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Francisco Lindor is easily the most exciting prospect in the Indians farm system. The 20-year-old has blazed a trail through four separate minor league levels, spending no more than a full season at any single one.
Last season, Lindor put up a solid stat line over two minor league levels—High-A Carolina and Double-A Akron—including a .303/.380/.407 slash line, two home runs, seven triples, 22 doubles, 34 RBI, 65 runs scored and 25 stolen bases.
He got a look this spring and put up some solid numbers in the process. Over 11 games played, the young shortstop put up a .316/.350/.579 slash line with one home run, two doubles, five RBI, six runs scored and a 3:1 K/BB ratio.
Though he's clearly the future of the organization, it's unclear as to when in 2014 Lindor will make his long-awaited big league debut. His position is blocked by Asdrubal Cabrera, who will likely leave Cleveland at the end of the 2014 season.
Even so, given the trade rumors that swirled around Cabrera over the last two seasons, it wouldn't be a surprise if Lindor broke in sometime near the midway point of this season.
If Cabrera is still on the roster, then Lindor will serve in some sort of backup capacity. However, if the team feels he is ready to serve in an everyday role, then it could look to deal Cabrera and bring back a much-needed bullpen or rotational arm.
If Lindor is the most exciting prospect in the team's system, then Bauer is the most divisive. Despite disappointing showings at the big league level in each of the last two seasons, the 23-year-old was given an opportunity to win a spot at the back end of the team's starting rotation.
Unfortunately, he managed just seven innings pitched over four appearances, allowing a massive 10.29 ERA, a 2.43 WHIP and averages of 10.3 K/9, 6.4 BB/9, 1.60 K/BB and 15.4 H/9.
Bauer has struggled mightily since being drafted third overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2011. However, should he figure things out this season, he could have a huge impact on the team as a replacement for Salazar should the Indians seek to cap his innings or for Carrasco should he flop as the team's fifth starter.
Bauer's running out of chances, so look for a decent season out of the former UCLA Bruin.
Although he participated in just two games this spring, Ramirez is a prospect to watch for the 2014 season. The 21-year-old middle infielder made his big league debut in 2013 and experienced some great success early on. Over 12 at-bats with the Indians, he slashed .333/.429/.500 with one triple, five runs scored and a 2:2 K/BB ratio.
Ramirez has played just three seasons as a professional, but he's climbed through the system quickly, posting a .307/.354/.404 slash line in 231 games over four minor league levels. Prior to his big league call-up last season, Ramirez spent the entire season with Double-A Akron. But he'll start this season at Triple-A Columbus, according to Newsradio WTAM's Nick Camino.
Though the team will employ two backup middle infielders through the season's early stages, a return to the big league level late in 2014 seems like a strong possibility.
Like Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar will begin the 2014 season with the club's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus.
Last year, Aguilar put up a second consecutive positive showing at Double-A. Over 130 games played, the 23-year-old slashed .275/.349/.427 with 16 home runs, 28 doubles, 105 RBI, 66 RBI and a 107:55 K/BB ratio.
He got a look this season as a potential bench bat for the Opening Day roster but failed to impress after logging a .000/.286/.000 slash line with one run scored and a 7:6 K/BB ratio over 21 plate appearances.
Aguilar is a big, physical kid with the potential for 20-plus home run seasons at the big league level, and although he failed to show it in his 15 at-bats this spring, he could be a valuable source of power during the 2014 stretch run.