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SS Palacios headlines Day 2 of Indians' Draft

Towson star becomes 4th member of family to make it to pro ball
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CLEVELAND -- It's not every day a family is blessed with a call from a Major League team during the Draft.

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CLEVELAND -- It's not every day a family is blessed with a call from a Major League team during the Draft.

Draft Tracker: Follow every Indians Draft pick

But for the Richard Palacios and his family, Tuesday afternoon marked the fourth time such a family member has received a Draft call, as the Indians selected the Towson University shortstop in the third round (103rd overall).

"It was just everything that I've worked for when I was younger it all paid off," Palacios said. "All my hard work and dedication, you see it in first-person and it pans out the way you want it to and it's always a great thing."

The Indians grabbed four prospects on Monday during the first day of the Draft -- catcher Noah Naylor (pick No. 29) from St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Ontario, Canada. The Tribe also picked prep school right-handers Ethan Hankins (pick No. 35) and Lenny Torres (pick No. 41) as well as Southern Mississippi righty Nick Sandlin (pick No. 67) on the first night of the Draft. The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon ET.

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Richard will join brother Josh, dad Richard and uncle Rey Palacios to get the call on Draft day. Richard's brother was a 2016 fourth-round pick by the Blue Jays and currently plays in their farm system, while Richard made it to Triple-A with the Tigers and Rey spent parts of three seasons playing for Kansas City.

Knowing Palacios comes from such a background certainly helps the Indians, too. But the Tribe also sees plenty of upside with the young infielder.

"It helps, but it starts with the player -- it starts with the tools and the ability on the field," said Scott Barnsby, the Indians' director of amateur scouting. "He controls the strike zone, he's got quick hands, and we feel like this guy is going to hit.

"He's shown instincts the whole time."

Richard has made a name for himself as a three-year starter at Towson, and one of the better performers in the Colonial Athletic Association -- so much so, he was ranked 134th in MLB Pipeline's Top 200 Draft Prospects. He led the Tigers with a .301/.457/.515 slash line and also lead his team in runs (56), extra-base hits (26), home runs (eight), and RBIs (31).

To complement the 21-year-old's college stats, evaluators could see Palacios having outstanding on-base skills and a consistent bat with a keen eye in the batter's box, with the ability to be a potential big league tablesetter. With plus speed, evaluators could also see the Brooklyn, N.Y., native playing at second base or perhaps center field.

And with years of pro ball expertise to tap into, it goes without saying the prospect's family became the muse for his big league dreams.

"Just to have parents, my father, my uncle and my brother accomplish so much it made me look up to it even more than look up to a certain person," Richard said. "And just being able to continue the family tradition is always a great feeling."

Video: Draft Report: Richard Palacios, College shortstop

Palacios told MLB.com he intends to sign with the Tribe. After all, it's a unique opportunity says is too great to pass up.

If Richard's learned anything from the family that's come before him, it's to trust the process and enjoy the little things it takes to make it to the show.

"They taught me to not get caught up in everything happening around you," Palacios said. "Just worry about yourself, worry about enjoying life and enjoying the game of baseball and enjoying all the hard work and the dedication that separates you from the people around you."

Round 4 (133rd overall): LHP Adam Scott, Wofford College
The Indians grabbed their first left-handed arm of the Draft in Scott, who posted a 3.14 ERA in 103 1/3 innings as a senior with the Terriers this spring. Scott made 15 starts and appeared in 18 games, and he showed versatility with two saves and two complete games. The southpaw ended the year with an 8-5 record, and he struck out 137 batters -- which ranked eighth among all Division I pitchers -- while walking 18.

"This guy is physical -- average stuff from the left side, up to 93 [mph], throws strikes and really deceptive," Barnsby said. "We actually took him last year and he went back to school. We took him again this year and are looking forward to getting him in the system."

Round 5 (163rd overall): OF Steven Kwan, Oregon State
Kwan represented the first outfield prospect selected by the Tribe in the 2018 Draft. The junior left-handed hitter posted a slash line of .349/.462/.460 this season for the Beavers and owns a .324 batting average in three collegiate seasons. Along with 2018 Pac-12 All-Conference honors, Kwan has also started all 58 games this season, and he hit a team-leading six triples to go with 14 stolen bases.

