Scott Moss is the No. 19 prospect in the Cleveland system, dropping seven spots from his No. 12 ranking in 2020, although this also was the first chance LGT readers had an opportunity to vote for him.
Judging by Moss’ landslide win in the voting, defeating the next closest contender by 25%, he should have been included much sooner, so I take some responsibility for that one.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound southpaw was drafted in the fourth round out of a loaded Florida team by the Reds in 2016.
Following Tommy John surgery in 2014, Moss pitched well at every level in the Reds system, never posting an ERA above 3.68, but it wasn’t until his trade to Cleveland where he really turned a corner with his performance.
After being acquired by Cleveland in 2019 in the Trevor Bauer trade, Moss made two appearances with the Double-A Akron Rubberducks, tossing a combined 10.0 innings without allowing an earned run while striking out 13 and allowing just three hits.
The southpaw was quickly promoted to Columbus, where he struck out 23 batters in four starts spanning 18.2 innings, allowing just four earned runs, good for a 1.93 ERA.
Moss sits comfortably in the low 90s with his fastball, touching the mid-90s. He pairs his fastball with an above-average slider and changeup. While his strikeout rates have been impressive, posting career bests 34% and 30% since being acquired, he does need to work on his command, as he posted career-high walk rates in 2019 (although they did drop from the Reds to Akron to Columbus).
Moss was added to Cleveland’s 40-man roster in 2020 and was considered for spot starts during the shortened 2020 season, but the position ultimately went to Triston McKenzie, who went on to earn a role in the starting rotation. Moss will have every opportunity to earn the No. 5 spot in Cleveland’s rotation in 2021 and will be available for spot start duty should a doubleheader take place or should an injury create an opening in the rotation.
Logan T. Allen, LHP (Age 22)
Cleveland 2020 2nd round MLB draft pick
Not to be confused with the John Cena Logan Allen who was acquired from the Padres in the Trevor Bauer trade, Logan T. Allen was drafted out of Florida International as an advanced college arm.
Tanner Burns, RHP (Age 22)
Cleveland 2020 1st round MLB draft competitive balance pick
A prototypical Cleveland college pitcher draft pick who possesses great strikeout ability combined with excellent control. Could be a quick mover in the system.
Isaiah Greene, OF (Age 19)
Mets 2020 second-round MLB draft pick
An elite outfield defender with a cannon arm and power potential, Greene was a top 50 prospect in the 2020 MLB draft. Scouts believe he could be great if he improves his contact.
Petey Halpin, OF (Age 18)
Cleveland 2020 third round MLB draft pick
Wiry left-handed hitting outfielder with sneaky pop, good speed, arm and solid contact skills that could develop into more.
Sam Hentges, LHP (Age 24)
2019 (AA): 26 GS, 128.2 IP, 21.4 K%, 10.9 BB%, 5.11 ERA, 3.84 FIP
After an underwhelming 2019 season in Double-A as a starting pitcher, Hentges opened eyes by hitting 100 mph in intersquad games in 2020, which could turn the southpaw into a huge weapon out of the bullpen in 2021.
Gabriel Rodriguez, 3B (Age 18)
2019 (DSL): 170 PA, .238/.335/.406, 3 HR, 3 SB, 8.8 BB%, 15.9 K%, 106 wRC+
2019 (AZL): 73 PA, .215/.288/.262, 0 HR, 1 SB, 5.5 BB%, 30.1 K%, 59 wRC+
The top international signing by Cleveland in 2018, Rodriguez is already physically mature to the point where he had to be moved to third base. Has the potential to be a big-time home run hitter as an infielder.
Nick Sandlin, RHP (Age 24)
2019 (AA): 17.1 IP, 36 K%, 10.7 BB%, 1.56 ERA, 3.46 FIP
2019 (AAA): 9.0 IP, 29.7 K%, 18.9 BB%, 6.40 ERA, 6.40 FIP
Sandlin hopped aboard the Cody Allen Express after being drafted in 2018. He rocketed to Double-A that year, then picked back up there and finished in Columbus with some hard learning. If not for the pandemic I’m fairly convinced we’d be talking about him along with Wittgren et al.
Carson Tucker, SS (Age 18)
Cleveland 2020 1st round MLB draft pick
The younger brother of Pirates MLB player Cole Tucker, Carson possesses plus speed and sprays hits to all fields, but has yet to debut in the minor leagues.
Carlos Vargas, RHP (Age 21)
2019 (A-): 15 GS, 77.2. IP, 21.9 K%, 7.4 BB%, 4.52 ERA, 3.36 FIP
Flamethrowing right-handed starter who can approach triple digits with a low 90s slider. Was added to Cleveland’s 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Josh Wolf, RHP (Age 20)
2019 (R): 5 GS, 8.0 IP, 36.4 K%, 3.0 BB%, 3.38 ERA, 1.37 FIP, 58 strikes, 11 balls.
With a fastball and curveball that rate as plus pitches and rookie league velocity that touched 94 MPH, the recent trade acquisition looks right at home in the Cleveland system.
Who should be Cleveland’s No. 20 prospect?
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Logan T. Allen