Best Young Hopes

Michael Brantley and Matt LaPorta

The haul from the Sabathia trade has finally made its way to the majors. Michael Brantley came up late in the season, looking as if he was born to hit leadoff in the Show. LaPorta showed the power that so excited the Indians as they were mining the Brewers' minor league system for prospects to acquire. If there's any hope for the woeful Wahoos in the next few years, these two are going to have to keep producing at their current paces and stake claim to the starting lineup. No reason to expect that they won't at this point, but we are talking about the Indians here. — Grzegorek