2014 Indians 29th rd pick: 2B Drake Roberts

With their 29th round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected second baseman Drake Roberts out of St. Mary’s University (TX).

Born: 1/6/1992 – Height: 5’9” – Weight: 160 – Bats: Switch – Throws: Right

Jeff Ellis: Drake Roberts was drafted three years ago by the Minnesota Twins in round 49, which doesn’t even exist anymore. He is a 5’8” shortstop who the Indians wanted listed at second base. This makes sense as his fielding numbers where not strong this year. He was listed out of high school as a good player with a good hit tool as a switch hitter, who was committed to Oklahoma. Yet as I have said with many of these kids, things didn’t quite work out with his commit. He didn’t see enough playing time and transferred out after his freshman year. He then went the JUCO route since it is often the only place these kids can go. He had a better sophomore year and saw his average drop 60 points this year. The Indians are betting on the tools more than the production this year. He was listed as a plus runner with a plus arm out of high school, and it’s the tools that saw him drafted today.

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