Indianapolis built up a huge lead at the beginning of the season in the standings, but struggled toward the middle of the season with call-ups and players adjusting to the level. However, once the first-time players at the level adjusted, the team improved. After sweeping Scranton in the first round of the playoffs, Indianapolis took Columbus to a deciding fifth game in the Governors' Cup final before falling. The playoff run allowed some of the more green players at the level to get some added experience in postseason play and more meaningful games. Many of these good young players who gained this experience will return to the level in 2016.
TOP 10 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS PROSPECTS
The cutoff for eligibility on this list was 140 at-bats, 40 innings pitched, or 20 relief appearances. This excluded mid-season call-ups Josh Bell, Dan Gamache, Gift Ngoepe, and Chad Kuhl. We also didn't include prospects who were traded away, such as Adrian Sampson and Yhonathan Barrios. Unlike the lower-level lists, this list factors in actual results a bit more than potential and upside. The latter is still factored in, but this is the level where we want to see players producing on the field and showing their tools in games.
1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP - After being called up on August 1st, Glasnow never really was able to get adjusted to Triple-A. However, the numbers were not always reflective of the work that Glasnow had to endure on the mound. He boasted a 2.20 ERA at the level, but pitched around a lot of base runners with 33 hits allowed and 22 walks in just 41 innings. He did a nice job of getting out a lot of those jams, but really struggled to show the dominance that he had with Altoona. However, there were times where Glasnow really showed the stuff that allows him to be on the top of the list when it comes to upside. His fastball was in the low 90s much of his time at the level, but did reach as high as 96 when he was pitching confidently. He also showed a hammer breaking ball that he struggled to command at times, but when he did, it served as his put away pitch. The changeup will need some work going into the 2016 season, and will likely be an emphasis before he is big league ready.
The lack of command was alarming with Glasnow at the end of the season, but it appears to come and go based on his previous seasons. Glasnow walked five, allowed six runs, and got just one out in his next-to-last regular season start. The strikeouts were there his entire time with Indianapolis, which allowed him to pitch out of some of those jams. The key moving forward is avoiding some of those jams and coming up with that second off-speed pitch.
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