On Friday, June 26th the Indians announced the signings of three of their six selections in the 2020 MLB Draft. Presumably, the remaining three players will be soon to follow.
First-round pick (23rd overall) shortstop Carson Tucker from Mountain Pointe High School in Arizona reportedly signed with the Indians for $2,000,000. This signing saved the club $930,000 that will likely be re-allocated to other players like Petey Halpin and Milan Tolentino. Tucker, 18, is an advanced defender with a quality arm and improving strength and physicality on both sides of the ball. The former University of Texas commit displays a solid approach at the plate with improved power and increased speed.
A second-round selection (56th overall) left-handed starting pitcher Logan Allen reportedly signed with the Tribe for $1,125,000. The Florida International University product signed slightly under slot saving the club roughly $151,000. Allen, 21, bears the same name as Indians minor leaguer Logan Allen acquired from the San Diego Padres in the three-team trade that sent Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds. The left-hander displays advanced pitchability with a low-90’s fastball and above-average changeup which is the best of his four-pitch mix.
The Indians fifth-round selection (154th overall), Mason Hickman, a right-handed starting pitcher from Vanderbilt University reportedly came to terms with the Tribe for $340,000. This signing saved the club just over $3,000. Hickman displays a quality four-pitch mix with above-average to plus control. The right-hander’s fastball sits in the upper-80’s and touches the low-90’s with his best pitch an above-average curveball. The 6’6, 230-pound Hickman is an advanced pitchability right-hander that could have some untapped velocity potential.
According to Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes, the Indians are nearing a deal with fourth-round draft choice Milan Tolentino. Tolentino, 18, is a well-above-average defender with a strong arm. Competitive balance round A selection Tanner Burns and third-round selection Petey Halpin remain unsigned. Both are expected to sign at this time though nothing has been officially announced by the Indians. With the three signings in hand, the Tribe has saved $1,084,000 which seems likely to be re-allocated to California prepsters, Petey Halpin and Milan Tolentino.