We round out our Top 10 Cleveland Indians prospects with Triston McKenzie, an 18-year-old pitcher who the Tribe chose in the supplemental round of the 2015 draft. McKenzie finished first in the poll with 39 percent of the vote (95 votes) with Yandy Diaz in a close second at 36 percent (88 votes).
Triston McKenzie is the sixth pitcher in our top-10 list, and the second 2015 draft pick. I suspect another 2015 draftee, Juan Hillman, may be not far behind despite not getting many votes in this latest poll.
Despite only throwing 12.0 innings in rookie ball last season, scouts love McKenzie’s upside. Sources told Baseball Prospectus that McKenzie was "one of the most impressive pitchers in the AZL," and he could have the most upside in the Indians farm system outside of Brady Aiken.
McKenzie’s pitch repertoire includes a curveball, a changeup and a fastball sitting in the high-80s to low-90s that could pick up velocity as he gains strength on his slender 6-foot-5, 165-pound frame. His changeup is a new addition since going pro, but already it has impressed scouts and could potentially be the third pitch McKenzie needs to become an effective starter in the majors.
John Sickels at Minor League Ball and Baseball Prospectus have McKenzie ranked seventh overall in the Indians organization, while Baseball America and MLB.com both have him eighth.