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2014 Indians Organizational Depth Chart

2014 Indians Organizational Depth Chart
February 11, 2014
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Here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training.

We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this spring and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players. It will go from a "projected" depth chart to a true depth chart once rosters are officially announced at the end of spring training. This chart can easily be referenced by clicking the "Depth Chart" link in the nav bar below the site header.

Note, this is a projection based on some insight into where guys will be assigned, but as always, these are not concrete and subject to change.  While it is pretty easy to fill in the first three or four starting pitchers or the first three or four relievers at any level, it gets quite fuzzy after that - especially the lower you go in the system where configuring the bullpen at High-A Carolina and especially Low-A Lake County is a process and a lot of guesses based on inside knowledge. The bench roles and some starting roles can also be difficult to determine. Also, injuries this spring will factor heavily into things.

Bottom line, this should be viewed simply as a guideline to see where guys are pegged to start the 2014 season. The chart will be fluid because there are so many non-roster major league invites which could open at Triple-A Columbus and thus push players back with a ripple effect on down to Low-A. This listing will be updated during spring training as new information is acquired beyond any roster moves, and will be updated during the season as moves are made.

The players with a (+) are in a projected piggyback starting situation. A piggyback situation is where two starters split a game with one going five innings to start the game and the other going four innings to finish it, and then the next time out the starter who finished the game gets to start and goes five innings, etc. Also, the (*) means the pitcher is left-handed. Also some positions have no player listed. These are positions where I expect a player to be "pushed back" a level to allow for a veteran non-roster invite to make the Triple-A roster.

Last updated:  April 17, 2014

 

Cleveland

Columbus

Akron

Carolina

Lake County

Lineup          
C Yan Gomes Roberto Perez
Tony Wolters Jeremy Lucas
Eric Haase
1B Nick Swisher Jesus Aguilar Jerrud Sabourin Charlie Valerio Nellie Rodriguez
2B Jason Kipnis Jose Ramirez
Joe Wendle Todd Hankins
Claudio Bautista
SS Asdrubal Cabrera Justin Sellers
Francisco Lindor Erik Gonzalez Dorssys Paulino
3B Carlos Santana Audy Ciriaco
Giovanny Urshela James Roberts
Grant Fink
LF Michael Brantley Tim Fedroff Bryson Myles Luigi Rodriguez
Brian Ruiz
CF Nyjer Morgan
  Tyler Naquin Logan Vick
Cody Ferrell
RF David Murphy Carlos Moncrief Jordan Smith Ollie Linton
Clint Frazier
DH Ryan Raburn
David Cooper Jake Lowery
Alex Monsalve
Anthony Santander
Bench          
C   George Kottaras
Alex Lavisky
Ryan Battaglia
Richard Stock
INF Mike Aviles Ryan Rohlinger
Justin Toole
Torsten Boss
Paul Hendrix
INF Elliot Johnson    
 
INF Lonnie Chisenhall

J. Giambi (MLR)    
OF   Bryan LaHair
Tyler Holt
Anthony Gallas
Josh McAdams
OF
Matt Carson
M. Bourn (MLR)
 
OF      
 
Rotation
       
SP Justin Masterson Trevor Bauer
Cody Anderson Shawn Morimando*
Dace Kime
SP Corey Kluber
T.J. House*
Joe Colon
Michael Peoples
Caleb Hamrick
SP Zach McAllister
Josh Tomlin
Will Roberts
Ryan Merritt*
Adam Plutko
SP Danny Salazar
Tyler Cloyd
Kyle Davies
Cole Sulser
Mitch Brown
SP Carlos Carrasco Travis Banwart
Gabriel Arias
D.J. Brown
Luis Lugo
Bullpen  
 
 
MR Scott Atchison Nick Hagadone* D. von Schamman
Robert Nixon
Kenny Mathews*
MR Josh Outman Mike Zagurski* Jordan Cooper Jacob Lee
Jordan Milbrath
MR Blake Wood
Francisco Valera
Benny Suarez
Robbie Aviles
MR C.C. Lee
Scott Barnes* Giovanni Soto*
Elvis Araujo Alexis Paredes
MR Marc Rzepczynski* Brett Brach
Tyler Styrdevant
Josh Martin Matt Whitehouse*
MR Cody Allen Austin Adams
Shawn Armstrong Carlos Melo Ben Heller
MR Bryan Shaw Vinnie Pestano
Kyle Crockett*
Grant Sides
Wander Beras*
CL John Axford Mark Lowe
Enosil Tejeda (MR)
Louis Head
Trevor Frank
Disabled List/Injured    
 
