August 15, 2014

Cleveland Indians farm system ranked 19th by ESPN’s Keith Law

ESPN’s Keith Law has reveled his annual rankings of the farm systems with Major League Baseball, ranking the 2013 Cleveland Indians 19th overall.

Formerly one of the worst in baseball, Law has bumped the Tribe up a bit due to the budding star Francisco Lindor and fellow glovesman Dorssys Paulino. Per Law:

With Francisco Lindor and Dorssys Paulino, they have some of the best shortstop depth of any organization in baseball right now. They could be primed for a big leap if any of the young pitching they’ve drafted the past two years comes through in 2013.

Almost one year ago to the day, Law ranked the Indians 29th out of 30, due to the trades which sent Drew Pomeranz and Alex White to Colorado coupled with the promotion of other prospects Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis. Just last week, Lindor and starting pitcher Trevor Bauer were listed among the top 20 prospects in all of baseball.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Fans of minor league baseball are happy hearing Law’s rankings.

    mgbode who is that college pitcher Pittsburgh drafted this past year who didn’t sign opting to return to college? I believe he was a lefty. He’d be an intriguing possibility in the next draft I would think for the Indians. His name evades my memory.

  • mgbode

    you are thinking of Appel (though right-handed). I don’t know if we will be high enough to draft him unless he has a disappointing senior year at Stanford. We select 5th.

  • Natedawg86

    Mark Appel he is a righty. He is a senior this year at Stanford

  • mgbode

    One of the reasons you always have to take these lists with a heavy dose of salt is that it was the cashing in of high-level prospects in a trade and the promotion to MLB of others that caused us to falloff.

    A-level prospects are generally weighed much less than higher level prospects. So, teams transitioning to youth oftentimes dropoff signficantly when they do it.

    Regardless, we need pitching prospects to start panning out better than they have been for our team.

  • Jaker

    Mark Appel? He’s a RHP, but a first rounder. He’s really good

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea that’s him Appel not sure where I got him being a south paw.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Figures as bad as the Indians were last year it probably won’t be bad enough. Not only did I think Appel was a lefty but I thought the Indians drafted higher then fifth. What is it with these Cleveland teams all being bad but being in draft positions just high enough to miss out on the top prospects?

  • mgbode

    we were in or within spitting distance of 1st place until late July. shouldn’t be too surprised that despite our epic collapse that we couldn’t “catch” teams like the Astros that played that way the whole year :)

    and yeah, the Nats did it right. they were the worst team in baseball 2 years in a row when absolute elite prospects were there to be taken.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I knew the Astros were the worst but I didn’t think a few of those other teams had bottomed out at the end. I thought the Indians were no worse then third until I went back to look at the final standings again. Oh well.

  • Garry_Owen

    I rank this ranking in the bottom 10 of all rankings.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    So when did MLB contract to 19 teams?