"Another good athlete," said Barnsby. "He can play center field, he can run and another guy that has instincts on the bases, that really recognizes pitches, understands the strike zone and has an idea of what he's doing at the plate."

Round 6 (193rd overall): 3B Raynel Delgado, Cavalry Christian Academy (FL) HS
Delgado, a switch-hitting prep standout, was ranked No. 124 in MLB Pipeline's Top 200 rankings, and he made some noise last summer on the showcase circuit as a member of the U-18 Team USA squad that won gold in the 2017 World Cup. He posted a .364 average in high school ball this spring, and he showed some power promise with a pair of home runs, seven doubles and 26 RBIs.

Evaluators say Delgado has showed ability to hit effectively from both sides of the plate, and he baosts bat speed that could give him a chance to hit for average and power as he develops. Though some doubt his fielding ability, the Florida International commit has shown good arm strength to play the hot corner and even shows promise at second base.

"He's versatile and he can move around the infield," Barnsby said. "He's got arm strength, but he's got instincts. He can read the ball and he recognizes hops. Offensively, he's got a nice swing from both sides of the plate. We feel not only good about the bat, but he's got a lean, athletic frame. Once that fills out, we feel like there's going to be some power in there as well."

Video: Draft Report: Raynel Delgado, High School shortstop

Round 7 (223rd overall): RHP Cody Morris, University of South Carolina
Morris posted an 8-3 record with a 3.68 ERA in 15 starts for the Gamecocks this spring -- he struck out 83 batters while walking 30 through 78 1/3 innings. Morris was a 2015 Perfect Game Second Team All-American and Atlantic All-Region First Team selection. The 6-foot-5 right-hander had Tommy John surgery in high school, but his fastball can still touch 97 mph and he features a plus changeup.

"He's got life to his fastball," Barnsby said. "He also gets a swing-and-miss on his fastball. The changeup is actually his best secondary pitch. He's got a feel for the changeup and mixes in a little bit of a slider."

Round 8 (253rd overall): RHP Alex Royalty, UNC Wilmington
Royalty has compiled a 23-10 record with a 4.16 ERA in three seasons for the Seahawks. The 6-foot-4 right-hander earned 2018 Colonial Athletic Association All-Tournament honors following a complete game against Northeastern on May 24. He was named CAA Pitcher of the Year and earned First-Team All-CAA honors in '17 as a sophomore, when he went 9-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings.

"This is a guy that has a really good feel for the mound," Barnsby said. "This guy knows how to pitch with his stuff -- it's average stuff across the board, but he can work both sides of the plate. ... He could potentially be a back-end starter."

Round 9 (283rd overall): RHP Brian Eichhorn, Georgia Southern
Eichhorn was a First-Team All-Sun Belt selection after striking out 106 batters in 88 2/3 innings with a 3.15 ERA. The 6-foot-1 junior can reach between 92-93 mph as a starter with an above-average slider and an average changeup, with evaluators saying there's a chance Eichhorn has potential to be an back-of-the-rotation-type arm.

"This guy has a strong, durable body," said Barnsby. "Goes up to 94, and [he] is another guy that can really pitch with his fastball. ... One of the things that really stands out with him, as well as everybody else, is just how competitive he is and how aggressive he is on the mound."

Round 10 (313rd overall): RHP Robert Broom, Mercer
Broom's biggest 2018 highlight came on April 24, when the sidewinding right-hander struck out 12 batters in six relief innings against No. 1 Florida to lead Mercer past the Gators. Broom was named a Third Team All-American by Baseball America after recording a 1.70 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 74 innings this season. He features a fastball that sits between 89-92 mph, a slicing breaking ball and a good changeup.

"Submarine style makes him unique," said Barnsby. "He's deceptive, he gets that breaking ball to both sides of the plate and he's got a real feel for his changeup."

Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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