Cleveland Indians 2021 MLB Draft: 3 prospects to consider in first round
Izaac Pacheco, INF, Friendswood, TX (Texas A&M Commit)
With Bobby Bradley graduating from his prospect status, the Cleveland Indians no longer have a true first baseman on their Top 30 prospects list. There’s been talk of Nolan Jones making the switch and the newly added Jhonkensy Noel is a corner infielder. However, adding another name that has first base potential could be a goal of the club.
Cleveland hasn’t had the best luck drafting first baseman in the first round and there really aren’t any true first baseman highly ranked in the 2021 MLB Draft class. There is the chance that they could take a player with the idea of transitioning them over.
At 18-years old, Izaac Pacheco has been on the draft radar for a couple years now. He’s being listed as a shortstop, third baseman but his arm strength has been a bit lower than what you might want to see from that side of the infield.
Standing at 6-foot-4, he has the frame to make the transition over to first defensively and a shortstop glove could be a big plus at the position. He also swings left-handed and has been credited for a power bat.
A big frame, power bat and less-than-great arm strength seems like the prototypical first base prospect. If Pacheco falls to the Cleveland Indians, he could be a great candidate to take and see how he grows and where he fits in best.