When it comes to Cleveland Indians top prospects, these young men are deserving of a promotion to the next level of their professional baseball careers.
The Cleveland Indians are enjoying tons of success in 2016, but their parent club isn’t the only branch playing outstanding baseball. The Tribe’s minor league system is filled with talent and teams that are winning. With good baseball comes good players, and with good players that means promotions.
With the Indians heading into the All-Star break with a commanding lead in the AL Central (6 1/2 games) don’t expect to see any fresh faces from the minors unless unless an injury occurs, or the front office tinkers with the bullpen.
However, there could possibly be some players on the move throughout the minor leagues. There are players who are playing like they should be promoted to “The Show,” but there just isn’t any room for them at the next level.
A prime example of that is Columbus Clipper shortstop Erik Gonzalez, who’s batting .296, second on the team with 38 RBIs in 74 games this season. If you ask to why Gonzalez isn’t going to be called up anytime soon, is because he is sitting behind Francisco Lindor who was just voted to his first All-Star game.
Another guy who has been bouncing back and forth from the majors to Columbus Triple-A has been Mike Clevinger. At Triple A, Clevinger has an 8-0 record with a 2.70 ERA. Once Clevinger settles down in the majors he could be used in the back-end of the bullpen to replace an inconsistent Bryan Shaw.
Here’s five Tribe farmhands deserving of a promotion…
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