Friday, June 7, 2013

Clint Frazier a Captain? Check back in '14

The deadline for players selected in this weekend's baseball draft to sign with their respective team or go back into next year's draft is July 12.

There shouldn't be such a problem with Clint Frazier, the No. 5 overall pick by the Indians out of Loganville (Ga.) High School. The Tribe should come to terms with Frazier, who told reporters Thursday night after being drafted he's looking forward to the start of his pro career.

The only question is where does it start? The logical location for Frazier after he signs is either the Arizona Fall League or short-season Mahoning Valley. There's no need to rush the first-round pick beyond those levels in 2013.

After Mahoning Valley, though, the next destination up the Indians' farm system is Single-A Lake County, which is great news for Captains fans. Similar to Francisco Lindor, selected No. 8 overall by the Indians two seasons ago and sent to Lake County the next season, Frazier could be primed and ready for a full season at Classic Park in 2014.

If the buzz on Frazier is real, that could be a fun season for Captains fans. Frazier's high school coach at Loganville, Jeff Segars, said in a phone interview this week fans will be wowed by his former player's bat speed.

"Get ready to see some power," said Segars.

Stay tuned for 2014 Captains fans. Frazier could be on his way.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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