Cleveland reassigns 12 to minor league camp
Lindor, Aguilar among those sent down
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 Lowery, Roberto 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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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.