2014 Indians 4th round pick: LHP Sam Hentges
With their 4th round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected left-handed pitcher Sam Hentges out of Mounds View High School (MN).
Born: 7/18/1996 – Height: 6’6” – Weight: 235 – Bats: Left – Throws: Left
Baseball America: 213
Tony’s take: The Indians take their second left-handed prep pitcher in the draft and we are only in the fourth round. This guys is huge as he is 6-feet-6 and 235 pounds and won’t even turn 18-years old until mid-July! There is obviously a lot to work with from a frame and size standpoint, but he is a cold weather arm, lacks experience and is very raw so he is going to be a project for the Indians. He has a low 90s fastball that touches 94 MPH and has a breaking ball that flashes plus. The Indians kind of went away from their strategy so far in this draft of more polished players and take really their first big gamble in the draft.
Jeff Ellis: Hentges showed up this year and in an outing hit 93, but was unable to sustain. He is a big lefty at 6’6” and throws from a downward plane. He is a big kid and in videos I saw his frame can add some weight, but he is already filled in somewhat. He isn’t some skinny all projection lefty. We all remember how awful this winter was in the midwest, and this was the top player in Minnesota. He just didn’t get the chances to pitch. He fits in with the earlier high school arms as he has a good feel for his secondary pitches, and has two solid secondary pitches. Hentges is the first guy who wasn’t a big name for the Indians, but this is very much an upside pick. Here is a big kid, who showed some velocity, from a cold weather state. I for one am very intrigued by Hentges.
Press release: Hentges, is a 6-6”, 240-pound left-handed pitcher from Mounds View High School in St. Paul, MN. He was recently named 2013-14 Gatorade Minnesota Baseball Player of the Year as Mounds View recently qualified for the 8-team Minnesota state high school baseball tournament. He led his team to the MN state title in 2013. He appeared in 7 games in 2014 and sported a 1.00 ERA (36.0IP, 17H, 7R/4ER, 26BB, 66K). Has a signed letter of intent with Arkansas.
Hentges isn't from Hibbing. He's from the Twin Cities. Still plenty cold though.