Cleveland Indians Draft 2010-2011 Review

Cody Allen, a 2011 selection, has alredy established himself as one of the best relievers in the game. - Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

We continue with our review of recent Indians drafts with a look at the 2010 and 2011 drafts.

2010

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Drew Pomeranz, who as the other main piece sent to Colorado in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, is the lone major-league so far from this draft class, and is having a breakout season with the Oakland Athletics. Tony Wolters, who has since switched to catcher, is the best prospect of those still in the minors, and is currently at Akron. LeVon Washington, although he's hit when healthy, hasn't been healthy often, and has just reached the Carolina League this season.

After those three, I don't see any other promising prospects. Alex Lavisky, who has made it to AA, is hitting well in a backup role, but because of the depth in the system, hasn't really gotten an opportunity to play every day. Tyler Holt is in a similar situation in the Akron outfield. Jordan Cooper is now pitching out of the bullpen in Akron. Robbie Aviles is having some success in the Lake County rotation, though he's quite a ways from the majors still.

The Indians didn't get a whole lot of depth from the draft class; nobody drafted and signed by the club after the 10th round is still in the organization (The Indians did select Cody Allen in this draft, but he decided not to sign, at least this time). So ultimately this class rests on the shoulders of 2 or 3 players (Pomeranz, Washington, and Wolters).

 

2011

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Now this class has both quantity and quality. Leading the way is Francisco Lindor, who is among the best prospects in baseball, and should be the club's starting shortstop next season. Cody Allen, who the Indians drafted again in 2011, made it to the majors very quickly, and has established himself as one of the best relievers in the game.

But that's not the end of it. Even though two of their high selections (Dillon Howard and Jake Sisco) have been complete busts, their picks in the later rounds have been outstanding. Four pitchers (Cody Anderson, Shawn Morimando, Ryan Merritt, and Will Roberts) are in the rotation at either Akron or Carolina, with Anderson projecting as a mid-rotation starter. Shawn Armstrong is dominating out of the bullpen in Akron, and certainly has the arm to pitch in the back end of a major-league bullpen. Grant Sides is another potential back-end reliever. Jake Lowery had a breakout season last year, and if he improves defensively could easily be a starting catcher somewhere in the majors. Eric Haase, another catcher in the organization, has a rare combination of athleticism, power, and catching skills. Bryson Myles is an interesting corner outfield prospect. Jeff Johnson could make it to the majors as a 6th/7th inning guy.

Right now this class looks to give the Indians two core players in Allen and Lindor. If they even get a couple more starters or contributors from this class, 2011 would be the best draft in recent memory.

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