The 2014 MLB Draft takes place Thursday and the Cleveland Indians have three of the first 40 picks. Here is who some draft experts have the Indians have taking:
- Jim Callis of MLB.com: Erick Edde, RHP, Nevada-Las Vegas (No. 21) and A.J. Reed, 1B, Kentucky (No. 31)
Callis says the Indians would prefer a college position player at 21, but could gamble on Fedde. Reed is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior who has hit 23 home runs this season while batting .336.
- Keith Law of ESPN.com: Luis Ortiz, RHP, Sanger High School (Calif.) (No. 21)
- John Manuel of Baseball America: Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU
In 15 starts for TCU, Finnegan is 8-3 with 122 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings pitched with an earned run average of 2.07. In 2013, he was 0-8.
- Chris Crawford of MLB Draft Insider: Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU (No. 21), Alex Verdugo, LHP, Sauharo High School (Ariz.) (No. 31), A.J. Reed, 1B, Kentucky (No. 38)
According to the website Minor League Ball, Verdugo is the best two-way player in the draft. The left-handed pitcher and right fielder is viewed by most sites as a pitcher.
- My MLB Draft: Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State (No. 21)
Gillaspie is batting .389 this season for the Shockers with 15 home runs and 50 runs batted in.
- Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com: Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Waiakea High School (Hawaii) (No. 21) and Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia (No. 31)
- Tyler Drenon of MLB Daily Dish: Erick Fedde, RHP, UNLV (No. 21)
- Ryan Fagan of Sporting News: Kyle Schwwarber, C/OF, Indiana (No. 21)