Cleveland Indians Farm System Report 2015

Cleveland Indians Farm System

Rank #22 heading into the 2015 season
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Cleveland Indians Farm System

Cleveland has quite possibly the most head-scratch provoking farm systems in all of baseball. The current crop of players set to make their debuts this year (aside from Lindor) are not worthy of a better evaluation but the guys in the lower level will move the needle closer to the top ten. Francisco Lindor is their top guy and he ranks 5th overall in our top 100 and #1 in the Cleveland Indians Top Prospect list.

Lindor is an all-around good player. His maturity, intelligence and leadership on the field set him apart from other more raw prospects, and because of this, he has Indians executives excited for his potential to make a substantial contribution at the major league level right away. The Indians selected power-prospect Clint Frazier with their 5th overall pick in the 2013 draft. Frazier had a rough go in the Midwest League last year which tends to happen in this pitcher-friendly league. Good news is that he hWashington Nationals v Cleveland Indiansas plenty of time to develop.

They selected Bradley Zimmer out of Univ. of San Francisco with the 21st pick in 2014. Zimmer was one of the most polished hitters in all of college baseball and he continued by finishing the 2014 campaign with a .302 average in the Indians minors. Mike Papi was a University of Virginia product that was selected No. 38. Papi is known to have great patience at the plate as led nation in walks (61), breaking UVa single-season record. He is a projected 15-20 homers kind-of guy. Left-hander Justus Sheffield is a very young and talented pitcher whom the Indians picked with the 31st pick in 2014. Grant Hockin was plucked in the 2nd round by the Indians from Damien High School in La Verne, California Many Scouts say rave about his very easy to repeat delivery and his 90-92+ fastball. Here’s a good “did you know” -Hockin is the grandson of Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew.

First baseman Bobby Bradley jumps out when you watch him play. Bradley was the Indians 3rd round pick and busting onto the scene hitting .361 with 8 homers in rookie ball. He was paid overslot money because of his bat. He was one of the best high school bats in the country.

Most of their draft picks are quite impressive and all have high projectability. Most of their arms set to debut this year in Cleveland are control type guys so Hockin and Sheffield are key for the system.

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