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Cleveland Indians 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis



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ROSTER

CLEVELAND
Pitchers
Allen, Logan
Bieber, Shane
Carrasco, Carlos
Cimber, Adam
Civale, Aaron
Clevinger, Mike
Gose, Anthony
Hand, Brad
Hill, Cam
Hoyt. James
Karinchak, James
Leone, Dominic
Maton, Phil
Moss, Scott
Pérez, Oliver
Plesac, Zach
Plutko, Adam
Rodrĺguez, Jefry
Wittgren, Nick
Wood, Hunter
Catchers
León, Sandy
Pérez, Roberto
Taylor, Beau
Infielders
Arroyo, Christian
Chang, Yu
Freeman, Mike
Hernandez, Cesar
Lindor, Francisco
Ramĺrez, José
Santana, Carlos
Outfielders
Allen, Greg
Bauers, Jake
Deshields, Delino
Johnson, Daniel
Luplow, Jordan
Mercado, Oscar
Naquin, Tyler
Reyes, Franmil
Santana, Domingo
Zimmer, Bradley
ALTERNATE TRAINING SITE
Pitchers
Espino, Daniel
Hankins, Ethan
Hentges, Sam
Mckenzie, Triston
Mejía, Jean Carlos
Morgan, Eli
Nelson, Kyle
Sandlin, Nick
Catchers
Naylor, Bo
Infielders
Bracho, Aaron
Bradley, Bobby
Clement, Ernie
Freeman, Tyler
Jones, Nolan
Outfielders
Valera, George

NOTABLE INCLUSIONS

Eight of the Indians' top 10 prospects are on the 60-man roster, with all of them slated to open at the club's alternate training site: 3B Nolan Jones (1), SS Tyler Freeman (2), C Bo Naylor (3), OF George Valera (4), RHP Daniel Espino (6), RHP Triston McKenzie (7), RHP Ethan Hankins (8) and 2B Aaron Bracho (9). These are all priority prospects and most are there strictly for development and are unlikely to get any major league time. Bracho and Espino are both 19 and have yet to play in a full-season game, while Valera (also 19) has just six games at low Class A Lake County, which is where Naylor spent all of the 2019 season. LHP Logan Allen (11) and 1B Bobby Bradley (12), both on the 40-man roster, are also on the roster.

NOTABLE EXCLUSIONS

The Indians still have room to add five more players on their roster, but the most notable prospect omission is shortstop Brayan Rocchio, the organization's No. 5 prospect. Rocchio isn't close to being major league ready, but he's the same age as Bracho and for most of 2019 played a level higher than him, yet Bracho made the initial cut while Rocchio did not. Bracho is currently in the Dominican Republic, while Rocchio is still in Venezuela, a country where a lot of players are having travel issues, so Rocchio is a candidate to join the rest of the group later on. The other top 10 prospect the Indians left off is shortstop Gabriel Rodriguez, though that's not any major surprise given he's 18 and spent most of last season in the Dominican Summer League.

PARTING THOUGHTS

From a prospect development perspective, the Indians have one of the most interesting 60-man rosters to follow. Valera and Bracho have both missed significant time with injuries, so getting reps against significantly more advanced pitching should be beneficial for a pair of players who could jump into Top 100 prospect status in the near future. Jones got to Double-A last year and Freeman probably would have opened the 2020 season there under normal circumstances, but overall, the Indians placed a heavy emphasis on making sure their top prospects are here regardless of their readiness to help the major league club in 2020.

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Minor League Transactions

Transactions involving minor league players for the period June 27-July 8, 2020.

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