The Cleveland Indians’ farm system will be vital in achieving sustained success. Here’s the Indians’ 5 best prospects you don’t know, but should.
The Cleveland Indians’ farm system was recently ranked as the 15th best in baseball. not the best, but not the worst.
Just imagine if the Tribe still had the prospects from the Andrew Miller trade. The organization would undoubtedly be a lot higher. Clint Frazier, the star of the Miller trade at the time for the Yankees, has struggled in his big-league stints, but Justus Sheffield has emerged as New York’s prized possession from the deal.
Of course, the Indians still should’ve made the Miller trade. Try imagining the Tribe’s improbable playoff run in 2016 without Miller Time.
But when it comes to depth, the Indians don’t have players projected for big things, at least to various websites across the interweb.
Yes, losing Frazier and Sheffield hurt the farm depth, as did not having a first round pick in 2017. The Tribe had to give up up this selection as a result of signing Edwin Encarnacion.
But the Tribe’s also benefited from the farm recently. Bradley Zimmer is the team’s starting center fielder. Erik Gonzalez has been terrific as a utility man and some fans are calling for him to start for a struggling Jason Kipnis.
With baseball being a crazy, often unpredictable game, you just never know who’s going to emerge.
Here’s five prospects who could help the Indians one day that you probably don’t know, but probably should.