Cleveland Indians top 4 needs in the 2021 MLB Draft
The 2021 MLB Draft is officially just a month away, taking place on July 11, and teams are deep in the planning stages for it. The MLB Draft doesn’t nearly carry the weight or the following that the NFL, NBA or NHL drafts do, but it’s still an important night for all the teams in the league. It might take some time for these players to make it to the big leagues, but the process starts here in terms of building the future of any organization, especially a small market team like the Cleveland Indians.
Cleveland will enter the 2021 MLB Draft with the 23rd pick in the first round of the draft. This spot should be familiar for the club since they’ve hovered around this part of the draft for the last couple years.
During the 2020 MLB Draft, the team held the same selection and took shortstop Carson Tucker with the pick, who’s now the club’s No. 12 prospect. The year before in 2019 they were a spot lower at 24 and took right-handed pitcher Daniel Espino, Cleveland’s No. 6 prospect.
Looking ahead to the upcoming MLB Draft, which players should the Cleveland Indians target? The approach to this will be different than other sports. Teams don’t necessarily aim for needs of the current major league team, but to fill weaknesses across the organization. While the immediate future is absolutely considered, the teams a few years down the road are truly what are being addressed.
By taking a look at the team’s Top 30 prospects we can start to get a grasp for where the team might be weak in the outlook of the future. There’s always the chance that someone emerges that isn’t on the prospect list, but if the organization wants to help their chances of being prepared at every position, then they need to take a close look at these four spots.