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Cleveland Indians top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie promoted to Class-A

Short-season baseball was not enough to challenge the 19-year-old phenom.

Cleveland Indians pitching prospect Triston McKenzie has been promoted to the Class-A Lake County Captains, as first reported by Indians Prospective.

The 19-year-old, who was drafted in the supplemental round of the 2015 draft, has had no troubles whatsoever in Low-A ball with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers this season. In nine starts (49.1 IP) he has allowed just three earned runs while striking out 55 batters and issuing 16 walks. That all equates to a 0.55 ERA, a 2.65 FIP, and a 20.3 percent strikeout-to-walk ratio.

McKenzie will be the youngest pitcher on the Captains staff by almost a year with the next youngest being Sam Hentges, who just turned 20 last month. He will also be joining a staff that has struggled this season, allowing the second-most runs in the Midwest League.

MLB Pipeline currently has McKenzie listed as the Indians' eighth overall prospect (third overall pitching prospect), but that should change once it updates to reflect the losses of outfielder Clint Frazier and pitcher Justus Sheffield.