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2010 Draft Preview: Pitchers

June 5, 2010
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It was a little less than two weeks ago where I wrote a column all about possible position player targets for the Indians in the upcoming draft. That article was rather long as it focused on seven hitters. Back then there was less consensus on who the Indians could possibly target in the draft, but now with the draft less than a week away, the possible choices for the Tribe seem fewer and fewer. For this piece I will focus on the arms that could possibly go to the Tribe with their first pick.

At this point there seem to be two main arms and one extreme long shot for the tribe at the 5th pick if they were to draft a pitcher. The two arms that seem the most likely to be selected by the Tribe are Mississippi lefty Drew Pomeranz and Florida Gulf Coast lefty Chris Sale. The long shot would be Texas prep flame thrower James Taillon.  As I did in the position player piece, I write the round-ups in the order of least to most likely selected by the Tribe.

The least likely candidate to be a member of the Tribe on draft day is James Taillon, a power throwing righty from Texas. This is such a long shot because Taillon is a huge talent and is viewed by most everyone as the number two player in this draft. If he were to fall it would be purely thanks to teams taking the college arms or because of concerns about signability. The question would then be would the Tribe take a risk on a huge talent even if he was going to be an extremely hard sign. Mirabelli has made comments this year that make it seem like they would have little issue taking a huge talent no matter the cost and would try their best to sign them. Taillon projects out as a number one pitcher who is large at 6

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