The Chicago White Sox know exactly how good Cleveland is at developing pitching.
The Cleveland Indians seem to have a pitching factory. They have already traded Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger, and Carlos Carrasco yet they still managed to keep their rotation stocked with talent.
Their ace Shane Bieber took home the AL Cy Young last season. He was a former fourth-round draft pick. In 2020 he was an absolute monster. Beiber had a 1.63 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. which are just incredible numbers.
Behind him is a young hungry rotation. Zach Plesac had a 3.32 ERA in 29 starts. Aaron Civale had a 3.69 ERA in 22 starts and Triston McKenzie had a 3.24 ERA in 33 1/3 innings pitched. The Indians also acquired Cal Quantrill and Logan Allen in a trade with the Padres in an effort to bolster their depth. While there is a ton of upside in this rotation there is also very little experience.
With the farm system being light on major league ready pitchers, Cleveland needs their young arms to continue on their upward trajectory or they won’t be as high on the list for long. McKenzie is the best pitching prospect they have. If 2020 was any indication, they should have nothing to worry about.