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  1. 1. Tyler Freeman | SS
    Tyler Freeman
    Born: May 21, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2017 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Mike Bradford.

    Hitting: 60. Power: 40. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Freeman has been a top hitter at nearly every stop since the Indians drafted him in the supplemental second round in 2017. He led the short-season New York-Penn League in batting (.352) and slugging (.511) in 2018 and climbed to high Class A Lynchburg in 2019, where he hit .319/.354/.397 as a 20-year-old at two stops. The Indians brought him to their alternate training site in Eastlake, Ohio in 2020 with most of their other top prospects.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Freeman stands out for his excellent hitting ability and natural feel for the barrel. He has a very aggressive approach and rarely walks, but when he swings, he makes contact. Freeman got stronger during the shutdown and started showing more power over the summer. His bat speed and ability to consistently square balls up give him double-digit home run power despite his modest size. Freeman was drafted as a shortstop and has improved his hands, infield actions and instincts. He's still an average runner with average arm strength, which limits his range and may push him to second base.

    THE FUTURE: Regardless of where he ends up defensively, Freeman's bat will stand out. He's likely to get his first taste of Double-A in 2021.

  2. 2. Nolan Jones | 3B
    Nolan Jones
    Born: May 7, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Bensalem, Pa., 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Mike Kanen.

    Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: The Indians viewed Jones as one of the best prep hitters in the 2016 draft and were surprised he was still available at No. 55, when they made him their second selection. He lived up to that reputation in pro ball, showing off his offensive ability at every stop and earning a selection to the 2019 Futures Game in Cleveland. Jones finished the season in Double-A and spent 2020 at the alternate training site before finishing at the instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jones has an easy lefthanded swing and uses the whole field. He is a patient hitter and led all Indians minor leaguers in walks in both 2018 and 2019, though his patience also means he gets into deep counts and strikes out. He has plus raw power and has started to turn that into in-game production. Jones profiles at third base but has long faced questions whether he will stay at the position. He has plus arm strength and has worked hard to improve his glove work, infield actions and agility, especially ranging to his right. The Indians like their position players to be versatile and have started working Jones into the outfield and first base.

    THE FUTURE: Jones still needs seasoning before he reaches Cleveland. He's closing in on the majors, and his offensive ability will get him into the lineup sooner rather than later.

  3. 3. Daniel Espino | RHP
    Daniel Espino
    Born: Jan 5, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Statesboro, Ga., 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Ethan Purser.

    Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 50. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Espino was born in Panama before moving with his family to the U.S. when he was 15. He enrolled at Georgia Premier Academy and adopted a professional mindset that was readily apparent to the Indians after they selected him 24th overall in the 2019 draft. He became the first high school player the Indians promoted to short-season Mahoning Valley in his pro debut since Francisco Lindor in 2011, and he spent 2020 at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Espino is shorter than what most teams look for in a righthander, but his excellent athleticism, explosiveness and flexibility helps him access his lower half. The result is a plus-plus fastball that sits at 96 mph and reaches 99. Espino throws both a curveball and slider, with the slider earning better grades as a potential plus pitch. He also throws a firm changeup that needs refining but has a chance to give him a fourth at least average offering. Espino has a long arm action but typically pitches with average control. He'll need to refine his command as he faces more advanced hitters who are less susceptible to chasing his offspeed stuff.

    THE FUTURE: Espino will be just 20 when the 2021 season begins. The Indians will likely take a cautious tack with him, but he may force their hand.

  4. 4. George Valera | OF
    George Valera
    Born: Nov 13, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 160
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Jhonathan Leyba/Domingo Toribio.

    Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: The Indians made a splash internationally in 2017 and signed Valera, the fifth-ranked player in the class, for $1.3 million. He was born in New York and lived there until his family moved to the Dominican Republic when he was 13. After a broken hamate bone limited him to six games in 2018, Valera spent most of 2019 with short-season Mahoning Valley— where he was the youngest position player in the league— before a late-season promotion to low Class A Lake County. The Indians brought him to their alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Valera has a loose, compact swing and keeps his bat in the zone for a long time. His feel for the barrel, bat-to-ball skills, pitch recognition and plate discipline all help him make consistent, hard contact and give him the kind of hitting ability the Indians covet. He has above-average raw power and gets to it in games, hitting eight home runs in 46 games as an 18-year-old in the New York-Penn League. Valera profiles as a corner outfielder with average speed and arm strength.

    THE FUTURE: Valera has proved advanced enough to handle challenging assignments. He has moved slower than anticipated between his injury and the canceled 2020 minor league season, but that could change in a hurry once 2021 begins.

  5. 5. Bo Naylor | C
    Bo Naylor
    Born: Feb 21, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Mississauga, Ont., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mike Kanen.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Naylor compiled a long track record of success as an amateur, especially facing premier competition with the Canadian junior national team. That helped ease his transition to pro ball after the Indians drafted him 29th overall in 2018. Naylor held his own in the low Class A Midwest League in 2019 and spent 2020 at the alternate training site. Midway through the season, the Indians acquired his older brother Josh from the Padres in the trade that sent Mike Clevinger to San Diego.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Naylor had perhaps the best offensive performance of any prospect at the alternate site. He has an advanced hit tool thanks to his smooth swing, pitch recognition and approach. His solid-average power hasn't always played in games, but he makes consistent hard contact and has the ability to drive the ball. Naylor is an above-average runner and his athleticism plays well behind the plate. He earns high grades for pitch framing and he threw out 37% of basestealers in 2019. Naylor still has work to do to refine his defense, but he's shown enough to quell talk of a potential move to third base, where he played a lot as an amateur.

    THE FUTURE: Naylor will be just 21 in 2021 and remains ahead of the curve. He may see Double-A during the season.

  6. 6. Gabriel Arias | SS
    Gabriel Arias
    Born: Feb 27, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 201
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Luis Prieto/Yfrain Linares/Trevor Schumm (Padres).

    Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Running: 40. Fielding: 70. Arm: 70.

    TRACK RECORD: Arias was one of the top prospects in the 2016 international class and signed with the Padres for $1.9 million. He stood out defensively from the start and broke out offensively in the second half of 2019 at high Class A Lake Elsinore, finishing fourth in the California League in batting (.302). The Indians acquired him at the 2020 trade deadline in the deal that sent Mike Clevinger to San Diego.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Arias is a good athlete with a lot of raw ability. The righthanded hitter has a smooth swing, and his wiry strength and bat speed give him above-average raw power. His plate discipline is not as advanced. He improved his strikeout rate in 2019, but still whiffed in 25% of his plate appearances and his walk rate halved at the same time. Improving his pitch recognition and approach at the plate will be critical to maintain his offensive progress. Arias has few questions defensively. He has advanced infield actions, clean hands and plus-plus arm strength. Despite his below-average speed, he has plenty of range and makes all the plays.

    THE FUTURE: Arias will likely head to Double-A in 2021. He'll need to prove his offensive breakout is sustainable outside of the Cal League.

  7. 7. Brayan Rocchio | SS
    Brayan Rocchio
    Born: Jan 13, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 150
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2017.
    Signed By: Jhonathan Leyba.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 30. Running: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Aaron Bracho and George Valera were the headliners of the Indians' 2017 international class, but Rocchio has proven a top signing as well. Signed for $125,000, Rocchio quickly moved to short-season Mahoning Valley in 2019 and held his own. He returned to Venezuela during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and was unable to return to the U.S. due to travel restrictions, but he continued playing in a makeshift league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rocchio doesn't stand out physically but is nicknamed “The Professor” for his high baseball IQ and game awareness. A switch-hitter, he has a smooth, consistent swing from both sides of the plate and excellent pitch recognition. He's an aggressive hitter and consistently barrels the ball. Rocchio is likely always going to hit for average over power, but as he physically matures his line drives may carry over the fence. Rocchio is a no-doubt shortstop defensively. He's a plus runner and his hands and arm strength are good enough for the position, especially because his instincts and baseball IQ help his tools play up.

