With the 2014 MLB draft only two days away, MLB.com has its final mock draft out. They go through the entire 1st round and the compensatory draft picks teams received for free agents who left after being given a qualifying offer, which includes the Indians (for ).
They've got the Indians taking right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde at #21, and first baseman A.J. Reed at #31.
Fedde is a junior at UNLV, where he went 8-2 with a 1.76 ERA in 76.2 innings this season, with 82 strikeouts and only 21 walks. He was shut down with an elbow injury mid-season though, and had Tommy John Surgery last month. He was considered a top-ten prospect by many before then, and most pitchers now recover well from the operation, but there would seem to be an increased risk in drafting a pitcher in Fedde's position.
Reed, a lefty, was recently named SEC Player of the Year, and is a finalist for all the major national awards. He posted a line .336/.446/.735, with 23 home runs in just 62 games, making him one of the most impressive collegiate sluggers in the draft. Notably, he's also been a very accomplished pitcher, posting a 2.09 ERA in 112.0 innings this season, but he is not considered a pitching prospect, and will be developed as a first baseman by whichever team drafts him.
Sean Newcomb, who Baseball America recently had the Indians taking, is projected to go at #10 by MLB.com, as his stock seems to have risen over the last couple weeks. Michael Chavis, who Keith Law had the Indians taking in his latest mock draft, is projected to go at #32 by MLB.com, meaning the Tribe would have passed on him twice.
Would you be comfortable with the Indians using their top draft pick on Fedde, a player who won't be able to throw a single pitch at any level for almost a year? What do you think of Reed, a power-hitting bat who might be ready to make his MLB debut in another two years?