Indians' Top Prospects: No. 37

Jose Constanza

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. 37 -- Jose Constanza

The Jose Constanza File
Born:
Sept. 1, 1983 in Santo Domingo, DR
Position: Outfielder
B/T: S/L
HT/WT: 5-9/150
Acquired: Signed as non-drafted free agent, June 13, 2003.
Strengths: The fastest runner in the organization and one of the best base-stealers in all of minor league baseball. Stole 23 bases in 29 attempts in '08. Excellent instincts. The switch-hitter, with outstanding bat control and bat-to-ball ability, is a very exciting player.
Weaknesses: Virtually no power. Has hit only six homers in six minor league seasons, none last year with Akron. Not a strong arm. Projects as a left fielder.
2009 Projection: Will likely return to Class AA Akron, but could move up to Triple-A sometime during the year.

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