Cleveland Indians: Top 10 Prospects Chat With Chris Kline

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Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible. Ages are as of April 1, 2008.

 Q:  Darren from UK asks:
Did Matt McBride miss the top 10 because of his shoulder surgery or was he never in there in the first place?
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Chris Kline: Welcome to another BA top 10 chat. Let's just dig in and get right after it: the iPod is on shuffle and just kicked off with some Ramones, so that's a good sign for a high-energy session.

Chris Kline: I initially had McBride in the Top 10, I think he was at No. 9, but wound up moving him down more for his defense than the shoulder surgery. He only threw out 14 percent of runners at Lake County, had a bunch of passed balls and is still very raw defensively.

 Q:  Darren from UK asks:
Where would Matt Whitney have ranked if not taken in rule 5? 7-10 range? How about Barton? I'm thinking more top 20 for Barton?
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Chris Kline: Both guys would have been in the top 10. I'm pretty sure I had Whitney at No. 10 and Barton was higher. They both have tremendous opportunities with their new organizations and I think both will have a chance to stick. Saint Louis needs a RH OF bat and the Nationals are in a situation where they could easily just stash Whitney on the roster and use him sparingly over the course of the year. I think both guys are gone for good.

 Q:  JAYPERS from IL asks:
I liked what I've seen from Goedert thus far. How close was he to your list, and what is your opinion of his tools?
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Chris Kline: Close. After gaining so much confidence in Lake County both offensively and defensively at third base, he moved over to second where he struggled and injured his shoulder. He was never quite the player in high Class A that he was for the Captains, but there is still upside. But he's not going to be an everyday third baseman with Wes Hodges in Akron and Beau Mills in Kinston in 2008. He needs to clean up some things defensively, but he's athletic and has good aptitude to figure out that new position. He'll get a fresh start, probably back in Kinston this season.

 Q:  Jon from Peoria asks:
Hey Chris: Is Kevin Brown still an appropriate comp for Miller now that he appears to be healthy again?
 A: 

Chris Kline: I think it's still valid, yes. Body wise and stuff wise there are a lot of similarities.

 Q:  D. Cornell from Madison, WI asks:
What happened to Juan Valdes? It doesn't appear that he's going to be the next Carlos Beltran. Can he rebound in 2008?
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Chris Kline: Just disappointing. Valdes was popped for performance-enhancing drugs in August, so he'll miss the first 40-plus games in 2008. Right now, I'll say reaching anything remotely close to that ceiling is highly unlikely.

 Q:  Dave from Atlanta asks:
Any hope for 2006 draft picks Ryan Morris and Chris Archer, both pitchers from NC high schools?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Hope, yes. Archer in particular came up a lot in my Gulf Coast League calls this past summer. Both have some upside, no question.

 Q:  Dave from Atlanta asks:
BA said that Neil Wagner hit 96 in the Northwoods League in 2004. Has his velocity returned and is he a legit prospect?
 A: 

Chris Kline: The velocity is legit, but there are questions about a second pitch. There are also questions about how much of a swing-and-miss pitch the fastball is, as it lacks life in the zone. He was very good in the Carolina League at the end of the season, but you really need to see a full year at that level to see how hitters adjust in a small league like that. It's a sample size, but it's a step in the right direction. Wagner got housed in Hawaii Winter Baseball where he worked more on his breaking ball, but I'd be more concerned with the lack of life with the fastball than any kind of numbers he put up in Hawaii.

 Q:  JAYPERS from IL asks:
Did Josh Rodriguez and John Drennen make your Top 30 this year?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Yes.

 Q:  Joe from Virginia Beach asks:
Michael Finocchi put up some good numbers in the Arizona Fall League. What is his future?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Finocchi's stuff is dirty. Everything is hard and down, and he doesn't rattle at all. If you can call a guy who spent the end of the year in Double-A a sleeper, he's one.

