The Indians today signed their Competitive Balance Round A selection (#38 overall) from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, OF/1B MIKE PAPI (pap-E) out of the University of Virginia.
The Indians have signed 27 of their 42 selections and 14 of their first 15 covering the first 13 rounds of the draft.
OF MIKE PAPI
AGE/DOB: 21, Sept 19, 1992 College: University of Virginia
BATS/THROWS: L/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/210 Signed 7/3
Papi, 21, is a junior outfielder for the University of Virginia where he has hit .307 (75-244) this season with 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 56 RBI and 55 runs scored in 69 games for the 2014 NCAA runner-up Cavaliers. The Tunkhannock, PA native is a 6-3 outfield/first baseman with checks in at 6-3, 210 pounds. Papi earned All-America and First-Team All-ACC honors for the second straight year in 2014, leading the team in average, homers and RBI and became the first Cavalier to lead the ACC in home runs since 1978 (also named to the All-ACC Academic Baseball Team). Was ranked the 45th overall amateur prospect entering the draft by MLB.com and Baseball America. During his sophomore season of 2013 he was named First-Team All-American by ABCA and Baseball America and All-ACC First Team, earning an invitation to try out for 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team following season. Was the ACC 2013 batting champion with a .381 average and led the league in on-base percentage (.517) and was second in slugging (.619). Selected by the LA Angels in the 30th round of 2011
From MLB.com on Papi
Both Papi's father and brother played college baseball, but it looks like Mike is going to be the first in the family to extend his playing career to the professional ranks. After a strong summer in the Northwoods League, Papi has kept hitting for Virginia. His plate discipline and pitch recognition are as good as any college hitter in this Draft class. He's more of a line-drive hitter right now, but there is some slugging potential in his left-handed swing, plus excellent bat speed and good balance at the plate. Papi is very versatile as a defender. He's more of a corner outfielder, but he can even play center field in a pinch, and he can even play first. Virginia's home park is not hitting-friendly, and many Cavaliers hitters have gone on to hit better at the next level. The team that thinks that will happen for Papi, and that more power will come, will take a long look in the top few rounds.