DL Jason Giambi (15)
Matt Capps (7)
Mike Rayl* Mason Radeke Breily Puerta
DL   J.C. Ramirez (7)
Jeff Johnson Jimmy Stokes Shao-Ching Chiang
DL   Shaun Marcum (7)
Trey Haley Dylan Baker (7)
Ping-Hsueh Chen
DL   Matt Treanor (7)

Nick Pasquale  
DL   Bryan Price (7)
Matt Packer* Joe Sever (7)  
Extras Luke Carlin (7)   Yandy Diaz (7)  
 
Adam Abraham
R. Rodriguez (TIL)
L. Washington (7)
Nick Hamilton (MV)
 
F, Herrmann (MV)
  Y. Medina (MV)
Jorge Martinez (MV)


Jerad Head

 
 
Toru Murata (MV)
Adam Miller   Juan Romero
 

Clayton Cook

Justin Brantley
 
      Kerry Doane
 
      Kieran Lovegrove
 

    D'Vone McClure
        Leo Castillo
Sicnarf Loopstok
       
Francisco Mejia
        Luis DeJesus Joel Mejia
       
Martin Cervenka
       
Sean Brady
       
Anderon Polanco*
       
 
       
 
Extended Spring Training        
  Alejando Izzaguire Erlin Cerda Jose Nina Mike Giuffre Silento Sayles
  Anthony Vizcaya Francisco Lopez Jose Zapata
Takuya Tsuchida
  Yoiber Marquina Francisco Miguel Juan De La Cruz Naoki Hashimoto Thomas Pannone*
  Miguel Eladio Garrett Smith Juan Santana Ordomar Valdez Yonathan Mendoza
  Casey Shane Gerald Bautista Junior Soto Leandro Linares Victor Cabral
  Cortland Cox Grofi Cruz Justin Garcia Emmanuel Tapia
  Daniel Gomez Hector Caro Ben Shorto Ramon Rodriguez  
  Shane Rowland Ivan Castillo Luis Gomez* Ramon Tineo* Willi Castro
  Edward Estrella Johan Puello Yu-Cheng Chang
Ranier Florez
 




 


   

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User Comments

Dennis
March 24, 2014 - 11:56 AM EDT
With Francouer gone and Bourne hurt. Does Morgan get Francouer slot? Notice David Adams is still listed at third base at AAA. Does Rohlinger moves up or does Urshela get a chance at AAA this year?
Rob
March 16, 2014 - 2:56 PM EDT
The Indians Organization is a joke. To have highly drafted guys, who you go way over slot to sign, DOMINATE two levels of minor league ball over two seasons and dont give them a shot in the show is terrible. It's not like the big league team was unbelieveably good the past three seasons and had 3 all star OF out there.
Walter
March 4, 2014 - 10:54 AM EST
I see that Sean Brady is under extra consideration. Does that mean he has outside chance to start season in Lake County? Or will be in extended spring training until he joins MHV in June?

He did have a successful beginning to his career in rookie ball last year in AZL.
Shaun
March 2, 2014 - 9:10 PM EST
Haase will be catching in the bigs sooner or later.. you watch
Craig
February 17, 2014 - 10:33 AM EST
I think Mitch Brown is ready to have a great year. Hope he starts at Lake County and then to Carolina by end of year
Tony
February 12, 2014 - 3:59 PM EST
You didn't miss him Jay. I had removed from the starting spot at Columbus and completely forgot to include him on the bench there. It is updated now (Treanor moved to the extras for Columbus).
Jay
February 12, 2014 - 3:21 PM EST
I'm not seeing Roberto Perez anywhere on the list. Am I just missing him
Andy
February 11, 2014 - 11:45 PM EST
One IBI article had mention of Sisco going back to the arm slot he used in college - any idea what that means for 2014?

