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Shawn Morimando is our No. 15 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2016. Who should be No. 16?

We (finally) have a No. 15 Indians prospect.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After way too much deliberation, we finally have our No. 15 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2016. Shawn Morimando beat out fellow Shawninite and pitcher, Shawn Armstrong, by a vote of 92 to 86.

The Indians drafted Morimando in the 19th round of the 2011 draft. Since then, he has worked his way towards being a potential third of fourth starter in the major leagues. Last season, in his second-straight season at Double-A, Morimando struck out a career-high number of batters (19.5%), but he walked 9.9 percent of those he faced. He could potentially make it to the Indians this year as a reliever, but if he hopes to make the team’s already-crowded rotation he will need to work on his control issues.

Morimando features a great slider, a changeup, and a low-90s fastball that peaks around 94. The Indians liked his tools and potential enough to add him to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

Minor League Ball has Morimando as the Indians’ No. 20 prospect with a C+ grade, and he was left off both MLB Prospectus and MLB Pipeline’s top 10 prospect lists.



(ages listed are for 2016 season)

Shawn Armstrong, RHP (Age 25)
2015 (AAA): 49.2 IP, 2.36 ERA, 1.63 FIP, 38.1%, 12.4%

Dominated Triple-A all season long and pitched well enough to earn an August call-up. Threw 8.0 innings on the Indians and should be a factor in the bullpen this year.

Mark Mathias, 2B (Age 21)
2015 (A-): 294 PA, 2 HR, 5SB, .282/.382/.408, 137 wRC+

Tore up Low-A ball in his first season since being drafted out of Cal Poly in the 2015 draft. Great plate approach but defense is still an unknown.

Mike Papi, OF (Age 23)
2015 (A+): 505 PA, 4 HR, 6 SB, .236/.362/.356, 117 wRC+

Supplemental pick of the 2014 draft who showed a great approach at the plate after a slow start in 2015.

James Ramsey, OF (Age 26)
2015 (AAA): 503 PA, 12 HR, 3 SB, .243/.327/.382, 107 wRC+

Once a promising future outfield for the Indians (or at least a trade piece), but may be a dreaded "AAAA" player as he has struggled to make it out of Triple-A. Potential fourth outfielder who could debut as soon as 2016.

Erik Gonzalez, SS (Age 24)
2015 (AAA/AA): 588 PA, 9 HR, 18 SB, .255/.292/.373, wRC+ 70/106

Can do a lot of things on both offense and defense, and as a result may be a perfect fit for a utility role. Already on the 40-man roster.