    THE FUTURE: Rocchio played his way to an accelerated track and even a lost 2020 season shouldn't slow him much. Once he returns to the U.S., he'll jump right back into the mix.

  8. 8. Gavin Williams | RHP
    Gavin Williams
    Born: Jul 26, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 238

    Going back to his prep days at Cape Fear High in Fayetteville, N.C., Williams has had plenty of velocity. He was in the mid 90s with a projectable frame at the time and scouts didn't think it would be too long before he was touching 100 mph. They weren't wrong, and now Williams sits with one of the hardest fastballs in the draft class. He sits 94-96 with the pitch and has been up to 100-101 mph. Despite that velocity, Williams struggled during his first three seasons—with injuries, consistency and control. As a draft-eligible member of the 2020 class, Williams ranked No. 81 in the class on the upside of his pure stuff despite throwing just three innings after being limited with a finger injury. This spring, he's put everything together for the first time and excelled in a mostly starting role, pitching to a 1.46 ERA through his first 10 starts and 68 innings, with 108 strikeouts (14.3 K/9) and 18 walks (2.4 BB/9)—good for the lowest walk rate of his career. He improved his secondaries over the offseason and is more consistent with his breaking balls. An upper-70s curveball with 11-5 shape has been his best swing-and-miss pitch this spring, and he also throws a mid-80s slider with short, two-plane bite that is solid when he gets on top of it and keeps it down. Williams also throws a firm, upper-80s changeup that has some dive and gets whiffs when it's located down, but he misses to his arm side with the pitch.

  9. 9. Angel Martinez | SS
    Angel Martinez
    Born: Jan 27, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Jhonathan Leyba.

    TRACK RECORD: Martinez is the son of former big league catcher Sandy Martinez, who now is the Nationals' Dominican Summer League manager, and his older brother Sandy Martinez Jr. is a prospect in the D-backs system. As a result, Angel grew up around the diamond and has an advanced understanding of the game. He made his professional debut in 2019 in the DSL and impressed as a 17-year-old. He came to the Indians' complex in Arizona for instructional league in 2020

    SCOUTING REPORT: Martinez isn't the most toolsy of the Indians' lower-level infielders, but his baseball IQ and maturity make all his tools play up. The switch-hitter has a simple swing from both sides and can drive the ball to all fields. He has advanced plate discipline and walked as much as he struck out in the DSL--a rarity--and has good physicality that plays as doubles power. Martinez is an average runner, but still covers a lot of ground thanks to his instincts and makes sound decisions defensively. That, as well as his plus arm, gives him a chance to stay at shortstop.

    THE FUTURE: Martinez could make a jump in 2021 as he makes his U.S. debut.

  10. 10. Logan Allen | LHP
    Logan Allen
    Born: Sep 5, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Florida International, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jhonathan Leyba.

    TRACK RECORD: Allen was the 2017 Florida Gatorade Player of the Year, then impressed at Florida International and for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team. The Indians drafted him in the second round in 2020, completing the pair of lefthanded Logan Allens from Florida after trading for Logan S. Allen a year prior.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Allen stands out for his feel and competitiveness on the mound, with the knocks on him long being his size and lack of a big arm. His fastball velocity ticked up during the brief 2020 college season, averaging 90 mph and touching 95, up from averaging 89 and touching 93. The pitch plays up thanks to some deception in his delivery and his ability to locate it. His best pitch is his changeup, which is a plus offering and a weapon he can use against both lefthanders and righthanders. He started exclusively throwing a slider in the fall of 2019 and it has the potential to be average. His control was among the best in the draft class and he's a good athlete. A two-way player at FIU, there is some hope that his stuff could improve now that he's solely focused on pitching.

