Baseball America is in the middle of publishing its annual Top Ten Prospects reports, and the Tribe is due up tomorrow, I believe. Anyone care to post their current top 10's, and/or any comments, see how they compare?
I think this is probably the most fluid Indian's Top 10 in quite a while, with the higher ceiling talent still so low in the system, so I anticipate a lot of variety in the slotting. FWIW, here's my top 10 as of now:
1. Dorsyss Paulino. Lindor is the purer SS, but Paulino has the best bat in the system.
2. Francisco Lindor. One of the best SS prospects in the game already, did fine as 18 yr old in Midwest League.
3. Ronny Rodriguez. Needs to walk more, but has all the major league tools.
4. Tony Wolters. Skipped low - A entirely as a teenager and battled his way to a successful season at Kinston.
5. Jose Ramirez. Unheralded and largely unremarked, would've led Midwest league in batting with a few more AB's.
6. Mitch Brown. Nice AZ debut by second round pick, highest ceiling pitcher we have right now.
7. Danny Salazar. Breakout year, high 90's heater as a starter. Durability a big issue.
8. Scott Barnes. Still say he should be put back in a rotation. Best lefty starter we have.
9. Cody Allen. Technically still a prospect, should be a longtime member of the bullpen mafia.
10. Take your pick. I'll go with D'vone McClure. Pure athlete in the OF, initial K/BB ratio promising.
I sort of intentionally crowded the top 5 with middle infielders, as you can make a case to spread them out a little. You can also make the case not to - and therein is the biggest strength of our farm system right now, young up the middle infielders. Ronny Rod and Wolters will continue to swap between SS and 2B at Akron next year, Lindor and J-Ram will again pair up for DP's in Kinston. Paulino will, like Lindor, debut full season at age 18.