With their 3rd round pick (102nd overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft, the Cleveland Indians selected high school outfielder Jonathan Rodriguez from Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy.
Born: 11/04/99 — Height: 6'3" — Weight: 180 — Bats: Switch — Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Johnathan Rodriguez is not on many boards, but a big reason for that is the fact he reclassified to be draft eligible at the start of March. He is the third straight young bat for the Indians. Rodriguez is the youngest of the group. He also has the highest ceiling of the group. He is a big kid, with plus bat speed. He instantly becomes one better power bats in the system in terms of potential future grade. He has a strong arm as a pitcher so profiles fine in right field. Chance he could be tried as a pitcher if he fails as a hitter as arm is that strong. He could end up a special talent, nice get for the Indians whose late reclassify caused him to miss out on half of the draft season and scouting.
Press Release: 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American and Canada/Puerto Rico - All Region 1st Team by the same organization…Rawlings-PG Underclass All American in 2016…Committed to Florida International.