Indians' 2009 Draft Selections

Indians Ink
Posted Jun 13, 2009


The Indians selected a total of 50 players in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. They targeted college-experienced pitchers to replenish their farm system. Cleveland selected 31 pitchers and 19 position players. OF those pitchers, 23 are right-handers. The Indians avoided high school players, picking only nine of them as opposed to 41 guys who had attended college or junior college.

Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting, said the emphasis on pitching was planned, though the team did not consciously try to ignore high school players.

"That's just the way things fell into place in this particular draft," Grant said. "We knew it was pitching oriented and felt we needed pitching, so that area was not a surprise.

"When I looked back afterwards and saw all the college players we took, I was slightly surprised. I didn't realize it, but I'm not unhappy about it. We went with the guy we thought was the best pick at the particular moment in each round."

Grant said that the Indians had 860 players ranked on their draft board and that "about 50 or 60" names still remained undrafted. The organization will likely contact the names atop that remaining list and sign a few as undrafted free agents.

"You can find value all the way through the draft and sometimes afterwards," Grant said.

Grant said that it is difficult to determine right away whether there were a lot of surprise choices in the early rounds -- simply because after picks one and two overall, there really were no clearcut prospects.

"Usually, you will pretty much know the top 10, but this was kind of a wild year in that there were a lot of players pretty much equally ranked. That made for a wild first few rounds.

"We obviously think we've done a good job because we're pleased that we pretty much got players that we wanted. There's always a few that get away to another team."

Grant said the Indians will attempt to sign their first 15 or so draft picks as quickly as possible in order to get them into the minor-league system this season -- most likely at short-season Mahoning Valley or the Arizona Rookie League.

In regards to later picks, particularly those with less experience, the Indians would prefer to watch those players in various summer leagues before decided to offer them contracts.

All players picked in the draft must sign by Aug. 17.

CLEVELAND INDIANS 2009 DRAFT SELECTIONS
(* - signed)

ROUND 1 Alex White *

RHP; North Carolina; 6’3; 195; R/R; Born 8/29/88 (20);
Resides in Greenville, NC; Scout: Mayer.

ROUND 2 Jason Kipnis *
OF; Arizona State; 5’11; 180; L/R; Born 4/3/87 (22);
Resides in Northbrook, IL; Scout: Ewing.

ROUND 3 Joe Gardner *
RHP; UC Santa Barbara; 6’5; 225; R/R; Born 3/18/88 (21);
Resides in Fremont, CA; Scout: Sagisi.

ROUND 4 Kyle Bellows *
3B; San Jose State; 6’3; 200; R/R; Born 8/19/88 (20);
Resides in San Jose, CA; Scout: Lyle.

ROUND 5 Austin Adams *
RHP; Faulkner; 5’11; 190; R/R; Born 8/19/86 (22);
Resides in Millbrook, AL; Scout: Bartlett.

ROUND 6 Ben Carlson *
1B; Missouri State; 6’3; 230; L/L; Born 10/8/87 (21);
Resides in Topeka, KS; Scout: Abney.

ROUND 7 Jordan Henry *
OF; Mississippi; 6’0; 170; L/R; Born 6/13/88 (20);
Resides in Vicksburg, MS; Scout: Bartlett.

ROUND 8 Cory Burns *
RHP; Arizona; 6’1; 195; R/R; Born 10/9/87 (21);
Resides in Glendale, AZ; Scout: Ewing.

ROUND 9 Preston Guilmet *
RHP; Arizona; 6’2; 190; R/R; Born 7/27/87 (21);
Resides in Roseville, CA; Scout: Ewing.

ROUND 10 Brett Brach *
RHP; Monmouth; 6’3; 185; L/R; Born 3/29/88 (21);
Resides in Freehold, NJ; Scout: Urcheck.

ROUND 11 Kirk Wetmore *
LHP; Bellevue CC; 6’2; 205; L/L; Born 3/17/89 (20);
Resides in Maple Valley, WA; Scout: Uhey.

ROUND 12 Joseph Colon *
RHP; No School; 6’0; 167; R/R; Born 2/18/90 (19);
Resides in Caguas, PR; Scout: Soper.

ROUND 13 Jeremy Johnson *
RHP; Washington State; 5’11; 186; R/R; Born 1/7/87 (22);
Resides in Centralia, WA; Scout: Uhey.

ROUND 14 Kyle Smith *
SS; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; 6’1; 190; R/R; Born 12/25/87 (21);
Resides in Visalia, CA; Scout: Sagisi.

ROUND 15 Mike Rayl *
LHP; Palm Beach CC; 6’3; 185; L/L; Born 11/1/88 (20);
Resides in Lake Worth, FL; Scout: Soper.

ROUND 16 Dale Dickerson *
RHP; Nicholls State; 6’2; 210; R/R; Born 9/11/86 (22);
Resides in Calhoon, LA; Scout: Pajari.

ROUND 17 Casey Frawley *
SS; Stetson; 5’11; 170; R/R; Born 9/17/87 (21);
Resides in New Haven, CT; Scout: Soper.

ROUND 18 Dwight Childs *
C; Arizona; 6’1; 170; R/R; Born 7/23/88 (20);
Resides in Elk Grove, CA; Scout: Ewing.

ROUND 19 Nick Kirk *
LHP; Northern Iowa; 6’1; 200; L/L; Born 12/16/86 (22);
Resides in Dubuque, IA; Scout: Abney.

ROUND 20 Kyle Smith *
RHP; Kent State; 6’6; 220; R/R; Born 9/5/87 (21);
Resides in Louisville, OH; Scout: Melendez.