 Q:  alan from akron, oh asks:
The fact you dont have Trevor Crowe in your top 10 takes a lot of credibility away from the list. The fact Trevor struggled so badly in the beginning of last season, and then to have the maturity to turn it around with a stellar 2nd half was the most impressive thing I saw all year in the Indians minor leagues. Its too bad that was not recognized by BA, but I am sure the Indians saw it. I fully enjoyed watching him play, and this past season proved more to me than any of his other seasons.
 A: 

Chris Kline: Ah, the Trevor Crowe dilemma. That's your opinion, Alan, but consider the question: What is his ceiling, really? He's not going to play center field in the big leagues, so he's a corner outfielder who gets you 10, maybe 15 home runs tops. Best case scenario is he serves as a solid No. 9 hitter who can turn the lineup around. I agree with you about how much he improved in the second half and he's a spark plug with that swagger that's hard to find. But he's not Jacoby Ellsbury. And he might not even be Brett Gardner. I love watching Crowe play. I still believe in his talent, but the lack of ceiling is ultimately what dropped him out of the top 10.

 Q:  Jay from Dallas, TX asks:
You had a story a while back suggesting Carlos Rivero had the potential to be a superstar. Are you (and scouts you talk to) still high on him?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Potential, yes, but he needs to tone down some things defensively. There's still a little too much Cadillac in him. But if he continues to do his work and stays in shape, this is definitely a guy.

 Q:  Robert Goldberg from Lyndhurst, NJ asks:
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Trevor Crowe goes from 3rd to out of the top 10? Ouch. I know that he stunk it up all year, but didn't he turn it around some in Arizona? And is he still in the Indians' plans, long-term?
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Chris Kline: More on Crowe, as expected. Like I said, he's still in the long term plan, and profiles as an everyday corner left fielder. He had an outside shot of making the big league club out of spring training last year, and when that didn't happen, he pressed and wasn't the same player he'd been in the past. He uncharacteristically was swinging at bad breaking balls early in counts and had a lot more hand movement in his swing. When he toned that down and grew more patient, things started taking off for him. It's not unrealistic to say he'll be in the majors at some point this season, but again, it comes back to the question of ultimate ceiling.

 Q:  Jeff Wright from Indianapolis IN asks:
Hi Chris Josh Tomlin looked great at A then high A what is his forcast for the future
 A: 

Chris Kline: Solid average stuff across the board. Tomlin has great makeup, work ethic and aptitude, but he's going to have to be a surgeon as he continues to move up.

 Q:  Jay from Dallas, TX asks:
Who's more likely to become a major league regular: Jared Goedert or Josh Rodriguez?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Rodriguez.

 Q:  Darren from UK asks:
Does any hitter in the system have a higher upside than Nick Weglarz?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Maybe Snyder, but a lot still has to come together.

 Q:  darryl houston smith from quincy, ma asks:
Could you forsee the Indians moving a healthy Adam Miller to the bullpen (a la Papelbon) in order to protect his arm? Could you see Miller devloping into that elite-type of closer for the Tribe?
 A: 

Chris Kline: The plan is for him to pitch out of the pen in the big leagues this year, but long term, Miller is still viewed as a starter.

 Q:  Patrick from Sandpoint, Idaho asks:
What is the deal with Tony Sipp? He was projected as the 2010 closer at one point and now seems off the radar. I know injuried haver dogged him forever but did he make 11-20 and what are your projections for this once outstanding lefty? Closer, starter, situation guy with moderate career? Has he gone the way of Dittler and Martin, sinking steadily?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Not sinking steadily, no. Sipp probably won't pitch until May after he completely rehabs from Tommy John surgery, which means he won't play into the big league plans until 2009 at the earliest. He did make the 30; in the 11-20 range. He could close, but I think a setup role would also suit him well. He's not a situational guy because he has stuff to attack lefties and righties.

 Q:  Karl of Delaware from Georgetown, Delaware asks:
Hi, Chris. In the Indian's farm system all teams high A and above had a winning season. All teams below high A did not. This doesn't predict a good future. Do you have any thoughts on the cause of this drop off in success?
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Chris Kline: I don't really put much weight on minor league winning percentages. What I do know is that Akron and Kinston (which are the two most crucial levels of development in my opinion) are perennial contenders.

 Q:  Josh from San Diego,Ca asks:
You mentioned that 2005 1st round pick Johnny Drennen had a disapointing season. Looking at his numbers as a 20 year old were not that bad. What do you project for him in 2008 and beyond?
 A: 

Chris Kline: He was a little better in high Class A last year than he was in 2006, but it's still disappointing. It's all pull power and he tries too much to hit with juice period. He really needs to show he can sit in the middle of the diamond and spray line drives anywhere. There is no doubt the power's there, but his development hit a speed bump last year. The Indians will keep him in center field for the time being, but he profiles as a corner OF.

