Speedy, slugging outfielder Daniel Johnson is our No. 13 Cleveland Indians prospect after the Indians acquired him (along with reliever Jefry Rodriguez and infielder Andrew Monasterio) from the Washington Nationals in a trade for Yan Gomes.
A fifth round pick by the Nationals out of New Mexico State in 2016, Johnson rocketed through the system, with a breakout season in 2017.
After hitting just one home run through 62 games in his Low-A debut in 2016, Johnson crushed 22 long balls over 130 games in 2017 while advancing to full season at the Single-A and A+ levels, putting up a combined .298/.356/.505 slashline while also stealing 22 bases.
Johnson was hampered by a broken hamate injury in 2018, which sapped his power as he made his Double-A debut, but he still put up respectable numbers and stealing another 22 bases and only being caught four times. He only managed six home runs, however.
When healthy, Johnson shows true 20/20 potential at the plate with average to above average ability to make consistent contact, although his strikeout rate spiked last season to 23 percent in his Double-A debut. He also has a cannon arm and can play all three outfield positions, although it’s likely he ends up in right field. Of note, he had the hardest hit ball and hardest thrown ball of the entire Arizona Fall League season this year.
Interesting #statcast data from AFL.
Not noted is that Daniel Johnson (Nats OF), who had best exit velo, *also* had best tracked OF throw (100.9 MPH) and was one of the very few guys to hit the elite 30 ft/sec Sprint Speed mark. I’m watching him now.https://t.co/B3m4aOV9er
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) November 21, 2018
Depending on depth in the Indians’ system at outfield Johnson could start 2019 either in Double-A or Triple-A. He’s behind a few players on the depth chart to make an appearance with the Tribe in 2019, but if he returns to his 2017 form, he could be arriving sooner rather than later.
WHO SHOULD BE THE NO. 14 PROSPECT FOR 2019?
Oscar Mercado, OF (Age 24)
2018 Cardinals (AAA): 427 PA, .285/.351/.408, 8 HR, 31 SB, 8.4 BB%, 15.0 K%, 101 wRC+
2018 Indians (AAA): 119 PA, .252/.342/.320, 0 HR, 6 SB, 10.9 BB%, 19.3 K%, 93 wRC+
2013 second round pick acquired in a trade from the Cardinals for Conner Capel last summer. Brings elite speed and strong defense in the outfield, but hit tool is still catching up.
Jean Carlos Mejia, RHP (Age 22)
2018 (A): 15 GS, 92.0 IP, 26.1 K%, 5.4 BB%, 3.13 ERA, 2.55 FIP
2018 (A+): 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 12.5 K%, 4.2 BB%, 6.00 ERA, 2.86 FIP
Exploded into relevance in the second half of 2018, when he racked up 78 strikeouts over the final two months of the season, top five in all of MiLB. Earned a spot on the Tribe’s 40-man roster for his effort.
Raynel Delgado, 3B (Age 18)
2018 (R): 204 PA, .306/.409/.382, 1 HR, 10 SB, 14.7 BB%, 21.6 K%, 133 wRC+
2018 sixth round pick the Indians paid $664,400 over slot to sign. Delgado held his own in his professional debut, putting up strong numbers and showing great patience at the plate in the AZL.
Richard Palacios, SS (Age 21)
2018 (R): 22 PA, .438/.591/.875, 2 HR, 2 SB, 27.3 BB%, 9.1 K%, 281 wRC+
2018 (A-): 86 PA, .411/.477/.589, 2 HR, 2 SB, 12.8 BB%, 14.0 K%, 208 wRC+
2018 (A): 82 PA, .300/.317/.425, 2 HR, 3 SB, 2.4 BB%, 15.9 K%, 109 wRC+
Indians 2018 third round draft pick out of Towson University tore through the short season leagues and was not challenged until arriving in full-season Lake County, where he still had a wRC+ above 100.
Nick Sandlin, RHP (Age 22)
2018 (R): 3 G, 3.0 IP, 40.0 K%, 0.0 BB%, 0.00 ERA, 1.40 FIP
2018 (A): 10 G, 10.1 IP, 39.5 K%, 0.0 BB%, 1.74 ERA, 0.58 FIP
2018 (A+): 7 G, 6.1 IP, 40.0 K%, 8.0 BB%, 1.42 ERA, 1.62 FIP
2018 (AA): 5 G, 4.1 IP, 30.4 K%, 4.4 BB%, 10.38 ERA, 1.48 FIP
Indians 2018 second round pick advanced all the way to Double-A Akron in just three months. The wicked sidearm reliever with great control is expected to be the first 2018 draft pick to make it to the big leagues.
Eric Haase, C (Age 26)
2018 (AAA): 477 PA, .236/.288/.443, 20 HR, 3 SB, 6.5 BB%, 30.0 K%, 102 wRC+
Had some difficulty adjusting to his first full season at Triple-A but still managed to hit 20 home runs for the third year in a row. Was named the top defensive player in the Indians system by MLB Pipeline after throwing out 48.5 percent of basestealers.
Aaron Civale, RHP (Age 23)
2018 (AA): 21 GS, 106.1 IP, 17.5 K%, 4.7 BB%, 3.89 ERA, 3.98 FIP
Slowed by injury in his 2018 Double-A debut that saw his strikeout rate drop, Civale still showed the impeccable control that has allowed him to quickly advance through the Tribe system since being drafted in the third round in 2016.
Who should be the No. 14 Indians prospect?
Jean Carlos Mejia
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