06/09/10 7:50 PM ET
Draft allows Tribe to stockpile depth, talent
By John Barone / MLB.com
Following the final wave of selections Wednesday, Tribe director of amateur scouting Brad Grant considered both missions very much accomplished.
"We're very happy with how things went," Grant said. "We feel like we brought in a lot of athletic baseball players, and at the same time, a lot of premium position players to balance out pitching.
"We were looking to infuse as much talent into our system as possible. It's not just about the first-round pick. It's all the way through. You want to take the best available player all the way through the Draft."
Led by University of Mississippi left-hander Drew Pomeranz, Cleveland's highest selection since 1992 at No. 5 overall, the Tribe's 2010 Draft class features a bevy of high-upside prospects that intrigue Grant.
"We took a lot of athletes with running and hitting skills along with the ability to play premium positions," Grant said. "That's the part we really feel we walked out with. At the same time, with [college pitchers] Kyle Blair and Cole Cook, we added some experienced arms. We were able to add two big arms on top of Drew Pomeranz, and then some athletes at premium positions after that."
Players such as speedy Chipola Junior College center fielder LeVon Washington, the Tribe's second-round pick and the 30th overall selection by the Rays last year, reflect the organization's decision to target players with plus athleticism.
"We knew this year's class was deep in athletes," Grant said. "We were looking to add some athleticism, just because the game is changing more into a speed game and more toward stealing bases. We were definitely looking to address that."
The Indians' Day 3 picks included a pair of players with organizational ties. Thirty-third-round selection Logan Thompson, a second baseman from Palm Beach Community College, is the son of former Major Leaguer Robby Thompson, who has worked in Cleveland's front office since 2003. Second baseman Aaron Fields, a 42nd-round pick out of Wright State University, is the son of Tribe Minor League hitting coordinator Bruce Fields.
After leading the Indians through their third Draft since being promoted to his current post in 2007, Grant had no regrets about the Tribe's approach and expressed optimism for the future.
"We took the best talent available this year," Grant said. "That was our goal coming in, and we feel like we did exactly that. We're very excited about our Draft and very confident with what we've done.
"Now we've got to get the players out on the field and get them playing. That's the next step."
John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.