MLB Draft 2013: Where are they now? Drafts under Brad Grant (2008-2010)

Jason Kipnis, 2009 Draft Pick - Jason Miller

I thought it would be useful to show not only how the Indians have done in recent years, but also how long it usually takes for even a good major-league player to go from being drafted to the majors. For the purposes of this review, I'll include only the top ten rounds in the tables, but I'll add any late-rounders of note as well.

2008

Brad Grant's first draft. The Indians had pick #29 in each round and no sandwich picks, so it was a difficult year to break in.

Round Pick Pos/Player Exp Bonus Current Level
MLB WAR/MILB Stats*
Comment
1 29 SS Lonnie Chisenhall JC $1,100,000 AAA (40) 1.3 Moved to 3B
2 76 RHP Trey Haley HS $1,250,000 AA (40) 26.0 IP, 3.46 ERA (AA) MLB relief prospect
3
107 2B Cord Phelps COL $327,000 AAA (40) -1.2 Ceiling = utility inf.
4
141 RHP David Roberts COL $200,000 N/A 114.0 IP, 5.37 ERA Out of baseball
5
171 RHP Zach Putnam COL $600,000 AAA (CHC) -0.2 Traded 1/2012 COL
6
201 3B Jeremie Tice COL $120,000 N/A
737 PA, .272/.355/.484 Released 3/2013
7
231 OF Tim Fedroff COL $725,000 AAA (40) 829 PA, .289/.375/.413 Ceiling = backup OF
8
261 LHP Eric Berger COL $125,000 AAA (HOU) 152.1 IP, 5.73 ERA Traded 4/2013 HOU
9
291 RHP Clayton Cook HS $115,000 A+ 134.0 IP, 4.37 ERA MLB starter prospect
10
321 OF Donnie Webb COL $100,000 Independent 643 PA, .229/.319/.356
2011 Rule 5 MIA

Totals $4,662,000 CLE WAR = 0.0

*Denotes highest level of minors played at (min. 50 IP or 200 PA)

Others of Note

The Indians will probably get one regular (Chisenhall) from this draft, although House and Moncrief still have the potential to become starters at the major-league level.

Phelps and Fedroff could become bench players, and Haley and Stowell could be major-league relievers. Langwell is currently in the Cleveland bullpen, though I'm not sure that has much of a future. Roberto Perez is a good defensive catcher, and has a good eye at the plate, so I could see him being a backup catcher.

    2009

    Round Pick Pos/Player Exp Bonus Current Level
    MLB WAR/MILB Stats*
    Comment
    1 15 RHP Alex White College $2,250,000 MLB DL -0.5 Traded 7/2011 COL
    2 63 OF Jason Kipnis College $575,000 MLB 6.6 Moved to 2B
    3
    94 RHP Joe Gardner College $363,000 AA (COL) 296.2 IP, 4.34 ERA Traded 7/2011 COL
    4
    125 3B Kyle Bellows College $230,000 AA (DL) 761 PA, .235/.305/.333 Non-prospect
    5
    155 RHP Austin Adams College $70,000 AA 158.1 IP, 3.69 ERA now a reliever
    6
    185 1B Ben Carlson College $125,000 N/A 263 PA, .171/.222/.246 Released 3/2011
    7
    215 OF Jordan Henry College $100,000 AA 1154 PA, 274/.368/.309 marginal prospect
    8
    245 RHP Cory Burns College $35,000 AAA (TEX) -0.1 Traded 12/2011 SD
    9
    275 RHP Preston Guilmet College $35,000 AAA 52.2 IP, 2.39 ERA relief prospect
    10
    305 RHP Brett Brach College $70,000 AA 161.2 IP, 4.01 ERA non-prospect


    Totals
    $3,853,000
    CLE WAR = 6.0

    Others of Note:

    The Indians hit with their top two selections, with White being a major part of the package that landed Ubaldo Jimenez, and Kipnis becoming the first drafted and developed regular in quite some time. Austin Adams could have a future in the bullpen, even after shoulder surgery. Preston Guilmet will probably see some innings in Cleveland this season. It looks like Alex White's three starts in 2011 will be the only starts made by an Indians pitcher from this draft.

    2010

    Round Pick Pos/Player Exp Bonus Current Level
    MLB WAR/MILB Stats*
    Comment
    1 5 LHP Drew Pomeranz College $2,650,000 AAA (COL) 1.4 Traded 7/2011 COL
    2 55 OF LeVon Washington Junior College $1,200,000 A- (DL) 477 PA, .258/.374/.368 talented but injury-prone
    3
    87 SS Tony Wolters High School $1,350,000 A+ 649 PA, .257/.318/.390 now a catcher
    4
    120 RHP Kyle Blair College $580,000 N/A 59.0 IP, 5.95 ERA injured?
    5
    150 RHP Cole Cook College $299,000 AAA 144.0 IP, 4.25 ERA marginal prospect
    6
    180 SS Nick Bartolone Junior College $125,000 N/A 462 PA, .214/.267/.255 Released 7/2012
    7
    210 RHP Robbie Aviles High School $150,000 A- 38.2 IP, 5.12 ERA early returns haven't been good
    8
    240 C Alex Lavisky High School $1,000,000 AA 583 PA, .232/.293/.399 has struggled to hit
    9
    270 RHP Jordan Cooper College $125,000 AA 118.2 IP, 3.26 ERA swing man in minors, not a prospect
    10
    300 OF Tyler Holt College $500,000 AA 283 PA, .267/.342/.377 defense-first center fielder


    Totals
    $3,853,000
    CLE WAR = 0.0

    Others of Note:

    It's way too early to make any conclusions about this draft. Drew Pomeranz was one of the better pitching prospects in baseball when he was dealt to Colorado, and although he hasn't stuck in the major-league rotation, he's still only 24. LeVon Washington, when he's been healthy, has shown flashes of brilliance, but hasn't been healthy much. Tony Wolters is transitioning from second base to catcher, and if he can do it, he'll be an outstanding prospect. Kyle Blair and Nick Bartolone have been busts. Local product Alex Lavisky, who the Indians paid $1,000,000 to forgo a baseball scholarship at Georgia Tech, is currently in Akron but hasn't really hit yet. Tyler Holt has gotten rave reviews for his defense, but will he hit?

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