Top 100 Prospects: Nos. 51-55

Ranking the Top 100 minor-leaguers has been a fun project for more than 15 years at Indians Ink. Our current issue available at newsstands or by ordering online from this site, takes a look at players headed towards helping the Indians in Cleveland in the future. We'll share them here in the coming weeks, five at a time. This quintet includes the son of a former big-league all-star.

51
Carlton Smith
Born:
Jan. 26, 1986, in Plainfield, NJ
Position: Pitcher
B/T: R/R
HT/WT: 6-2/205
Acquired: 21st-round pick in 2004 Draft from Piscataway (NJ) HS.
Strengths: Two-seam fastball in the 90-93 mph range serves as his sinker and is his best pitch. Gets a lot of ground balls when the sinker is working. Has life on his 92-93 mph four-seam fastball. Also throws a slider and splitter.
Weaknesses: After a successful transition to the bullpen in 2009, the younger brother of 2000 Indians first-round pick Corey Smith fell flat on his face at Columbus in 2010. In 48 games, went just 1-5 with a 6.38 ERA. He needs to tighten up his delivery, show more consistency with location if he is to have a shot at the majors.
2011 Projection: Will likely start season at Columbus.

52
Chen-Chang Lee
Born:
Oct. 21, 1986, in Penghu, Taiwan
Position: Pitcher
B/T: R/R
HT/WT: 5-11/170
Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent, Sept. 16, 2008.
Strengths: Solid fundamentals. Good movement on fastball, split, sinker and slider from a sidearm to three-quarters delivery. Commands emotions and pitches. Has 179 Ks in 156 innings in America after experience in Olympics and other international events.
Weaknesses: He's short, so he must stay on top of the ball in order to keep it from flattening in the upper part of the strike zone. Not flashy and that works against him in gaining notice from untrained eyes of fans.
2011 Projection: Could move to Columbus bullpen, third step in three years.

53
Matt Langwell
Born:
May 6, 1986, in College Station, TX
Position: Pitcher
B/T: R/R
HT/WT: 6-3/220
Acquired: 11th-round pick in 2008 Draft from Rice University.
Strengths: Slider is considered his out pitch in college, but developing sinker is making him a more reliable reliever. Fastball reaches low 90s, complimented by a good change. Has 126 strikeouts in last 124 2-3 innings since switch to full-time relief work.
Weaknesses: A little less experienced than others his age after missing all of 2006 due to Tommy John surgery. Still adapting to closer's role. Needs to learn when to challenge hitters, when to work around them and set up something else.
2011 Projection: Time to advance to Akron.

54
Bo Greenwell
Born:
Oct. 15, 1988, in Fort Myers, FL
Position: Outfielder
B/T: L/L
HT/WT: 6-0/185
Acquired: Sixth-round pick in 2007 Draft from Riverdale HS (FL).
Strengths: Made big strides in 2010, batting .301 with 25 steals combined at Lake County and Kinston. Son of former big-league star Mike Greenwell has passion, athleticism and leadership skills. Good plate patience for most of his career. Solid in the field, a very willing worker.
Weaknesses: Time to add some pop to his solid bat contact. Strikeout totals rose upon promotion to High-A ball. That's a concern. Needs refinement in all areas.
2011 Projection: Will start season at Kinston.

55
Kyle Bellows
Born:
Aug. 19, 1988, in San Jose, CA
Position: Third base
B/T: R/R
HT/WT: 6-3/210
Acquired: Fourth-round pick in 2009 Draft from San Jose State.
Strengths: Has quickly developed into one of the best defensive third basemen in all of minor league baseball. Has very good range and an incredibly accurate and strong arm. Was productive at the plate with 66 RBI for Kinston.
Weaknesses: Is still looking to make consistent contact. Hit 10 homers, but batted only .253 while striking out 91 times in 462 at-bats.
2011 Projection: Should start season at Akron.

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