By Nina Zimmerman on March 22, 2014
The Cleveland Indians have one of the most fan-friendly farm systems in all of baseball, with all but one of the Tribe’s farm teams located within the state of Ohio. With opening day just nine days away, here’s a list of the top five Indians prospect performances this spring.
Ranked as Cleveland’s No. 11 prospect by MLB.com, Wolters had two hits in five at bats in his second short stint in Indians’ camp before being reassigned. The former infielder is in the process of being converted into a catcher, and reports say Indians’ management is impressed with how he’s progressed so far after spending time working with Sandy Alomar to ease the transition behind the plate.
Moncrief hit .250 in 16 at-bats with the Indians this spring, with one triple, two RBIs and two walks. He also showed decent strength on defense, committing only one error in 52 innings spent mostly in right field. After hitting .284 last season at Double-A Akron, the Indians sent Moncrief to Triple-A Columbus to start 2014.
Though Adams’ time in major league camp before being reassigned was short, he still racked up three scoreless innings and gave up one hit while striking out three. Ranked as the Indians’ No. 10 overall prospect for 2014 by Baseball America, Adams will start the season at Triple-A Columbus.
A skilled all-around outfielder, the Indians drafted Naquin out of Texas A&M University in 2012. In 17 at-bats, Naquin put up a .235/.435/.412 line with one home run, two RBIs and five walks. He’ll probably spend most of the 2014 season at Double-A Akron, where he spent 18 games after earning a promotion from Class-A Advanced Carolina.
Sometimes referred to as the best defensive shortstop in all the minor leagues, Lindor tops any list of the Indians’ top prospects out there. And, despite being among the first players cut from major league camp this year, Lindor still continued to make a positive impression, putting up an impressive .316/.350/.517 line in 19 at-bats. He also demonstrated decent power, with one home run, two doubles and five RBIs.
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