MLB Draft 2014: Keith Law loves the Indians' draft class. How would you rate it?

Rich Schultz

What grade would you give the Indians' 2014 draft class?

The Indians selected 42 players in last week's 2014 MLB DraftYou can find the complete set, with positions, schools, ages, etc. here. I was very happy with how the draft turned out. Beyond the first few picks, I can't say I know anything about the guys taken, and most of those players will never reach MLB, but I thought the Tribe did a great job with its early picks, adding players I'm excited to see join the system (hopefully everyone signs).

Keith Law says the Indians had his favorite Day 1 of the draft (subscription required), which included Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Mike Papi, and Grant Hockin. Perhaps the segment of Tribe fandom that holds a grudge against Law for (successfully) predicting that the Indians 30-15 start in 2011 wouldn't end with a playoff appearance will finally forgive him.

ESPN's Christopher Crawford says no team did as much as the Indians to improve their farm system (subscription required). He writes:

"I'm not sure any team did better than Cleveland did... The Indians were fortunate that Bradley Zimmer fell into their laps with the 21st overall pick... Justus Sheffield's feel for pitching and low-90s fastball should see him move relatively quickly for a prep arm.... Mike Papi was one of the best pure bats in the entire class..."

He praises the overall depth of the Tribe's draft class as well.

Developing MLB talent is something of a crapshoot, and it might make the most sense to give every team a grade of "incomplete" until 6 or 7 years after a draft. That's not any fun though.

Based on the information available to us today, and the picks the Indians had this year, how would you rate their draft?

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