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Lindor moved to the United States from Puerto Rico at age 12. He rose to prominence in 2009 as the captain of a Team USA squad that captured the gold medal at the 16-and-under World Championship in Taiwan, batting .500 in 11 games. He continued to boost his stock with a strong summer showcase tour in 2010, including a shocking win in the Aflac All-American Game's home run derby at Petco Park. Known for typically college-heavy drafts, the Indians drafted Lindor with the eighth overall pick in 2011, making him their first prep first-rounder since Dan Denham and Alan Horne in 2001. Lindor signed for $2.9 million, the biggest bonus Cleveland ever has given a position player or high school draftee. The youngest everyday player in the low Class A Midwest League in his first pro season in 2012, he stood out not only for his tools but also for his remarkable maturity as an 18-year-old. He batted .333 in the playoffs as Lake County reached the semifinals. An excellent athlete, Lindor is one of the best defensive shortstops in the minors. In addition to above-average defensive tools, he has phenomenal instincts. He knows how to position himself and always seems to be in the right spot at the right time. He gets great reads off the bat and has terrific fundamentals. His range and arm are both better than average, and his feet and hands work well together. Lindor has a quiet, simple approach in the batter's box. He has a compact swing with good bat speed from both sides of the plate and hits line drives to all fields. His pitch-recognition skills are above average, as he shows the ability to handle offspeed pitches and lays off pitches outside the strike zone to take his walks. With his bat control, he doesn't swing and miss much. Lindor could be a plus hitter who gets on base at a high clip, though his power is more to the gaps than over the fence. He has some surprising strength in his lower half and can occasionally pull a ball over the fence, but he'll likely top out around 10-15 homers per year. He's a slightly above-average runner whose 27 steals in 2012 were somewhat of a surprise, though he needs to become more efficient after getting thrown out 12 times. The game never seems to speed up on Lindor, and seemingly everyone who comes in contact with him raves about his makeup. Indians officials marvel at the way he approaches his routine every day and never wavers from his preparation. After hitting .285/.369/.410 in the first half, he batted .228/.355/.299 in 62 games after the all-star break, so he'll need to get stronger to hold up over a full season. Lindor has the look of a future all-star shortstop. His defense is already major league caliber, while additional strength and refinement should help bring his offensive game to the next level. Ticketed for high Class A Carolina in 2013, he's the best infield prospect the franchise has had since Brandon Phillips (who was originally drafted by the Expos and obtained in the 2002 Bartolo Colon trade) and the best position prospect who was originally signed by the Indians since Victor Martinez. Lindor has a chance to get to Cleveland before he turns 21.
The son of former big league lefthander Jesus Sanchez, Paulino drew plenty of attention as an amateur in the Dominican Republic for his bat. Signed for $1.1 million, he starred in his 2012 pro debut, ranking second in the Rookie-level Arizona League in batting (.355) and third in OPS (1.014) despite being one of the league's youngest players at 17. Paulino has quick hands and a short, simple swing that stays in the hitting zone a long time, giving him excellent plate coverage. His approach is mature for his age. He can get the barrel out front against good fastballs and recognizes spin, doesn't chase much out of the strike zone and uses the whole field. While international scouts pegged Paulino with average power, he showed surprising pop in his debut, so he might end up with more. He's an above-average runner and the Indians would like him to stay at shortstop, though scouts outside the organization think he's a better fit at second or third base. He has a strong arm but made 25 errors in 46 games at short. One of the most exciting hitters to sign with the Indians in years, Paulino should move quickly and will open 2013 in low Class A.
Naquin led NCAA Division I with 104 hits for Texas A&M in 2011, and he won consecutive Big 12 Conference batting titles the last two seasons with .381 and .380 averages. He parlayed his status as one of the best pure hitters in college baseball into a $1.75 million bonus as the 15th overall pick in the 2012 draft. A back injury kept him out for most of August. Naquin's quick, handsy swing helps him stay inside the ball, use the opposite field and generate line drives. He has nice balance and a mature approach. He has good hand-eye coordination and has no issues handling breaking pitches. Naquin could benefit from incorporating his lower half more in his swing and turning on pitches with greater authority. He has below-average power and his narrow shoulders raise questions about his ability to add more pop. A right fielder for the Aggies, Naquin played center field in pro ball. He's a solid runner with a well above-average arm, though he needs to improve his routes. Whether Naquin will have the defensive chops to handle center field or the power to profile on a corner is still a question, as some scouts consider him a tweener. His bat is advanced enough for him to make the jump to high Class A.
