In the recently completed 2014 IBI Top 50, the projection of each player contributed heavily to the final rankings. Clint Frazier has no chance of playing in Cleveland in 2014, yet the 2013 first round pick was ranked #2 (for very good reason).
But Cleveland has designs on contending for the playoffs again and will need to dip into the minor league ranks at some point in the season. With that in mind, here are six hitting prospects who can help the team in 2014 (the pitchers will run second in the near-future).
Note that these ranks are only for 2014. All that was considered was how each player could help the team this year.
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Jose Ramirez, INF
Ramirez, either you like him or you love him. He is a tiny guy, listed at 5’9″, 165 pounds, but that has never held the 21-year-old back. He posted a .354/.403/.462 line as a 19-year-old in Low-A, skipped High-A to hold his own in Double-A Akron, and played a key bench role down the stretch for the major league team. Sure, Ramirez is set to start the season in the minors due to the presence of ace bench bat Mike Aviles, but if needed, Ramirez could help right now. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, March 22, 2014