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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cleveland Wahoos Top 7 Prospect List

Douglas Mancuso - RP (Hi-A)
Douglas Mancuso
Cleveland
Wahoos
Age: 23B/T: R/R
Born: Williamston, SC
Position(s): P (P)
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The Wahoos can't wait until Season 15 or 16 when they can just plop him into the closer's role - a revolving door ever since davidlove started running the franchise - and leave him there for years. Rare combination of hi-velocity/hi-ground ball with decent control. Just recently coughed up his 1st home run in over 55 career innings.

2. Lorenzo Ordaz - SP (Hi-A)

Lorenzo Ordaz
Cleveland
Wahoos
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: San Pedro de Macoris, DO
Position(s): P (SP6)
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After a rookie year that can best be described as abbreviated - 4 separate trips to the DL - Ordaz has put together a run that offers a glimpse of what he can bring to the ML team in probably Season 16: low 2 ERA, one baserunner per inning. Can be a stud stopper in the rotation if he can pitch into the 7th consistently.

3. Cozy Spradlin - 1B (AA)
Cozy Spradlin
Cleveland
Wahoos
Age: 20B/T: L/L
Born: Granite, OK
Position(s): 1B
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Ready to assume the mantle of "the franchise" in Season 15 when Milton Simmons looks to pass the torch (perhaps they play a season or 2 together?). OPS off the charts. Does he have the stamina to grind it out for 162 games?

4. Eddie Broome - SS (AA)
Eddie Broome
Cleveland
Wahoos
Age: 22B/T: L/R
Born: Breckenridge, MI
Position(s): SS
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The 3B of the future, Broome hopes to make teams pay when they walk either Spradlin or Spence. Has a few years to shore up his hitting vs lefties.

5. Benj Harang - 2B (R)
Benj Harang
Cleveland
Wahoos
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Prosper, TX
Position(s): 2B
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The 11th pick in the draft, Harang looks to be the 2B of the future after Simmons departs, although his likely arrival in Season 17 means that the Wahoos may need a caretaker for a season or two. Won't have Simmons eyepopping OPS, but should have a sky-high OBP that coupled with his speed makes him a 1st-to-3rd-or-home threat whenever he's on the basepaths.

6. Esmailyn Cueto - SP (AA)
Esmailyn Cueto
Cleveland
Wahoos
Age: 19B/T: L/L
Born: Tecamachalco, MX
Position(s): P (SP5)
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If Ordaz stays healthy, he's the Wahoo most likely to challenge for a Cy Young, but the Wahoos hope Cueto develops into a quality-start machine that can ease the pressure off a taxed bullpen. If Season 14 sees 2 ML starters miss more than half the season like Season 13, Cueto will be in the bigs then.

7. Craig Brush - RP (R)
Craig Brush
Cleveland
Wahoos
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Wauchula, FL
Position(s): P (LRA)
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With the potential for two outstanding major-league out pitches, Brush could be a durable set-up horse or even a 2-inning closer by the time Season 16 or 17 rolls around.

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