Clint Frazier Scouting Preview And Other Indians Prospects
When the Cleveland Indians’ Midwest League affiliate takes the field for the first time in 2014, last year’s first round pick, Clint Frazier, will be on the roster. He and Francisco Lindor represent the future of the organization. After seeing Byron Buxton pass through the MWL, Clint Frazier scouting opportunities will allow me to compare and contrast the outfielders from Georgia. Frazier does not have the complete package that the Minnesota Twins’ phenom does, but the raw power is special and will be his carrying tool.
Clint Frazier Scouting Preview:
The Indians’ 2013 first-round pick, Frazier has elite tools. Will Frazier demonstrate true plus power potential, or will The Lake County Captains home park (Classic Park) inflate the numbers? It’s considered to be a launching pad per Ashley Marshall’s excellent piece at milb.com. Any Clint Frazier scouting profile must include his 31.1-percent strikeout rate. This needs to drop dramatically to reach his ceiling.
Can Clint Frazier stay in center field? It’s another area where first hand scouting will be key. If he is able to stick, it boosts the profile. If the Lake County Clint Frazier scouting book proves he is destined for a corner outfield spot, the bat will have to play up even more.
Indians Position Prospects In Lake County:
Dorssys Paulino, SS – Lindor and Dorssys Paulino entered 2013 as the two best pure hitting prospects in the system. Paulino struggled to show the same promise as Lindor and Frazier. One of the youngest players in the Midwest League last year, he notched more than 500 plate appearances and never really figured things out. The Dominican infielder is likely to repeat Lake County and will earn a mid-season promotion with less errors and a better on base percentage (39 errors and .297 OBP last year)
Anthony Santander, OF – Pushed aggressively to Lo-A ball in 2013, Santander struggled and missed the rest of the season with a July elbow injury. The Venezuelan corner outfielder will repeat the level in the hope of recovering lost helium.
Nellie Rodriguez, 1B – Like Paulino and Santander, the big first baseman failed to figure out full-season ball. Demoted to short-season, Rodriguez redeemed himself and will give The Midwest League another try, earning a second chance in the MWL where he’ll look to match his .366 OBP in 295 Mahoning Valley plate appearances.
Indians Pitchers In Lake County:
Dace Kime, RHP – A potential mid-rotation starter had an up-and-down 2013 in short-season ball, struggling with command. The folks at Prospect 361⁰ put together a detailed capsule on Kime in October and it’s worth the read. Of all the starting pitchers expected to don a Captains’ uniform in 2014, he’s the one to watch closely.
Luis Lugo, LHP – After a dominant 50-innings in the New York-Penn League, the 20-year-old Venezuelan earned a promotion to The Midwest League in 2013 and held his own in three August starts. As his 6-5 frame suggests, he still has some projection in his game. Despite his youth, the talented lefty is gunning for a late-season promotion to High-A.
Sean Brady, LHP – Brady breezed through rookie-ball and projects as a back-end starter or middle reliever. Despite his limited ceiling, Cleveland has always been high on the Florida native and went above slot to sign the southpaw for $800,000 in the 2013 draft.
Dillon Howard, RHP – The once-promising right-hander is approaching 22, but hasn’t reached full-season ball yet. Howard arrived at camp out of shape in 2012, and missed all of 2013 with an amphetamine suspension. In 2012, the results were dreadful (7.90 ERA). Due to his age and scant progress at the lower levels, Cleveland will push its $1,850,000 draft investment and see if there’s anything left to salvage.
Mitch Brown, RHP – Like Howard, Brown is another high pick with poor results to date. He was hit around in his five full-season starts, but But Brown is more mature than Howard and a bounce-back season is expected from the Rochester, Minn. native.
Lake County: More Than Just A Clint Frazier Scouting Report
Throughout the course of the 2014 season, Lake County will feature a number of prospects worth discussing in pieces and YOUscout forms. But make no mistake, Clint Frazier is the headliner.
Like Buxton in 2013, most prospect followers expect Frazier to spend the entire year in Lake County. But as Mike Newman learned with Buxton, big tools and consistent production accelerate a player’s timetable. Frazier has an outside shot at rising just as quickly as the best prospect in baseball. We’ll begin to add chapters to the Clint Frazier scouting book next month at ROTOscouting.
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