2014 Indians 8th round pick: RHP Micah Miniard
With their 8th round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Micah Miniard out of Boyle County High School (KY).
Born: 4/12/1996 – Height: 6’7” – Weight: 195 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
Baseball America: 393
Jeff Ellis: Micah Miniard is a very interesting arm, considered by most the top prep arm in the state of Kentucky. He is a huge right hander at 6’7” who sits in the mid 80’s but hit 94 this year. Any kid with his size obviously needs to fill out and this is clearly a kid who has an excellent chance to add some velocity. His best pitch is his curveball which flashes plus, but his fastball has some deception in it thanks to his late release from his long frame. This is clearly another upside gamble by the Indians. Miniard has the size and stuff to be a starter, but he has also had some consistency issues. He is a player who will be signed and coached up and I am sure they will work on strengthening as well. I like this pick. Miniard is an interesting talent and worth the risk, especially if he signs for right around slot.
Press release: The 6-foot-7 right handed pitcher struck out 76 batters in 56.1 innings of work as a junior at Boyle County High School, winning five games, including a no-hitter, while posting an ERA of 2.24. This past season he also won five games, with a 1.76 ERA and once again has 76 strikeouts in 56.1 innings…Signed to play at Western Kentucky… Named a 2013 Under Armour All-American and pitched in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field this past summer.