 Q:  Wild Bill from Cleveland, OH asks:
In the 2003-2006 drafts the Indians have spent over $9 million dollars on hitters (Hodges,Rodriques,Adam Davis,Crowe,Drennan,Head,Aubey,Snyder,Herrera). My question is, is the Indians scouting department that bad or is the player development department that bad. I just feel someone like Hodges, Crowe, and Snyder should hitting for better averages since they came from college. I don't even want to talk about Davis, Aubrey, and Head. Also, is this the worst minor league system in baseball?
 A: 

Chris Kline: First of all, this is not the worst system in baseball. Not even close. But again, and I feel like a broken record, aside from Miller, there are no true blue-chippers. A lot of depth, which reflects John Mirabelli's philosophy in the draft in the past several years. And when it comes down to the way the big league club is built to win now, and set up to be contenders for the next four or five years, depth is extremely important. I wouldn't rush to blame the player-development staff. The Indians have a history of having outstanding personnel on the field working with players as they move up the ladder and that hasn't changed. Losing a manager like Tim Bogar (to Tampa Bay) no doubt hurts, but we're talking about one of the better staffs from top to bottom in baseball. I think it's still too early to put a grade on Hodges, and Crowe hit for a high average in the Carolina League and in the second half last year at Akron. He'll be fine. I agree with Snyder, who has yet to fully grasp his strike zone. Davis is coming along slowly and Head has been disappointing since his first year. But Aubrey, I wouldn't harsh on him either. He had a great Fall League and has seemingly found a way to manage his pain to be in a position to play every day. There are still obvious health question marks with Aubrey, but the bat, and the power, is still very much for real. And so is the defense at first base.

 Q:  Chris Mohan from Belfast UK asks:
I really see the strength of the system at the moment in the young Latin pitching thats coming through, namely Pedro Rondon, Kelvin De La Cruz and Jeanmar Gomez (especially since they were thrown to the wolves last year). What can we hope to see out of them last year and have they got anyone excited about their long term future?
 A: 

Chris Kline: I don't really know if I'd consider that to be a strength in this organization. It certainly once was, but it's hard for me to believe this next crop are going to be as good as Fausto Carmona and Rafael Perez. Of the names you mentioned, Rondon has the highest ceiling. Fastball has good life in the zone at 90-93, curveball grades as average right now and has a decent feel for his changeup.

 Q:  Dave H from Glenfield asks:
What exactly is Millers Injury history? What is going on right now that makes everyone so nervous about his future?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Inability to play a full season creeps some people out. Last year it was elbow and finger issues that limited Miller.

 Q:  Chris Mohan from Belfast, UK asks:
Great to see you back in the chatroom Chris. I'm not really sure what Beau Mills or David Huff have done to deserve to be listed so high, aside from being first round picks. Both were guys who have limits to their tools also. Is this really an indication of lack of breakout stars in the system or are they really showing signs of greatness?
 A: 

Chris Kline: It's nice to be back. Thanks for saying that. Part of it is track record, but a bigger part is projection. Mills' power is for real. And Huff throws four pitches for strikes. He might not have blow-away stuff, but it's effective. I think the potential to be solid major league contributors is in there for both guys, and Mills has a chance to maybe be more than that.

 Q:  MJ from Valpo asks:
Hello, and thanks for doing these! It seems like a weak top-10 here. I find it very hard to believe no one has passed Adam Miller in 4 years, considering the guy has been hurt for nearly two whole seasons, and really only had one solid, full year in '06 as far as stats go, and that's it! Is Weglarz their best young prospect in the club's mind and eye? Thanks!
 A: 

Chris Kline: Valpo, I wouldn't kill the top 10, but it's definitely been a lot deeper in years past. And considering it was a disappointing year performance-wise, it doesn't look pretty. I would say Weglarz is their most exciting young position player, yes.

 Q:  Elliot Legow from Youngstown OH asks:
Last seasons got plenty of help from prospects rated 11-30 although nothing from the top 10: Rafael Perez (11), Asdrubal Cabrera (15), Aaron Laffey (22), Jensen Lewis (25) and Tom Mastny (27) all made major contributions at the big league level. Are there any second tier prospects who could come up big for Indians this year?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Good question, Mr. Legow. Glancing over the 11-30 right now, these names pop out: Scott Lewis, Sung-Wei Tseng . . . but probably the best guy who could have an impact in 2008 is righthander Jeff Stevens. He can pump it up to 95 mph and has an above-average breaking ball. I'd also throw Reid Santos into that mix. Legit changeup that makes him more than just a lefty specialist.

