We've been running through the 2014 season for each member of the Indians and key prospects from their farm system. (You can find every entry in the series here.) Now we've reached a countdown of the top ten players on the team, as voted by the Let's Go Tribe staff.
#3: Yan Gomes
- Position: Catcher
- Age: 27
- Acquired: Via trade with Blue Jays (11/3/12) with Mike Aviles for Esmil Rogers
- Contract status: $1 million in 2015, under contract through 2019 for $21 million total, team options for 2020 ($9 million) and 2021 ($11 million)
2014 grade: A+
For more than 200 games and 800 PA, Yan Gomes has been a rock for the Tribe, and there is zero reason to expect any less in 2015. I'd look for something that looks an awful lot like his 2014 - 20+ HR, solid AVG and SLG, less than ideal OBP, elite catcher defense, and a key component for a successful pitching staff. I'd expect him to get another 120+ starts behind the plate, and a handful at DH, as well.