With the Indians, Clevenger batted .389 in 2006. He hit six home runs and totaled 40 RBIs in 180 at-bats.
Inside The Ivy: Did you expect to go this high in the draft?
Steve Clevenger: Well, I came down late to Chipola. I transferred down from the University of Texas, so a lot of scouts in Florida didn't really have a chance to see me play. I wanted to go this high, but you never know.
Inside The Ivy: What can you tell us about your journey to this point in your career?
Steve Clevenger: I've just worked hard and kept my grades up. I've always played with older competition, so it definitely takes a minute for it all to sink in. When I first heard my name called, it just hits you. For a second or so, you're just stunned. You realize it's your job now.
Inside The Ivy: What kind of a hitter do you see yourself as?
Steve Clevenger: I'm more of a line drive, gap hitter. I have some power, but I maintain a gap-to-gap approach.
Inside The Ivy: You're a shortstop by default, but your coach (Jeff Johnson) told us he could see you playing third base. Is that something you've considered?
Steve Clevenger: Yeah, they were talking about it earlier. As far as I know, I'm going to play short for now. If I move to third, I figure I'll have to put on a little more weight to justify the power numbers associated with the position.
Inside The Ivy: "They" being the Cubs?
Steve Clevenger: Yes.
Inside The Ivy: How would you rate yourself defensively?
Steve Clevenger: I'd say I'm above average. It just depends on where you play.
Inside The Ivy: You said earlier that a lot of Florida scouts didn't get a chance to see you. How many teams do you know of that were scouting you in addition to the Cubs?
Steve Clevenger: I had about 10 to 15 teams scouting me. There were maybe more than that, but I talked to scouts from about that many teams. I couldn't have picked a better team to be drafted by than the Cubs. They showed me the most interest of any of the clubs. I feel really comfortable going into the organization. My scout, Keith Stohr, is a really good guy. He was always at our games.
Inside The Ivy: Tell us something we don't know about you. How would you describe yourself off the field?
Steve Clevenger: I'm an out-going guy. I like to fish and hunt. I don't get that much time off, but that's what I try to do in my spare time.