Top 50 Prospects: 28 ... Jake Gautreau

This player preview is reprinted from the current issue of Indians Ink Magazine, which profiles each of the Top 50 Prospects in the Cleveland Indians organization. The issue includes interviews with team president Paul Dolan, general manager Mark Shapiro, player development director John Farrell and scouting director John Mirabelli.

Will the real Jake Gautreau please stand up?

If he's the one who turned in an all-star caliber performance in the first half of the 2005 season at Class AAA Buffalo, the Indians could end up with something very positive out of the Corey Smith fiasco.

But if he's the guy who struggled down the stretch, then the Indians likely will have little to show for the trade that sent Smith, their first-round pick in 2000 (26th overall), to San Diego before the start of the 2005 season.

Gautreau, a first-round pick by the Padres in 2001 (14th overall), was solid both offensively and defensively over the first three months of last season and, based upon that performance, comes in at No. 28 on this year's list of the Tribe's Top 50 prospects as listed by Indians Ink.

Through mid-June, Gautreau hit just under .300 with 14 homers and 38 RBI and was named to the International League All-Star team. He finished the year with a .253 mark, 18 homers and 57 RBI.

Gautreau has had a history of health problems, which is one reason why he didn't live up to expectations while with the Padres.

He has missed extensive time with ulcerative colitis, a condition that can come and go with little warning. Gautreau maintains a very strict diet to try and keep the problem under control.

He definitely was healthy during the first half of the 2005 season, missing only an occasional day or two. He did, however, sit out most of the final week in June and then missed some time in August with a minor injury.

Gautreau, who was acquired as a third baseman, made a successful transition to second base, where he had played on occasion while in the Padres' minor league system.

He's not a flashy fielder by any means, but does make all of the routine plays.

VITAL STATISTICS
Name: Jake Gautreau
Position: Second base/third base
DOB: Nov. 14, 1979
Height: 6-0; Weight: 195
Bats: Right; Throws: Right
How Acquired: From San Diego on Feb. 2, 2005, for 3B Corey Smith

JAKE GAUTREAU'S MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER

Yr

Team

Age

G

AB

H

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

BB

SO

01

Eugene

21

48

178

55

.309

6

36

1

22

47

01

Portland

21

2

7

2

.286

1

2

0

2

3

02

Lake Elsinore

22

93

371

106

.286

10

62

2

42

86

03

Mobile

23

122

438

106

.242

14

55

1

50

131

04

Mobile

24

66

212

55

.259

10

30

1

31

52

04

Portland

24

48

168

46

.274

9

35

1

14

37

05

Buffalo

25

113

427

108

.253

18

57

2

38

87

Minor Totals

432

1801

478

.265

68

277

8

199

442



INDIANS INK'S TOP 50 PROSPECTS FOR 2006

21 THROUGH 30

21. Jason Cooper, OF
22, Ben Francisco, OF
23. Travis Foley, RHP
24. Chuck Lofgren, LHP
25. Pat Osborn, 3B
26. Matt Whitney, 3B
27. Jensen Lewis, RHP
28. Jake Gautreau, 2B/3B
29. Justin Hoyman, RHP
30. Joe Inglett, 2B/OF

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