Though it is impossible to predict the future of the Cleveland Indians, it is always entertaining to at least try.
As we have mentioned a few times here on Tribe Daily, the Indians are loaded with plenty of talented prospects.
How many of these young minor league hotshots will eventually turn into big leaguers for the Tribe?
Let’s predict how the Indians infield may look in 2025.
Third Base: Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez with a solo homer to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
— MLB Updates (@MLBNews1234) August 29, 2020
Sure, Jose Ramirez could test the free agent market after the 2023 season, but we will choose to think positive and hope that the Indians can re-sign him.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound power hitter will only be 32 years old in 2025.
Though 32 is not exactly a young buck, Ramirez should still be in his prime hitting years in 2025.
Keeping an All-Star like Ramirez at third base and in the middle of the lineup will be a key factor in the Indians future success.
Shortstop: Tyler Freeman
Get to know the name Tyler Freeman, one of the top prospects in the @Indians organization. 👀#CLESpring pic.twitter.com/KPd6eCLuZU
— FOX Sports Cleveland (@FOXSportsCLE) March 18, 2021
Tribe fans have been waiting with bated breath for Tyler Freeman to make the big club.
The Indians drafted Freeman in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft and this kid has torn up minor league pitching ever since.
In fact, Freeman’s “worst” season in terms of batting average was in his first season of pro ball and he still hit .297.
Freeman has also had a standout spring training so far by hitting a robust .412 with a homer and a double.
Most scouts believe Freeman will be MLB ready by next season so he should be firmly entrenched as the Indians shortstop by 2025.
Second Base: Aaron Bracho
#Indians 19yr old switch hitting (2B) prospect Aaron Bracho hitting BP bombs back home in Venezuela. Bracho's bat is the real deal & should get every bit of the same hype as George Valera. #OurTribe #Future 💪💪💪💪 pic.twitter.com/X8wp2Dor00
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) January 8, 2021
Aaron Bracho is another exciting young switch-hitter that the Indians are anxious to see fully develop.
The 19-year old has a boatload of potential both at the plate and in the field.
Though Bracho only has one season of pro ball under his belt, he showed tremendous power for a middle infielder by smashing eight home runs in only 135 at-bats in 2019.
Bracho will likely be ready for The Show in either 2023 or 2024.
First Base: Nolan Jones
#Indians 22yr old 3B/OF prospect Nolan Jones taking BP today out in Goodyear.
🎦 via @indians Instagram @Nolan_Jones10 #Future pic.twitter.com/r3TpwOgh0V
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) February 25, 2021
Nolan Jones should make the big league roster at some point in 2021.
Although Jones’ natural position is at third base, he has been learning to play both first base and the outfield.
Jones has progressed steadily through the Indians system after being drafted in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
The 22-year old has plenty of power at the plate and the ability to hit for a high average as well.
Jones should be a key middle of the order hitter for the Indians by the time 2025 rolls around.
Catcher: Bo Naylor
#Indians 21yr old (C) prospect Bo Naylor w/ the impressive opposite field HR today vs the Angels.@_BoNaylor_ #Future #CLESpring pic.twitter.com/t3FfVnaL7L
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) March 10, 2021
Isn’t Bo Naylor one of the coolest names in baseball?
Though he may not be well known yet, Naylor is by far the best catching prospect in the Indians organization.
Naylor just turned 21 back in February but his bat speed is full grown.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder should continue to fill out and further develop power at the plate.
Did anyone see the bomb Naylor hit in spring training a few weeks back?
It was an absolute moon shot.
A Final Word
What will the Tribe’s infield look like in 2025?
Our prediction with the five above players could be right on the money or it could be dead wrong.
Hopefully, the Indians will extend Ramirez’s contract soon and the other young prospects will continue to mature into stars.
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