ROUND 21 Jeff Rowland
OF; Georgia Tech; 5’10; 185; L/L; Born 4/1/88 (21);
Resides in Martinez, GA; Scout: Tyner.

ROUND 22 Kenneth Kelly
RHP; Yavapai College; 6’1; 170; R/R; Born 10/14/88 (20)
Resides in Scottsdale, AZ; Scout: Ewing.

ROUND 23 Daniel Jimenez *
LHP; John A. Logan College; 6’3; 215; L/L; Born 9/23/89 (19);
Resides in Park Ridge, IL; Scout: Armstrong.

ROUND 24 Michael Hamann
RHP; Danbury HS; 6’2; 165; R/R; Born 1/1/91 (18);
Resides in Port Clinton, OH; Scout: Melendez.

ROUND 25 Blake Hauser
RHP; Manchester HS; 6’2; 170; R/R; Born 4/4/91 (18);
Resides in Midlothian, VA; Scout: Mayer.

ROUND 26 Antwonie Hubbard *
RHP; Oklahoma; 6’3; 250; R/R; Born 7/30/88 (20);
Resides in Hooks, TX; Scout: Cullen.

ROUND 27 Tyler Sturdevant *
RHP; New Mexico State; 6’1; 170; L/R; Born 12/20/85 (23);
Resides in Littleton, CO; Scout: Ewing.

ROUND 28 Nick Sarianides *
RHP; Chattahoochee Valley CC; 6’1; 200; R/R; Born 8/29/89 (19);
Resides in Fortson, GA; Scout: Bartlett.

ROUND 29 Xorge Carrillo
C; Central Arizona; 6’1; 210; R/R; Born 4/12/89 (20);
Resides in Tempe, AZ; Scout: Ewing.

ROUND 30 Bryson Smith
2B; Young Harris College; 6’1; 195; R/R; Born 12/17/88 (20);
Resides in Watkinsville, GA; Scout: Tyner.

ROUND 31 Raynor Campbell
2B; Baylor; 5’11; 185; R/R; Born 7/15/87 (21);
Resides in Sealy, TX; Scout: Cullen.

ROUND 32 Matt Packer *
LHP; Virginia; 6’0; 200; L/L; Born 8/27/87 (21);
Resides in Germantown, TN; Scout: Mayer.

ROUND 33 Chris Kersten *
3B; Louisiana Tech; 6’3; 220; R/R; Born 12/28/85 (23);
Resides in Kiowa, KS; Scout: Cullen.

ROUND 34 Wesley Moss
OF; Nevada Reno; 6’2; 165; R/R; Born 7/17/88 (20);
Resides in American Canyon, CA; Scout: Lyle.

ROUND 35 Chris Beck
RHP; Jefferson HS; 6’3; 210; R/R; Born 9/4/90 (18);
Resides in Jefferson, GA; Scout: Tyner.

ROUND 36 Austin Evans
RHP; Alabama Tuscaloosa; 6’3; 220; R/R; Born 11/5/87 (21);
Resides in Tampa, FL; Scout: Bartlett.

ROUND 37 Steven Ewing
LHP; University HS; 6’3; 220; L/L; Born 8/8/91 (17);
Resides in Orlando, FL; Scout: Soper.

ROUND 38 Robert Sabo
RHP; Kent State; 6’2; 185; R/R; Born 3/3/88 (21);
Resides in Middletown, OH; Scout: Melendez.

ROUND 39 Brian Hernandez
3B; UC Irvine; 6’1; 195; R/R; Born 11/25/88 (20);
Resides in Sylmar, CA; Scout: Smith.

ROUND 40 Greg Folgia *
UTI; Missouri; 5’11; 190; R/R; Born 3/31/88 (21);
Resides in North Wales, PA; Scout: Abney.

ROUND 41 Max Muncy
C; Keller HS; 6’0; 195; L/R; Born 8/25/90 (18);
Resides in Keller, TX; Scout: Cullen.

ROUND 42 Jonathan Kountis
RHP; Ohio Dominion; 6’2; 240; R/R; Born 3/15/88 (21);
Resides in Akron, OH; Scout: Melendez.

ROUND 43 D.J. Gentile
OF; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; 6’3; 225; R/R; Born 8/19/88 (20);
Resides in Petaluma, CA; Scout: Sagisi.

ROUND 44 Jose Madrid
C; Memorial Senior HS; 6’0; 185; R/R; Born 2/26/91 (18);
Resides in Victoria, TX; Scout: Pajari.

ROUND 45 James Jones
RHP; John A. Logan College; 6’3; 210; R/R; Born 12/16/88 (20);
Resides in Bartow, KY; Scout: Armstrong.

ROUND 46 Scott Sommerfeld
OF; Parkway South Senior HS; 6’1; 190; R/R; Born 6/24/91 (17);
Resides in Manchester, MO; Scout: Abney.

ROUND 47 Christian Powell
RHP; Greenwood HS; 6’3; 205; R/R; Born 7/3/91 (17);
Resides in Greenwood, SC; Scout: Tyner.

ROUND 48 Vidal Nuno *
LHP; Baker U; 5’11; 195; L/L; Born 7/26/87 (21);
Resides in National City, CA; Scout: Abney.

ROUND 49 Burch Smith
RHP; Howard College; 6’4; 185; R/R; Born 4/12/90 (19);
Resides in Tyler, TX; Scout: Cullen.

ROUND 50 Tyler Joyner
LHP; Northern Nash HS; 5’11; 185; L/L; Born 9/18/90 (18);
Resides in Whitakers, NC; Scout: Mayer.


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