Cleveland Indians: Top 30 Prospects Countdown, 6-10

Aaron Bracho #83 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
Aaron Bracho #83 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians, Gabriel Arias
Infielder Gabriel Arias #71 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

No. 6 Gabriel Arias

The oldest of this bunch at the old age of 21-years old, having just had a birthday in February, Gabriel Arias came to the Cleveland Indians in the Mike Clevinger trade and almost immediately became the presumed double-play partner for Tyler Freeman, who we’ll get to on the next list. Arriving in the middle of the pandemic season, we haven’t been able to see much of Arias in a Tribe uniform, but he was placed on the 40-man roster and invited to Spring Training.

In Goodyear, he played in eight games and had 13 plate appearances, slashing .615/.615/.692 thanks to eight hits in those 13 opportunities. Of those eight hits, one was a double and they resulted in five RBI while he struck out just three times. Now, that’s a small sample size and the level of competition in Spring Training games can be hazy at times, but it’s promising nonetheless.

In the minors, Arias has careers numbers of .270/.319/.396 when he was part of the Padres’ organization, so if he can build on that and improve a bit after seeing his time in Arizona, then he could be on a fast track to get to the majors, maybe even later this year depending on how the season works out in Cleveland.

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