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June 5, 2012   (11 comments)
2012 Indians 2nd round pick: RHP Mitchell Brown
With their 2nd round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft the Cleveland Indians select right-handed pitcher Mitchell Brown out of Rochester Century High School (MN).
June 5, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 MLB Draft: Day 2 info
Day 2 of the 2012 MLB Draft kicks up at noon today. There will be no live running blog like yesterday and instead - as in years past - we will be posting draft capsules for every player drafted today within minutes of the pick. NOTE: These capsules will not post to the front page, so to see them you will need to click on the "News" tab located to the upper left below the site header.
June 5, 2012   (8 comments)
2012 MLB Draft: Thoughts on Naquin and more
Day one of the draft is over, and Tony has all kinds of information on first round pick Tyler Naquin. He provides lots of quotes from Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on the pick, quotes from Naquin himself, and some quotes from some scouts he talked to last night. He also gives lots of commentary on the Indians approach to pick and the rest of the draft, how quickly Naquin could move in the system, and lots more.
June 4, 2012   (30 comments)
2012 Indians 1st Round Pick: OF Tyler Naquin
The Indians selected Texas A&M outfielder Tyler Naquin in the 1st round, 15th overall, of the 2012 MLB Draft. The pick came as somewhat of a surprise as the Indians were supposedly on a college arm and Naquin was not a Top 20 ranked guy by just about every draft source. The IPI staff chimes in on the pick...
June 4, 2012   (4 comments)
2012 MLB Draft: Live draft blog
[LAST UPDATE: 9:38 PM ET] The 2012 MLB Draft is here, and the IPI is once again set to be your #1 source for everything that happens this year in the draft for the Cleveland Indians. The draft commences at 7pm tonight with the Indians picking 15th overall, and throughout the day and up until the pick this blog post will be updated several times with information and commentary on the events of the day.
June 3, 2012   (0 comments)
Mock Draft 2012: Final Mock
The first-year MLB player draft begins tomorrow, and with it, Indians Prospect Insider is kicking into full gear getting ready for the best coverage in the baseball universe. At the root of all this is our very own draft-guru Jeff Ellis, who has forgotten more about prospects in most drafts than many ever know. Join Jeff for his final mock-draft heading into this week's festivities. Will the Tribe acquire more pitching, or will corner power dominate the early rounds?
June 2, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 MLB Draft: Jeff's Big Board
The 2012 MLB Draft is only two days away. As we get set to cover the draft inside and out here at the IPI, Jeff Ellis took some time to put together his "Big Board" and ranked out the best 35 players heading into the draft. Jeff, Tony and the rest of the crew will be all over the draft this week with lots of news and information on every player the Cleveland Indians draft.
May 29, 2012   (0 comments)
Talking draft with Brad Grant
Tony recently had a chance to sit down with Brad Grant, the Indians' Director of Amateur Scouting, and discussed a myriad of topics leading up to the draft. In today's premium feature Grant discussed the strength of this year's draft, how the recent CBA changes will affect the aggressiveness of teams early and later in the draft, figuring out how to efficiently use the bonus pool, adjusting to the new signing deadline, trading picks, how they are preparing for the draft and lots more.
May 28, 2012   (4 comments)
2012 MLB Mock Draft: Take 2
The 2012 MLB Draft is but a week away as the first round of the draft will be televised live on the MLB Network at 7:00PM next Monday night. Jeff Ellis chimes in with his second mock draft and gives his thoughts and projections at which players go where in the first 31 picks of the draft. He also has the Indians picking up a right-handed bat, a pick where value meets need.
May 25, 2012   (6 comments)
Many predicting Indians go "safe" route with first pick
We are 11 days away and counting from the MLB Draft. With that in mind, over the next week and a half several draft related articles will be posting to the IPI with thoughts on the draft, mock drafts, and conversations with Brad Grant and others. Today, resident draft expert Jeff Ellis touches on what the Indians are predicted to do with their first pick and why it would be okay, and also who else he may consider there.
