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft

For the second year in a row, it looks like the Cleveland Indians are putting together one of the best draft classes.

Scouting Director Brad Grant has had an aggressive approach to the First-Year Player Draft, especially this year and the last where Cleveland spent $9,381,500 on 27 draft picks.

Grant promised for very much of the same this year, and through 30 picks that holds true. 

On most scouting reports for the 29 selections the Indians made on day two you hear "high upside," "athletic player" and "sign-ability issues." 

Cleveland has selected a large amount of JUCO and high school players as opposed to established college stars like many figured they would select.

With the success the Tribe has found at the major league level, the front office has taken much more risks in the draft this year, with very few of their picks being considered an easy sign.

After reading over scouting reports on Cleveland's picks in day two, I compiled a list of the 15 best picks Grant and the scouting department made. I determined the order based largely on potential and factored in where they were drafted according to their talent level.

Many of the players on this list will probably not sign, but if Grant and General Manager Chris Antonetti are as aggressive in the signing process as they were drafting, expect to see most of these budding stars in a minor league city near you.


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