There was little hype when the Indians signed Allen out of mid-major High Point for $40,000 as a 23rd-round pick in 2011. His stuff kicked into a higher gear in 2012, when he made his major league debut in July to become the second-fastest 2011 draftee to reach the majors, behind only No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer. Allen had Tommy John surgery and was a starter in college, but his fastball velocity spiked when he became a reliever in pro ball. An 88-92 mph guy who touched 94 in college, he now sits at 94-96 mph and hits 97 with late life. His mid-80s breaking ball is a plus pitch with plenty of depth, resembling a curveball more than a slider. He's still learning how to command his breaking ball in the strike zone, but it can miss bats against both lefties and righties. Allen's increased velocity has dramatically changed his outlook, improving his profile to that of a late-inning reliever. His stuff is on par with current Cleveland closer Chris Perez, and Allen could take his job in the near future.
Brown became just the fourth Minnesota prep pitcher ever to go as high as the second round, giving up a San Diego scholarship to sign for $800,000. The son of a Korean powerlifter, Brown has a sturdy build and pitches with poise. His fastball velocity is inconsistent, but he can sit around 90-93 mph and reached as high as 96 after signing. The Indians love the upside of both of his breaking pitches, a true curveball in the upper 70s and a cutter/slider in the mid-80s. In his debut, he focused mainly on the cutter/slider and worked with Rookie-level Arizona League pitching coach Steve Karsay in the bullpen to improve his curve. Brown also has an average changeup that could get better. He has a relatively low-maintenance delivery, and while he does throw across his body, it doesn't impede his command and helps him hide the ball. Brown has the stuff and polish to make the jump from Rookie ball low Class A at age 19. If he can refine his secondary pitches, he'll combine solid stuff across the board with good feel for pitching and project as a possible No. 3 starter.
Salazar did little in his first five years as a pro to garner much attention as a prospect. Elbow problems limited him to seven starts in 2010, and he eventually succumbed to Tommy John surgery in August that year. Though he hadn't pitched above low Class A, the Indians protected him on the 40-man roster after the 2011 season, then saw his stuff pick up significantly in 2012 amidst the best year of his career. As the season wore on and Salazar grew further removed from his surgery, his velocity took off. His fastball now sits at 94-97 mph at times and reaches 100. He's still learning how to use his secondary pitches to miss bats, but his breaking ball has power and depth to it and his changeup stands out in a system that doesn't feature many good ones. He still has to prove his durability because his career high in innings remains the 107 he threw in 2009. If he can't hold up as a starter, his power fastball could be electric in the bullpen. He'll either return to Double-A Akron or make the jump to Triple-A Columbus in 2013, when he could see big league time by the end of the season.
Rodriguez began his pro career as a second baseman. The infield never came naturally to him, however, so he moved to center field a month into his first season. He has held his own as a teenager in low Class A. Rodriguez is a plus-plus runner with good bat speed from both sides of the plate. Strikeouts weren't an issue early in his career, though his swing can get big and leads to too many strikeouts. He has surprising strength, though he'll probably never have more than average power. He does have a decent idea of the strike zone and is patient enough to take his walks. While his speed and athleticism give him the chance to make plays in center field, he's still learning how to take the right routes. His average arm is fine for center. Some scouts see Rodriguez as an everyday player in the big leagues, while others see him as more of a good fourth outfielder. After reaching low Class A at the end of the 2011 season as an 18-year-old, he was still one of the youngest players in the Midwest League last season, and he's ready to advance to high Class A at age 20.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez moved to Lawrence, Mass., when he was 12 and attended high school in the United States before moving back to the island. He signed for $375,000 in 2010, making him the Indians' top international signing that year. His odd path is evident in his game, as Rodriguez stands out more for his tools than his refinement. He has plus raw power that has led to 30 homers in two years in Class A, but his free-swinging approach restricts his on-base ability. He has a tendency to step in the bucket and doesn't recognize breaking pitches well. Rodriguez also has plus speed, though his baserunning still needs work. He's a good athlete with a well above-average arm and the range to play shortstop, but he still makes way too many mistakes at the position, including 28 errors in 80 games in 2012. His footwork reduces the accuracy of his throws. Rodriguez will stay on the fast track, jumping to Double-A at age 21 in 2013. He has much to clean up, but he ultimately could profile along the lines of Clint Barmes or Khalil Greene as a shortstop with defensive promise who won't get on base much but flashes impressive power for the position.
