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Indians Add, Subtract In Rule 5 Draft

Stephanie Storm -Premium Content

For the first time since 2002, the Indians were both buyers and sellers at baseball's annual Rule 5 Draft.<br/><br/>Not only hoping to protect their own players as usual, but also open to adding someone from another organization, the Indians selected two players—including righthander Hector Ambriz from the Diamondbacks—and lost two minor leaguers—including lefthander Chuck Lofgren—to the Giants.

Majors | #2010#Cleveland Indians#Organization Reports

Movin’ On Up

Stephanie Storm -Premium Content

To put Putnam's lightning-quick ascent through the low levels of the Indians minor league system in perspective, consider that the 2008 fifth-round pick out of Michigan had pitched in just eight games (spanning 33 2⁄3 innings) as a professional before being promoted to Akron in May.

Majors | #2009#Cleveland Indians#Organization Reports

Familiar Face

Stephanie Storm -Premium Content

Pitching was the main depth in the 2009 Draft and just so happened to be what the Cleveland Indians needed most. Thus, Tribe operatives plucked a pair of pitchers in the first three rounds of the first day of the draft, including power righthander Alex White with the 15th overall selection.

Majors | #2009#Cleveland Indians#Organization Reports