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2017 Cleveland Indians First Round Draft Pick: Quentin Holmes, OF

The Indians select high school outfielder Quentin Holmes with their first selection in the 2017 Draft...

With their 2nd round pick (#65 overall) in the 2017 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected outfielder Quentin Holmes out of the Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School (NY).

Born: 7/07/1999 – Height: 6’1” – Weight: 175 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right

Tony's Take: The name of Holmes' game is speed and that is what the Indians are getting with this pick as he grades out as a plus-plus runner and is considered by many the fastest player available in the 2017 Draft. It's not just raw speed either as he already shows an advanced feel for his age using that speed as both a baserunner and as a defender. The bat will need some work but there is upside to it because of his quick hands, his athleticism and knack for finding the barrel. There is a belief that the bat could emerge with more development and as he matures and adds strength and learns to tap into his power more consistently. He is also a strong makeup guy with an outstanding work ethic, which are qualities the Indians have really focused in on in recent drafts with top picks - and he also shows some leadership traits as well. He's young and the bat may take a little time to develop, but the Indians have themselves an interesting prospect from a cold weather state they can potentially mold into a leadoff hitter for them down the road. He is committed to Mississippi State, but considering the due diligence the Indians make in ensuring their selections can be signed, the expectation is he will be signed and will probably make his pro debut at rookie level Arizona later this year.

Jeff Ellis: Quentin Holmes is a player I considered mocking to the Indians a few times. He fit the profile as a cold weather player who is 17 on draft day. His best tool is his speed - as a matter of fact it is the top tool in this entire class. It's a legit 80 grade weapon. His 6.15 speed in the 40 is the fastest time in the PG system all-time. He is faster than Billy Hamilton. I am not sold on his arm so he is likely a left fielder or centerfielder. With his speed he should be a plus defender. The hit tool is at best an average tool and I think the power will be a grade below average. He was taken because of his speed and youth. I would pay to see Holmes, Todd Isaacs, and Gabriel Mejia run a series of foot races. As of now, I might not slot him into the top 10 prospects for the Indians as I am not sold on the profile in terms of offensive production. At the same time, you never know when a kid will take a leap who is this young.

Press Release: Holmes, who will turn 18 on July 7, has attended Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School located in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York, playing at the varsity level in all four of his seasons with the Crusader baseball program. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound outfielder was recently named 2016-17 Gatorade Player of the Year for New York State, batting .420 with 7 homers, 18 extra-base hits and 33 runs scored during his senior campaign. Holmes also stole 22 bases in 23 attempts. The 2017 Rawlings Perfect Game Pre-Season All-American was also a member of the Under-18 U.S. National Team last summer. Holmes has signed a National Letter of Intent with Mississippi State University.

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