Getting to know your prospects: D'Vone McClure
MAY 12, 2013 6:14p ET
Name: D’Vone McClure
Team: Extended spring training
2013 Stats: no games yet
Facts & Info: The Indians selected McClure in the 4th round of the 2012 Draft out of Jacksonville Senior High School (AR), and signed for $314,700. He was a high profile all-state wide receiver in football and had several offers from Division-I schools to play football or baseball for them before he settled on a commitment to play baseball for the University of Arkansas. He was a Rawlings second team High School All-America selection and first-team all-Southeast region by Rawlings, and was also named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season High School All-America team.
The Offense: McClure has a live body with good size. He has a really nice natural approach to hit with a very smooth, easy balanced swing with a very good understanding of the strike zone and good bat to ball ability at his age. He uses his quick, compact swing, quick hands through the zone and tremendous bat speed to generate good power to all fields, something not often seen out of a high school player. He has some projectable power as the Indians feel there is power in his bat that has yet to be seen, which is why some think he could be a plus power guy down the road.
The Defense: McClure has a lot of upside defensively. His secondary tools all grade out well as he is an above average runner, has a solid average arm, and is a solid average fielder. With his solid average arm strength he has enough arm to play anywhere in the outfield as he has an above average arm for center field and a fringe average arm for right field. As he continues to mature and fill out the Indians will keep an open mind as to what position he ends up at in the outfield, but the Indians initially plan to develop him as a center fielder and see where things go with him there.
The Intangibles: McClure is only an average runner down the line to first because he does not get good acceleration out of the box, but when he gets moving and goes from first to third his plus speed shows itself more. He also has very good makeup.
The Focus: McClure is very raw and at the moment is more of a pure athlete, so the Indians hope that over the next few years they can transform him into more of a ballplayer. He is far from a finished product and needs to work on refining his good skill set and bring more consistency to his game both offensively and defensively. At times his swing gets long and his pitch recognition need work, and he also shows some hesitation in center field because he is still learning it, so he is working to be more consistent and natural both as a hitter and fielder.
The Crystal Ball: McClure is a raw athlete with tons of upside that will need time and development before his true baseball skills show. He is the type of player you can dream on as it is hard not to like players that ooze tools with tremendous athleticism and have unlimited upside. The bat may not be there right now as he is still adjusting to the pro game, but he has unlimited potential and it is going to be interesting to see what kind of player he is a year or two from now.
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