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Here are the Indians' 2019 Top 30 Prospects

February 20, 2019

Since MLB Pipeline began ranking baseball's best farm systems four years ago, the Indians have yet to crack our Top 10. That may change in the very near future, because the lower levels of the organization are overflowing with enticing young talent.Half of the prospects on our new Cleveland Top

Since MLB Pipeline began ranking baseball's best farm systems four years ago, the Indians have yet to crack our Top 10. That may change in the very near future, because the lower levels of the organization are overflowing with enticing young talent.
Half of the prospects on our new Cleveland Top 30 list played as teenagers last season, including 2018 first-round picks Bo Naylor and Ethan Hankins, plus short-season New York-Penn League batting champion Tyler Freeman. The bulk of that group comes from the Indians' international program, which has focused on advanced bats since reorganizing under new director of Latin America scouting Koby Perez in 2016. Those efforts have landed outfielder George Valera; shortstops Brayan Rocchio, Gabriel Rodriguez and Aaron Bracho; and several others in the last three years.
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The system's top prospect (right-hander Triston McKenzie, 21 years old) and most dangerous slugger (first baseman Bobby Bradley, 22) have developed rapidly and will push for their first opportunities in Cleveland this summer. Most of the Indians' other potential impact talents are at least a couple of years away -- but could prove to be well worth the wait.
Here's a look at the Indians' top prospects:

  1. Triston McKenzie, RHP
  2. Nolan Jones, 3B
  3. Tyler Freeman, SS/2B
  4. Bo Naylor, C
  5. George Valera, OF
    Complete Top 30 list »
    Biggest jump/fall
    Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the 2018 preseason list to the 2019 preseason list.
    Jump: Brayan Rocchio, SS (2018: NR | 2019: 7) -- Part of Cleveland's exciting 2017 international class, he's an advanced hitter with plus speed.
    Fall: Will Benson, OF (2018: 7 | 2019: 25) -- Has enticing power and athleticism, but his .180 batting average was second-worst in the Minors last year.
    Best tools
    Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average. Players in parentheses have the same grade.
    Hit: 60 -- Tyler Freeman
    Power: 60 -- Bobby Bradley
    Run: 80 -- Quentin Holmes
    Arm: 70 -- Daniel Johnson
    Defense: 60 -- Oscar Mercado
    Fastball: 70 -- Ethan Hankins
    Curveball: 60 -- Triston McKenzie
    Slider: 60 -- Carlos Vargas
    Changeup: 55 -- Ethan Hankins (Triston McKenzie, Luis Oviedo)
    Control: 60 -- Aaron Civale (Nick Sandlin)

    How they were built
    Draft: 17
    International: 11
    Trade: 2
    Breakdown by ETA
    2019: 8
    2020: 4
    2021: 6
    2022: 10
    2023: 2
    Breakdown by position
    C: 2
    1B: 1
    2B: 2
    3B: 1
    SS: 9
    OF: 5
    RHP: 9
    LHP: 1

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.