Juan Hillman only threw 24 innings in the Arizona Rookie League in 2015, but that was enough time for scouts to see his potential and land him on many top Cleveland Indians prospects lists, including ours. He comes in at number 13 on our list, winning the vote with 40 percent of all votes, edging our Nellie Rodriguez who had 31 percent of the votes.
Hillman was the Indians’ second-round pick in the 2015 draft out of Olympia High School. The 18-year-old could potentially have three above-average pitches as he ages – a curveball, a changeup, and a fastball that currently sits in the 82-92 range.
If there is a knock on Hillman at this point, according to scouts, it is endurance. Hillman tends to struggle later in games, but that is an issue that could resolve itself as he physically matures.
Minor League Ball, who ranks Hillman as the Indians No. 8 prospect, compares Hillman to last year’s version of Justus Sheffield, who was also fresh out of High School and is now one of the Tribe’s top pitching prospects. Baseball Prospectus has Hillman ranked as the Indians No. 8 prospect as well, while Baseball America left him off their top 10 list altogether.