Indians' Top Prospects: No. 59

John Drennen

For each of the past 15 years, Indians Ink Magazine has ranked the top prospects in the Cleveland farm system. It began as a top 10 list and turned into a top 50 early this decade. This is our third year ranking the top 100 Tribe minor-leaguers. It factors a player's potential, accomplishments, how he's moved in the system, and projects it to what he could bring to the major-league team.

No. 59 -- John Drennen

The John Drennen File
Born:
Aug. 26, 1986 in Honolulu, HI
Position: Outfield
B/T: L/L
HT/WT: 5-11/190
Acquired: Sandwich draft pick (33rd overall) in 2005 from Rancho Bernardo (CA) HS
Strengths: He's a high energy worker with good swing plane and gap power. Has good instincts on basepaths despite average speed. Did improve walk-to-strikeout ratio in 2008.
Weaknesses: Went backwards in second season at Kinston with 10 fewer homers, 38 fewer RBI and a 19-point drop in batting average to .235. Fooled by off-speed stuff and pulls off ball trying for fences. Needs to relax and drive the ball up the middle.
2009 Projections: A third season at Kinston -- he must start to meet expectations of a first-round pick.

2008 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER

Team G AB H AVG HR RBI SB BB SO
Kinston 117 460 108 .235 3 39 5 46 73
Minor Totals 397 1477 377 .255 30 183 25 160 287

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