With draft weekend upon us and the massive amount of time and research needed to bring you the best Indians draft coverage on the web keeping Tony busy, I am filling in on Tribe Happenings this week. Don’t worry, though; Tony will be back next week. You’re only stuck with me for one week.
With that out of the way, let’s get on to the news, notes, and thoughts from my Cleveland notebook:
“Risky” Selection of Frazier the Right One
Thursday night was a big one in the organization, as the team owned the fifth overall pick in the draft — and no others until Friday. No one is going to complain about the loss of picks due to signing Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, but losing those selections did change the tenor of Thursday night.
I had no issue with last year’s selection of Tyler Naquin — a solid player if an overdraft at 15th overall — because the pick was used to get more high-end talent in subsequent rounds. By saving a little money on Naquin and passing on someone like Lucas Giolito, Brad Grant and company were able to pick players like Mitch Brown, Kieran Lovegrove, and D’Vone McClure.
While that strategy worked well in 2012, 2013 is a different year. Teams should always be flexible depending on the situation they are in and 2013 was a much different one for Cleveland. Saving money in round one when a team is not picking until the third round does not make much sense in my mind. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, June 9, 2013