There have been plenty of ups and downs for Cleveland so far in 2014, yet the team is entering the All-Star break at a perfectly average 47-47. There have been a few notable breakout stars and players performing above their true talent, but given the number of disappointments Cleveland’s gone through, .500 actually feels pretty good right now.
These rankings represent a snapshot of each player’s performance to date, meaning there are some people ranked higher who will regress down as the season goes on and vice versa. Players with more playing time are typically given some preference to those with less, which is why someone like Roberto Perez — who performed well in one game — is not #1.
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#42 Austin Adams, RHP (Previous Rank: NR, NR)
Adams’ major league debut came on Saturday, though it did not go particularly well (three runs allowed in 0.1 innings), we cannot draw much of a conclusion from one bad outing. The right-hander throws hard, racks up strikeouts, and started limiting his walks in 2014; given time, that combination will play at the major league level.
#41 Tyler Holt, OF (Previous Rank: NR, NR)
Holt did not get a plate appearance in his major league debut — only appearing as a defensive replacement — though the outfielder has hit much better in the minors in 2014. With the ability to play all three outfielder positions, if Holt can maintain any of the offensive gains he has made this season (.305/.429/.386 in 83 games between Akron and Columbus), he would be a very good fourth outfielder down the stretch.
#40 Roberto Perez, C (Previous Rank: NR, NR)
Like Adams and Holt, Perez has only appeared in one major league game, limiting his value to date. Perez is another plus defender, which makes him a prime candidate to become Yan Gomes‘ backup for years to come. An offensive surge in 2014 — which was on display in Perez’s debut — could give the catcher a higher ceiling, though time will tell if the 25-year-old can maintain that offensive improvement. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, July 14, 2014