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2012 MLB Mock Draft: Indians Taking Chris Stratton In Jonathan Mayo Projection

The 2012 MLB Mock Draft begins today, but there's still time to get one last mock draft out there. The Cleveland Indians hold the No. 15 pick in the draft, and there's a lot of ways they could go with it. They're sitting just over .500 on the season and still have a few holes to fill before they make the jump from "good" to "really good."

One particular hole is in starting pitching - the organization is very shallow on top pitching talent due to some recent trades, so it would definitely be a plus if the Indians can find a good starting pitcher at No. 15. Jonathan Mayo just released his final mock draft, and he has the Indians doing just that:

15. Cleveland Indians: Chris Stratton, RHP, Mississippi State
The Indians are hopeful that a college pitcher they like will get here, and in this scenario, Stratton is that guy.

While that would be a good scenario for the Indians, it's worth noting that they likely wouldn't go with a pitcher if a guy like Stratton isn't available. Meaning that the MLB draft is tough to gauge, and prospects don't pan out a lot of the time. It's not the kind of draft you want to reach for a specific position in, so the Indians would be forced to take a different position.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, check out Let's Go Tribe. You can also head over to SB Nation's main MLB hub at Baseball Nation.

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