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 nine pitching prospects who can help the team in 2014 (the hitters ran on Saturday).
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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Preston Guilmet, RHP
Over half of this list contains right-handed relief pitchers, a position that Cleveland is simply bursting at the seams with. Guilmet is one of those relievers and someone who logged a little bit of time with the big league club last year. Though the right-hander’s first 5.1 major league innings were less than encouraging (six runs allowed on eight hits, three walks, and only one strikeout), he should offer be a strong depth option when called upon this season. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, March 28, 2014