    THE FUTURE: After nothing but success as an amateur, Allen will have to prove himself in pro ball. He'll begin that journey in 2021 and is advanced enough to handle an assignment to high Class A.

  11. 11. Tanner Burns | RHP
    Tanner Burns
    Born: Dec 28, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Auburn, 2020 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: C.T. Bradford.

    TRACK RECORD: Burns was the top-ranked player from the 2017 high school class to make it to college. He stepped into the rotation at Auburn and starred throughout his college career, learning alongside Casey Mize and under Tim Hudson. The Indians drafted him with the 36th overall pick in 2020, the highest they have drafted a college pitcher since Drew Pomeranz fifth overall in 2010.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Burns has solid all-around stuff and a good understanding of pitching. His fastball sits 93-94 mph and reaches 97. It's a plus pitch that plays up thanks to his ability to consistently locate it. He throws both a curveball and a slider and has worked to make them two distinct pitches. Both flash above-average potential, with his curve typically showing better. He also throws a changeup with good sinking action, though he didn't need it much in college. Burns earns praise for his dedication, makeup and desire to learn.

    THE FUTURE: There is a lot to like between Burns' stuff, aptitude and the Indians' track record of success developing college pitchers. He could move quickly in 2021.

  12. 12. Ethan Hankins | RHP
    Ethan Hankins
    Born: May 23, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Gainesville, Ga., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: C.T. Bradford.

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Hankins was considered arguably the top high school player in the 2018 draft class before a shoulder injury cost him most of his senior season. The Indians drafted him with the final pick of the first round. After cautiously introducing him to pro ball, the Indians let him loose in 2019. He posted a 2.55 ERA in 60 innings between short-season Mahoning Valley and low Class A Lake County. He pitched at the alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hankins has a long, lean, 6-foot-6 frame and uncommon athleticism for a pitcher his size. His fastball typically sits in the mid 90s and can run up to 97 mph with plus life. Hankins has the makings of quality secondary pitches, but they'll need to become more consistent offerings. His slider and changeup both have the ability to be above-average offerings and he also throws a bigger curveball, though it lags behind his other pitches. Hankins controls his arsenal well, but it will be important for him to maintain his delivery as he grows into his large frame.

    THE FUTURE: Hankins' impressive first season was a reminder of his enormous upside. He and Daniel Espino make for an impressive 1-2 punch the Indians hope will stick together all the way to the majors.

  13. 13. Carson Tucker | SS
    Carson Tucker
    Born: Jan 24, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Phoenix, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Ryan Perry.

    TRACK RECORD: Tucker was a solid player on the showcase circuit in the summer of 2019, but he took a step forward during the offseason when he grew two inches and put on 10-15 pounds of muscle. Limited to just a few high school games due to the coronavirus pandemic, he showed enough to convince the Indians to draft him 23rd overall, bettering his older brother Cole Tucker, who went 24th overall in 2014 to the Pirates.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Tucker has solid all-around tools and stands out most for his feel for hitting and infield actions. He has a short, consistent swing and makes a lot of contact--a combination that should make him at least an average hitter. His swing is more geared to hitting line drives, but he can flash aboveaverage power and his offseason strength gains should help him get to it. He's at least a plus runner. Tucker has worked hard at his defense and has a good natural feel for the position. His actions, above-average arm and speed give him the tools to be an above-average defender.

    THE FUTURE: Tucker fits in with the growing stable of young shortstops in the organization and will make his professional debut in 2021.

  14. 14. Gabriel Rodriguez | SS
    Gabriel Rodriguez
    Born: Feb 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 174
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Hernan Albornoz.