 Q:  Seth from Central Coast asks:
What kind of MLB power will Mills have? Is he a legit 35+ HR threat, or under 30?
 A: 

Chris Kline: I say 25-30.

 Q:  Elliot Legow from Youngstown OH asks:
Your SS of the future is still Jhonny Peralta. Lots of Tribe fans think the Indians need someone who can play better defense at short, maybe Cabrera. Do Josh Rodriguez or Carlos Rivero have a chance to move Peralta off shortstop or to take over at 2nd with Cabrera move to short?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Agreed. Cabrera would make the defense much better. But for all intents and purposes when we put that lineup together, Peralta was the SS and remains there on that list. Some in the organization think the power Rodriguez showed last year, coupled with his struggles defensively at times, could move him to third base. Rivero is still at least two, maybe three years away.

 Q:  Elliot Legow from Youngstown OH asks:
How about the Ivy League due: Harvard's Frank Herrmann and Princeton's Eric Stiller. Big league futures or should be heading to law school?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Well, Herrmann's degree is in economics, and I'm not sure how much interest he has in going to law school. I believe in Herrmann more than Stiller.

 Q:  Elliot Legow from Youngstown OH asks:
Scott Lewis: this year's Jensen Lewis?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Scott Lewis really lost his breaking ball last year for whatever reason. He just couldn't command it and lost confidence in it. If that comes back and he commands the zone with his fastball, it could be. But Scott Lewis doesn't have the velocity or quite the funk in his delivery Jensen does.

 Q:  Mike from Toronto asks:
Besides Miller will any of these guys even sniff the BA top 100? or are they just smelling Sabathia's musk?
 A: 

Chris Kline: That should be a cologne. Wow . . . possibly Lofgren, but that's probably about it.

 Q:  Tom from Newburyport, MA asks:
Where did Brad Snyder place, was he close to Top 10? Do you think he'll ever reach the ceiling that was projected for him when he was drafted?
 A: 

Chris Kline: I think we have him in the 20s. He lost half the year with the broken thumb and still hasn't shown he can make consistent contact. Still extremely toolsy, but the lack of discipline is worrisome now that he's very close to the big leagues.

 Q:  Tom from Newburyport, MA asks:
Where did Scott Lewis place? Was he in the 11-15 range?
 A: 

Chris Kline: 11-20 range.

 Q:  peter from dot, ma asks:
Does Andy Marte have a legit shot to start the '08 season at 3b for the Indians and will he ever come close to fulfilling his once lofty prospect status expectations in the bigs?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Word on the street was the Tribe was committed to getting Marte 500 big league ABs this year. That will be interesting if it happens. If you've read any of these chats or things we've written on Marte in the past, I know I kind of started to fall off that bandwagon when he was at Double-A Greenville in 2004. That's when he started to get thicker through the middle, had hamstring problems and his lateral movement was already beginning to look limited. So yeah, he was once highly regarded, but I know our enthusiasm on Marte's ceiling has been tempered since then. Reports out of the Dominican this winter haven't been positive regarding Marte's work ethic, by the way.

 Q:  Bill from Tempe, AZ asks:
Hey, CK, when we were together at the AFL Stars Showcase in 2006, you were all over Tony Sipp. He was #4 last year, but missed the season after surgery. What's the prognosis for him and does he still rank close to the top ten? Does he still excite you as much as a pint of pumpkin porter? Thanks.
 A: 

Chris Kline: Tough question. Sipp still ranks close to the top 10 for me for the pure stuff, his demeanor and his ability to attack to either side of the plate with everything. He got into the habit of relying on his slider too much before he got hurt, but still, the upside was closer or setup guy pre-surgery. I would say it's even between my excitement for Sipp and a pint of the pumpkin.

 Q:  Tom from Newburyport, MA asks:
How far did Trevor Crowe drop? Do you see him starting 2008 at AA again or at AAA Buffalo?
 A: 

Chris Kline: I think he moves up to Triple-A and will have his act together from Opening Day onward in 2008.

