Ranking the Cleveland Indians' Brightest Young Players to Watch

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Ranking the Cleveland Indians' Brightest Young Players to Watch
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After spending three of the previous four seasons in the basement of the American League Central, the Cleveland Indians put it all together for an exciting run to the AL Wild Card.

While the Tribe signed free agents such as Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher, Cleveland also got rather significant performances from minor league prospects. Danny Salazar and Cody Allen played major roles on the bump while young stars such as Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley carried the load offensively.

In order to repeat the magic that captured their first postseason berth since 2007, contributions from the farm system cannot end in 2014. Do not be fooled by the free agent spending frenzy of last offseason; the Tribe is still a franchise that must rely on rolling inexpensive options in order to compete on a regular basis and, with top prospect Francisco Lindor likely needing more time in the minors, the Tribe will search for reinforcements in other areas.

The following is a list of prospects that, if the Tribe is to repeat their success in 2014, Cleveland will need to step in and produce at some point this season. Rankings are derived from individuals who might be able to fill some of the holes in the Tribe's current Spring Training roster.

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