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Tribe mining for catchers in draft

By sstorm Published: June 9, 2010

Brad Grant, the Indians director of scouting, gave some insight into how hard it is to draft good catching just as Wednesday's final 19 rounds wrapped up.

"(It's difficult to find catcher's in the draft) because of the wear and tear and the ability to have an advanced understanding of the game," he said. "Catching is a premium position, and a very hard position to find. Every major league organization is always looking to try to add catching just because of how complex it is play that position."

The Tribe drafted three catchers in 50 rounds, the highest being Cleveland's St. Edward's Alex Lavisky, a 19-year-old right-handed hitter who orally committed to play at Georgia Tech.

"So when you have someone like Alex who has the athleticism and the catching skills, it's hard to find," Grant said. "One thing about Alex is that he doesn't drop the ball. Even when he's catching Stetson Allie (a power right-hander who was the Pittsburgh Pirates second-round pick) with how hard he throws, Alex never drops the ball. His release, his footwork, how he blocks balls in the dirt and his ability to throw, makes him stand out."

In addition to Lavisky, the Indians also selected Rice University catcher Diego Seastrunk in the 14th round and Tyler Pearson out of Texas' Monterey High School in the 38th round.

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