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Nick Weglarz and Jason Knapp entered the season as the Tribe's fifth and six best prospects, respectively, according to Baseball America.
Unfortunately, health has not been very friendly to the two farm hands.
Weglarz has been hanging around the Indians system since 2005 when he was their third-round pick out of high school. Now a 23-year-old in Double-A, Weglarz may never make it to the big leagues.
That is not taking away anything from his talent, which Weglarz has more than enough of. He has all the makings of a slugging corner outfielder with one of the best eyes in the minors. His 2011 slash line is quite an interesting one to look at: .168/.369/.290.
Weglarz has always had a great eye, and despite the fact he isn't hitting, he is getting on-base at a considerable rate. It's not as though Weglarz is struggling to make contact, since his K:BB rate is 1:1, but he just isn't hitting the ball with authority.
The slugging outfielder could have made the Majors last year or perhaps even earlier if he had been able to stay healthy. Weglarz played 50 games at Triple-A Columbus last year before a thumb injury prematurely ended his season. He also was unable to stay healthy this year, as he has thus far played in only 33 games.
Knapp is a little bit of a different story.
The centerpiece of the often criticized Cliff Lee trade, Knapp has yet to pitch higher than Low-A ball. This is not due to poor performance, but poor health.
In 2009, he was quickly shut down for the year after shoulder surgery.
Knapp then looked like a top prospect during a healthy 2010 season, when he held a 2.86 ERA and 14.9 K/9 between the rookie level and Low-A Lake County.
Looking to continue his ascension to the Majors, Knapp was unable to stay healthy in 2011. In June he underwent a second shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the year.
Now with two shoulder surgeries by the age of 20, Knapp's prospect status is in question, as well as his big league potential.
Weglarz and Knapp have some of the most potential out of players in this slideshow, but until they can stay healthy they cannot be relied upon.