NEW YORK: With the fifth overall selection in the annual amateur draft, the Indians don't want to make any mistakes, and scouting director Brad Grant has personally watched 200 high schoolers and collegians to give the Tribe the best chance of taking an impact player.
This year's draft is alleged to be strong in high school players, specifically right-handed pitchers. That does not mean Grant has targeted a pitcher. Like most teams, the Indians will use their early picks to select the best players available regardless of the team's personnel needs.
Moreover, Grant doesn't think that any particular position in the Tribe farm system is inordinately weak.
""Of course, you're always looking for shortstops and catchers,'' he said.
Grant does not anticipate that money will be a problem. His said his budget reflects the fact that the team is picking higher than usual.
""We're not ruoling out anybody,'' he said. ""Everyone is in play.''
The draft begins the evening of June 7 and can be seen on the MLB Network. The lottery will continue the next two days, a total of 50 rounds.