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Tribe takes 'best prospect in Minnesota' in Round 4

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The Tribe ventured out into the north country for its fourth-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft.

At No. 128 overall, the Indians selected towering southpaw Sam Hentges -- listed at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds -- out of Mounds View High School in Minnesota. He was not ranked among the top 200 prospects eligible for the Draft by MLB.com, but he is considered one of the best pro prospects in the state due to his size and potential to develop a powerful delivery.

"Sam was a guy that we'd been following for a while," Indians director of amateur scouting Brad Grant said. "He's young, still 17 years old. He has a big 6-foot-7 frame and there's a lot of projection. He can throw up to 92 [mph], he's got a good curveball, good feel for a changeup, and for up there, a very good delivery, very good arm action."

Hentges was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Minnesota Baseball Player of the Year after posting a 1.00 ERA through seven games as a senior, registering 66 strikeouts through 36 innings pitched. He has a fastball that tops out in the low 90's and a breaking ball that sits in the low-70 mph range. However, he has also dealt with command issues and issued 26 walks last season.

Hentges also spent time at first base for Mounds View, where he and his teammates are seeking back-to-back Minnesota state titles this month after winning the championship in 2013.

"The whole thing was a blur but it was definitely a blast playing at Target Field and winning it with a bunch of guys you grew up playing ball with," Hentges said to CBS Minnesota. "It's a dream come true."

Hentges was one of five high-school prospects to land with the Tribe on Day 2 of the Draft. He has signed a letter of intent with the Arkansas Razorbacks but could very well follow fellow draftees Bobby Bradley and Justus Sheffield by signing with the Indians out of high school.

At the least, Hentges would be acquainted with the type of weather experienced in northeast Ohio.

"We're talking about Minnesota. The weather up there is not conducive to playing year-round," analyst Jim Callis said on MLB Network. "So this is an outside guy, projection guy. But I don't think there's any doubt [he's] the best prospect in Minnesota."

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

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

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