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Cleveland Indians draft Gatorade High School Player of the Year
First time Tribe has chosen high schooler since C.C. Sabathia in 1998
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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CORRECTION: Frazier is the second first-round high school player drafted by the Indians, after Francisco Lindor in 2011.

For the first time in 15 years, the Cleveland Indians have chosen a high-schooler in the first round of the draft.

Outfielder Clint Frazier batted .485 with 17 home runs during his senior year at Loganville High School in Georgia, and was the Gatorade High School Player of the Year.

Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting, says Frazier’s arm is “like a coiled snake.”

He has until mid-July to decide whether he’ll attend the University of Georgia, or sign with the Indians and likely work his way through the team’s farm system.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the decision could be a little easier due to Frazier’s family situation.
Cleveland Indians draft Gatorade High School Player of the Year

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“OK, Dad lost his job recently. But now you get a chance to make $3 million, or go play baseball in Georgia. What do you think he’s going to do?”

The last time the Indians went with a first-round high schooler was in 1998, with pitcher C.C. Sabathia. He’s gone on to win the Cy Young Award and play in six All-Star games.

The Indians’ next pick is 79th overall, which should come up sometime this afternoon.
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