2013 Indians 15th round pick: SS James Roberts
In the 15th round of the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians select shortstop James Roberts from USC.
Born: 12/11/1991 – Height: 6’2” – Weight: 200 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
Baseball America: 483rd
Perfect Game: 496th
Jeff Ellis: Roberts is a guy who was more well thought of coming out of high school than he is after three years at USC. He switched to play third this year and had a solid season. He really struggled at shortstop and it might have stunted his growth as a player. I had not heard this but Baseball America said he might be better as pitcher in the long run. I am sure the Indians will let him see what he can do as a hitter, but they might move him back to the mound if he fails as a hitter. It is an easier progression that way.
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