For what it's worth, Sisco seemed to hit a wall mid-season 2013 with an ERA of 3.00 thru 66 IP only to finish with an ERA of 4.86 thru 111 IP. A similar thing happened in 2012 where he had an ERA of 3.93 thru 52-2/3 IP and finished with an ERA of 5.03 thru 77 IP.
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 11:02 PM EST
Yeah, Sisco to me is the 6th guy at Carolina. But with Baker, Araujo, Plutko, and Merritt there, plus Morimando probably starting there....it leaves little chance for anyone else to crack the rotation there unless someone gets hurt.
Andy
February 11, 2014 - 8:44 PM EST
Wow, did not expect to see Sisco without a rotation spot.
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 3:30 PM EST
Linares is expected to be in extended and probably pitch in AZL. For some reason he was left off....thanks for the nudge.
Walter
February 11, 2014 - 3:06 PM EST
Tony

I did not see on the chart, Linares the Cuban pitcher that Indians signed in late 13. Would he be starting in extended spring training or does here start for the DSL Indians short season?
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 2:59 PM EST
Holt is kind of in the spot Tim Fedroff was in two years ago....when he had to go back to Akron after a successful stint in Columbus the year before. If the Indians do not keep Morgan, Francoeur or even LaHair around in Columbus, then Holt goes there. Or if an injury crops up he goes there. But if everyone is healthy and the Indians keep a spring invitee around in the outfield at AAA, then Holt more than likely opens at Akron.
Hermie13
February 11, 2014 - 2:56 PM EST
I like Naquin but see no way he starts in AAA. Was solid at Carolina but struggled late in AA. Needs to start there. Big jump from A ball to AA.
Walter
February 11, 2014 - 2:52 PM EST
If Morgan or Francoeur are not the MLB invitee to fill the LF spot in Columbus, would that mean Holt or Naquin would take spot for the Clippers.
Walter
February 11, 2014 - 2:46 PM EST
I believe the numbers and history do not lie, Francona used 13 pitchers and 12 positions players last year and it led to 92 wins. This off season everyone has shown concern about the lose of Kazmir, Jimenez, Smith and Perez that the pitching staff has taken a major hit. Assuming that being a concern, I see no reason why Francona would not carry 13 pitchers going into 2014 season.
Berdj Joseph Rassam
February 11, 2014 - 1:38 PM EST
There is a lot of room on this roster for improvement - upgrade.
Hermie13
February 11, 2014 - 1:28 PM EST
Respectfully disagree there Tony.

Plan was to have a starting 9 of Santana, Swisher, Kipnis, Cabrera, Chisenhall, Brantley, Bourn, Stubbs, and Reynolds. That's not debatable (sure you'd agree). Bench was planned to be Marson, Aviles, Raburn, and Giambi. Who on there are you saying wasn't planned?

Injuries and Chiz struggling changed the plan. You honestly think if Chisenhall doesn't get demoted in May that we keep a 3-man bench for the next month? Does Giambi get cut?


Also...on June 27th I'm not sure you have the roster setup right. Asdrubal Cabrera was also activated from the DL that day for McDonald (Perez was brought up for TJ House)....meaning the typical starting 9 of Santana-C, Swisher-1B, Kip-2B, Cabrera-SS, Chiz-3B, Brantley-LF, Bourn-CF, Stubbs-RF, and Reynolds-DH were all active and on the roster. Gomes, Aviles, Raburn, and Giambi also were all on the roster...so wouldn't that mean 13 position players? I know Bourn went on the paternity list a couple days later (for a pitcher) but was brought back (with a pitcher going down)....who are you saying was not on the roster then?

Maybe I am the one mistaken here...admit with so many moves due to injuries, paternity leave, doubleheaders, etc things got pretty darn confusing there (even looking at the transaction list isn't the clearest). Am I missing an injury in there?



Also, Omir Santos was up for more than 3 days....you even showed he was up for over a week in your transaction list. Once Santana was cleared it was still questionable how he'd handle the rigors of catching for a couple more days and the Tribe didn't want to be thin behind the plate....something they currently will be every single day if they don't add a real backup catcher before opening day....

I realize I'm in the minority on the catcher thing though. Still say it's not about having a 3rd catcher, but making Santana a non-catcher and simply having two real catchers around at all times.
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 12:52 PM EST
Plan going in and throughout the season was to use a three man bench. Again, rotating among players for the ninth spot in the lineup. So 12 guys all playing regularly among the 9 lineup spots available. Also, Omir Santos was brought up for three days while Santana was not available and did not play (bruised thumb). So they only had 12 available position players.

