Freeman is one of the best pure hitters in
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the Tribe system Blake Swihart Jersey , but is still a long ways away."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsAnalysis & EditorialsCleveland Indians prospects & minor leaguesGame RecapsTransactionsCleveland Indians prospects & minor leaguesLGT Top Indians Prospects for 2019Tyler Freeman is our No. 5 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 6? New,29commentsFreeman is one of the best pure hitters in the Tribe system, but is still a long ways away.ESTShareTweetShareShareTyler Freeman is our No. 5 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 6? The fans overwhelming sided with stellar-hitting middle infielder Tyler Freeman as the Cleveland Indians No. 5 prospect, improving 11 spots from his No. 16 ranking last season.A second round competitive balance pick in 2017, Freeman had arguably the best offensive season of any Tribe prospect in 2018. Despite playing in short season Mahoning Valley (Low-A), Freeman put up some insane numbers.Freeman actually finished the year fourth in doubles among ALL Indians prospects, and yes that includes all full season players, which is ridiculous. If that double power can eventually turn into home run power, Freeman’s stock will go through the roof.He also was one of the toughest players in all of minor league baseball to strike out, whiffing in just 7.3 percent of his plate appearances. As good as Freeman is, there are a couple slight drawbacks. Freeman is playing shortstop for now, but many scouting reports project him to transition to second base eventually. Also, as strong as his hit tool is, he isn’t very patient at the plate, walking in just 2.7 percent of his plate appearances, so that’s something to keep an eye on moving forward.Barring injury, Freeman will make his full season debut in 2019 with the Single-A Lake County Captains. It should be shocking if the Indians kept him there the whole season like they did in MV last year if he continues to dominate opponentsWHO SHOULD BE THE NO. 6 PROSPECT FOR 2019?Yu Chang, SS (Age 23)2018 (AAA): 518 PA, .256/.330/.411, 14 HR, 4 SB, 8.5 BB%, 27.8 K%, 109 wRC+2018 (AFL): 93 PA, 337/.396/.523 Rick Porcello Jersey , 4 HR, 1 SB, 7.5 BB%, 17.2 K%Chang’s average improved in 2018, although his power dropped from 24 home runs to 14 in his first taste of Triple-A. He stood out in the Arizona Fall League and will compete for the Indians’ utility spot this year.Brayan Rocchio, SS (Age 18)2018 (DSL): 111 PA, .323/.391/.434, 1 HR, 8 SB, 4.5 BB%, 12.6 K%, 140 wRC+2018 (R): 158 PA, .343/.389/.448, 1 HR, 14 SB, 6.3 BB%, 10.8 K%, 137 wRC+Venezuelan signed in 2017, same class as Valera, destroyed the DSL and was promoted to the AZL quickly. Many scouts said he was the best player in the AZL last year, exploding up Tribe prospect rankings as a result.Bo Naylor, C (Age 18)2018 (R): 139 PA, .274/.381/.402, 2 HR, 5 SB http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , 15.1 BB%, 20.1 K%, 126 wRC+2018 first round pick, Naylor brings an advanced plate approach and plus hitting to the catcher position. His prospect value will stay high as long as he can stay behind the plate.Luis Oviedo, RHP (Age 19)2018 (A-): 9 GS, 48.0 IP, 32.5 K%, 5.3 BB%, 1.88 ERA, 2.22 FIP2019 (A): 2 GS, 9.0 IP, 16.7 K%, 19.4 BB%, 3.00, 5.36 FIPThe Venezuelan broke out in 2018, winning back-to-back-to-back Pitcher of the Week awards in his Low-A debut for Mahoning Valley. He’s a sinkerballer with nasty swing and miss stuff in the mid 90s.Bobby Bradley, 1B (Age 22)2018 (AA): 421 PA, .214/.304/.477, 24 HR, 1 SB, 10.7 BB%, 24.9 K%, 111 wRC+2018 (AAA): 128 PA, .254/.323/.430, 3 HR Adam Jones Jersey , 0 SB, 8.6 BB%, 33.6 K%, 109 wRC+A 2014 third round pick, Bradley has been 3-4 years younger than his level every season and continues to be a top power threat. Has hit 23+ home runs the last four seasons. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Late September, a crucial series, and a postseason berth on the line. Yasiel Puig thrives in big-game situations, and once again he delivered.Puig didn’t start despite being on a tear at the plate. But he came off the bench to slug a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Wednesday night to increase their NL West lead to 2½ games.