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Cleveland reassigns 12 to minor league camp

Lindor, Aguilar among those sent down

Cleveland reassigns 12 to minor league camp
Francisco Lindor (Photo: MLB.com)
March 13, 2014
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Cleveland announced its first cuts from the major league camp Wednesday as it reassigned 12 players down to minor league camp. No one was actually cut from the team, though, as the cuts were just in terms of the major league roster.

The players on the 40-man roster who were formally optioned to the minors include right-handed pitcher Austin Adams, left-handed pitcher T.J. House, first baseman Jesus Aguilar, middle infielders Erik Gonzalez and Jose Ramirez, and outfielder Carlos Moncrief.

The players sent down not on the 40-man roster who were brought to major league camp as non-roster invites include catchers Jake LoweryRoberto Perez, and Tony Wolters, second baseman Joe Wendle, shortstop Francisco Lindor, and outfielder Tyler Naquin.

None of these players had a real chance at making the opening day roster, making this move more procedural than anything else. But each of the 12 players had a chance to be around the major league team and coaching staff, potentially making an impression that will help them down the line.

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User Comments

Rob
March 16, 2014 - 4:10 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.
Jim Piascik
March 13, 2014 - 1:19 PM EDT
Part of having so many catchers in big league camp is just having them there to catch all of the pitchers. Just a logistics thing.

But as to where everyone slots, it's a pretty big mess. A good mess, since you'd rather have too many prospects than too few, but one that will take some work to get everyone their playing time.

Right now Tony's got the Depth Chart tab at the top of the page updated if you want to take a look. Specifically with the catchers, he has Wolters starting, Monsalve backing up (but certainly playing frequently), and Lowery DHing, playing first, and catching from time to time. It's an imperfect solution, but one that time (and injuries) might solve. Once one catcher gets hurt, everything might fall into better place. Just sadly how some of these decisions end up getting made.
Slappy happy joy soy sauce
March 13, 2014 - 12:54 PM EDT
Is normal to have that many minor league catchers in the ML spring training camp? I assume so, but seems like a lot.. Clearly Francona and other top coaches really wanted to take a look at them. My guess is they are uncertain or were uncertain who to slot where at each affiliate. My guess they don't want to sent Wolters back to Carolina, and Lowery is enough of a mystery to warrant more playing time.. Perez may be a fine defender, but hitting and age are not his friends. My guess is one of Treanor (him) or Carlin gets released shortly. Where do you see Lowery slotting in? Oh and then there is that Monsalve fella who until getting injured looked like he might be ready to break through.. What do you do with all these catchers, all clumped together?

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