Indians use seventh-rounder on their first catcher

Indians use seventh-rounder on their first catcher

Seven rounds into this year's First-Year Player Draft, the Tribe took its first catcher.

Simeon Lucas heard his name called by Cleveland with the 218th overall pick on Friday. The left-handed-hitting backstop out of Grant Community High School in Illinois become the third prep prospect to land with the Indians on Day 2, following first baseman Bobby Bradley (third round) and lefty Sam Hentges (fourth round).

Lucas, signed to play for Illinois State, offers impressive pop at the plate while also possessing plus contact, and with a 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame at 18 years old, the young catcher could stand to increase that power if he fills out.

The major question with Lucas will be his defense. While he has showcased a solid arm, he may still take time to develop more of the glovework necessary to serve as a starting catcher in the Major Leagues.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 1 p.m. ET.

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.