“We’re going to win the West again,” Puig said. Walker Buehler struck out a career-high 12 and the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the second-place Rockies, giving the five-time defending NL West champions their largest division lead this season. They outscored Colorado 16-6 in the series, with homers proving to be the difference in each game.“It’s impressive,” manager Dave Roberts said of the sweep. “I believe our guys can sustain it.”The Rockies remained 1½ games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.“Like I’ve said all along, I think this is going to come down to the end,” manager Bud Black said. “I really do.”After falling into a 2-0 hole in a 36-pitch first inning, Buehler settled down and showed why he has become a dependable complement to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The rookie right-hander allowed three hits and one walk over six innings, and neither run he gave up was earned.“I just slowed down a little bit,” Buehler said. “The later you get in the year the bigger it all feels.”Puig’s second career pinch-hit homer came off Scott Oberg (7-1) and ignited the crowd and his teammates, some of whom came out in front of the dugout to cheer. The always-excitable Puig raised both arms as he circled the bases.“I saw his first swing and I saw him hit the top half of the ball,” Oberg said. “I’m like, ‘OK, it’s probably a decent pitch to throw again.’ Sitting on it. Put a good swing on it. Over the fence. That’s it.”Puig is hitting .400 this month, with seven homers, nine runs and 14 RBIs. He hit five homers in two days recently.The Dodgers showed off their depth in the seventh. After pinch-hitter Joc Pederson fouled out, Max Muncy drew a pinch-hit walk. Yasmani Grandal doubled to deep right field Manny Machado Jersey , moving Muncy to third and setting up Puig.“This series was emblematic of our ballclub,” Roberts said. “How many people had their hands in to help us win three ballgames.”Caleb Ferguson (7-2) got two outs and Kenley Jansen closed for his 36th save.Buehler gave up a two-run single to Ian Desmond in the first after the pitcher made a run-saving throw to the plate when Gerardo Parra grounded into a fielder’s choice.Matt Kemp homered on the first pitch from Tyler Anderson in the second, giving the Dodgers seven players with 20 or more homers in a season for the first time in franchise history. That left them trailing 2-1. Brian Dozier’s RBI double tied the game 2-all in the fifth. Enrique Hernandez singled leading off and made a headfirst slide at the plate, with his feet barely eluding the tag of catcher Chris Iannetta.Anderson gave up two runs and three hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.The Dodgers went 12-7 against the Rockies this season and swept them twice. Colorado, which lost two of three at home to Los Angeles earlier this month, fell to 1-5 on its nine-game road trip.“You can see it as a tale of two teams right now with the Dodgers,” Iannetta said. “They’re getting hot over the last week and a half and we’ve been grinding a little bit the last week and a half. We’ve had moments, but we haven’t really had consistent production.”TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: SS Trevor Story is receiving treatment for right elbow inflammation in Arizona, and the team is encouraged that he could return soon. Story might participate in some baseball activities at the club’s spring training facility in Phoenix, where the Rockies are headed next to play the Diamondbacks.TROUBLE AT HOMEThings aren’t going as well for Puig at home. TMZ reported that the slugger’s home in the San Fernando Valley was broken into for the fourth time on Tuesday night when he was at the ballpark.“I (did) not sleep too much yesterday,” Puig said, without offering details about the incident.Previous break-ins occurred in March 2017, during Game 7 of last year’s World Series and then last month.DODGERS AT HOMEWith three home games left in the regular season, the Dodgers are 42-36, their worst record in LA since going 42-39 in 2011. Their latest win allowed them to clinch a 13th straight winning season at Chavez Ravine.BLACKMON’S STREAKCharlie Blackmon singled in the first, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest active steak in the majors. He’s hitting .390 with nine runs, five doubles, four homers and eight RBIs since Sept. 8.UP NEXTRockies: Off on Thursday before sending RHP German Marquez (12-10, 3.96 ERA) to the mound against third-place Arizona.Dodgers: After an off day Thursday, LHP Rich Hill (9-5, 4.02) starts the opener of a three-game series against the last-place Padres.