Cleveland Indians 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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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.
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.
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.