Roster rundown:

Opening day roster: 13 P, 12 H (Carrasco suspended)
4/9 change: Marson to DL, Gomes up, Santos up, Bauer down (actually 4/7): 12 P, 13 H (only 12 avail hitters)
4/10: Kluber up, Carrasco down: 12 P, 13 H (12 available hitters, Santana still out)
4/12: Hagadone up, Kluber down, Albers to paternity list, Giambi activated: 11 P, 14 H
4/16: Santos down, Phelps up: 11 P, 14 H
4/17: Bourn to DL, Kluber up: 12 P, 13 H
4/19: Kazmir up, Phelps down: 13 P, 12 H
(Lots of pitcher for pitcher swaps next few weeks)
5/3: Carrera activated, Bauer down (actually 5/2): 12 P, 13 H
5/5: Carrera DFAed, Barnes up: 13 P, 12 H
5/9: Bourn activated, Barnes down: 12 P, 13 H
5/13: Huff up, Chisenhall down: 13 P, 12 H
6/18: Chisenhall up, Langwell down: 12 P, 13 H
6/27: Perez activated from DL, McDonald traded: 13 P, 12 H
And it stayed that way the rest of the year with pitcher for pitcher swaps and position for position player swaps.
In the end, by my count, they had a period from 4/9-4/18 (10 days) when they had less than 13 pitchers and a lot of this was because of the injury situation to both catchers Marson and Santana at the time and also the DL situation with Kazmir and suspension issue with Carrasco. They had another short period from 5/3-5/4 (2 days) and 5/9-5/12 (4 days) where they had less than 13 pitchers…..and a period from 6/18-6/26 (9 days) when they had less than 13 pitchers – again because of injuries in June. So in total, 25 days of the season they had less than 13 pitchers on the roster….roughly 85-87% of the season (so I was overzealous with my 95% assumption ha!).
Hermie13
February 11, 2014 - 12:50 PM EST
Agree Brian (though also would throw Akron in there). Hoping to make it out to Z-town again and catch some Mudcats action.
BrianM
February 11, 2014 - 12:36 PM EST
The state of our system is going to be highly dependent on how those rotations at LC and Carolina do this year. Would actually like to get to LC and watch a couple games this year.
Hermie13
February 11, 2014 - 12:16 PM EST
As far as Francona liking the extra pen arm....again, not saying you're wrong (do think we'll see it)...but Francona did go with a 4-man bench a lot in Boston. In fact, looking at the Boston rosters looks like he usually did that. Maybe he didn't get control there and they refused to let him waste a spot on an 8th bullpen guy as much as he wanted though. But seems like last year was the outlier with Francona and having this love affair with 8 bullpen guys. Could be because Perez and Pestano were banged up and so inconsistent....plus no real lefty for so long. Seemed like Francona was just throwing as much crap on out there as possible, hoping something stuck. Hoping that the pen stabilizes and Francona can go back to using a full 4-man bench.
Hermie13
February 11, 2014 - 12:00 PM EST
So...like I said, the PLAN was a 4 man bench and the only reason they didn't have it was due to injury and Chiz struggling.... ;)


Also, did go thru the transaction lists.....you're forgetting that Gomes wasn't the only one brought up when Marson went on the DL. Santana was a little banged up (damn you Perez!) so the Tribe also brought up Omir Santos. Tribe actually had a 5-man bench for a week or so in April.


Speaking of that time....just another reason I think the Tribe needs to strongly consider bringing in another catcher and carrying a 3rd catcher (and 4th bench guy). We had to resort to a 4th catcher on the team before April 10th last year....I say again...Jose Lobaton would be a good add. Was a "rumor" of him and Cleveland (ok, more a brief mention than a rumor) last week...

Also, where would the Tribe have been last year if they didn't have Gomes around? Marson goes down....Santana gets banged up. Even though Santana recovered we'd have been down to Omir Santos as our backup for the whole year. Matt Treanor, Luke Carlin, and Roberto Perez....guess I just have zero confidence in these guys if Gomes goes down. Wouldn't mind a guy like Ryan Lavarnway either (seems buried in Boston).
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 11:34 AM EST
Herm, go back and look at the transactions. Once Carrasco's suspension was up Kluber was recalled (Bauer made a spot start). When Marson went on the DL, Gomes was brought up. When Giambi was activated, Albers went on the paternity list and then Bourn on the DL....that's one of the few times there was an overlap with 13 position players....a span of 4 days in April.

