In another vote that almost required a tiebreaker, second baseman Mark Mathias narrowly edged out Mike Papi to be named our No. 18 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2016. The Indians selected Mathias in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2015 draft and he spent his entire season playing in Low-A.
At 21 years old, Mathias hit the ground running in the minors, showing a good approach at the plate, walking in 11.9 percent of his plate appearances while striking out in only 12.2 percent. He did not hit for much power -- only two home runs -- but if he can keep up that discipline at the plate he could rise through the minors sooner rather than later.
According to Minor League Ball (who also ranked Mathias as the Indians No. 18 prospect) scouts are still on the fence about Mathias' defense, despite good numbers in the field so far. Even in college, he was never scouted as a great defensive second baseman, but his bat should be able to make up for it.