This is my Top 15 prospects for the Cleveland Indians here at the halfway point. This list WILL include 2011 draft picks that I think will sign. Stats are as of August 15, 2011.
With the emergence of Asdrubal Cabrera, Lindor can take his sweet time getting to the Majors but he has the potential to have 5 above-average tools with Gold Glove defense at shortstop.
2. Dillon Howard, RHP - 9-1, 0.36 ERA, 58 IP, 19 H, 25 BB, 115 K (HS)
Howard is a powerful righty from Arkansas who routinely hits 95 MPH with his fastball and has the potential for 3 plus pitches overall.
3. Tony Wolters, SS/2B - 210 AB, .305/.393/.390, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 22 BB, 35 K, 17 SB 4 CS (SS)
The "baseball rat" Wolters has had a lot of success in his first professional season showing good plate discipline and smooth actions in the field.
4. LeVon Washington, OF - 234 AB, .231/.347/.333, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 40 BB, 69 K, 13 SB 4 CS (A)
Washington has struggled to turn his ultra tools into skills however the potential is still there for this Carl Crawford-esque outfielder.
5. Scott Barnes, LHP - 8-4, 3.45 ERA, 99 IP, 85 H, 36 BB, 107 K (AA/AAA)
Barnes continues to succeed wherever he goes striking out over a batter an inning at Columbus and could get a call up in September to help Cleveland in the pennant race.
6. Nick Hagadone, LHP - 6-3, 2.70 ERA, 63.1 IP, 51 H, 20 BB, 68 K (AA/AAA)
Hagadone is the first of many relievers on this weak list because he can touch 99 MPH from the left side and could pitch out of the back of Cleveland's bullpen right now.
7. Zach McAllister, RHP - 9-3, 3.27 ERA, 134.2 IP, 133 H, 27 BB, 107 K (AAA)
McAllister profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter who can eat innings and is having a nice year at Columbus.
8. Bryson Myles, OF - 129 AB, .287/.357/.388, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 10 BB, 23 K, 15 SB 1 CS (SS)
Myles was the Indians' 6th round pick in 2011 and has plus speed to go with the potential for above-average power and has enjoyed a good start to his professional career.
9. Giovanni Soto, LHP - 4-4, 2.97 ERA, 57.2 IP, 49 H, 18 BB, 61 K (RK/A)
Soto came over in the Jhonny Peralta deal last year and is having a breakout season at Lake County showing good K/BB ratios.
10. Chen Lee, RHP - 5-1, 1.99 ERA, 63.1 IP, 43 H, 17 BB, 91 K (AA/AAA)
Lee has been very strong out of the bullpen with a lively fastball and is striking out a very impressive 12.9 batters per 9 innings.
11. Jesus Aguilar, 1B - 414 AB, .283/.358/.510, 20 HR, 74 RBI, 40 BB, 114 K, 2 SB 0 CS (A/A+)
Aguilar was having a breakout power season at Lake County when he received a promotion to Kinston. He has struggled in his brief time there but we can mark 2011 as a success for the big 1B.
12. Zach Putnam, RHP - 5-3, 3.45 ERA, 60 IP, 51 H, 18 BB, 61 K (AAA)
Another reliever, Putnam uses a mid 90's fastball and a plus splitter to get plenty of strike outs and ground balls out of the bullpen.
13. Chun Chen, C - 337 AB, .264/.323/.451, 12 HR, 56 RBI, 30 BB, 99 K, 2 SB 1 CS (AA)
While Chen still has a lot of work to do on his glove game, his bat could carry him to the Majors as he is carrying a weak Akron lineup.
14. Felix Sterling, RHP - 4-6, 4.35 ERA, 49.2 IP, 47 H, 25 BB, 50 K (RK/A)
The 18-year old righty is having an interesting 2011 already reaching Lake County and showing a plus fastball that reaches the mid 90's.
15. Alex Lavisky, C - 380 AB, .205/.269/.361, 12 HR, 41 RBI, 25 BB, 115 K, 0 SB 1 CS (A/SS)
There is no sugarcoating it this has been an awful year for Lavisky, but his plus power and arm strength are still there and he has time on his side, something not many of the guys list have.
Mike Rayl, LHP - 6-6, 2.92 ERA, 104.2 IP, 89 H, 19 BB, 108 K (A/A+)
Tall 22 year old is having a very good season showing a great K/BB ratio while earning a mid-season promotion to Kinston. He struck out 11 batters in his last start.