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By: T.J. Zuppe
When it comes to ranking the talent in the minor leagues for each MLB club, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The same can be said about the Cleveland Indians - and most notably - how others perceive the farm system of the Tribe.
Each year, ESPN.com senior baseball analyst Keith Law ranks the best - and the worst - farm systems in baseball for ESPN.com’s Insider.
On Monday, Law released his rankings, which you can read here with an ESPN Insider account.
The Indians ranked in at 19th. Law directly mentioned two Tribe shortstop prospects - Francisco Lindor and Dorssys Paulino. For the entire breakdown, read his insider article (posted above).
The Indians took an understandable hit in the rankings over the last few years for a couple different reasons. One, the organization went through a long stretch where their top picks did not develop into major league caliber talent.
Secondly, four top prospects made the jump to the bigs or were dealt in trades. Third-baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and second-baseman Jason Kipnis are no longer part of the farm system. Pitcher Drew Pomeranz and Alex White were shipped to Colorado in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade.
That created a void near the top of the Tribe’s minor league system.
That void has taken quite a bit of time to refill and is not there yet. However, as players begin to make the jump from Class-A to Double and Triple-A, it should be interested to see how top analysts view the Tribe’s farm system.
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