Cleveland Indians top 4 needs in the 2021 MLB Draft

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Cleveland Indians 2021 MLB Draft Need #3: Catcher

Since 1965 the Cleveland Indians have drafted a total of four catchers in the first round. However, three of them came from 1977 or before, leaving just one since 1978. That one is Bo Naylor who the club took with the 29th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Naylor is currently the No. 3 prospect within the organization, so adding another might be a good move.

While Naylor is the only recent first round catcher by the Tribe, he isn’t the only one of the top prospect list. Bryan Lavastida is also on the list at No. 26, but given how quickly catchers can move up and also how quickly they can also get injured, having more wouldn’t be an awful idea.

The 2021 MLB Draft could also have a lot of catcher talent to pick from. There are four catchers in the draft’s top 25 prospects alone. It obviously remains to be seen if one of them could fall to the Tribe, but if that happens the team should at least consider it.

With both Roberto Perez and Austin Hedges coming close to the end of their deals there could be a changing of the guard behind the plate in the next few years, so having multiple options would help.