As the 2012 MLB Draft continues to press on, the Cleveland Indians remain steadfast in their plan to acquire both outfielders and pitchers, and little else. After following up their first-round selection of Texas A&M OF Tyler Naquin with a pair of righthanded pitchers and then a high school outfielder, the Indians furthered the trend on Tuesday afternoon by grabbing another pitcher and outfielder over their next three picks.
At No. 173 overall, Cleveland landed an under-the-radar junior college prospect in Western Nevada CC's Dylan Baker. Here's what MLB.com had to say about Baker's abilities on the mound:
With a strong, durable and athletic build, Baker is what teams want to see on the mound. He could have three at least Major League average pitches with solid average command. His fastball sits comfortably around 92 mph, but he can dial it up to 95 mph when he needs to, and it has some pretty good run and sink to it.
After Baker, the Indians defied logic and broke the trend by taking West Chester University's Joseph Wendle at No. 203, a 5-foot-11, 190 pound second baseman who bats left and throws right. Following the Wendle pick though, Cleveland next set its sights on 6-foot-4 Georgia high school outfielder Josh McAdams at No. 233, who became the fourth high schooler drafted by the Indians this year.
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