Baseball America’s postseason report card ranks Tribe draft as best in baseball

2014 Tribe draft picks (from left) Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Bobby Bradley and Grant Hockin

2014 Tribe draft picks (from left) Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Bobby Bradley and Grant Hockin

Baseball America, a leading publication tracking Minor League baseball, gives the Tribe high marks for its 2014 draft in its 2014 Draft postseason report cards.

Here’s a synopsis of the pub’s process:

  • We put the final bow on the 2014 draft with our annual team-by-team review of all the selections and how the players’ professional careers have started. As instructional leagues closed, editor-in-chief John Manuel and assistant editor Clint Longenecker spoke with scouting directors, as well as other scouting and player-development personnel, to break down each of the 30 draft classes. For most categories, we consider only players who signed professional contracts. Notable exceptions include Most Intriguing Background and of course The One Who Got Away. Best Late-Round Pick applies to selections from the 11th round or later. Numbers in parentheses indicate the round in which a player was chosen. 

In the report card, BA ranks the Tribe’s draft tops in the Majors. Plus, the group is high on a few Tribe players:

  • Best Pure Hitter: Bradley Zimmer, outfielder
  • Best Defensive Player: Alex Pantoja, shortstop
  • Best Pro Debut (high school): Bobby Bradley, first baseman (and Arizona League MVP)
  • Most Intriguing Background, Human Interest: Bobby Ison, outfielder (background)

Click here for the entire report card.

 

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