5. Rob Kaminsky– Pitcher
Date of Birth: 9/2/1994
Acquired: Trade with STL 7/30/2015
Cleveland does a good job of trading major league players with some value for some really good pitching prospects, I have to hand them that. Kaminsky was acquired for Brandon Moss. He’s another lefty who has posted great numbers and has a devastating curveball. He could see major league time before 2017 is over and he has the potential to be a solid number two and he’s a high B grade prospect. His combination of stuff, delivery, and willingness to use it is what will make him into a really good starter, if that’s what happens.
4. Justus Sheffield– Pitcher
Date of Birth: 5/13/1996
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (31st overall) of the 2014 draft
I really like Sheffield, who is Gary Sheffield‘s nephew. He did really well as a teenager in the Midwest League and seems like the type of pitcher who will make a great number two and put up consistently good numbers year in and year out. He also has really good stuff and figures to be a 2018 arrival to the majors. He’s on the fringe of being an A prospect, but I’ll settle him as a B. He might not end up being the best pitcher out of the bunch behind him, but I’d say he has the best chance of them all.
3. Bobby Bradley– First Base
Date of Birth: 5/29/1996
Acquired: Drafted in the 3rd round (97th overall) of the 2014 draft
He’s young but he’s already putting his power on display. Carlos Santana may have to move to a DH role in 2018 for Bradley, who not only hits for lots and lots of power, but walks often and doesn’t kill you on defense. He will definitely stay at first base and he could push for an early arrival if he keeps hitting. He’s another fringe A grade, but I’ll keep him at a high B. The left-handed power and bat that already looks like it’s developing fast are really enough to make scouts in awe of Bradley, who could be a top power hitter one day.
2. OF Clint Frazier
Date of Birth: 9/6/1994
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 2015 draft
Frazier would be a number one in a lot of systems, but he’s stuck being 1A. in Cleveland. That’ll be fine, as Frazier and Zimmer figure to be the pieces that could push Cleveland’s offense over the top. Frazier already has good power, but will keep developing more as his bat gets better. He looks like a future number three batter, and already has All-star written all over him after two very solid seasons coming out of high school as a top five pick. I expect Frazier to make his debut near the end of next season and he’s a low-grade A prospect that could slide over to right field in the near future.
1. OF Bradley Zimmer
Date of Birth: 11/27/1992
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (21st overall) of the 2014 draft
Zimmer is very impressive. He might be a top 15 prospect in all of baseball. He looks like he should one day hit and run for many 20-20 seasons and his bat looks like it could be an elite top of the order bat. I think Zimmer can hold his own in center field and even has a tool that most center fielders do not, a pretty good arm. He may be one of the most underrated prospects in baseball and the thought of him should scare AL Central rivals for years to come. Frazier, Zimmer and Brantley could team up for one of the better outfields in baseball in the not to distant future and Zimmer could be the crown jewel of them all with his pretty swing. I say he makes his major league debut early on in 2017 and is a solid grade A prospect.