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January 31, 2017

2017 Prospects

Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects

by Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff


Last year's Cleveland list

The State of the System: Flags fly forever, baby! Okay, well, it’s not the exact flag they wanted. But they also still have Andrew Miller and a very nice one-two punch at the top of the system.

The Top Ten

  1. C Francisco Mejia
  2. RHP Triston McKenzie
  3. OF Bradley Zimmer
  4. LHP Juan Hillman
  5. OF Greg Allen
  6. OF Will Benson
  7. 1B Bobby Bradley
  8. LHP Brady Aiken
  9. SS Yu-Cheng Chang
  10. RHP Adam Plutko

The Big Question: Should an amateur pitcher send in an MRI to teams?

I could have addressed this question in the introduction to just about any team list. The minors are littered with pitching prospects that have lost time to elbow injuries, and plenty of teams have had to “renegotiate” a bonus after a post-draft physical. Cleveland draws this topic because, well (A) there isn’t a ton else to talk about in what’s now a fringe-average system, and (B) Brady Aiken. It’s not the Indians fault they drafted Aiken. Well it is, but you know what I mean, but his entire saga had already become a flashpoint for these kind of conversations long before Cleveland found him atop their 2015 draft board. What came after is a matter for down below. Up here, I want to discuss how the “before” might have changed the balance of power in the draft.

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