Indians Up Two Spots in Keith Law’s Rankings
ESPN’s Keith Law released his annual ranking of the top 30 farm systems in baseball this morning, ranking Cleveland as the 17th best, up two spots from last year.
Law ranks the systems based on both ceiling (which the Indians have) and depth (which the Indians don’t).
For those that want to read the full rankings, you will need an ESPN Insider account, but we’ll focus on Law’s quick observations on the state of the Indians’ minor leaguers.
Law notes Salazar’s promotion this season takes him out of consideration for this years rankings. Its not out of the realm of possibility that if Salazar were still rookie eligible, it could potentially push the Indians into the top-15 of Law’s rankings.
Both Paulino and Ramirez didn’t post numbers near their previous levels, but its due to aggressive promotions from the front office to test them. Law isn’t concerned over the future of either prospect just yet. Bauer is the prospect that draws the concern, as he was suddenly unable to throw strikes which is something most pitching coaches like their guys to do on a semi-regular basis.
Expect Lindor and Frazier to both be in the top-25 of Law’s top-100 prospects rankings due to be released tomorrow. Paulino, whom Law named the 56th best prospect last year, could still remain on the list, but he’s no lock. Ramirez has a shot, as he still put up a solid .272/.325/.349 line in Double-A as a 20-year-old, skipping High-A in the process. Ramirez was also listed on Law’s “prospects who just missed” list in 2013.
A dark horse to get some consideration is Cody Anderson. Anderson has the results, but not the pedigree as a 23-year-old with only 12 innings in Double-A. If at all, Anderson will see the just missed list like Ramirez last year.