 Q:  Tom from Newburyport, MA asks:
I read somewhere that the Tribe would be using the practice fields at their new Goodyear AZ compound in the summer of 08. Does this mean their Rookie level team will move from FL to AZ this year?
 A: 

Chris Kline: No, they'll still be in the Gulf Coast League. Ditto for the Dodgers, who will go through their last season at Vero Beach. Not going to the Haven in the spring will sting in 2009, but not nearly as much as not having Dodgertown.

 Q:  Galvin from Pembroke, MA asks:
I have seen a lot of rumors regarding the Indians trading away Jhonny Peralta. Do they have anyone in their minor league system that they are grooming to take the SS position?
 A: 

Chris Kline: I haven't seen that, but it makes sense. Mark Shapiro will deal from strength and you could see the scenario of moving Cabrera back to his natural position at SS and bringing Josh Barfield back into a starting role.

 Q:  Johnny from rock n roll high school asks:
Can you expand upton your scouting report for Wes Hodges - more along the lines of what is his ceiling.
 A: 

Chris Kline: I always love expanding upton. Though there are some questions about him remaining at third base, he's got a better chance of doing that than Mills. After working extensively on his arm action last year, Hodges got much better defensively. But the hamstring and foot injuries kind of limited how much scouts were able to see and project since he had leg problems going back to college. He more than held his own in his pro debut and I think he can be a solid-average defensive third baseman that gives you a .275-.300 average and 20-25 homers annually.

 Q:  An Old Friend from The GCL Sox 'Pen asks:
What's the deal with your AFL diarist Randy Newsom? Should he keep plugging away, one level at a time, or should he start gearing up for his run as a U.S. Senator now?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Keep plugging away. There was some buzz around Newsom before the Rule 5 draft, actually. He has more moxie than blow-away stuff, but just has a knack for getting ground balls. There is more value on the mound than in the Capitol Building. For now.

Moderator: Darn it. I erased a question I wanted to answer about Crowe. The question was about me saying that he wasn't going to play center field in the big leagues. In Cleveland, that's obviously because of Sizemore. But there are several people in the front office who don't think he could do it for another organization either. While he has good speed and gets good jumps, his routes aren't great and he makes a lot of mistakes. For what it's worth, more than one scout (in the Eastern League and the Arizona Fall League) last year told me he just looked lost out there.

 Q:  Tim from Portland asks:
Hey, Kliner. Thanks for the chat. What's the prognosis on Carlos Rivero?
 A: 

Chris Kline: I touched on Rivero briefly before, but he has all the tools defensively to stay at short. Whether his body retains its current size is another matter, and why a lot of people project him as a third baseman down the road. I want to see consistent production out of the bat, but his BP sessions were pretty impressive last season. He'll get a chance to really prove himself this year in the Carolina League, where he'll see more offspeed stuff around the zone than he ever has in his life.

 Q:  Elliot Legow from Youngstown OH asks:
Chris you rated Tseng 12th last year before he had debuted in the U.S. and the Indians thought enough of him to start him off at High A Kinston. What's his evaluation after a full year in the states?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Hang on, everyone! We're going on an Elliot Legow run!

Chris Kline: Tseng totally hit a wall in the second half, mostly because of how Taiwan used him in the offseason during the Intercontinental Cup. John Mirabelli closely monitored his workload during Taiwan's Olympic Qualifier this offseason, and we should see a fresh Tseng in Double-A in 2008. He has at least two pitches that grade out as above-average and the numbers in the second half are not indicative of his talent. I suspect he could really break out, especially with that splitter, in the Eastern League this season.

 Q:  Elliot Legow from Youngstown OH asks:
Does Jordan Brown have a chance to oust Garko at 1st base? How's he handle the position defensively?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Much better defender than Garko without the pop. Brown is also a much better contact hitter and uses the whole field arguably better than anyone in the organization. I just called Vegas and he's the odds-on favorite to win the International League MVP. Put your money down now.

 Q:  Elliot Legow from Youngstown OH asks:
Ben Francisco hasn't impressed you in the past. Didn't even rate in the top 30 in 07. What changed about Ben last year?
 A: 

Chris Kline: I don't know if I would say I wasn't impressed. Francisco has always done a little bit of everything well and has also always been arguably the most versatile defensive outfielder in the system. Managers love him, especially last year in Triple-A. I think nearly every manager we polled had only good things to say about him. I didn't rank him before because he profiled as a fourth outfielder. I'm still not completely sold on him being more than that, but you have to like the high-energy in his game and the fact that he gets on base a lot with some power.

