Indians' 2010 Draft: Quality Over Quantity?
No. 8 pick Alex Lavisky, signed for 818314 million.
No. 8 pick Alex Lavisky, signed for $1 million.
Indians Ink
Posted Aug 20, 2010


The Indians proudly point out that they spent millions of dollars to sign 27 draft picks. What they do not announce is that in agreeing to terms with only 54% of their selections this year, they rank 27th out of 30 teams. They did sign their top 14 choices, which is better than what 23 other teams did. That means the organization believes it went for quality rather than quantity this summer.

If the Indians, who spent over the slotted recommendation on several of their picks, are able to harvest some major league stars from this crop, then it will prove to have been a wise plan.

Should none of the 27 players signed ever make a true impact in Cleveland, the organization is naturally open to second-guessing from fans who figure maybe that 28th, 29th or 30th guy could have panned out -- if only he had been signed.

Fans are already disgruntled that the Indians have not been able to pay veteran players and traded them away before they were lost to free agency. They will point to this year's low ranking of signees as another example of the organization not being able to compete financially.

PCT. TEAM     SIGN/PICKS  NOTABLE        
85%  Cardinals	44-for-52  Top 13, 37 of top 40
80%  Orioles	39-for-49  Top 4, 26 of top 30
78%  Mariners	39-for-50  Top 2, 21 of top 26	
76%  Angels	42-for-55  Top 9, 27 of top 32
74%  Royals	37-for-50  Top 13, 21 of top 22
70%  Brewers	35-for-50  1st pick unsigned, 27 of top 32
70%  Rangers	37-for-53  Top 20, 27 of top 31
68%  Padres	34-for-50  1st pick unsigned, 11 of top 14
67%  Braves	34-for-51  Top 17, 26 of 29
67%  Astros	35-for-52  Top 7, 19 of top 22
67%  Mets         33-for-49  Top 19, 31 of top 33
66%  Athletics	33-for-50  Top 14, 27 of top 30
66%  Giants	33-for-60  Top 14, 18 of top 20
66%  Rays         35-for-53  Top 6, 21 of top 24
66%  Nationals	33-for-50  Top 13, 25 of top 26
65%  White Sox	33-for-51  Top four, 15 of top 21
65%  Tigers	33-for-51  Top four, 19 of top 22
64%  Reds         32-for-50  Top 15, 21 of top 25
64%  Marlins	32-for-50  Top 3, 26 of top 30
63%  Blue Jays	35-for-56  Top 13, 15 of top 17
62%  Diamondbacks 31-for-50  1st pick unsigned, 19 of top 22
62%  Twins	31-for-50  Top 10, 13 of top 20
60%  Dodgers	30-for-50  Top 5, 15 of top 17
60%  Phillies	30-for-50  Top 4, 17 of top 21
58%  Cubs         29-for-50  Top 5, 21 of top 25
58%  Yankees	29-for-50  Top 13, 22 of top 25
54% Indians    27-for-50  Top 14, 20 of top 23
54%  Pirates	27-for-50  Top 5, six of top 10
51%  Rockies	26-for-51  Top 11, 23 of top 26
44%  Red Sox	23-for-52  Top 10, 14 of top 15


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