The Indians have decided they'll be taking top prospect Michael Brantley north with them when they break camp this year reports Anthony Castrovince.
Brantley may be a tad bit overmatched this season as he struggled last year in his brief stint with the Indians last year, posting an OPS of just .707 last year. He didn't perform much better at AAA, with an OPS of jusy .711. All the same, he's a player I'm high on.
Brantley combines plus-plus speed on the base paths, plus range in left, very solid strikeout to walk ratios, and solid gap power that seems to be improving. Look for Brantley to begin making an impact at the top of the Indians lineup within a year or two. He could become a force as a leadoff or number two hitter very soon.
Indians fans should be excited.