CLEVELAND -- After opening this year's MLB Draft with a trio of position player selections, the Indians focused on pitching to begin the second day of the annual event on Friday. Track every Indians pick from Day 2 of the 2016 MLB Draft, which consisted of Rounds 3-10. The Draft concludes
CLEVELAND -- After opening this year's MLB Draft with a trio of position player selections, the Indians focused on pitching to begin the second day of the annual event on Friday.
Track every Indians pick from Day 2 of the 2016 MLB Draft, which consisted of Rounds 3-10. The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon ET.
Round 3 (92nd overall): RHP Aaron Civale, Northeastern
With the 92nd overall selection, Cleveland grabbed Civale, a converted reliever who saw his Draft stock rise during his junior season after working as a starter for the Huskies.
Rated as the Draft's 136th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com, Civale features a cutter that sat around 88 mph during his time as a starter, but played up to 93-94 mph as a reliever. The right-hander also throws a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup.
"Obviously, I'm biased, but I think he's a stud," said Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine, who is the brother of Hall of Famer Tom Glavine. "I think he's an unbelievable pitcher. He has really advanced skill-and-pitch ability right now. He can pound the strike zone and put up huge numbers for us this year."
During an exhibition game against the Red Sox during Spring Training in 2015, Civale started and faced a host of Boston All-Stars. In the two-inning appearance, Civale struck out David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, Xander Bogaerts and Mike Napoli (who is now with Cleveland).
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Round 4 (122nd overall): RHP Shane Bieber, UC Santa Barbara
Cleveland continued to focus on pitching in the fourth round, when it grabbed a second collegiate arm in Bieber. The right-hander has gone 22-11 with a 2.78 ERA and 224 strikeouts against 37 walks in 285 innings acros three seasons with UC Santana Barbara.
"He's another guy that has an advanced feel to pitch," said Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting. "He really commands the fastball extremely well, and he's another guy who throws a ton of strikes."
During his junior season in 2016, Bieber went 11-3 with a 2.86 ERA, striking out 96 in 119 2/3 innings over 16 starts. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Bieber was named First Team All-Big West for his work.
Round 5 (152nd overall): OF Conner Capel, Seven Lakes (Texas) HS
Cleveland picked a pair of prep position players (outfielder Will Benson in the first round and infielder Nolan Jones in the second round) on Thursday night, and grabbed another one in the fifth round in Capel. The 19-year-old lefty-swinging outfielder ended his senior season at Seven Lakes batting .456 with 23 stolen bases, 27 doubles and 36 runs scored.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Capel has a commitment with University of Texas, where his father, former big leaguer Mike Capel, was a part of the 1983 College World Series champion Longhorns squad. Mike Capel pitched in parts of the 1988-91 Major League seasons in stints with the Cubs, Brewers and Astros.
Round 6 (182nd overall): INF Ulysses Cantu, W.E. Boswell (Texas) HS
Ranked as the 105th-best Draft-eligible prospect, Cantu's stock slid some this season due to a shoulder injury that took a toll on his offense. After impressing teams with his powerful showing at the Area Code Games and in the World Wood Bat Association World Championship, Cantu hit .374/.449/.648 in 30 games in his senior season. Cantu is listed as a third baseman and catcher, but might project as a first baseman.
"We're going to play him at third base and see," Grant said. "What stands out about Cantu is his ability to hit."
Round 7 (212th overall): C Michael Tinsley, Kansas
Tinsley became the first catcher in Jayhawks history to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team for his work this season. In 56 games, the lefty-swinging catcher hit .377/.460/.495 with more walks (32) than strikeouts (10). He had 19 extra-base hits, including 15 doubles, and ended with 42 RBIs, 47 runs scored and nine stolen bases. He is the third catcher taken by Cleveland, joining Logan Ice (Lottery Round B) and Cantu.
"I couldn't be more excited," Tinsley said. "Leading up to this, it was extremely stressful. I couldn't have been picked by a better organization."
Round 8 (242nd overall): RHP Andrew Lantrip, Houston
Cleveland honed in on a control pitcher with this selection, grabbing the nation's leader in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Over 14 starts, which included a pair of complete games and one shutout, Lantrip struck out 84 and walked only five batters in 90 innings with a 2.60 ERA. In three seasons for Houston, the right-hander has 232 strikeouts against 35 walks in 246 2/3 innings.
"It just comes back to my mentality of not wanting to give into hitters," Lantrip said of his low walk rate. "Sometimes, it comes back to bite me in counts where they know a fastball is coming -- they can get a good swing off. I just like competing and not giving into hitters. That's my main philosophy. Make them earn a way on base instead of granting them a walk."
Round 9 (272nd overall): OF Hosea Nelson, Clarendon College
Nelson put up lofty offensive numbers en route to being named the 2016 Most Valuable Player for the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. In 55 games for Clarendon College (Texas), the outfielder turned in a .531/.606/1.020 slash line to go along with 20 home runs 100 RBIs, 200 total bases, 17 steals and 77 runs scored.
Round 10 (302nd overall): SS Samad Taylor, Corona Senior (Calif.) HS
With their final pick on Day 2 of the Draft, the Indians nabbed Taylor, a high school shortstop out of California. In 31 games during his senior season, the switch-hitting Taylor turned in a .432/.492/.558 slash line with nine extra-base hits, 24 RBIs and 38 runs scored for Corona Senior High School.
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