Over the last decade, the Indians have regularly finished each season in the cellar of the American League Central. While their on-field talent has never been that terrible, the Tribe has been unable to develop high-level prospects outside of Jason Kipnis.
Combine that with some ill-advised trades and you can see why the organization hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2007. Furthermore, it will likely be several long, painful years until the organization returns to contender status.
Although their farm system ranks comfortably in the bottom third among all organizations, they do have several high-upside prospects in Francisco Lindor and Dorssys Paulino. Beyond that, however, it lacks potential impact prospects and is littered with too many raw, high-risk players.
The Indians’ lack of pitching prospects is especially dismal, just as it’s been for some time now. And although they added a potential ace in Trevor Bauer last week, but there’s no telling how he’ll ultimately perform in the major leagues. For the record, I’m still a believer.
After the three aforementioned players, there’s a substantial drop-off within their system, as a majority of their top prospects are still multiple years away from reaching the major leagues.
Here’s a look at the Cleveland Indians’ top 10 prospects.