Aguilar broke out in his fourth pro season, slamming 23 homers in Class A and performing well in the Arizona Fall League in 2011. He built upon that with a solid 2012 season that included a strong August showing in Double-A. The Indians left him off their 40-man roster, but teams passed on him in the Rule 5 draft. Aguilar's game is based around strength and power. He has plus raw pop and can drive the ball out of the park to all fields. He's not a rhythmic hitter, as he has an upper-body dominant swing and still needs work on his approach. He can get beat with good fastballs in on him, but if he learns to free up his hands, his power will show up more frequently in games. Some scouts think he needs to become better at recognizing breaking pitches, but he doesn't strike out excessively. Aguilar is a bottom-of-the-scale runner who lacks range and athleticism but has sure hands at first base. He did improve markedly at first base in 2012. Aguilar will head back to Akron to open the 2013 season. If he shows that his hitting approach will work at the upper levels, he could be in line for a shot at Cleveland's first-base job in 2014.
The Indians tried to sign Lee out of high school, but they had to wait until he attended college and pitched for Taiwan in the 2008 Olympics before landing him for $400,000. He pitched for Taiwan again in the 2009 World Baseball Classic as he steadily made his way up the ladder in the Indians minor league system. After a strong 2011 season, he was poised to make his major league debut in 2012. Instead, he blew out his elbow in Triple-A in April and had Tommy John surgery in June. When healthy, Lee has shown the ability to miss bats. He has averaged 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors, thanks to a lively fastball that sits at 92-93 mph and reaches 95. His velocity is unusually high for a pitcher with a low three-quarters arm slot, and his delivery adds to his deception. He keeps the ball down in the strike zone and gets groundballs. Lee's slider is inconsistent, getting him swings and misses at times but also flattening out when his low slot makes it difficult to stay on top of the pitch. He doesn't have a reliable weapon to combat lefthanders. His command is average, as he doesn't always locate his pitches as well as he'd like. Lee should return to game action by May or June. A potential big league set-up man, Lee was added to the 40-man roster and could get to Cleveland before the end of 2013 if he regains his previous form.
Barnes pitched well in the Giants system for two seasons before San Francisco shipped him to the Indians in exchange for Ryan Garko at the 2009 trade deadline. Barnes struggled in his first full season in the Cleveland system in 2010 but rebounded in 2011 before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while fielding a bunt. Moved to the bullpen full-time last season, he made his major league debut in May and bounced up and down between Cleveland and Columbus afterward. Barnes' fastball velocity plays up when he comes out of the bullpen, sitting in the low 90s and reaching 96 mph. He worked more at 88-92 as a starter. He leans heavily on his slider, which ranges from an average to plus pitch. He also mixes in a useable changeup, though he uses the pitch less as a reliever. He has some effort in his delivery, but he has gotten better at repeating it to be able to throw more strikes. During a September callup, Barnes didn't allow a run in his final nine innings with the Indians. He profiles as a middle reliever and should fill that role in Cleveland this year.