    TRACK RECORD: The Indians' 2018 international signing class wasn't as big as the 2017 group that produced three of the club's Top 10 prospects, but Rodriguez gives it a true headliner. The Venezuelan was the eighth-ranked player overall in the 2018 class and had an impressive professional debut in 2019, earning a midseason promotion to the Rookie-level Arizona League. He stayed in Arizona in 2020, playing at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez stands out for his consistency and all-around tools. He has a short, simple swing and an advanced approach at the plate. As he physically matures, he figures to develop at least average power and he has already shown the ability to drive balls to all fields. He's still learning to get to that power potential, and part of that adjustment is learning how to take his power-packed batting practice swing into games. Rodriguez has a bigger frame and may eventually outgrow shortstop. His strong arm and instincts will allow him to stay in the infield, likely at third base, if he does need to move.

    THE FUTURE: Rodriguez is advanced enough to follow an aggressive developmental track, much like the premium players in the 2017 class. He'll be 19 when the 2021 season opens and should soon be ready for low Class A.

  15. 15. Owen Miller | SS
    Owen Miller
    Born: Nov 15, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Illinois State, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Troy Hoerner (Padres).

    TRACK RECORD: Miller was a standout from the beginning at Illinois State, starting every game in his career and hitting .345 over three seasons. After an impressive professional debut, he spent 2019 in Double-A and led the Texas League with 147 hits. He was traded to the Indians in August as a part of the package for Mike Clevinger and spent the rest of the season at the alternate training site before finishing the year at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Miller's standout tools are his hittability and defensive versatility. He has a balanced swing, consistently squares balls up and uses the whole field to hit. His swing is geared toward making contact, but he can drive the ball, especially to the pull side, and has fringe-average power. Miller is a consistent, reliable defender whose tools play up thanks to his feel for the game. He's mostly played shortstop, but he has experience all around the infield. His fringe-average arm and average range may ultimately push him to second base.

    THE FUTURE: Miller's tools don't measure up to some of the other infielders in the system, but he's a better player than the sum of his parts. His feel for hitting and defensive versatility are a valuable combination.

  16. 16. Richard Palacios | 2B/OF
    Richard Palacios
    Born: May 16, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Aaron Etchison.

    Palacios, 24, was drafted in the third round in 2018 but missed 2019 due to a torn labrum. Between his injury and the pandemic, coming into the year, Palacios had only played 45 professional games. He's making up for lost time this year, putting together a solid season at the plate in Double-A. He's mostly played second base but has seen action at all three outfield positions.

  17. 17. Peyton Battenfield | RHP
    Peyton Battenfield
    Born: Aug 10, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 224

    Battenfield, 23, came to Cleveland at the trade deadline in exchange for Jordan Luplow and DJ Johnson. Listed at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds and armed with a solid four-pitch arsenal, he has a lot of starter traits. Battenfield was in the midst of a breakout season when he was traded and could soon get in the big league mix.

  18. 18. Doug Nikhazy | LHP
    Doug Nikhazy
    Born: Aug 11, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 0'0"

    In a draft class where many players simply lack history or extensive track record, Nikhazy is a polished pitcher with plenty of it. He was a freshman All-American in 2019 after he set the Mississippi freshman record with 86 strikeouts in 89.2 innings, and he also pitched with the Collegiate National Team in 2019. Over three years in the SEC he's never posted an ERA higher than 3.31 and he's always walked between 3.0 and 3.5 batters per nine. However, he is a smaller lefthander with a 6-foot, 205-pound frame and a fastball that has peaked in the 94-95 mph range this spring, averaging just 88-90 mph. That velocity will turn some scouts off considering the big league pitching environment—even with a lower velocity bar for southpaws—but Nikhazy does pitch well up in the zone thanks to a very high, over-the-top slot from a smaller frame that creates deception and riding life on his fastball. He pairs that heater nicely with a mid-70s, top-to-bottom curveball that he shows great feel to land, but his better breaking ball could be a low-to-mid-80s slider that has later biting action and has gotten some plus grades this spring. Nikhazy has also flashed a slow changeup to his glove side that could be a real weapon, but he uses it only sparingly. There's limited upside with Nikhazy, but he has been a consistent performer in the best conference in the country for years and has a solid north-south attacking approach that teams might covet in the second or third round.

