By Illya Harrell on July 28, 2014
Even though he is the most MLB-ready prospect in the Cleveland Indians' farm system, Francisco Lindor won't get called until 2015. Why? He is too good. If the Tribe waits until next season, they'll gain a year in both arbitration and free agency. If they wait until June to call him up, they'll gain an additional year before their uber-prospect can file for free agency. Here are five players who may be on the verge of getting the call to the bigs.
Tyler Holt has seen action with the Indians in 2014. That's a photo of him in his only half-inning of play during the bottom of the ninth as a defensive replacement. He did catch the final out. If for no other reason, he should get a call based on that baseball tease job. Batting .314/.424/.834, Holt is having a fine year in triple-A.
Cleveland's 25-year-old reliever C.C. Lee had 17 innings of major league work combined in 2013 and 2014. Last season, he played in the All-Star week's MLB Futures Game, and Baseball America ranked him as Cleveland's No. 8 prospect going into 2014. Lee has a plus-fastball and is near the top of the list for a call if a Cleveland reliever gets traded or injured.
Jesus Aguilar has also had a taste of the majors earlier in 2014. Like the others, Aguilar would probably like to forget his Cleveland debut. In 16 at-bats, he had three singles and was sent back to triple-A Columbus. His massive frame (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) generates plus-power but also an incredibly high strikeout percentage. Still, Aguilar should get the call if the Tribe's first baseman gets hurt.
Austin Adams is having a fine season out of Cleveland's triple-A bullpen. In 43.1 innings pitched, he sports a 2.28 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 40 strikeouts. If a current Cleveland pen member is traded or injured, Adams is first in line for a call.
Converted pitcher Carlos Moncrief has yet to play in the majors, but did make the 40-man roster before December's Rule Five draft. He's a shoo-in for a September call. His plus-power left-handed bat will be brought to the majors before September if Ryan Raburn or Nick Swisher continue their unproductive batting.
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