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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Baseball News / 2018 MLB Draft: Looking at What the Indians Did

2018 MLB Draft: Looking at What the Indians Did

How did the Indians do in the draft?
Publish Date: 06/09/2018
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

This past week, Major League Baseball conducted their annual draft. While the MLB Draft doesn’t have the fanfare or excitement of the NFL or NBA Drafts, it is just as important to the continuity of the team. This article will discuss some of the players that the Indians drafted during the 40 rounds of the draft, which took three days to complete. Additionally, at the end of the articl,e there will be a list of all the players drafted by the Indians.

The Indians had three 1st Round picks. One was their regular pick, one was as compensation for Carlos Santana signing with the Philadelphia Phillies and the third was a section of the round called the Competitive Balance Round. All three of these picks were used on high school players.

At pick 29 they drafted catcher Noah Naylor from Canada. He is considered one of the best all-around hitters amongst the high school batters in the draft. He has a powerful arm but needs to improve on his receiving skills as a catcher. If the Indians feel that Naylor cannot be the catcher they are hoping he’ll be, he may be moved to third base, where his batting skills will still be on display and he can use his strong arm to make the throw across the diamond.

With the 35th pick, the one acquired for losing Santana in the off-season, the Indians selected Ethan Hankins. Hankins is a right-handed high school pitcher from Georgia who has the best fastball in the draft and an improving changeup as a complementary pitch. If he can add a breaking pitch like a curveball or slider he has the ability to be a top of the rotation starter. Being young he will have plenty of time develop those pitches.

At #41, they drafted Lenny Torres, another hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from New York. Torres is only 17 years old so it’s hard to tell if he would be better suited to be a starter or come out of the bullpen. To go along with his dominating fastball, he has worked on a slider that as it improves should become a very good secondary pitch for him.

Over the next few rounds, they drafted a mix of excellent college players as well as some high upside high school batters. Their second-round pick, Nick Sandlin is a right-handed pitcher who is best suited to work out of the bullpen. The multiple arm angles he uses when pitching will make him a hard pitcher to have to deal with in the later innings. Some other names to keep an eye on include SS Richie Palacios, LHP Adam Scott and 3B Raynel Delgado.

One last player to mention is 26th round pick Gunnar Halter, a right-handed pitcher from Seminole State, a junior college in Oklahoma. He is the son of former Major Leaguer, Shane Halter, who played for the Royals, Mets, Tigers and Angels from 1997 – 2004. Hopefully, Gunnar’s impact on the Indians will surpass his father’s impact in the majors.

We hope that all the player drafted by the Indians will have great success with the club and help lead the Indians to many World Series titles in the future. Here is a complete list of all of the draftees:

Pick Name Position School
29 Noah Naylor C St. Joan of Arc Catholic SS (Ontario)
35 Ethan Hankins RHP Forsyth Central HS (GA)
41 Lenny Torres RHP Beacon HS (NY)
67 Nick Sandlin RHP Southern Mississippi
103 Richard Palacios SS Towson University
133 Adam Scott LHP Wofford
163 Steven Kwan OF Oregon State
193 Raynel Delgado 3B Calvary Christian Academy (FL)
223 Cody Morris RHP South Carolina
253 Alex Royalty RHP UNC Wilmington
283 Brian Eichhorn RHP Georgia Southern
313 Robert Broom RHP Mercer
343 Jack DeGroat RHP Liberty University
373 Thomas Ponticelli RHP University of San Francisco
403 Kyle Marman P Florida Atlantic
433 Korey Holland OF Langham Creek HS (TX)
463 Bryan Lavastida C Hillsborough CC
493 Ruben Cardenas OF Cal State Fullerton
523 Liam Jenkins RHP Louisville
553 Shane McCarthy RHP Seton Hall
583 Antoine Duplantis OF LSU
613 Jake Miednik LHP Florida Atlantic
643 Eric Rodriguez C George Wallace CC
673 Eli Lingos LHP Arizona State
703 Cody Farhat OF Texas Tech
733 Aaron Pinto RHP SUNY Stony Brook
763 Kellen Rholl LHP Angelo State
793 Gunnar Halter RHP Seminole State
823 Gionti Turner SS Watson Chapel HS (AR)
853 Billy Wilson OF Loyola Marymount University
883 Tim Herrin LHP Indiana
913 Connor Smith SS Western Michigan
943 Jonathan Engelmann OF Michigan
973 Andrew Eyster OF Santa Fe CC
1003 Daniel Schneemann SS BYU
1033 Spencer Schwellenbach RHP Saginaw Heritage HS (MI)
1063 Casey Legumina RHP Gonzaga
1093 Jose Gutierrez C Arlington Lamar HS (TX)
1123 Timothy Borden SS Our Lady of Providence HS (IN)
1153 Zack Gelof SS Cape Henlopen HS (DE)
1183 Kaleb Hill LHP Watson Chapel HS (AR)
1213 Braxton Cottongame LHP Perry Central HS (KY)
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