2012 Indians 33rd round pick: SS Cory Raley
In the 33rd round of the 2012 MLB Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected shortstop Cory Raley out of Uvalde High School (TX).
Date of birth: 6/22/1993 - Height: 6’2” - Weight: 190 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Quick take: Raley is one of the higher profile shortstops in the nation. He was his high school quarterback and showed off his athleticism rushing for over 1500 years and 20 touchdowns last fall. He has the arm to play shortstop and has a lot of speed. This is definitely another pick on an athlete with raw hitting skills, and he might be hard to pull away from his college commitment from Texas A&M.
Jeff Ellis: I am going to start out by saying Corey Raley is completely unsignable. Both of his brothers were star two-way athletes, one is in the Cubs system and the other is a coach from Oklahoma. He is also a two-star athlete who people came to see. He is from a small school and did not take part in the showcase circuit, but the scouts still came to see him. From the right side of the plate he was able to get to first base in four seconds, which is very good from the right side. He is raw, but his future does seem to be at short where he has the arm and skills to stay. In the long run though there is no way the Indians with the new system can sign him away from Texas AM, but it never hurts to try.
Video: None available
Follow Tony and the Indians Baseball Insider on Twitter @TonyIBI. Also, his new book the 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider which profiles the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is available for sale.