Ranking the Cleveland Indians’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
Ranking the Cleveland Indians' Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
The regular season for the 2013 Cleveland Indians was a very pleasant surprise. No one expected them to make it as far into the season as they did competing and certainly no one expected them to battle for the wildcard berth into the postseason. They overachieved under the direction of Terry Francona in his first year as manager and look to do the same next season.
One area of the club that has been looking up is their farm system. Already they are clearly making the minor league system a priority and building big time prospects. Some prospects have already made a short major league debut while others are waiting in the wings to burst onto the scene. The future is bright for the Indians however you look at it.
I think the only thing that the Indians could do to hurt their future is to dismantled the team that is working for their good in the front office along with Francona. We are going to look at the prospects that make up the top ten in the Indians organization. Some of these guys will hit the bigs in 2014 and some of them might not debut for another three years or more.
For sure, each and every name on this list bears watching for any serious Indians fan. They are the future of the Indians club either directly or indirectly. Please leave a comment below if you have good information to add.
10 – Luigi Rodriguez
This switch-hitting outfielder looks to have the makings of a plus player that will be able to put speed and power into regular practice on the field. It will be a little bit of time but he is going to be a decent to good major leaguer for someone.
9 – Mitch Brown
Brown has a mid-90’s fastball, a curve and slider. Look for him to be at least a middle of the rotation type starter sometime soon.
8 – Dace Kime
Talk about a good combination. A fastball, curveball, cutter and changeup will make a very good slew of pitches with the fastball in the low to mid-90’s.
7 – Ronny Rodriguez
Rodriguez has what it takes to be a solid offensive shortstop but he could also slide over to second base within the next season or two before he hits the big leagues. He should be a very solid major leaguer sometime very soon.
6 – Cody Anderson
Anderson has a mid-90s fastball that could go even higher with decent to above average accompaniment pitches. His fastball should be good enough that he could rise towards the top of a MLB rotation.
5 – Tyler Naquin
His offense still has some developing to do but defensively he looks to be very strong in the infield. He’ll be playing somewhere most everyday eventually.
4 – Dorssys Paulino
Though he may be blocked by the number one prospect on this list, Paulino does show promise at the shortstop position. Time will tell how the both of them develop.
3 – Clint Frazier
Frazier is a hot top prospect if there ever was one. He garners a lot of attention and he hasn’t even been part of the Indians for more than several months. It will be a while, possibly until 2017 or more but Frazier looks to be a very good offensively player so far and could improve every single year.
2 – Trevor Bauer
Bauer has had enough experience at the MLB level to know that it isn’t easy to have success at that level. He is one of the top pitching prospects in the game and has been for a while but that didn’t guarantee him a fast start. Whenever he resurfaces you can bet that the Indians will give him a good hard look and possibly give him the chance to earn a rotation spot.
1 – Francisco Lindor
Everything about Lindor is looking very good right now and his power numbers should improve still going forward. Whether he will show up and make noise in spring training or have to wait until the end of the season, chances are good we will see Lindor in a Cleveland Indians uniform in 2014.