Mitch Brown – RHP
Date of Birth: April 13, 1994
Height/Weight: 6’1″/195 lbs
Acquired: 2nd round of the 2012 draft
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Analysis: Mitch Brown was moved very aggressively by the Indians, allowing him to get a taste of full-season ball in the Midwest League even before he turned 19. While some might say that this was a huge mistake, it may very well show Brown what he’s going to need to work on going forward. His numbers settled down a bit when he was brought back to the Indians’ complex in Arizona but scouts love his mound presence and his makeup as well as his 94-mph fastball and his three supplemental pitches that all project to be at least major league average. Geordy says: “Struggled mightily in 2013, but still had great K rates and plenty of time to settle down. Four pitch mix will make him a quality mid-rotation option someday.”
2014 Prognosis: Another shot at Lake County is likely in the cards for Brown.
Ronny Rodriguez – SS
Date of Birth: April 17, 1992
Height/Weight: 6’0″/170 lbs
Acquired: International free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2010; $375,000 signing bonus
Analysis: Some might look at Rodriguez’s numbers and think that he’s just not getting it done but it’s important to keep in mind that he’s been rushed by the Indians since he’s come over without playing in the Dominican Summer League, starting his pro career in full-season Lake County. At 21 in Double-A, Rodriguez has shown some nice pop to go with his great defense. While he still needs to walk a lot more, Rodriguez has shown some progress in cutting down on strikeouts at a higher level and in more plate appearances in 2013. Geordy says: “Great power/speed combo for a shortstop. Might need the Rick Vaughn treatment seeing as he doesn’t understand the concept of the strike zone.”
2014 Prognosis: With 2014 being his Age-22 season, Rodriguez could as easily stay back in Double-A for a year as he could make the jump to Triple-A.
Luigi Rodriguez – OF
Date of Birth: November 13, 1992
Height/Weight: 5’11″/160 lbs
Acquired: International free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2009
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Analysis: The book on Rodriguez is that he’s still very raw. He showed a lot more power in 2012 in Lake County than he did in his limited playing time in 2013 (due to injury) but he has shown some improvement in his ability to get on base via the walk. He still needs work in the outfield (he was signed as a middle infielder), at the plate and on the bases but the upside to Rodriguez could be a pretty solid outfielder. Geordy says: “Hits and walks just enough, while being fast as hell on the basepaths. That makes for a league-average CF or great 4th OFer.”
2014 Prognosis: My feeling is that Rodriguez will return to Carolina to start the year and if he performs well, could get a mid-season promotion to Double-A.
Cody Anderson – RHP
Date of Birth: September 14, 1990
Height/Weight: 6’4″/220 lbs
Acquired: 14th round of the 2011 draft
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Analysis: Anderson’s got a fairly “young” arm, having been a closer in college. The Indians like his big, mid-90s fastball that he can throw deep into games, thanks to his big frame. They also feel that he’ll have at least two major league average offspeed offererings (slider and changeup) to go along with the plus fastball. Geordy says: “Has seen his ERA drop and K rate rise each year. The one drawback is he’s now a 23 year old with only 12.2 innings in Double-A.”
2014 Prognosis: I’m not as certain as Geordy is that his age is such a big detriment to Anderson. He’s showing some good command in the mid-minors and a 12 2/3 inning sample is not going to tell us much. While he’ll start in Double-A, if he shows polish (especially with the supplemental pitches), he could be in the big leagues in some role before long.
Jose Ramirez – 2B
Date of Birth: September 17, 1992
Height/Weight: 5’9″/165 lbs
Acquired: International free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2009
Analysis: Continuing a trend with the Indians, they’ve been very aggressive with Ramirez since he hit professional baseball in 2011. After just one season with the Rookie-League club, Ramirez spent most of 2012 with the Class-A Lake County Captains, torching the Midwest League for a .354/.403/.462 slash line that enabled the club to jump him up to Double-A. He had 15 major league plate appearances to cap his meteoric rise but had a very solid season for a 20 year old in Double-A. Geordy says: “Scrappy 2B with a knack of making contact. Was pushed hard by the org in 2013 by skipping High-A to start the year and then [skipping] Triple-A in September to join the Major League roster.”
2014 Prognosis: Can he make the big club as a utility guy in 2014? I would wager that he won’t spend a ton of time in Cleveland unless injuries take their toll. He’ll benefit from another year of development in Triple-A Columbus.