Bottom line, for a great majority of the year the Indians had 13 pitchers and 12 position players. They had 9 regulars and 4 bench guys.....but they were not all on the team at the same time except for like 4-6 days. Bourn missed a few weeks with injury, Chisenhall was optioned out for two months, Giambi missed the first two weeks of the season, Raburn missed time in August, etc. So while it appears they had a four man bench, this is because one of the four was often in the starting lineup. Francona likes the extra pen arm.....I don't necessarily agree with that....but that's what he likes and why they had 13 pitchers on the 25-man last year and barring a surprise will probably have 13 pitchers again this season.
Hermie13
February 11, 2014 - 11:00 AM EST
The Indians opened the year with 12 position players and 12 pitchers. Carrasco was the 25th guy but was serving his suspension. After that the Tribe went to 13 position players though did bounce back and forth for the next couple months due to injuries and paternaty/family leave.

Tribe had a 3 man bench for less than 95% of the time last year...again, if Chiz doesn't get demoted we likely see a 4-man pen well into the summer.

The starting lineup was Santana-C, Swisher-1B, Kipnis-2B, Cabrera-SS, Chiz-3B, Brantley-LF, Bourn-CF, Stubbs-RF, Reynolds-DH with a bench of Marson/Gomes, Aviles, Raburn, and Giambi. That's 13 position players. That was the plan....again, until Chiz struggled and was sent to AAA. When Reynolds moved to 3B and Raburn stepped up to start they went with a 3-man bench...something I can't believe was planned in March.



Again though....I do think we'll (unfortunately) see only a 3-man bench, but just don't agree with it at all.
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 10:52 AM EST
The Indians opening day roster last year had 13 pitchers and 12 position players. There were times throughout the year where due to injuries they had an overlap where they has 12 pitchers and 13 position players, but for about 95% of the season the roster had 13 pitchers and 12 position players. And thus a 3-man bench (like said, technically a 4-man bench supplementing an 8-man regular lineup).
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 10:48 AM EST
As a note, I think someone like Aardsma makes the team as the 8th reliever or it is Carrasco if he fails in the rotation. I agree in that I think Lee probably opens in AAA.....but any of Hagadone, Guilmet, Atchison, etc could be there over him this spring. Outside of the 5 pen spots, the last three are interchangeable with numerous possibilities.
Hermie13
February 11, 2014 - 10:45 AM EST
Plan last year too was to have a 4-man bench. Wasn't til Chiz struggled and some injuries happened that they went to a 3-man bench, 8-man pen.
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 10:45 AM EST
Gonzalez is more a middle infield type, and really, probably a utility player anyway down the road. The Indians pretty much already said barring injury that he opens as the regular shortstop at Carolina. It is a development opportunity for him and if he continues to prove he can play there creates much more value for him.
Hermie13
February 11, 2014 - 10:44 AM EST
Tony,

Yup...but not Gomes is gone from the bench and as much as I like Raburn, no way is he as good as last year. Giambi...OBP dropped so much, how much does he have left? And Aviles really struggled in his bench role too.

So you're losing Gomes's big bat from the bench....probably not seeing quite the bat you saw from Raburn, getting an even older Giambi, and probably a slightly better Aviles. I don't see how that bench can't be viewed as anything but worse than last year's. Still could be a decent bench but the bench against lefties...Murphy, Aviles, Giambi...or is Aviles starting and Chiz on the bench?

