Last month, we at Wahoo’s on First undertook an experiment of sorts. In the hopes of inserting a little democracy into the traditional preseason prospect rankings, we invited fellow Tribe writers as well as our regular readers to submit their own lists of the best young players in the Indians organization. Twenty-two people wrote in with their personal Top 10 lists, with 26 possible future stars appearing on their ballots.
Now it’s time to see how we did.
A quick word on the voting: Each respondent was required to fill out a full ballot of 10 players in the Indians organization who have not yet lost their rookie eligibility. Players received 10 points for each first-place vote, nine points for each second-place vote, etc, then ranked according to vote share (total points divided by possible points). Ties were broken first by ballot percentage (the number of lists on which they appeared), then by highest ranking; ties that remained unbroken were allowed to stand.
Without further ado, here is your crowdsourced Cleveland Indians Top 20 Prospects List for 2013:
The newly acquired Trevor Bauer barely edges out previous consensus top prospect Francisco Lindor for the honor of No. 1 prospect in the organization. Bauer received 13 first-place votes, while Francisco Lindor got nine. Bauer, Lindor, and Dorssys Paulino were the only players to be named on all 23 ballots.
Ronny Rodriguez, Mitch Brown, Danny Salazar, and Tyler Naquin form the second tier, while Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar, and Cody Allen round out the top 10. Dillon Howard, Tony Wolters, Luigi Rodriguez, Scott Barnes, Trey Haley, LeVon Washington, C.C. Lee, and Giovanni Soto also got multiple votes. Tim Fedroff and Chris McGuiness round out the top 20, while Shawn Armstrong, Chun Chen, Jordan Smith, Austin Adams, Kieran Lovegrove, and Alex Monsalve also earned marginal support.
Thank you to everyone who voted!
Who is the Indians' top prospect?
- Francisco Lindor (58%, 23 Votes)
- Trevor Bauer (35%, 14 Votes)
- Someone else (7%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 40
Topics: Alex Monsalve, Austin Adams, C.c. Lee, Chris McGuiness, Chun Chen, Cleveland Indians, Cody Allen, Danny Salazar, Dillon Howard, Dorssys Paulino, Francisco Lindor, Giovanni Soto, Jesus Aguilar, Jordan Smith, Jose Ramirez, Kieran Lovegrove, Levon Washington, Luigi Rodriguez, Mitch Brown, Ronny Rodriguez, Scott Barnes, Shawn Armstrong, Tim Fedroff, Tony Wolters, Trevor Bauer, Trey Haley, Tyler Naquin