April 30, 2012   (5 comments)
2012 MLB Mock Draft: The Top 15 picks
The MLB Draft is but five weeks away and IPI draft guru Jeff Ellis gets us all ready for it with his first mock draft. Today's version only covers the first half of the first round, but with the Indians picking 15th, it covers the important part. Jeff outlines all the picks before the Indians make theirs. His projected pick should make a lot of Indians' fans happy.
April 21, 2012   (3 comments)
MLB Draft: Indians possible targets and more
IPI draft guru Jeff Ellis gets us up to speed on Major League Baseball's First Year Player Draft which kicks up on June 4th. He provides some of he significant injuries in college and high school, who may go #1 overall, and who the Indians may target with their first pick. The draft is only about six weeks away!
March 6, 2012   (3 comments)
MLB Draft Primer: An early look at the 2012 draft
As crazy as it sounds, but the 2012 MLB Draft is less than three months away. Before we know it 50 new players will be drafted by the Indians and have an opportunity to join the Indians' family. The IPI's Jeff Ellis takes an opening look at the top talents expected to go in the early part of the draft and potentially be selected by the Indians in the first round.
June 9, 2011   (0 comments)
Another draft has come and gone. After a three day marathon of picks, the Indians have 50 potential new players that they have added to the organization. Now the work gets started with signing them.
Here is the rundown with everything you need to know about each of the Indians 50 selections in the 2011 Draft. To see information, capsules, scouting reports, video, and so on for each player,...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians 20th Round Pick: LHP Dillon Peters
Photo: Indy.comIn the 20th round of the 2011 Draft the Indians select left-handed pitcher Dillon Peters out of Cathedral High School (IN).
Bats: Left, Throws: Left, Height: 5'11", Weight: 200, Date of Birth: 08/31/1992
Note: Peters was named the 2010/2011 Gatorade Indians Baseball Player of the Year, and currently has his team in the state semi's at 27-2. He pitched a 2-hit shutout...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
Photo: Rivals.comIn the 19th round of the 2011 Draft the Indians select left-handed pitcher Shawn Morimando out of Ocean Lakes High School (VA).
Bats: Left, Throws: Left, Height: 5'11", Weight: 170, Date of Birth: 11/20/1992
Jeff Ellis: Shawn Morimando is a left-handed prep pitcher from Virginia. He was a first team all region player. He is another kid who is pretty athletic for the...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
Photo: East Carolina AthleticsIn the 18th round of the 2011 Draft the Indians select right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong out of East Carolina University.
Bats: Right, Throws: Right, Height: 6'2", Weight: 210, Date of Birth: 09/11/1990
Notable links:
East Carolina profile page
Jeff Ellis: Shawn Armstrong is a big pitcher on who has the best stuff on a very good East...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
Photo: Clemson AthleticsIn the 17th round of the 2011 Draft the Indians select right-handed pitcher Kevin Brady out of Clemson University.
Bats: Left, Throws: Right, Height: 6'3", Weight: 200, Date of Birth: 09/07/1990
Note: Brady was the ace for Clemson before a forearm injury forced him to miss over two months of baseball. He was dominant prior to the injury, with a K/BB ratio of...
June 7, 2011   (7 comments)
Photo: McLennan AthleticsIn the 16th round of the 2011 Draft the Indians select left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt out of McLennan Community College (TX).
Bats: Left, Throws: Left, Height: 6'0", Weight: 165, Date of Birth: 02/21/1992
Notable links:
McLennan CC profile page
Jeff Ellis: In a shocking turn (insert sarcasm) the Indians take a Juco player, this time it’s...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
Photo: Georgia AthleticsIn the 15th round of the 2011 Draft the Indians select second baseman Todd Hankins out of Seminole State College (FL).
Bats: Right, Throws: Right, Height: 5'9", Weight: 175, Date of Birth: 11/18/1990
Note: Hankins has transferred two times as he played his freshman year at the University of Georgia but has since transferred to Seminole State College and Jacksonville...