Cleveland Indians Top Ten Prospects For 2017

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Aug 18, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; The glove and hat of Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) rest on the third base wall prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

After the Cleveland Indians made the World Series and fell just short in one of the most exciting game 7’s in recent history, what do they have left to build into the team for 2017?

An Introduction

Our minor league top 10 series is coordinated by Benjamin Chase, one of our contributors at Call To The Pen.

He has poured over thousands of minor league games over the course of the year via along with speaking with a number of team and independent scouts. These lists are based out of those conversations.

Each system will have prospects from 10 to 1, and then finish with one newcomer to the system that is worth keeping an eye on that is not in the top 10 at this time.

Conversations are certainly encouraged in the comments section on each system as we go along!

While there may not be a top 10 guy in the system, the system is still producing useful players

Indians System Review

When you have a small payroll, you have to be very smart with your cash. That makes smart development even more important for a small market team.

The Indians have been very intelligent in finding their talent from a wide swath of paths. Jason Kipnis, Tyler Naquin, Lonnie Chisenhall, Roberto Perez, Josh Tomlin, and Chad Allen were drafted by the team and worked their way through the Indians system. Jose Ramirez and Danny Salazar were international signings out of the Dominican Republic. Guys like Yan Gomes, Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Bryan Shaw, and Zack McAllister were all picked up in trade as they were working their way up the minor leagues.

Now, as the team turns the page to 2017, there is some need to fill a few holes on the roster, but the Indians do have a pleasant problem in that they used major pieces to acquire Andrew Miller last summer and still have major league ready prospects knocking at the door along with multiple top 100 guys.

While there may not be a top 10 guy in the system, the system is still producing useful players, and often under the radar guys who become quite useful, such as Jose Ramirez.

Let’s take a look at the top 10!

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