A Look at Where the Cleveland Indians Top Draft Picks from 2010 Are Now
The MLB Amateur Draft is one of the most exciting times of any season. Every year, a fresh young crop of players make their way to new teams. Expectations and hopes for an organization's youth are at a yearly high, and for good reason.
The 2010 MLB Draft featured an impressive talent pool including superstars Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Matt Harvey and Chris Sale all went in the first round and have enjoyed high levels of success, early in their careers.
The Indians 2010 draft sings a much different tune though.
Of the five players drafted in their first five rounds, only three are active with the team, and only one seems to have a solid chance at breaking in with the team.
Even so, it's interesting to break down a draft and see where highly touted players now put their talents on display.
Here's a quick look at where the Indians top-five picks from the 2010 MLB Draft are now.
All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through May 29, 2013.
The 2010 MLB Draft recap for the Indians can be seen here.
Round 5, Pick 150: Cole Cook (RP)
Cole Cook, is an imposing figure out on the mound. Cook stands a towering 6'6" and weighs in at 220 lbs. That's exactly what attracted the Indians to Cook when they selected him 150th overall out of Pepperdine University.
Cook joined the Indians' Penn League affiliate immediately after being drafted in 2010 and got roughed up in each of his first two seasons.
After completing his 2011 season, Cook owned a 4.65 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP and ratios of 6.2 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 1.91 K/BB and 10.5 H/9.
The team converted Cook to a reliever in 2012 and it worked wonders for the then 23-year-old righty. In 43 appearances between Single A-Lake County, High-A Carolina, Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, Cook worked to a 2.64 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and ratios of 7.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 2.46 K/BB and 8.2 H/9.
2012 was Cook's best season as a professional but he's struggled to regain that same level of success at Double-A in 2013. After his first 17 appearances, the 24-year-old has a 1-0 record with a 6.98 ERA, a 1.75 WHIP and ratios of 7.6 K/9, 5.2 BB/9, 1.47 K/BB and a whopping 10.6 H/9.
It looked as though Cook had turned the corner in 2012 but unless things change in 2013, the outlook on his career could begin to turn bleak.
Round 4, Pick 120: Kyle Blair (RP)
The Indians selected another big righty in Kyle Blair with their fourth round pick—120th overall.
Blair was assigned to the team's Single-A affiliate in Lake County, where he made 23 of his 24 appearances, starting 14 games and pitching to a 5.16 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP and ratios of 7.9 K/9, 4.4 BB/9, 1.80 K/BB and 8.9 H/9.
In 2012, Blair worked between the Indians Single-A and High-A affiliates. Blair made 27 appearances—four starts—and finished the year with a disappointing 7.03 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP and setbacks across the board including 7.2 K/9, 4.6 BB/9, 1.54 BB/9 and 8.9 H/9.
2012 was hardly what the Indians had hoped for out of Blair, and in 2013, Blair has yet to make a single appearance.
Round 3, Pick 87: Tony Wolters (C)
Tony Wolters was selected 87th overall out of Rancho Buena Vista High School in California. Wolters was drafted as an average hitter with limited power and average-to-above average fielding skills.
Wolters has played all four of his minor league seasons with the Indians and owns a .266/.339/.381 triple-slash with 10 HR, 89 RBI, 128 runs scored and 28 stolen bases over 217 games played.
A middle-infielder by trade, Wolters was transitioned to catcher for the 2013 season. The transition has been a slow one though as he's only played seven of his 18 games at the position.
In any event though, through his first 19 games, Wolters is slashing .217/.300/.319 with a single home run, eight RBI, 10 runs scored and two steals.
Wolters has been relatively underwhelming as a professional, but at just 21 years old, there's still a lot of room for growth here.
Round 2, Pick 55: LeVon Washington (CF)
LeVon Washington was the Tribe's second selection—55th overall—in the 2010 amateur draft.
Washington struggled through his first professional season, slashing .218/.331/.315 with four HR, 20 RBI and 35 runs scored in 79 games played. The next year though, Washington was off to a great start before a hip injury sidelined him for the rest of the season (per Cleveland.com)
Washington, unlike the next member of this Indians' draft class, is still with the team and is playing great baseball at the Single-A level.
After 22 games, Washington owns a .351/.468/.532 triple-slash with 10 doubles, two triples, nine RBI, 13 runs scored and nine stolen bases.
Washington has great speed and could find a nice niche as a base-stealing outfielder at the big league level should he continue his current trend of success.
Round 1, Pick 5: Drew Pomeranz (SP)
Drew Pomeranz was selected by the Indians, out of Ole' Miss, with the fifth overall selection in the 2010 draft.
Pomeranz pitched just 15 games with the organization and experienced a lot of early success. In those 15 games, played at Double-A Akron, then 22-year-old Pomeranz went 4-3 with a 1.87 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and ratios of 11.1 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 2.97 K/BB and just 6.5 H/9.
After those 15 starts, Pomeranz was packaged with Joseph Gardner, Matt McBride, and Alex White in the deal that brought Ubaldo Jiménez to Cleveland from Colorado.
Since then, Pomeranz has split time between the big league, and minor league levels with the Rockies. In 26 combined big league starts, the 24-year-old owns a 4-10 record with a 5.01 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and ratios of 7.5 K/9, 4.0 BB/9, 1.88 K/BB and 9.1 H/9.
In 2013, Pomeranz has spent his time with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. Through his first 10 starts, Drew is 6-1 with a 4.02 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP and ratios of 10.0 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 2.95 K/BB and 8.5 H/9.
It's been a battle for Pomeranz but he's still young and has an opportunity to break back into the big leagues given the underwhelming state of the back end of the Rockies' starting rotation.