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Tribe prepared to react with 14th pick in Draft

With uncertainty at top, Cleveland's plan is to select best available player
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CLEVELAND -- With summer around the corner, the Indians are getting in the thick of the baseball season. Meanwhile the organization's staff is focusing on the club's future beyond the 2016 season.

Prior to Friday's clash with the Royals, Indians director of amateur scouting Brad Grant sat in the home dugout and answered questions regarding the upcoming MLB Draft, which take places June 9-11.

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CLEVELAND -- With summer around the corner, the Indians are getting in the thick of the baseball season. Meanwhile the organization's staff is focusing on the club's future beyond the 2016 season.

Prior to Friday's clash with the Royals, Indians director of amateur scouting Brad Grant sat in the home dugout and answered questions regarding the upcoming MLB Draft, which take places June 9-11.

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"I think this year's Draft is a good Draft," Grant said. "We should get a player we really like. Up top there is not a whole lot of certainty. I think once things play out on top, we should get a really good player."

The Indians own the 14th overall selection in the first round and have a total of four picks in the Top 100. Cleveland holds the 55th overall pick in the second round, 72nd overall pick in the Lottery Round B and 92nd overall pick in the third round.

Grant was optimistic about where the Indians were selecting, but he did allude to the challenges of picking 14th in the opening round due to the uncertainty of what the other 13 teams will do ahead of the Tribe.

"There is not a lot of certainty of what's going to happen up top," Grant said. "You have to be prepared to react to whatever is there. Our approach the last four or five years is take the best player available. We are going to react to see who is there and who is the best player for the Cleveland Indians at that time."

Video: KC@CLE: Naquin lines an RBI single to right

Regardless of where they pick, the ultimate goal remains the same which is to get players who can contribute to the club down the road. Grant saw first hand on Thursday night as his work came into fruition with former first-round picks Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindor playing a major part in the Tribe's 5-4 walk-off win over the Royals.

Naquin, who was taken in the first round in 2012, had an RBI single that cut the deficit to one in the eighth. The following inning, 2011 first-round selection Lindor hit a one-out triple and later scored the winning run.

"It's exciting for our scouts," Grant said. "But it took a lot of hard work. We are getting them young, then we are getting them better, and we are getting them to have an impact here, and that's what we need to do to be successful."

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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