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2007 Player Draft: How About A Prep Pitcher?

Tim Alderson

The strength of this year's draft is in high school position players and there seems to be an unusual dearth of right-handed pitchers. The Indians have only one pick in the first three rounds (No. 13 overall) and have gone on record as saying they would not be adverse to "gambling" in order to get an "impact" player. Will it be a high school pitcher? Chances are good that's where they're looking.

In the past 10 drafts, the Indians have had 18 selections before the second round (including "sandwich" picks given for compensation after losing free agents). They have selected five prep pitchers during that time -- with completely mixed results. In 1997, they took right-hander Tim Drew out of a Georgia High School with the 28th overall pick. In 1999, he went 13-5 at Class A Kinston and appeared...

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