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2012 MLB Draft: Keith Law Says Indians Started "Poorly," But Quickly Rebounded

The Indians puzzled some MLB Draft experts with their selection of Tyler Naquin with the 15th overall pick on Monday, but Brad Grant has demonstrated his ability to hit on the Tribe's top choices. There are persistent questions of Naquin's ability to hit for power, and these concerns led Keith Law to question their Indians' Round 1 choice. But Law thought the Tribe made up for it quickly, by adding plenty of potential in the subsequent rounds:

This started somewhat poorly with the overdraft of Tyler Naquin (1), a plus runner who should hit (albeit without power) but does have to prove he can play center field, since Texas A&M was busy with the 80-run, 20-hit Krey Bratsen out there. However, Cleveland rolled the dice on more ceiling with their next three picks, high school arms Mitch Brown (2) and personal favorite Kieran Lovegrove (3) as well as raw high school athlete D'Vone McClure (3).

On the second day, Grant and company added some intriguing arms to start rebuilding in the minors after the trade of Drew Pomeranz and Alex White last year.

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