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Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects for 2014

Written By on 13th November, 2013


The Indians have some impact talent on the way, but the rest of the system is still fairly shallow. The team has done a good job starting the process of building the farm back up, though. The last couple years it has often looked like Lindor, a few relievers and a bunch of low minors projects. -AS

Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects for 2014

1Francisco LindorSSThe premier defensive short stop in the minors increased his offensive production in 2013. Big power numbers shouldn't ever be expected, but he's a quality hitter from both sides of the plate who can drive the ball to the gaps. The blend of plate discipline, hitting ability, and base running skills makes him a top of the order hitter rather than someone who will reside near the bottom.
2Clint FrazierOFYou can't fake bat speed and Frazier has bat speed to spare. He combines his quick hands, quick wrists, strength and athleticism to destroy baseballs. Frazier's bat and athletic ability = star potential. -AS VIDEO
3Dorssys PaulinoSSSoon to be 19 year old got better in the 2nd half. Solid athlete, ball jumps off his bat. Good hand-eye, but needs to develop more patience. -JV VIDEO VIDEO
4Tyler NaquinOFWhile Naquin doesn't possess an exciting package of tools, he's still a tough out who can run and throw. I wouldn't be shocked to see his game play up in the bigs. -AS VIDEO
5Trevor BauerRHPWhat happened to that unorthodox college righty who missed more bats than anyone? Bauer has lost his way and his confidence. He's feeling his way back mechanically, but the old Bauer could easily show up any day now. -AS
6Mitch BrownRHPLooked less developed than advertised, but has good fastball and breaking ball combo. Needs better command. - JV
7Jose RamirezSS/2BJose Altuve makes me think Ramirez has a chance. Little spark plug that can hit and runs well. - JV VIDEO
8Francisco MejiaCToo early to get excited about this 17 year old as he has a lot of skills left to master. Still, the tools are here for him to be above average both behind the plate and at it. -AS
9Joe Wendle2BJoe Wendle's tools may be light compared to many others in this system, but his ability to play baseball stands out. His instincts are excellent, and he fits the overachiever mold. While he probably won't be able to displace Kipnis, do not be surprised if he's a major leaguer.
10Dace KimeRHPWith the size, delivery, and repertoire to start, Dace Kime profiles as a mid to back of the rotation arm. He can show moderate cutting or sinking action on his low 90s fastball. The mid 70s curve is his best pitch, featuring excellent depth and sharp 11-7 break. The change is used less frequently but shows good action/deception. Command is below average right now; how much improvement he makes in that area will determine where he profiles best.

Other Tribe Prospects of Note

Luigi RodriguezOFI like him, can hit a little bit and defends well from what I have seen, but I'm not sure he is more than a 4th outfielder type. -JV VIDEO
Nellie Rodriguez1BBig right hander whose best tool is power. Lacks discipline in batters box at this point and looks mechanical defensively. -JV VIDEO
Levon WashingtonOFCan't stay on the field, but is a real good athlete, and shows potential to hit for average. -JV
Jesus Aguilar1BThe big man continues to improve and he has the strength to stick out on a minor league field. He also has the flaws that make you think "not a major league regular." -AS
Austin AdamsRHPAn undersized righty who throws mid 90's over the top with a max effort delivery. When he's going well he can help a big league pen in the middle innings. -AS
Luis LugoLHPLugo is a tall, young, and projectable lefty who shows a nice mix of upside and polish as a 19 year old. His fastball sits 87-90 with the 2S variety showing late run and sink. The curve comes out of his hand well (72-75 MPH), showing good shape at times. Lugo gets nice fading action on his low 80s change as well. The stuff isn't electric, but he can throw them for strikes; it's a nice foundation to build from as he matures.

Cleveland Indians Notable 2013 Draft Picks

15Clint FrazierOFLoganville HS (GA)
379Dace KimeRHPLouisville
4111Kyle CrockettLHPVirginia
5141Sean BradyLHPBaker HS (Cape Coral, FL)
6171Casey ShaneRHPCentennial HS (Burleson, TX)
7201Kenny MathewsLHPRiverside CC (CA)
9261Thomas PannoneLHPJC of Southern Nevada
11321Adam PlutkoRHPUCLA
13381Sicnarf LoopstokCWestern Oklahoma State JC
14457Silento SaylesOFPort Gibson HS (MS)

Draft Recap: The Indians draft will be defined by how well Clint Frazier translates his electric raw tools into production; the early returns are encouraging. The draft of course does not end with the 5th overall selection. With their next two selections, Cleveland drafted a pair of effective college long relievers and put them on diverging paths. Kime with the deeper repertoire and stronger build will be given a chance to make it as a starter; Crockett with his pair of curve balls and strong ground ball tendency will be given the chance to speed through the minors as a reliever. Sean Brady and Casey Shane follow as prep arms with polished arrays of offerings. The rest of the class is dominated by players from college and JuCo ranks with the raw, exciting athlete Silento Sayles as the only other high school draftee to sign. -JR

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