The Cleveland Indians swiped another name off the board in the 2017 MLB Draft, this time picking center fielder Austen Wade from Texas Christian University at 162nd overall in the 5th round.
Born: 02/17/96 — Height: 6'1" — Weight: 185 — Bats: Left — Throws: Left
Jeff Ellis: This is a pick that feels like it might be an under slot signing. Wade is a center fielder who doesn’t have the speed for center. He has a lot of swing and miss, and little power. What he does do well is is get on base and walk a lot. He could be called a grinder a guy who over performs his tools and keeps proving people wrong. He has shown high BABIP in college with the walk totals shows a player who does have the skills to get on base. He has consistently over performed and been the heart of one of the top teams in the country. He is likely a fourth outfielder type, but should seems likely to reach majors. He could over perform as every time he has been doubt he continues to shine.
Press Release: Was named 2017 All-Big 12 First Team for the College World Series-bound Horned Frogs, hitting .342 (78-228) with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, 37 RBI in 58 games (15 SB, 52 runs)…Named 2016 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference…Native of Midland, TX.