Indians' Top Prospects: No. 19

For each of the past 15 years, Indians Ink Magazine has ranked the top prospects in the Cleveland farm system. It began as a top 10 list and turned into a top 50 early this decade. This is our third year ranking the top 100 Tribe minor-leaguers. It factors a player's potential, accomplishments, how he's moved in the system, and projects it to what he could bring to the major-league team.

No. 19 -- Wyatt Toregas

The Wyatt Toregas File

Born:
Dec. 2, 1982 in Fairfax, VA
Position: Catcher
B/T: R/R
HT/WT: 5-11/200
Acquired: 24th-round draft pick in 2004 from Virginia Tech.
Strengths: Is a natural leader who takes command of a pitching staff. Takes tremendous pride in his catching. Can control the running game with his arm. Struggled offensively at Buffalo to begin 2008, but shortened his swing and really came into his own after being sent down to Akron, where he showed surprising power.
Weaknesses: Still some question as to how much he will hit at major league level. Anything he does contribute will be a bonus.
2009 Projection: Will likely be everyday catcher at Triple-A Columbus.

2008 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER

Team G AB H AVG HR RBI SB BB SO
Buffalo 50 155 34 .219 2 25 2 15 32
Akron 47 162 48 .296 12 35 0 17 20
Minor Totals 438 1536 403 .262 40 241 6 140 260

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