2014 Indians 7th round pick: CA Simeon Lucas
With their 7th round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected catcher Simeon Lucas out of Grant Community High School (IL).
Born: 2/7/1996 – Height: 6’2” – Weight: 195 – Bats: Left – Throws: Right
Baseball America: 182
Tony’s take: The Indians are back to their up-the-middle philosophy with their last few picks. Lucas is an offensive oriented catcher and a guy that scouts like for his bat. The bat speed is intriguing and the swing is clean, and if his gap power improves to where he starts putting a few more balls over the fence then he is a very interesting player. His defense is a big question mark as he needs work on getting quicker with his transfer and softer with his hands. If he can stay at catcher this is a very good pick, but if he can’t stay there and ends up at a corner position then the value goes down a good amount.
Jeff Ellis: Simeon Lucas was a pick that surprised me as I expected them to start taking more senior signs Simeon is not such a player. He is a hit first player which is what the Indians seems to be targeting as almost every bat they have taken has been a guy whose bat is his major talent and most have had defensive questions. Simeon has great bat speed and a solid left handed stroke. He is 6’2” and the hope is that as he fills out that power will also be a part of his game. The Indians will give Simeon every chance to play catcher since he has the arm for the position and he has improved back there from reports I have seen. Yet there is a chance he ends up in the outfield where his arm would still play and his bat would still work. I am again a fan of this pick, a nice upside bat with an above average chance to stick at catcher.
Press release: Hit .443 (31-70) with 9 doubles, 7 home runs and 32 RBI during his senior season (.581OB/.871SLG)… Committed to play collegiately at Illinois State.