 Q:  JF from Not Far Away asks:
Happy Belated Elvis' Birthday! Glad to see young Nick ranked so high. He looked to have made great strides between his rookie season and last year, considering he missed all of 2006. How about my other fav youngster, Rivero? How close was he to Top 10? Do you think we'll see him in Kinston next spring, too?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Thanks. It's funny, because a version of him doing Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" live in Las Vegas from Aug. 24, 1972 just came through on the old shuffle. Yes, Weglarz had a nice bounce back year from the hamate injury. Rivero is in the teens, but buy the book anyway. As I said earlier, I think Rivero is the everyday shortstop in high Class A.

 Q:  John from Cincinnati, Oh asks:
Do you think it is between Laffey and Lee to open the year in the starting rotation? Think Laffey has the goods to stick?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Yes. You could certainly see Lee Making the rotation and Laffey beginning in the bullpen, but he definitely has the stuff to start. The question is, what happens with Sowers? Don't count that guy out.

 Q:  Marissa from San Antonio asks:
What do you think of two low-minors 1Bs — Chris Nash and Todd Martin. They had some big numbers last year but I never hear much about them.
 A: 

Chris Kline: Love both these guys. Both are very athletic, Nash probably more so, and have big power. Martin is older, but has gone through a lot of minor injuries that have kept him off the field.

 Q:  Tom or Eliott (they get all questions) from TomElliotville asks:
Do the other kids get to play? I'd really like to know about Jordan brown projections and why you hav Perez as 2011 closer projected. Is that legit or filling a spot? Thanks from an actual other intersted reader
 A: 

Chris Kline: Come on now, captain. I've already touched on Brown, and seriously there are too many questions to get to. Perez is legit, and you can't teach that life on the fastball. If he consistently commands it, he's the closer of the future.

 Q:  Norm from San Diego asks:
BA really got beat up on its forecast for Indians' prospects last year with many players contributing to the ML squad that were not on your radar. Will this year be more of the same or do you have a better feel for the system?
 A: 

Chris Kline: I don't really remember getting beat up, since Perez, Lara, Cabrera, Laffey, Jensen Lewis and Tom Mastny were all in the top 30. So sure, I hope this year is more of the same.

 Q:  Darren from UK asks:
Are you surprised the Indians haven't dealt some of their depth for an established bat?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Yes I am. Like a legit corner outfielder with huge power. That, combined with the pitching, would help deal with the juggernaut in the division that is Detroit.

 Q:  JD Martin from Cleveland asks:
Am I done? Should I give up hope? What about my roomie Jake Dittler?
 A: 

Chris Kline: No, not done. Dittler is with Texas now. Be sure and hit up Aaron Fitt with some bowling ball with teeth questions when he does the Rangers chat.

 Q:  NotElliot from NotTomeither asks:
Give me some sleepers? Both guys we know but don't really know of (you know what i mean) and guys we just flat out don't know. Thanks again.
 A: 

Chris Kline: RHP Mike Pontius is legit. Big-bodied righthander who can pump it up to 95 mph with a nasty slider.

 Q:  mike from texas asks:
does sean smith have a future with the indians?what's the report on him?
 A: 

Chris Kline: Gamer mentality with a solid-average mix of pitches including an above-average to plus changeup. Several teams inquired about Smith's availability this offseason and were turned down, including in the Carroll deal. So obviously the Tribe still thinks something of him.

 Q:  Jeff from Goldsboro asks:
Chris, did any of the Kinston starters make it into your top 30? Its an unheralded bunch but they all seem to produce quite nicely (Edell, Dixon, Hermann, Deters, Tseng, etc.). Thanks.
 A: 

Chris Kline: Have to close it out with Goldsboro, birthplace of part of our tandem fearless leaders, Will Lingo. From Kinston, Herrmann and Tseng were the only ones to make the cut. I know they all had good numbers for the most part, but in terms of pure stuff and ability to use it now, Herrmann and Tseng are ahead of the others you mentioned.

Chris Kline: Thanks for coming out, Tribe fans! Thanks for all the great questions once again, and apologies for not being able to get to them all. Hope things are well and I'll see you in a couple weeks for the Athletics chat. CK