The Indians have selected pitcher Grant Hockin with their 2nd-round pick (#61 overall) in the 2014 MLB draft.
Hockin is an 18-year-old righty from Damien High School in La Verne, California, where he pitched 80 innings this season, with a 1.49 ERA, with 99 strikeouts and only 17 walks. He is listed at 6'3", 195 pounds.
Scouts say he has a clean and easy delivery. His fastball sits at 89-90 MPH, 92 mph, and he also throws a two-seamer with some movement, a slider that has not yet fully formed, and a changeup too. Hockin also has a very impressive bloodline for baseball, as he is the grandson of Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew (so if he doesn't work out as a pitcher, the Indians can always use him to hit 500+ home runs.
Hockin has a commitment to UCLA, but the slot value of the pick is $928,700. Is he willing to turn down nearly a million dollars? (On the other hand, hanging out on campus in Westwood for three years sounds a whole lot more appealing than riding buses around the Midwest.)
This was the Tribe's fourth and final pick on day one of the draft. They hold the 23rd pick in every round from here on out. Rounds 3 through 10 will take place on Friday, followed by rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday.
We'll be here for the duration, and while most of the players drafted on days two and three never make an impact at the MLB level, every year there are a handful of future All-Stars drafted on those days, so nothing should be ignored.