  19. 19. Joey Cantillo | LHP
    Joey Cantillo
    Born: Dec 18, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Kailua, Hawaii, 2017 (16th round).
    Signed By: Justin Baughman (Padres).

    TRACK RECORD: Cantillo drew limited draft interest after sitting in the mid 80s in high school, but the Padres were intrigued when he touched 91 mph in a pre-draft workout. They selected him in the 16th round and went well over slot to sign him away from his Kentucky commitment. Cantillo broke out in 2019 and led the Padres organization in strikeouts (144). He was traded to Cleveland at the 2020 trade deadline as a part of the return for Mike Clevinger.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cantillo has a projectable frame and has already seen his velocity tick up as he's physically matured, with more still potentially to come. He throws his fastball in the upper 80s and the high-spin rate he gets on the pitch helps it play better than its velocity. His changeup is a plus pitch and has the ability to miss bats. His curveball lags behind his other two offerings, but with added power could become an average pitch. He throws a lot of strikes and has a good understanding of how to attack hitters.

    THE FUTURE: Cantillo offers solid upside as a three-pitch starter if he grows into more velocity and refines his curveball. He may be ready for Double-A in 2021.

  20. 20. Jose Tena | IF
    Jose Tena
    Born: Mar 20, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 159
    Signed By: Anthony Roa/Jhonathan Leyba.

    Tena, 20, this season made his full-season debut with High-A Lake County. He's put together a strong all-around campaign while playing three infield positions.

  21. 21. Aaron Bracho | 2B
    Aaron Bracho
    Born: Apr 24, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2017.
    Signed By: Hernan Albornoz/Rafael Cariel.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: The Indians went big on the 2017 international market and Bracho was a part of that, signing for $1.5 million out of Venezuela as a top 20 player in the class. He missed the 2018 season due to an arm injury, but made his pro debut in 2019 and hit .281/.402/.570 as he ascended to short-season Mahoning Valley. Like the rest of the Indians' top prospects, Bracho spent 2020 at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A switch-hitter, Bracho has a smooth, compact swing from both sides of the plate and produces good bat speed. He has an advanced approach and posted nearly as many walks (28) as strikeouts (29) in his pro debut. Listed at 5-foot-11, Bracho has more pop than his frame suggests and could end up hitting for at least average power. He hit eight home runs and slugged .570 in 38 games in his debut—big numbers for an teen middle infielder. Bracho was signed as a shortstop but has already moved to second base. His hands and range are good enough to keep him there, but he projects to be more of an offensive second baseman.

    THE FUTURE: It's been apparent why Bracho had as much hype as he did as an amateur. Now that he's healthy, he should be ready for his first taste of full-season ball in 2021.

  22. 22. Isaiah Greene | OF
    Isaiah Greene
    Born: Aug 29, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Corona, Calif., 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Glenn Walker.

    TRACK RECORD: Greene first popped the summer after his junior year when he hit well versus USA Baseball's 18U National Team in scrimmages as a member of a scout team. He started slowly as a senior at Corona (Calif.) High in 2020 before the season shut down, but he showed enough previously for the Mets to draft him 69th overall with the supplemental second-round pick they received as compensation for losing free agent Zack Wheeler to the Phillies. Greene signed for an underslot $850,000 to pass up a Missouri commitment and made his organizational debut in instructional league. The Indians acquired him after the season as one of four players for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Greene showed the most advanced hitting approach among the Mets' young players at instructional league. He didn't blink at seeing pro velocity for the first time, hitting 13-for-28 (.464) with 11 walks and seven strikeouts. Greene stands out for his smooth lefthanded stroke, athletic build and frame that can support strength gains. His short, simple swing produces line drives and could translate to plus hitting ability. As he fills out, he should develop more power and could get to above-average if he learns to lift the ball. Greene is an average, effortless runner. His instincts in center field require fine-tuning, and unless he catches up to the speed of the game there, he probably settles in left field with a below-average arm.