Lugo became eligible to sign on July 2, 2010, but he developed late and didn't sign until the following year. One of the top pitchers on the 2011 international market, he landed a $415,000 bonus. Lugo has an extra-large, projectable body that should help him add to his present 88-92 mph fastball. His arm works well and he could eventually throw in the mid-90s. Lugo has the stuff to miss bats, though his curveball and changeup are still inconsistent. He's a good athlete for his size and scouts like his competitiveness, but his control needs to improve. At this point, Lugo is more about projection than polish, but there are a lot of ingredients to like if added velocity comes with increased physical maturity. Given his age and lack of experience, the Indians may want to keep his workload down, so he may end up in short-season Mahoning Valley in 2013. That would still put him in line to make his full-season debut at age 20.
After signing Santander for $385,000 out of Venezuela, the Indians pushed him to the Arizona League for his 2012 pro debut and he didn't disappoint with his performance. He began switch-hitting just about a year before he signed, so his strong showing was even more surprising given that the natural righthander faced predominantly righty pitching in the AZL. He doesn't have a pure stroke from either side, but it works for him and he has curbed his tendency to overswing and try to do too much. With broad shoulders and a strong lower half, Santander has average raw power that could become plus as he matures physically. His speed and arm are average, so he's best suited for an outfield corner. He spent most of his debut playing left field, where he still needs to improve his reads and routes. He has a chance to start 2013 in low Class A as an 18-year-old.
The Indians paid Haley $1.25 million as a second-round pick out of high school in 2008, an investment that quickly looked like it might not yield any return. After struggling as a starter, he moved to the bullpen in 2011, a transition that helped restore his prospect status. Despite missing two months in the middle of 2012 because he had surgery to repair a sports hernia in June, he had the best year of his career. After sitting at 88-92 mph and touching 95 when he started, Haley's fastball now operates at 93-98 mph, has touched 100 and features late, heavy life. His curveball had good depth to begin with, and he has added more power to it coming out of the bullpen. It shows flashes of becoming a plus offering. Haley's biggest obstacle is his lack of control, which stems from his delivery. He throws with effort and finishes with a head whack, so repeating his mechanics isn't easy for him. If he can develop even fringe-average control, he has the power stuff to eventually earn a major league bullpen role. Added to Cleveland's 40-man roster in November, he could open 2013 in Triple-A and make his big league debut later in the season.
McClure gained attention in 2011 when he got the better end of several Arkansas high school showdowns with righthander Dillon Howard, who would go on to sign for $1.85 million as the Indians' second-round pick that year. McClure went two rounds later last June, signed for $765,000 and became Howard's teammate in the Arizona League. An outstanding athlete, McClure attracted the interest of college football programs as a wide receiver. He has excellent bat speed and above-average raw power, though he's going to have to make adjustments to hit for average. He has a loose, handsy swing, but it gets long and leads to swings and misses. He's an average runner who sometimes turns in subpar times going from home to first. A center fielder for now, McClure has an average arm and will have to improve his instincts to stick there because he doesn't have prototypical speed for the position. He'll head to low Class A for his first full pro season.
A graduate of Douglas High in Juneau, Alaska, Baker pitched at Tacoma (Wash.) CC in 2011 before transferring to Western Nevada JC. Baker pitched the Wildcats to the Junior College World Series, topping national juco players in strikeouts per nine innings (13.4). He became the highest-drafted player in school history and the second highest-drafted Alaska native ever (behind Braves 2000 fourth-rounder Brian Montalbo), signing with the Indians for $200,000 as a fifth-rounder. Baker has a strong, physical frame and a fastball that usually ranges from 90-95 mph and gets up to 97. He throws a hard slider that has a shorter, cutter-type break rather than true two-plane depth. He'll mix in a true curveball that peaks in the low 80s and an occasional changeup, but he's mainly a fastball/slider guy. He doesn't always stay on line to the plate and has some effort in his delivery, contributing factors in his struggles to throw strikes at times. Some scouts think he's best suited for a late-inning relief role, but the Indians want to see how he develops as a starter. He'll open his first full pro season in low Class A.
