After wallowing in the gallows of the American League for three of the previous four seasons, the Cleveland Indians opened up their pocketbooks to sign free agents Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn last offseason.
They also got key contributions from the farm. Danny Salazar made an instant impact with a 100 mph fastball and looks like the best homegrown pitching prospect since CC Sabathia debuted in 2001.
Cody Allen played a huge role in the bullpen, providing late-inning stability to a situation that got volatile near the end of 2013 when Chris Perez imploded. Jason Kipnis continued his evolution and made the AL All-Star team.
The Indians made the postseason for the first time since 2007. Don't expect the contributions from the farm to end, though. This is a franchise that has to rely on young players and inexpensive acquisitions to compete.
The farm system isn't deep and there's a lot of volatility after top prospect Francisco Lindor, but it's a group that could take a huge step forward with all the young talent at the lower levels of the minors.
Lindor is the star of the bunch and will likely debut at some point in 2014. Clint Frazier, their 2013 first-round pick, gives the team another potential star, but one who won't be ready for at least three years.
It's an exciting, intriguing system with a lot of potential. So let's take a look at the top 10 prospects for the Cleveland Indians heading into 2014.
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com, unless otherwise noted. Scouting reports are based on personal evaluations/opinions.