As far as the 8th man in the pen...meh, just don't see Lee as ready right now. Don't think he needs to be on this team. Wood or Ardasma can be the 7th man in the pen. When the season wears on, starters get tired, double headers start happening...then add the 8th bullpen guy.
John
February 11, 2014 - 10:33 AM EST
I know you have Erik Gonzalez at SS, but I think he should be moved to 3B full-time. Between Lindor and Paulino, we have depth at SS but holes at 3B. This would help alleviate that.
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 10:32 AM EST
Hermie, that bench is pretty much exactly the same as last years. The main bench was Giambi, Aviles, Gomes and Raburn, with all of them rotating into the 9th spot on the field or DH with the other 8 regulars. And Lee wouldn't be the 8th guy in the pen....someone like Blake Wood or Aardsma would be.
Cold cheese on a bald mans hot head
February 11, 2014 - 10:30 AM EST
I really wanna see that Lake County team!! Could be something special in the making.
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 10:25 AM EST
John, good catch. Nothing was ever formally provided by the team that he had retired.....but I just checked and confirmed it. Thanks.
Hermie13
February 11, 2014 - 10:20 AM EST
Still don't like 8 men in the pen at the big league level, especially if Lee is the 8th guy. If Carrasco lose out on the 5th rotatoin spot and the Tribe wants to keep him around then I can at least buy that, but that bench doesn't look nearly as strong as year's. Would much rather have another bat there, at least to start the year when the arms are all fresh.
John
February 11, 2014 - 10:14 AM EST
Why do you still have Cole Cook on the depth chart? He retired from baseball in January.
Tony
February 11, 2014 - 10:05 AM EST
I almost projected Plutko at Akron. He's that advanced. But still think the Indians are conservative on that and open him at Carolina assuming he is healthy. The tough one is determining the 5th/6th starters at Carolina/Lake County. And all the catchers. Just so many throughout the system.....it is easy to pinpoint the priority catchers that start, but who the backups are and which situations they might have a guy be the third catchers and play some 1B/DH was a little difficult.
Canadian Joe
February 11, 2014 - 10:01 AM EST
Thanks for the update Tony. We are starting to see some interesting prospects throughout the organization now, right on up to AAA. This is good, because we were so bottom heavy just 2 years ago. It makes teams at every level much more interesting to follow, as well as the top prospects. Also, ones like Washington, Naquin, McLure, Santander and Haase should see more playing time and at bats that should establish them as either high or low end prospects. The pitching is also spread out more, which should give us a better indication of their progress. Will be watching Plutko closely to see if he has a shorter path to Cleveland.
Tony
February 9, 2014 - 11:47 AM EST
Richard, thanks for the nudge and reminder. Been so engulfed writing scouting reports, I had neglected this. I will try and update today or tomorrow.
richard tardif
February 9, 2014 - 11:44 AM EST
Tony,why don't you re-do the depth chart?Drew Stubbs is still on there,and it's almost two months old.
John
November 28, 2013 - 12:50 PM EST
Any updates on Dillon Howard?
Mike
November 23, 2013 - 12:25 PM EST
Carlos Santana is going to play 3B.
Walter
November 16, 2013 - 11:25 AM EST
I like the potential starters in Carolina and Lake County for 14. If they all have good years would improve there value as prospects to reach the majors or be future trade options.
Jerry
November 15, 2013 - 10:11 PM EST
Thanks!
Willie
November 15, 2013 - 7:34 PM EST
Preston Guilmet is listed as the CL in Columbus.
Jerry
November 15, 2013 - 6:57 PM EST
Preston Guilmet??
Tony
November 15, 2013 - 4:21 PM EST
John, I can't see the Indians retaining Cabrera beyond this season. Even to play third base. His cost has gotten too high for what he provides, and he would be a question mark at third base. Might be better offer going with Chisenhall and seeing what he does, and at worst just having a straight up platoon in the future at the position so as to limit his exposure against lefties.

Hiram, yes, Lee is a prospect, though there are several different levels of "prospects". He's not an upper tier or priority guy, but he's an interesting arm the Indians want to see how it develops. As for Wendle, I think there is a chance that as soon as this year he could see more time at other positions like third base or even first base or left field. It really depends on what happens with Jose Ramirez and Ronny Rodriguez and where they are assigned. Ramirez should definitely be in Cleveland or Columbus, but it is unknown if Rodriguez repeats at Akron or goes up to Columbus. We may find out soon with Cord Phelps and his roster status which could change that outlook. If J-Rod is in Columbus, then obviously Wendle is the everyday second baseman and very part-time shortstop at Akron.

Brian, I don't foresee a logjam with Luigi Rodriguez or LeVon Washington. Both are lower priority guys now to the likes of Naquin and Smith, although Myles is kind of in the same mix as Washington and Rodriguez, so if Myles struggles I could see one of Luigi or LeVon moving up. Luigi would probably get first dibs since he is higher on the pecking order. But he needs more time in High-A and LeVon needs a lot of time in High-A too to assert themselves once again. If Myles performs and both Naquin and Smith do their thing, Luigi and LeVon may not get to Akron until the end of the year - and that's if they play well, stay healthy and make big strides in their development.