Cleveland handed out four seven-figure bonuses in the 2010 draft, and only one of those recipients appears on this Top 30. First-rounder Drew Pomeranz went to the Rockies in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, while second-rounder LeVon Washington and eighth-rounder Alex Lavisky haven't hit. That leaves Wolters, who signed for $1.35 million in the third round. Wolters didn't get his batting average get past .200 until May 22, but he rebounded to hit .291/.344/.474 in 64 games in the second half. He's a solid hitter who's at his best when he works the middle of the field and drives the ball into the gaps. He struggles when his front side flies open and can get into free-swinging mode, but he learned to manage his plate appearances better as the season progressed. Wolters broke his hamate bone in spring training in 2011, an injury that required surgery and sapped his power. He showed more pop in 2012 and has the potential to hit 10-15 homers annually in his prime. His above-average arm and clean hands fit at shortstop, but his fringy speed limits his range. Wolters could be an offensive-oriented second baseman, though he may be better suited as a backup. He'll advance to Double-A in 2013.
When the Rangers shipped Jarrod Saltamacchia to the Red Sox in July 2010, they received McGuiness and righthander Roman Mendez in return. An oblique strain, back strain and bruised knee limited him to just 55 games in 2011, but McGuinness got healthy and hit 23 homers to rank fourth in the Texas League, and he also finished fourth with 69 walks. The Rangers opted not to protect him on their 40-man roster after the season, and the Indians grabbed him in the major league Rule 5 draft. If he doesn't stick on the major league roster, he has to clear waivers and get offered back to Texas for half his $50,000 draft price. McGuiness stays inside the ball, hits with power to all fields and shows a disciplined approach. He gets through a hitch in his swing that doesn't seem to affect his timing. McGuiness will have to prove he can go deep outside of Frisco's Dr. Pepper Ballpark, where 18 of 23 homers came last year. Though he's not very athletic, he's a fine defensive first baseman with agility, good hands and an average arm. He's a well below-average runner.
The Indians spent $725,000 to sign Fedroff in 2008, but he has moved slower than expected. He has split the last two seasons between Double-A and Triple-A and was one of the International League's top hitters in the second half last year, which helped him claim a spot on the Indians' 40-man roster in November. Fedroff always has stood out for his compact swing, selective approach and ability to hit to all fields. He doesn't expand his strike zone but his lack of power has been an issue since he signed. He adjusted his set-up to be able to get to inside pitches more easily and pull them with more authority, and his 12 homers in 2012 exceeded his total for his four previous pro seasons. His pop still projects as fringy at best, however. Despite his stocky build, Fedroff is athletic and possesses average speed, showing even a little more quickness under way. He has split time between left field and center, but he struggles getting good reads off the bat, so he's better suited for left--where his lack of power limits his value. He'll be 26 this season and still has time to carve out a big league role as an extra outfielder.
Armstrong was North Carolina's top high school pitcher going into 2008, but a sore arm dropped his fastball from the low 90s to the high 80s. He chose to go to East Carolina rather than sign with the Astros as a 33rd-round pick, signing with the Indians three years later for $325,000 as an 18th-rounder. He has a 1.55 ERA as a pro and finished his first full season in Double-A, thanks to sneaky stuff that misses bats. Armstrong's fastball now parks in the low 90s and touches 95. He gets great extension, providing deception and generating swings and misses with his fastball. He throws a tight mid-80s slider that's inconsistent but can be an out pitch when he gets ahead in the count. He uses an occasional changeup that's just a show-me pitch. The key for Armstrong will be throwing more strikes, as he's averaged 4.8 walks per nine innings as a pro. If he improves his control, he could fit as a middle reliever and get a shot at a major league job in 2014.
Scouts had a hard time getting a read on Lovegrove out of high school, as he flashed plus stuff at times but not on a consistent basis. The Indians drafted him in the third round in June and paid him a $400,000 bonus. At his best, Lovegrove will operate in the low 90s with his fastball, but it ranges anywhere from 86-94 mph. With his big, projectable frame, more velocity may come. He showed a wicked mid-80s slider as the draft approached, but it usually has slurvier break. The slider has two-plane break, so if he can tighten it up, it can be a putaway pitch. He also shows the beginnings of a changeup. There are questions about Lovegrove's durability, as he needs to show that he can maintain his velocity from inning to inning as well as throughout a full season. His inconsistency might stem from his unorthodox delivery, which is complicated and includes a short stride. He may not be ready for an assignment to low Class A, so Mahoning Valley could be his next destination.