    THE FUTURE: Greene plays with a quiet confidence that can be construed as lack of effort. If everything clicks, he could develop into a hit-over-power left fielder, a la fellow former Southern California prep Garret Anderson.

  23. 23. Bryan Lavastida | C
    Bryan Lavastida
    Born: Nov 27, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200

    Lavastida has always hit. He's hit over .300 and posted an on-base percentage above .400 at every one of his four minor league stops so far. Lavastida has a shot to be an average hitter with above-average power and a chance to be an average defender behind the plate as well.

  24. 24. Lenny Torres | RHP
    Lenny Torres
    Born: Oct 15, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Beacon, N.Y., 2018 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Mike Kanen.

    TRACK RECORD: Torres didn't pitch much growing up but quickly showed big upside on the mound after starting to focus on it late in his high school career. He made a smooth transition to pro ball and in 2018 excelled in the Rookie-level Arizona League. His progress was slowed in 2019, however, when he had Tommy John surgery in May and missed the whole season. He spent 2020 at the Indians' complex in Arizona and was back to full health in time for instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Torres doesn't have a big frame at a listed 6-foot-1, but he has a quick arm and can run his fastball up to 97 mph. The pitch typically sits 94 and he pairs it with a slider that has plus potential. He is working to implement a changeup, which at its best has hard downer action. His control is also an area of focus, though he surprised with his strike-throwing ability during his professional debut.

    THE FUTURE: Before the draft, Torres faced lots of questions about whether he could be a starter in pro ball because of his size and lack of a third pitch. His injury raised those concerns again, but the Indians are optimistic he'll be able to take the necessary steps in his development. He'll be ready for Class A in 2021.

  25. 25. Jhonkensy Noel | 1B/3B
    Jhonkensy Noel
    Born: Jul 15, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180

    Noel, 20, is an imposing figure in the batter's box at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds and he has the power to match. He's made a lot of hard contact in his full-season debut with Low-A Lynchburg, though hand and ankle injuries have limited him some this season.

  26. 26. Tommy Mace | RHP
    Tommy Mace
    Born: Nov 11, 1998
    Ht.: 0'0"

    Mace was draft-eligible in the 2020 class, where he ranked as the No. 75 prospect but reportedly turned down big money to go back to Florida to try and improve his draft stock. He added good weight and improved the velocity of his fastball a tick or two, sitting in the 93 mph range this spring and touching 97. Scouts critiqued the life on Mace's fastball last season, and this spring they've seen him try and throw more four-seam fastballs, but he still doesn't get a ton of swings and misses with the pitch. Instead, he relies on spotting it at a high level in each quadrant of the strike zone. Mace also throws a hard slider/cutter in the mid-to-upper 80s, a slurvy 78-80 mph curveball and a mid-to-upper-80s changeup with slight arm-side fade. None of Mace's secondary pitches projects as plus and his lack of bat-missing stuff makes scouts wonder about his true upside, though he did achieve a career-best strikeout rate (11.3 K/9) through 90.1 innings this spring, while still walking just 2.1 batters per nine. Mace has given up close to a hit per inning over his Florida career, so he'll likely have to rely on inducing weak contact at the next level and avoiding walks barring a jump forward in his secondary stuff. Sinker/slider types aren't the most coveted in today's game, but Mace has enough pitching ability to become a back-of-the-rotation arm.

  27. 27. Carlos Vargas | RHP
    Carlos Vargas
    Born: Oct 13, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Rafael Espinal.

    TRACK RECORD: Vargas was the Indians' top signing in the 2016 international class, signing for $275,000. Though he wasn't a high-profile prospect at the time, the Indians landed a premium arm. Even though he has yet to advance past short-season, the Indians were impressed enough with his progress to add him to the 40-man roster in November.

