2018 Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects

Indians Top 10 Prospects
1. Francisco Mejia, C
2. Triston McKenzie, RHP
3. Bobby Bradley, 1B
4. Nolan Jones, 3B
5. Shane Bieber, RHP
6. Yu-Cheng Chang, SS
7. Willi Castro, SS
8. Greg Allen, OF
9. George Valera, OF
10. Will Benson, OF

GOT QUESTIONS? Indians Top 10 Chat


For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: OF Bradley Zimmer (1) and 3B Yandy Diaz (11).

Trending: 🔻 Graduations and a few trades have diminished the depth in the system.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: The Indians have a bevy of exciting young hitters throughout the system, stretching from Francisco Mejia and Greg Allen on the cusp of the big leagues all the way to Nolan Jones and Will Benson at the short-season level. They also remain adept at developing middle infielders, with Yu-Cheng Chang, Willi Castro and Erik Gonzalez all in the upper levels.

Weaknesses: Triston McKenzie looks like he'll give the Indians a homegrown starter, but they don't have as much pitching depth in the minors. It is a departure from recent years, when the system regularly churned out impact arms such as Cody Allen and Danny Salazar or trade pickups Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco. Righthander Shane Bieber took a big step forward in 2017, but the same can't be said for pitchers at lower levels, such as Brady Aiken or Juan Hillman.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Francisco Mejia.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Bobby Bradley.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Nolan Jones.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Quentin Holmes.
🔸Best Athlete: Will Benson.
🔸Best Fastball: Julian Merryweather.
🔸Best Curveball: Triston McKenzie.
🔸Best Slider: Aaron Civale.
🔸Best Changeup: Eli Morgan.
🔸Best Control: Shane Bieber.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Logan Ice.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Erik Gonzalez.
🔸Best INF Arm: Nolan Jones.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Greg Allen.
🔸Best OF Arm: Johnathan Rodriguez.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Francisco Mejia (25)
🔸1B Bobby Bradley (24)
🔸2B Jose Ramirez (28)
🔸3B Nolan Jones (22)
🔸SS Francisco Lindor (27)
🔸LF Tyler Naquin (29)
🔸CF Greg Allen (28)
🔸RF Bradley Zimmer (28)
🔸DH Yu-Cheng Chang (28)
🔸SP Corey Kluber (34)
🔸SP Triston McKenzie (23)
🔸SP Trevor Bauer (30)
🔸SP Mike Clevinger (30)
🔸SP Shane Bieber (25)
🔸CL Cody Allen (32)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Adam Miller (Did Not Play) | WAR: N/A
🔸2009: C Carlos Santana (Indians) | WAR: 24.5
🔸2010: C Carlos Santana (Indians) | WAR: 24.5
🔸2011: 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (Indians) | WAR: 8.8
🔸2012: SS Francisco Lindor (Indians) | WAR: 15.8
🔸2013: SS Francisco Lindor (Indians) | WAR: **
🔸2014: SS Francisco Lindor (Indians) | WAR: **
🔸2015: SS Francisco Lindor (Indians) | WAR: **
🔸2016: OF Bradley Zimmer (Indians) | WAR: 1.5
🔸2017: C Francisco Mejia (Indians) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (Indians) | WAR: 8.8
🔸2009: RHP Alex White (American Association) | WAR: -0.4
🔸2010: LHP Drew Pomeranz (Red Sox) | WAR: 11.3
🔸2011: SS Francisco Lindor (Indians) | WAR: 15.8
🔸2012: OF Tyler Naquin (Indians) | WAR: 0.9
🔸2013: OF Clint Frazier (Yankees) | WAR: -0.4
🔸2014: OF Bradley Zimmer (Indians) | WAR: 1.5
🔸2015: LHP Brady Aiken (Indians) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: OF Will Benson (Indians) | Top 10
🔸2017: OF Quentin Holmes (Indians) | N/A


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