2015 AL Central preview: Cleveland Indians
Five on the farm
Jun 18, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Carolina Mudcats shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) during the first inning of the California League vs Carolina League All Star Game at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
SS Francisco Lindor
SP Danny Salazar
SS Erik Gonzalez
3B Giovanny Urshela
OF Bradley Zimmer
The top prospect in the organization is Francisco Lindor. Lindor is loved for his speed and strong fielding ability. The question is whether he will hit well enough to be in the majors this season. He hit .273/.307/.388 at Triple A last season.
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Salazar is no longer a prospect at this point in his career but will begin the season in the minors. With potential uncertainty ahead in the starting rotation, he is a player to keep an eye on.
Erik Gonzalez, Giovanny Urshela and Bradley Zimmer are three players who could make their debuts in 2016.
Gonzalez outhit Lindor last season, but profiles as a utility infielder is behind both he and Ramirez. Urshela had a strong season in Double A and is a definite upgrade defensively to Chisenhall.
Zimmer has five tool ability and should showcase that in his first full season in the minors.
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