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Cleveland Indians Draft 2008-2009 Review (May 2014)

With the 2014 draft coming up, it's time to review some Indians drafts from the recent past. We'll start with the 2008 and 2009 drafts.

The Indians got Lonnie Chisenhall (2008) and Jason Kipnis (2009) via the draft
The Indians got Lonnie Chisenhall (2008) and Jason Kipnis (2009) via the draft
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The Indians, by virtue of finishing with the second-best record in the majors, picked 29th overall the following June. They received no compensation picks, nor did they relinquish any picks.

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To this point five players drafted and signed by the Indians have appeared in the majors, including TJ House, who made his MLB debut this past weekend. Of those five, only Lonnie Chisenhall and Zach Putnam have had more than a cup of coffee. Cord Phelps is now in the Baltimore system, while Matt Langwell, who threw 14 innings between Cleveland and Arizona last year, is now pitching in Independent ball.

There are four players still in the organization who could conceivably contribute at the MLB level. Trey Haley, who started the season in Extended Spring, pitched last year for Akron. Carlos Moncrief and Roberto Perez both are playing in Columbus, and both have decent chances of having a major-league career. And there's Tim Fedroff, whose rise to the big leagues seems to have hit a brick wall in AAA.

At this point Lonnie Chisenhall is the only one who was really established himself as an MLB player, though Zach Putnam has been impressive with the White Sox this season. Still considered prospects: Trey Haley, TJ House, Carlos Moncrief, Roberto Perez.


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If no one else from this class makes it to the majors, this draft will go down as a success. Jason Kipnis was an All-Star last year, the first player drafted and signed by the Indians to do so since CC Sabathia. Alex White, their first round selection, was a major part of the deal that brought Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland. Three other players from this draft have made the majors, though none are still with the Indians. Vidal Nuno, who the Indians released early in his professional career, is currently on the Yankees' 25-man roster, while Guilmet and Burns have made major-league appearances in the past couple seasons.

Of the players yet to make a major-league appearance, I'd classify Austin Adams and Joseph Colon as potential contributors. Adams, who was added to the 40-man roster this winter, has the stuff to get MLB hitters out, while Colon is having a nice start to the 2014 season in Akron.