News and Notes: June 6, 2012

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07: The draft board is seen prior to the start of the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians' 2012 draft: Facts on players picked by the Tribe in rounds 1 through 15 | cleveland.com

The Indians seemed to buck the general trend of picking "signability" players in the lower rounds subject to the bonus cap, as they picked five high school players from rounds 2-10. After selecting college outfielder Tyler Naquin with their first round pick, they selected high school players with their next three selections, and in general seemed to be going with upside picks.

Tribe pick Baker trying to break the odds | indians.com: News

The Indians selected Dylan Baker in the fifth round, who had garnered considerable attention going into the draft. A native of Alaska, Baker sported a mid-90s fastball and a decent curve in dominating junior college.

Cleveland drafts Rochester pitcher Mitch Brown in second round | StarTribune.com

The Indians went with Minnesota high school pitcher Mitch Brown in the second round. Brown had been projected to go as high as the first round, but he was available in the second round (#79 overall), and the Indians jumped on him.

The difficult part now begins for the Indians, as not only will they have to attempt to convince all those high school players to forgo college, they'll have to do it within the constraints of a bonus cap. That's why many clubs selected college seniors (who have next to no leverage) in their top 10 picks, but the Indians for the most part didn't go that route, only selecting college seniors in rounds 6, 9, and 10.

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