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Cleveland Indians top prospect list: #18 Cody Anderson

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Our next prospect had a rough 2014 season, but still has the potential to become a major-league starter.

Cody Anderson
Cody Anderson
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Let's Go Tribe is putting together its own ranking of the top Indians prospects, with readers voting on each entry. Here are the previous entries in the series:

  1. Francisco Lindor
  2. Clint Frazier
  3. Bradley Zimmer
  4. Giovanny Urshela
  5. Francisco Mejia
  6. Tyler Naquin
  7. Bobby Bradley
  8. James Ramsey
  9. Justus Sheffield
  10. Erik Gonzalez
  11. Mike Papi
  12. Mitch Brown
  13. Jesus Aguilar
  14. Yu-Cheng Chang
  15. Carlos Moncrief
  16. Luis Lugo
  17. Tony Wolters

This time it was a two-horse race, the horses being Cody Anderson and Ryan Merritt, and you chose the pitcher closer to the majors:

  • Shawn Morimando 7%
  • Ryan Merritt 30%
  • Cody Anderson 41%
  • Grant Hockin 3%
  • Nellie Rodriguez 11%
  • Adam Plutko 4%
  • Eric Haase 5%
Going into the 2014 season Cody Anderson was one of the top prospects in the system. He had an outstanding 2013 season with the Carolina Mudcats, posting a 2.34 ERA in 123.1 innings. For that performance he was named the organization's pitcher of the year. But he struggled to adjust to AA; he posted a 5.44 ERA in 125.2 innings, walked more batters, struck out fewer batters, and allowed more home runs and more hits.

But there's still hope for Anderson. He turned just 24 in September, and has the size and stuff that teams usually look for in a major-league starting pitcher. He's listed as 6'4"/220 lbs, has a low-90s sinking fastball, and a nice slider that, when he's ahead in the count, becomes a put-away pitch. But a year ago he often fell behind the count, and hitters wouldn't chase the slider or his other off-speed pitches.

Even with the poor showing in 2014, the Indians still added Anderson to the 40-man roster. Depending on what happens with the pitchers ahead of him on the major-league depth chart, he could start the season back in Akron or in Columbus, and could even see major-league time in an emergency situation. But preferably he spends most of the 2015 campaign in Columbus regaining the command of his fastball, and setting the stage for a 2016 debut, whether it's out of the bullpen as a longman or even in the rotation.

Who do you think should be the #19 Indians prospect?

There are only two spots remaining, so now's the time to make your case in the comments below for those still on the ballot.

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