As for position changes....nothing at the moment other than Bellows will continue to try his conversion to the mound this spring. I think others may dabble at other positions just to get the at bats, but no full blown decisions yet on that until late in spring training once health issues are known. I don't see a problem with Wolters and Monsalve sharing time at catcher and the other either DHing or playing first (Monsalve) or middle infield (Wolters). In fact, Monsalve may end up the priority guy and Wolters is the one who fills in at many positions. Like I said earlier, shaking out the upper level catching depth will be interesting. Also a possibility someone like Lowery simply moves to first base on a regular basis and Sabourin is cut. I know I have Lowery at Columbus, but if they sign a minor league free agent catcher I think that Lowery goes back to Akron in some kind of role.

I have Plutko in Carolina simply because of how advanced he is. I was told he probably would have gone right to Lake County or Carolina had he signed and been healthy. He's fine now, so considering his advanced stuff he looks to be all but certain to skip Low-A and go to Carolina to start.

As for Paulino, every indication is that he will repeat at Lake County, which is not a big deal since he will only be 19 next season and could use more time there. Plus, they have mentioned numerous times how Erik Gonzalez is a guy that they want to give full time shortstop opps to and Carolina is a good fit for him to do that early in the year.

David, any arm can technically turn into a frontend arm as you never know. Shoot, who thought five years ago Salazar would turn into what he did. Of course he turned into that because he gained like 5-7 MPH on his fastball and that's a freak thing, but you never know. Guys like Baker, Kime, and Anderson all look to have potential as #3 types, maybe #2s. A lot will have to go right. But still no Shelby Miller, Jose Fernandez, etc types if that is what you are asking. But again, a lot of times these guys are unclear until someone takes a drastic jump in their development (a la Salazar).....so hopefully the Indians have two or three guys who do it next year.
David
November 15, 2013 - 3:33 PM EST
Hey Tony, I know you already have a handful of questions to respond to, but you make a GREAT point that starting pitching is a weakness in that there are some prospects, but most are MOR or BOR type. This makes the development of Trevor Bauer even more vital, and we need to pray for a miracle for Carrasco...he has proven that he has the talent. Perhaps his command will return now that is over a year past the surgery?

Also...are there ANY arms in the minors that can be FOR starters potentially? Maybe Cody Anderson? Anyone else with a prayer? Thanks.
Hiram
November 15, 2013 - 2:12 PM EST
MTBB,

Paulino learning 3B isn't a bad idea but I'm sure the Indians will work it the right way. I hope they keep those three picks in the 1st round so we can continue to build up system.
MT88 in WI
November 15, 2013 - 1:43 PM EST
Interesting that Paulino looks to repeat at Lake County...
If he repeats, I would prefer he start learning to play 3B..
Hiram
November 15, 2013 - 1:00 PM EST
Lake county is absolutely loaded with Prospects and so is Akron too. Indians need to use these drafts wisely to get guys who can move thru the ranks and add depth, talent to the system. I think the system is two really good drafts away from being absolutely loaded.

In using those three picks I would go Weaver, Ellis and Wilson and in the 2nd I would go Burdi
Walter
November 15, 2013 - 12:57 PM EST
In most cases the names that are listed for extended spring training are they the players destined for the short seasons at MHV, DSL , AZL or cut from the organization?
Walter
November 15, 2013 - 12:44 PM EST
When I looked at the chart did not see his name. Thanks!
John
November 15, 2013 - 12:40 PM EST
Walter,

Excuse me. Tony has Plutko in CAROLINA!!
John
November 15, 2013 - 12:40 PM EST
Walter,

Tony has Plutko in the Lake County rotation
Walter
November 15, 2013 - 12:38 PM EST
Where will Adam Plutko from UCLA start in extended spring training or Lake County?
BrianM
November 15, 2013 - 12:28 PM EST
I've been waiting for this!

It will be interesting to see how promotions are handled this year, especially with the OF's and young SP's. We don't have a lot of star power in the outfield, but we definitely have much more depth than we did a couple years ago. We could be looking at a potential logjam in AA by July if LRod and Washington perform well at Carolina. Hopefully one of Naquin/Smith can earn a trip to Columbus at some point during the year.