When Urshela signed with the Indians for $300,000 in 2008, he was one of the top prospects out of Colombia. His biggest strength so far has been his defense, which has the potential to be well above-average. He's a smooth defender with range to his left and down the line, clean hands, good instincts and a plus-plus arm. His hand-eye coordination is evident in the field, though in some ways it hampers him at the plate. Urshela doesn't swing and miss much, but because his he puts the bat on the ball so easily, he gets himself in trouble by expanding the strike zone rather than waiting for a good pitch to hit. He has raw power that could develop into average or slightly better pop, which he hinted at with a career-high 14 homers in 2012, but he must become less of a free swinger. He's a below-average runner. Still young, Urshela should make the jump to Double-A at age 21 this year.
Only 5-foot-9, Ramirez is undersized but has managed to garner attention by hitting .342/.383/.459 through two minor league seasons. With his size, he doesn't have much of a strike zone, but what's there he covers well. He's difficult to strike out, showing natural hand-eye coordination along with good bat speed from both sides of the plate and the ability to hit line drives to all fields. He also has plus-plus speed. Ramirez has little power and minimal physical projection, so some scouts worry that more advanced pitchers will eat him up. He's a solid defender at second base who makes the routine plays and turns the double play well. He endears himself to managers with how hard he plays. Ramirez lacks a high ceiling, but he's a well-rounded player who may continue to surprise as he moves through the system. He's ready for high Class A at age 20.
Adams rode his fastball to the No. 8 spot on this list a year ago, but he ended up losing the entire 2012 season. He experienced a shoulder impingement in spring training, and when he tried to start throwing again in May his shoulder still bothered him, and by the end of the month he had surgery. A two-way player as a shortstop and pitcher at NAIA Faulkner (Ala.), Adams became a full-time pitcher as a senior before signing for $70,000 in 2009. Before his injury, he delivered fastballs that sat in the mid-90s and reached 100 mph. Both his curveball and a slider show signs of becoming average pitches, with the slider the better of his two breaking balls. He also throws a below-average changeup. The lost development time is especially damaging for Adams, who is still raw as a pitcher. He has shown the athleticism to make mechanical adjustments. He does throw across his body, which may have contributed to his shoulder woes and hampers his control. Shoulder injuries are more worrisome than elbow maladies, so Adams will have to show his fastball is still there when he returns. Already 26 and having never topped 136 innings in a season, his future may be in the bullpen.
A projected first-rounder in the 2011 draft, Howard had a so-so high school senior season and scared some teams off with his bonus expectations. After the Indians signed him for a $1.85 million bonus in the second round, his 2012 pro debut was the biggest disappointment in the system. He arrived at spring training out of shape and didn't make a full-season club. Nearly 20 when he arrived in the Arizona League, he got hammered for a 7.90 ERA. While that was a disaster, Cleveland also hopes it was a wakeup call for Howard. He dealt with elbow and knee issues, as well as an illness early in the year that cut into his weight and strength. As a result, his fastball often sat at 85-88 mph, though he did get back to touching 92 mph by the end of the year. In high school, he regularly threw in the low 90s. Howard induced a lot of grounders in the AZL, but his typically lively two-seamer flattened out and became hittable. Scouts from other organizations had concerns about his fastball command as an amateur that were borne out in his debut. Howard flashes an average changeup, but he wasn't ahead in enough counts to use the pitch. His curveball is slurvy because he has trouble staying on top of it. If Howard can return to his 2011 form, he'll still have the potential to be a solid starter, but his regression in 2012 was troubling.