    SCOUTING REPORT: When he signed as a 17-year-old in 2016, Vargas had an ultra-projectable frame and was already throwing 93 mph. His velocity has ticked up as expected and his fastball now reaches 100 mph and sits in the upper 90s. His slider sits around 90 mph and is a plus pitch at its best. His changeup can be an average pitch and gives him a viable third offering. He improved his strike-throwing in 2019, cutting his walk rate considerably. He still needs to refine his command and learn how to get the most out of his electric stuff.

    THE FUTURE: Vargas has considerable upside and has given plenty of reason for optimism at the outset of his career. He'll get his first taste of A ball in 2021.

  28. 28. Josh Wolf | LHP
    Josh Wolf
    Born: Sep 1, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Houston, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Harry Shelton.

    Fastball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.
    TRACK RECORD: Wolf blossomed as a high school senior in 2019 by showing a dramatic uptick in velocity and continuing to throw strikes at his newfound speed. The Mets drafted him in the second round that year and signed him for $2.15 million, nearly $800,000 over slot for the 53rd pick. Wolf made his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2019, but had to work remotely until instructional league in 2020 after not being brought to the Mets' alternate training site. The Indians acquired him after the season as one of four players for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wolf has a chance to develop three average to above pitches with above-average control. Multiple scouts have likened his body type and athleticism to Walker Buehler when he was in high school. Wolf ranges from 91-96 mph with his fastball and throws strikes. He has potential to pitch in the mid 90s as he matures, with untapped physicality in his lean 6-foot-3 frame. Wolf shows an advanced feel for spin. He calls his breaking ball a curveball but its shape and late, abrupt break at 78-81 mph are more indicative of a slider or slurve. Given his ease of operation, Wolf should be able to pick up a usable changeup and continue throwing strikes.

    THE FUTURE: It will take time, but Wolf has mid-rotation upside and could blossom with a season of regular work. He should get his first taste of full-season ball in 2021.

  29. 29. Oscar Gonzalez | OF
    Oscar Gonzalez
    Born: Jan 10, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Ramon Pena/Felix Nivar.

    When Gonzalez first signed with the Indians, Francisco Lindor had yet to make his Cleveland MLB debut. Now seven years later, Gonzalez is having a breakout season, having already set a career high in home runs. The 6-foot-4, 240 pound Gonzalez has long had plus-plus raw power, but this year he's doing a better job of swinging at pitches that he can actually connect with. The likelihood that Gonzalez will turn into a mashing everyday hitter is still slim. He's also got a plus arm in the outfield. He's more likely to be an up-and-down power bat. But it's a possibility now, which is an impressive development for a player who has already been Rule 5 eligible and unpicked for three seasons.

  30. 30. Sam Hentges | LHP
    Sam Hentges
    Born: Jul 18, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'8" Wt.: 245
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Arden Hills, Minn., 2014 (4th round).
    Signed By: Les Pajari.

    TRACK RECORD: Hentges didn't pitch much until he was a junior in high school and was one of the youngest players in the 2014 draft class. He had Tommy John surgery in 2016, but had a breakout 2018 in high Class A. That breakout slowed in Double-A Akron in 2019, though he improved as the season went on and was added to the 40-man roster. He pitched well at the alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hentges has a big, physical frame that he has grown into since signing and he has the powerful fastball to match. His fastball averages about 93 mph and he can run it into the upper 90s. He overpowered hitters with it early in his career and now is learning to rely more on his secondary stuff. His three offspeed offerings have potential--his curveball flashes plus, his changeup has promise and his cutter gives him another option. Like many big, young pitchers, Hentges needs to improve his control and take better advantage of his height to pitch down in the zone. His arm action can be long, hurting his ability to repeat his delivery.

    THE FUTURE: Hentges is a 6-foot-8 lefthander with a big arm who is still just 24. He needs to refine some of the finer parts of his game, but the potential is still easy to see.

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