2013 Indians organizational depth chart
January 7, 2013
Here is the first crack at the depth chart for the Cleveland Indians for the coming 2013 season. This depth chart includes the projected lineups, bench, starting rotations and bullpens for every team in the organization from Cleveland to Low-A Lake County. Since the short season league teams won't play until June, the listing also includes a lot of the names that will be in extended spring training.
There are some tight roster crunches throughout the organization, but none more so than the bullpen as the Indians are very crowded there at the moment which could have a domino effect throughout the organization with relievers opening the 2013 season in the same place they pitched in 2012 and even 2011. Barring any trades, the Indians will likely have to send one or two pitchers to Triple-A Columbus who deserve to be in Cleveland. The lineups are much easier to project all the way down to Lake County, but the bullpens and starting rotations are really tough to nail down because the Indians do not have very many established starting pitching prospects from Triple-A Columbus to Lake County, so a great many could end up in the bullpen or repeat at the same level as last season.
This depth chart will be modified several times over the next several weeks, especially at High-A Carolina and Lake County where names will be moved in and out of the pitching staffs between the two affiliates as well as extended spring training. Speaking of extended spring training, the listing also includes most of the players that should play in those games from April to June before short season leagues kick up in mid-June.
Here is the depth chart: http://www.indiansbaseballinsider.com/depth-chart
As always, the link to the depth chart is found in the tab below the site header and will be updated quite frequently over the next few weeks in advance of spring training. It will continue to be updated during spring training, and once rosters are set at the end of spring training it will be updated daily as player movement occurs throughout the system. Myself and the great transaction extraordinaire Arthur Kinney will be updating it all season.
Obviously, there is more context to the designations listed, so if you have a question why a certain player is assigned where, please ask accordingly in the comments section and I will provide the reasoning. Thanks!
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Norm, yes, I am anticipating Carrasco opens season on 15-day DL to avoid using an option. Considering he is coming off injury, they can probably throw him on for elbow/shoulder soreness even though he is not hurt. I also believe there is a good chance he opens in extended, so again, a DL situation there. As for Clayton Cook, he had shoulder surgery in early October. He's gonna be out awhile.
Questions on two pitchers on your DL. First is Carrasco. Are you anticipating a 15 or 60 at the season start? Next is Clayton Cook. Got the impression he was more recovered than another stint on the DL, especially in Carolina. He has always been a pitcher that I thought very highly of and expected a more polished/consistent version of Gomez/Martin. What are the chances?
To get Stanton, the conversation doesn't start with Kluber and Brantley, it starts with Kipnis/Santana + Lindor and probably 2 top pitching prospects. Quite frankly, we probably couldn't get Stanton no matter who we put on the table. We simply do not have the top-end pitching prospects to get him. Saying "We'll listen to offers for Stanton" is not the same as actually shopping him. Given that he still has 4 years of control, is only 23 years old, and is already a 5 WAR player, Stanton is probably one of the 10 most valuable players in all of MLB.
I hope the boys at Akron light it up this year because they look kinda enticing on paper (or webpage).
And I totally forgot about Joe Martinez being with the organization.
One quick thing - I noticed Carlos Moncrief was missing altogether. I'm assuming that's a simple mistake, but wanted to point it out.
Great work as always!