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January 1, 2008   (0 comments)
2008 Indians Top 50: Randy Newsom
Randy Newsom - Right-handed Pitcher
Age: 25 Height: 6'2" Weight: 200 Bats: Right Throws: Right
WLERAGGSSVIPHERHRBBKBB9K9WHIP2007 Kin/Akr422.805801861.06319418312.664.571.33Career1183.33133026208.0208777721293.125.581.35History: The Indians received Newsom in July of 2006 as the player to be named later in the Coco Crisp trade from January 2006. Newsom originally signed as a non-drafted...
December 31, 2007   (0 comments)
As mentioned Thursday, as the Top 50+ Prospect list was being put together this year, it was decided to not include any 2007 draftees except first round pick Beau Mills and to include no 2007 foreign signees or guys who played this year in the Dominican Summer League (DSL). Frankly, although a number of these guys have the potential to be top prospects, it is very difficult to rank them against more...
December 27, 2007   (0 comments)
Indians Top 50+ Prospects
As 2007 comes to a close, it is time to look toward the future. For Indians fans, that future is not just about 2008 and what happens as the Indians make another push to make the playoffs and win a championship. That future is also on the stars of tomorrow for the Cleveland Indians.
Like it or not, this organization prides itself on developing young talent, and they have and will continue to...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Jose Constanza: Outfielder
Age: 23 Height: 5’9” Weight: 150 Bats: Switch Throws: Left
Constanza had a breakout season in 2006, hitting .309/.410/.410 with 2 HRs, 36 RBIs and 39 stolen bases in 120 games combined at Lake County and Kinston. Constanza has outstanding bat control and bat-to-ball ability, and very good baseball instincts. He put himself on the radar screen back...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Neil Wagner: Right-handed Pitcher
Age: 22 Height: 6’0” Weight: 195 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Wagner might be a sleeper, and someone to keep an eye on. Last year at Mahoning Valley, Wagner went 0-0 with 17 saves and posted a 1.39 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .143 average and struckout 50 hitters in 32 innings. Wagner closed in college, and at this point it appears...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Ben Francisco: Outfielder
Age: 25 Height: 6’1” Weight: 190 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Francisco had a very good year at Buffalo last year, hitting .278/.345/.454 with 17 HRs, 59 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. The Indians love his bat, and feel he would be further along if not for several trips to the disabled list over the past few years. Francisco's bat provides very good extra...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Josh Rodriguez: Second-Baseman
Age: 21 Height: 6’0” Weight: 175 Bats: Right Throws: Right
The Indians took Rodriguez with their second of four picks in the second round of the 2006 Draft. In pre-season college draft prospect rankings, Rodriguez was considered the top shortstop available. Like Wes Hodges (more on him later), however, Rodriguez’s draft stock plummeted...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Joe Ness: Right-handed Pitcher
Age: 23 Height: 6’5” Weight: 230 Bats: Right Throws: Right
The Indians took Ness in the 6th Round of the 2005 Draft out of Ball State University. In Ness’s first full season with the Indians last year, Ness went 9-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 26 starts at Kinston. At 6’5” and 230 lbs, Ness is a big, physical pitcher with a strong...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Wes Hodges: Third-Baseman
Age: 22 Height: 6’2” Weight: 180 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hodges has the potential to be the biggest impact player from the Indians 2006 Draft, and would have ranked in the Top 10 of this list if he didn’t have some injury concerns. Going into 2006, Hodges was ranked as a preseason Top 10 college draft prospect and sure fire 1st round pick,...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
David Huff: Left-handed Pitcher
Age: 22 Height: 6’2” Weight: 190 Bats: Switch Throws: Left
Huff was a supplemental 1st round pick and the first player the Indians selected in the 2006 Draft. After signing, Huff reported to Mahoning Valley, but since he logged so many innings at UCLA earlier in the year he only made four appearances going 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA in 7.2 IP. At...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Eddie Mujica: Right-handed Pitcher
Age: 22 Height: 6’2” Weight: 220 Bats: Right Throws: Right
In the spring of 2005, the Indians made a role change for Mujica that since then has jumpstarted his career. Mujica went from an unknown and struggling pitcher, to one of the best bullpen prospects in the Indians system in just over a year’s time. The decision to move him...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Matt McBride: Catcher
Age: 21 Height: 6’2” Weight: 215 Bats: Right Throws: Right
The Indians selected McBride with the last of their four second round picks in the 2006 Draft. McBride signed quickly, and was assigned to Mahoning Valley where he showcased the talent that had scouts excited about him going into the draft. McBride finished the year hitting .272/.355/.402 with...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
JD Martin: Right-handed Pitcher
Age: 23 Height: 6’4” Weight: 195 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Martin appeared at several different levels last year on a rehab assignment from Tommy John surgery he underwent the previous year, finishing the year 1-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 14 combined appearances (13 starts) at Mahoning Valley, Lake County and Kinston. He also logged 40 strikeouts...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Maximiliano “Max” Ramirez: Catcher
Age: 22 Height: 5’11” Weight: 170 Bats: Right Throws: Right
The Indians obtained Ramirez last year when they traded closer Bob Wickman to Atlanta. In 117 combined games at Rome and Lake County, Ramirez hit .292/.417/.454 with 13 HRs and 63 RBIs. Ramirez is a disciplined hitter with a very advanced, mature approach at the plate,...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Sung-Wei Tseng: Right-handed Pitcher
Age: 21 Height: 5’11” Weight: 180 Bats: Right Throws: Right
The Indians signed Tseng out of Taiwan last year. Last Spring, the 21-year old Tseng went 7-0 with a 0.36 ERA for the National Taiwan College of Physical Education, pitching 73.2 innings and only allowing 3 earned runs and 29 hits, while walking only 8 batters but striking out...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Stephen Head: First-Baseman
Age: 22 Height: 6’3” Weight: 220 Bats: Left Throws: Left
After a very good debut in 2005 where he hit .308/.349/.513 with 10 HRs and 50 RBIs in 57 combined games at Mahoning Valley and Kinston, Head had a horrible 2006 campaign at Kinston hitting only .235/.319/.377 with 14 HRs and 73 RBIs. But, for as much as Head struggled last year, he still...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Jensen Lewis: Right-handed Pitcher
Age: 22 Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 Bats: Right Throws: Right
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. That’s what the Indians did with Lewis, as they drafted him out of high school in the 33rd round of the 2002 Draft, but Lewis elected to go to college. The Indians once again took Lewis in the 3rd round of the 2005 Draft out...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Ryan Goleski: Outfielder
Age: 24 Height: 6’3” Weight: 225 Bats: Right Throws: Right
If the Indians are looking for a prototypical right-fielder, Goleski is the guy. Not only does Goleski bring power to the plate, but he also has a cannon for an arm. The question with Goleski is whether he can stay consistent, as he put up good numbers in 2004 at Lake County (.295/28/104)...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Robbie Alcombrack: Catcher
Age: 18 Height: 6’0” Weight: 205 Bats: Right Throws: Right
The Indians took Alcombrack out of high school in the 7th round of the 2006 Draft, and were able to convince him to sign and not enroll at Arizona State University. Alcombrack was one of the most sought after high school catching prospects, and was ranked #52 in Baseball America’s...
January 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Jordan Brown: Outfielder
Age: 22 Height: 6’0” Weight: 205 Bats: Left Throws: Left
Brown gets a lot less pub than his former University of Arizona Wildcat teammate Trevor Crowe, but he put up one of the quietest, good seasons in the Indians system last year. While Crowe was drafted in the 1st round of the 2005 Draft, Brown was selected a few rounds later in the 4th round...