When the Indians signed Araujo for $125,000 on his 16th birthday in 2007, their scouts saw a long-limbed lefthander oozing projection. Yet after a promising 2008 pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, he didn't pitch in a game for another two years. He had Tommy John surgery that cost him the 2009 season, followed by a setback in his recovery that prevented him from taking the mound in 2010. When he returned in 2011, his fastball jumped to as high as 98 mph. Araujo's heater still sits around 90-94 mph with heavy life. The rest of his game is still raw, however. He throws a slider that's average at times and sweepy at others. He doesn't have much of a changeup yet. Araujo's arm action is long and he has trouble repeating an unorthodox delivery, which is why he doesn't throw enough strikes. The Indians didn't protect Araujo on the 40-man roster, but he didn't get picked in the Rule 5 draft. Throwing a career-high 135 innings in 2012 was a big step for Araujo, but he is likely to end up a reliever. For now, Araujo will remain in the rotation and advance to high Class A.
Gomes was a highly regarded recruit for Tennessee, but transferred to NCAA Division II Barry (Fla.) for his junior season. He hit .405 with 21 homers and a school-record 92 RBIs before signing with the Blue Jays for $85,000 in the 2009 draft. He became the first Brazilian ever to play in the major leagues when he reached Toronto last May. In November, he joined the Indians along with Mike Aviles in a trade for Esmil Rogers before playing for Brazil in a World Baseball Classic qualifier. Gomes generates good bat speed that produces solid power. His hands are high in his load, which can create a little length to his swing, but he's pretty direct to the ball and has shown the ability to make adjustments. Gomes' primary position is catcher, and he has seen action on both infield corners and brief time in left field. He has good hands and feet that allow him to provide solid defense behind the plate. He also has an average arm and threw out 23 percent of Triple-A basestealers in 2012. He's a below-average runner but moves decently for his size. Gomes may not quite profile as a regular, but he could be useful as a backup catcher who can play multiple positions and provide power.
Signing with the Giants through the now defunct draft-and-follow process, Neal earned a $220,000 bonus in 2006 after getting selected in the 36th round the year before. He had his breakout year in 2009, when he led the high Class A California League with a .431 on-base percentage, but his stock had dropped by the time San Francisco traded him to Cleveland for Orlando Cabrera in July 2011. After spending most of 2011 in Triple-A, Neal went back down to Double-A last year, had a nice season and made his major league debut as a September callup. He has a quick bat and takes an aggressive swing, though he does show enough selectivity not to chase too many pitches out of the strike zone. He can handle balls in on his hands and his plate coverage is solid, though his average power isn't prototypical for a corner outfielder. Neal is athletic for a man his size, but with his below-average speed and arm strength, he's limited to left field. Most scouts don't think he has enough offensive potential to hold down an everyday job, but a big year in Triple-A in 2013 could help him get back to the big leagues.
Anderson expressed interest in going on a Mormon mission while at Feather River (Calif.) JC, and he turned down the Rays as a 17th-round pick in 2010. The Indians drafted him three rounds earlier in 2011, signing him away from a Texas Christian commitment for $250,000. Because Anderson threw just 40 innings in two years as a juco reliever, Cleveland limited him to just 98 innings. Anderson's best pitch is a lively 89-94 mph fastball that touches 96, leveraging the ball downhill from a high three-quarters slot. He doesn't have the secondary stuff to rack up big strikeout numbers. His curveball shows occasional downward action but falls into more of a three-quarters break at times. He'll mix in a cutter to try to offset lefties. Despite his relative inexperience, his arm works well and he's able to repeat his delivery to spot his fastball throughout the zone. The Indians envision him as a potential back-of-the-rotation starter, and he'll move up to high Class A in 2013.
Wherever Smith goes, he has shown the ability to hit, be it at NCAA Division II St. Cloud State (Minn.), the collegiate Northwoods League in the summer of 2010 or with the Indians. Smith is quiet in the box with good rhythm and balance at the plate. He manages his plate appearances well and uses the whole field. He has an easy, natural swing and uses his hands well, but with his size there's a natural tendency for his stroke to get long. Smith has a hit-first, power-second profile with average raw pop. He could become a more complete offensive player once he learns to pull with more authority. Smith spent time at third base in college and during his pro debut before becoming a right fielder in 2012. He's a below-average runner but has a solid arm. If his power comes around, Smith has the potential to be a late-round gem. He's ready for high Class A in 2013.