In November of 1992, MLB held an expansion draft as they welcomed the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies to the league. As a result, unprotected players became available to baseball’s newest clubs to select and three Cleveland Indians ended up being selected.
The first was outfielder Darrell Whitmore who was selected 16th overall by the Florida Marlins. Whitmore was drafted by the Indians in the second round of the 1990 MLB Draft after a successful two-sport career at West Virginia University (Football and Baseball).
He never reached the majors as an Indian but made his MLB debut with the Marlins in 1993 and played there until 1995, playing in 112 games in which he totaled five career home runs, 67 hits and 21 RBIs before going overseas to finish his pro career in Japan.
With the 39th pick of the draft, the Marlins took Indians right-handed pitcher Jack Armstrong. Armstrong pitched for Cleveland in 1992 in which he pitched in 35 games, including making 23 starts posting a 6-15 record with a 4.64 ERA.
While Armstrong did not perform great in Cleveland, he did play a major role in helping the Cincinnati Reds win the 1990 World Series as he put together an All-Star season, threw three scoreless innings of Game 2 of the World Series that was won by the Reds.
Finally, left-handed pitcher Denis Boucher was taken by Colorado with the 76th overall pick of the draft.
Boucher pitched for the Tribe in both 1991 and 1992 and struggled mightily as he posted a 8.34 ERA in five outings and then a 6.37 ERA in eight 1992 outings. While he was drafted by Colorado, he never pitched for the Rockies as he instead wound up with the Montreal Expos.