Tony,

Any news regarding potential position switches for guys like RRod, Urshela, Wendle, Monsalve, or anyone else? I guess I'm not surprised they you feel that Wolters will be prioritized ahead of Monsalve, but he still seems like he has some very nice upside. I know you mentioned it, but can you realistically see Monsalve spending a lot of time at first base? Is Wendle capable of playing the OF? Will RRod get a shot at 3rd base or OF and will Urshela be tried out as a super sub?
Hiram
November 15, 2013 - 12:27 PM EST
Tony,

Is it a possibility to put Wendle at 3B since so many Infielders??
Hiram
November 15, 2013 - 12:25 PM EST
Tony,

how is Jacob Lee as a prospect??
John
November 15, 2013 - 12:18 PM EST
Kyle - I want to throw something crazy out there. What is Asdrubal ends up being resigned somehow (don't ask me how) to play 3B for 2015 and beyond?

I do not condone it so please don't attach this ideato me! I favor moving Cabrera this winter, during the season or letting him walk after 2014. I'm just trying to think of a crazy scenario in which 3B could be covered by someone internally. It has maybe a 1% chance of happening I suppose.
John
November 15, 2013 - 12:16 PM EST
Hate Carrasco in the bullpen, but it will probably have to play out that way if nobody gets hurt. I have more faith in him than McAllister (look at his splits each time through the order) long-term but as long as they don't get rid of Carrasco he can play his way into the rotation eventually.
Daingean
November 15, 2013 - 12:13 PM EST
I understand that Third Base is a weak spot in the organization but that might be the drafting philosophy under Grant. He's certainly focused on middle of the diamond guys. I think he views that these middle infielders can/may grow into thirdsackers. Even Chiz was drafted as a shortstop. I'm more concerned with the starting pitching and we have burned some high picks (i.e. Howard and Brown).
Tony
November 15, 2013 - 12:12 PM EST
Just a note on Jacob Lee.....he's back pitching off the mound, but I am projecting him to open in extended spring training simply to monitor his workload on the front end of the season.
Tony
November 15, 2013 - 12:07 PM EST
Ah, I knew I was forgetting someone....adding Plutko now. Completely forgot about him. That changes some things.
Tbone
November 15, 2013 - 12:03 PM EST
Adam Plutko probably going to Mahoning Valley?
Tony
November 15, 2013 - 11:45 AM EST
I did not see Kime, but talking many times to Indians personnel and scouts, he seems to have upside as a possible 2 or 3 starter. As for Carrasco, time is not on his side as he is out of options. He's unreliable so very likely won't make the team in the rotation, but in the bullpen where they can continue to work with him, get him in spots where he can have success....and who knows maybe he flourishes as a reliever or gets an opportunity later in the year a la Jake Westbrook in 2004.
Kyle
November 15, 2013 - 11:04 AM EST
Did you see any of Dace Kime live? Seems to have front end build plus stuff, however converted reliever. Also any chance "Callaway Magic" can work on Carlos Carrasco? #xfactor
Tony
November 15, 2013 - 10:54 AM EST
Yes, when you look at the organization, third base is clearly the biggest weakness and then followed by starting pitching. There are a lot of interesting backend of the rotation arms, but few frontend types. Lots of middle infielders, outfielders and relievers.....and some interesting catching options although that is a position presumably locked up for 3-4 years if Gomes-Santana stay healthy and play well.
Kyle
November 15, 2013 - 10:09 AM EST
I see one major concern Tony: 3B is a blackhole throughout organization UNLESS we finally see that Playoff Chiz potential in MLB
Tony
November 15, 2013 - 9:23 AM EST
Might as well add this to the comments section, I think as they add some minor league signings for the rotation and more catchers, that Lowery and Murata will slot back to Akron. Not sure how Lowery fits next year.....I mean look at Perez who kept repeating at Akron. I think a greater chance Lowery opens in Akron than Columbus, but have him in Columbus right now because there is no second catcher there. The question then is if Lowery is in Akron, do the Indians go with three catchers there with him, Wolters and Monsalve? Injuries always play into things, and Wolters may spend some time next year at SS/2B, plus there is the DH, so the at bats would be there for all three. Plus if Monsalve and Lowery played some 1B.

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