Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
D’vone McClure (LF-RF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO
The struggles of McClure in his first couple professional seasons are yet another reminder that when it comes to prospects, it is all about the long game. When McClure was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, it was readily acknowledged that the outfielder’s game was quite raw and he was very far from the majors. After two seasons in the Arizona League — where he posted a .586 OPS in 50 games — it is easy to give up on McClure as a toolsy prospect who could not put it together in the actual games. But while McClure’s .652 OPS in 40 Mahoning Valley games this season is still pretty low, the outfielder is still just 20 years old and has plenty of time to grow. A promotion a year would still get McClure to Cleveland at 25 years old, and while that is an aggressive projection for the outfielder, it just shows that even with his struggles, he is not that far behind the developmental curve. McClure is not going to blaze up through the system, but there is still plenty of time for the 20-year-old to become a major league player. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, August 21, 2014