CLEVELAND, Ohio – Indians refuse to leave high school.
On Wednesday evening, with the 23rd overall pick in the MLB draft, the Indians chose shortstop Carson Tucker from Mountain Pointe High School in Arizona. Tucker’s older brother Cole was the Pirates’ first choice in 2014.
The value of the location for Tribe’s No.1 Choice is $ 2.9 million. Before the end of the first night of the draft, the Tribe took right-hander Tanner Burns of Auburn University with the 36th pick in total.
In the past eight years, Indians have taken high school players seven times with their top pick. The list includes Tucker, Daniel Espino, Bo Naylor, Quentin Holmes, Will Benson, Brady Aiken and Clint Frazier. The only college player they faced in the first round of this streak was Bradley Zimmer in 2014.
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“As we enter each draft, there is really no demographic target,” said Scott Barnsby, director of Indian amateur scouting. “He is certainly the best player available. It just worked that way. There were a few guys we considered for this choice and we landed on Carson and we couldn’t be happier to have it.
“It was not a targeted approach. We didn’t know we were going to end up with a high school player. “
Tucker, 18, played four years at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix. He reduced by .390 / .455 / 574 with 68 RBIs, 20 doubles, nine triples and five homers in 92 games.
The 6-2, 180-pound right-hitter signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Texas. Cole Tucker, drafted with the 24th overall pick, made his league debut with the Pirates last season.
Asked about his older brother, Carson Tucker reportedly said, “I want to do everything better than he does.”
Barnsby said the Indians have been following Tucker for some time, but were particularly impressed with the progress he had made physically over the past winter.
“We have had the opportunity to see him in the past two years,” said Barnsby. “Then, between November and December, it really experienced a growth spurt. He went from 5-11, 160 pounds to 6-1 and 180. He is an extremely athletic kid who, combined with physical maturation, was really a separator for him. We have seen improvement in all areas of his game. ”
Tucker is an interesting choice as the Indian organization is full of young intermediate infielders. It remains to be seen whether he was the best player available or some other safeguard from the expected loss of All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor through trade or free agency.
When asked about Lindor, Barnsby said, “It was not even a consideration for us because we are extremely excited to see Francisco join the organization. With Carson, there is a clear path here where you have to go step by step. And again, player development does a great job of providing them with a foundation. So no, it was not a factor. ”
On Wednesday, the Indians will have the 56th, 95th, 124th and 154th choices. The project has been reduced from 40 laps to five laps this year due to the coronavirus.
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