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2012 Indians 4th round pick: OF D'Vone McClure

2012 Indians 4th round pick: OF D'Vone McClure
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With their 4th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft the Cleveland Indians select outfielder D’vone McClure out of Jacksonville Senior High School (AR).

Born: 1/22/1994 – Height: 6’3” – Weight: 190 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right

Ranks:

Keith Law: 94th
Perect Game: 148th
Baseball America: 91st

Tony's quick take: The Indians take their third straight high school player in the draft, and continue to stockpile young upside picks. This is the way of the new draft where teams now have to take the high-priced upside high school guys earlier in the draft as once we get to the 10th round teams will be very limited in selecting and then signing any high dollar high school guys. McClure is committed to the University of Arkansas and is a tremendous athlete that has unlimited potential. He is along the lines of a lot of the raw athletes the Indians have drafted over the last few years, and is a guy I am hoping they can sign based on all that raw athletic ability alone. The Indians saw him a lot last season when they scouted 2nd rounder right-handed pitcher Dillon Howard, and shows outstanding bat speed, some projectable power, and some tools to play and stay in center field.

Jeff Ellis: This is a player the Indians would not have been able to draft and sign if not for saving money earlier. McClure is committed to Arkansas. The Indians more than likely started scouting him last year, watching several of his matchups against current Indian Dillon Howard.  He is very raw, because of his focus on football and baseball, he was an all state wide receiver. He has plus speed and has a football body and build. He has very quick hands and good bat speed.  He might also develop plus power, and has five tool potential. His arm is very good, and he could play anywhere in the outfield, but the hope is that he will be able to play in center.  He is a massive risk/reward player. He is a guy who will take a while to get to the majors as his pitch recognition is going to need work.  The positive comps on him are amazing, and he becomes one of the top athletes in the Indians' organization. He is the type of player the Indians can dream on, and to me has the highest ceiling of any player the Indians have drafted.

Press release: Prep centerfielder was a Rawlings 2nd team High School All-America selection and first-team all-Southeast region by Rawlings was also named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season High School All-America team…Hit .412 (35-85) with 12 2B, 1HR, 15RBI, 26 steals and 28 runs scored during his senior season at Jacksonville…Led Jacksonville to the Arkansas state baseball title as a junior…Committed to play baseball at the University of Arkansas.

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User Comments

Tony
June 6, 2012 - 6:27 PM EDT
Troy, I am right with you. I love picks like these, and he might be my favorite selection in the draft.
troy
June 6, 2012 - 10:55 AM EDT
These are the type of kids I like to draft! High risk-high reward. Nuthing ventured-nuthing gained. Hopefully he turns out like Grady after he gave up football.
Jack
June 5, 2012 - 2:44 PM EDT
I like this pick, sounds like a RH hitting Washington - only he apparently has an arm instead of the rag that hangs from Washington's shoulder. And hopefully. unlike Washington, he doesn't come with the label as a player who doesn't always play hard.

And of course, he was drafted in the 4th rd, not the 2nd.
Tony
June 5, 2012 - 2:31 PM EDT
A common comp I have seen thrown around is Austin Jackson. I hate comps as they can be misleading, but that's what is being said.
Vinny
June 5, 2012 - 2:30 PM EDT
Sounds a little bit like Torii Hunter being from Arkansas and all... obviously we can't expect the fielding but he looks to have the size to have a similar power/speed combo
James
June 5, 2012 - 2:26 PM EDT
Day 2 has me loving the strategy. With the early signing date Mahoning and Lake County are going to be stuffed (hopefully) with young high upside talent. The Indians will have a wave of top notch players ready (again hopefully) in 3-4 years
Geoff
June 5, 2012 - 2:16 PM EDT
This is a great pick if we can get hi signed.

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