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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Cleveland Indians

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1. Francisco Lindor, ss
2. Dillon Howard, rhp
3. Nick Hagadone, lhp
4. Chen Lee, rhp
5. Luigi Rodriguez, of
6. Zach McAllister, rhp
7. Tony Wolters, ss
8. Austin Adams, rhp
9. Scott Barnes, lhp
10. Zach Putnam, rhp

If things don’t click for the Indians, they’ll likely have to turn back to trade market. The trades of White and Pomeranz and graduations of Chisenhall and Kipnis have left the system thin of talent. Cleveland’s strength in the minors is its depth of relief pitching, but Hagadone, Chen Lee, Zach Putnam and Co. aren’t going to provide the foundation for a contender.

The Indians’ best prospects are years away from contributing. They paid $4.75 million for their first two picks in the 2011 draft, shortstop Francisco Lindor and righthander Dillon Howard, but they’re high schoolers with a combined five games of pro experiences. Similarly, Dominican outfielder Luigi Rodriguez and shortstop Tony Wolters have played just 34 games in full-season leagues.

Repoz Posted: January 14, 2012 at 08:46 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: January 14, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4037071)
Hagadone in the top 3? Yeesh.
   2. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: January 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4037072)

They have to trade for a Mario now.
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 14, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4037100)
I can't think of another team outside of this division where Zach McAllister would be in a top 10.

-- MWE
   4. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: January 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4037107)
On the bright side, they have a lot of "okay" (not meant as a knock).
   5. cmd600 Posted: January 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM (#4037346)
Not that I'm recommending jumping on the McAllister bandwagon, but he just had a pretty good season at 23 in AAA. Yeah, he's a future back of the rotation guy, but he'd certainly make quite a few top ten lists.
   6. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 15, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4037376)
Not that I'm recommending jumping on the McAllister bandwagon, but he just had a pretty good season at 23 in AAA. Yeah, he's a future back of the rotation guy, but he'd certainly make quite a few top ten lists.

Probably not BA's lists since they lean strongly towards upside.

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