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2010 Depth Chart

December 6, 2009
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Last Updated: January 5, 2010

Here is the first edition of the 2010 Depth Chart, though this listing will surely change some throughout the rest of the offseason.  As always, figuring out the rosters at the big league, Triple-A and Double-A level are not too difficult.  That said, the most difficult task is figuring out the rosters for the two Single-A affiliates, especially the makeup of the bullpens and benches at both those levels.

Some quick notes on the depth chart:

- The maximum active roster size at Cleveland, Kinston and Lake County is 25 players whereas at Columbus and Akron it is just 24 players.

- There will be one heck of a camp battle in spring training for bullpen spots at Lake County and Kinston.  There are going to be up to a dozen solid arms who could end up starting the year in extended spring training or that are released.

- The Indians have a lot of depth in the Triple-A rotation, and with left-hander Aaron Laffey a possibility to open in the rotation there you can see why the Indians sort of decided to roll the dice with not rostering several of their pitchers this offseason..  There is a lot of depth in Cleveland and Columbus, now they just need a couple of the young guys to step up in 2010.

- All of a sudden second base and third base are two of the strongest positions in the system.  With Hodges-Chisenhall-Bellows-Brito at the top four levels of the system at third base, they have four very good prospects who all likely rank in their Top 25-30.  It is just as good at second base with Donald-Phelps-Kipnis-Frawley at the top four levels of the system at second base.

- After Carlos Santana at catcher, there is not much coming anytime soon as far as impact catchers.  Some nice depth or potential major league backups, yes, but you can see how it is setup where Santana-Marson are the catching duo in Cleveland for a long time.

- The Indians have some nice center field depth, which is important considering Sizemore is a free agent in three years (yes, we are talking about that already).

- The Indians have a lot of good, solid starters.  In fact, it is really hard to figure out the staff in some cases because of this depth.  I took an educated guess that Graham and Price will all be in the bullpen to start the season next year.  Also, for now I am predicting that Putnam remains in the bullpen.

- Judy and Price are two closers expected to be at the two highest minor league levels in Columbus and Akron.  They may be the two best relievers in the system, and certainly in the Top 5.

- Guys listed as bubble/rehab guys are listed in the column for the team they likely will be playing for a spot on this spring.  Some interesting players will certainly be left off the active list when the season starts.

Lake County
Lou Marson
Carlos Santana
Matt McBride
Adam Abraham
Roberto Perez
Matt LaPorta*
Shelley Duncan
Beau Mills
Nate Recknagel
Ben Carlson
Luis Valbuena
Jason Donald
Cord Phelps
Jason Kipnis
Casey Frawley
Asdrubal Cabrera
Josh Rodriguez
Carlos Rivero
Ron Rivas
Argenis Martinez
Jhonny Peralta
Wes Hodges
Lonnie Chisenhall
Kyle Bellows
Jesus Brito
Michael Brantley
Jordan Brown
Nick Weglarz
Donnie Webb
Bo Greenwell
Grady Sizemore
Jose Constanza
Tim Fedroff
Jordan Henry
Delvi Cid
Shin-Soo Choo
Austin Kearns
John Drennen
Matt Brown
Abner Abreu*
Wyatt Toregas
Damaso Espino
Alex Castillo
Doug Pickens
Greg Folgia
Travis Hafner (DH)
Niuman Romero
Cristo Arnal
Karexon Sanchez
Jose Camargo
Andy Marte
Jerad Head
Adam Davis
Mark Thompson
Jeremie Tice
Chris Gimenez

Trevor Crowe
Stephen Head
Lucas Montero
Adam White
Jason Smit
Jake Westbrook*
Carlos Carrasco
Eric Berger
Alex White
Jason Knapp*
Justin Masterson
Hector Rondon
Scott Barnes
Alexander Perez
Trey Haley
Fausto Carmona
Scott Lewis*
Paolo Espino
T.J. House
Joe Gardner
David Huff
Jeanmar Gomez
Kelvin De La Cruz
Danny Salazar
Marty Popham
Aaron Laffey
Yohan Pino
Ryan Morris*
Nick Hagadone
Clayton Cook
Mitch Talbot
Jess Todd
Dallas Cawiezell
Matt Langwell
Francisco Jimenez
Joe Smith
Frank Herrmann
Connor Graham
Mike McGuire
Preston Guilmet
Jensen Lewis
Ryan Edell
Zach Putnam
Santo Frias
Vidal Nuno
Rafael Perez
Steven Wright
Neil Wagner
Chris Jones
Austin Adams
Chris Perez
Josh Tomlin
Carlton Smith
Bryce Stowell
Tyler Sturdevant
Tony Sipp
Erik Stiller
Chen Lee
TJ McFarland
Francisco Valera

Rob Bryson
Jeremy Johnson
Kerry Wood
Josh Judy
Bryan Price
Steve Smith
Cory Burns

Bubble Guys or Rehab (*)

Anthony Reyes*
Adam Miller*
Vinnie Pestano*
Joseph Mahalic*
Alexander Morales

Brian Buscher
Mike Gosling
Kyle Landis
Mike Pontius*
Antwonie Hubbard

Jason Grilli
Brian Horwitz
Garrison Campfield
Eddie Burns*
Brett Brach

Jeremy Sowers
Armando Camacarco
Jerad Goedert
Heath Taylor*
Carlos Moncrief

Hector Ambriz

Jonathan Holt
Travis Turek
Chris Kersten

Luis Rodriguez

Brian Grening
Chun Chen

Saul Rivera

Chris Nash
Dale Dickerson

David Roberts
Daniel DeGeorge

John Allman
Daniel Jimenez

Ryan Miller
Darling Read

Matthew Willard
Dwight Childs

Richard Martinez
Franklin Soto

Roman Pena
Giovanny Urshela

Ryan Blair
Gregorio Rosario

Guido Fonseca

Joel Torres

John Goryl

Jose Campos

Jose Flores

Trent Baker

Joseph Colon

Juan Aponte

Justin Toole

Kevin Fontanez

Kevin Rucker

Kirk Wetmore

Kyle C. Smith

Kyle Smith

Lurvin Basabe

Matt Packer

Michael Valadez

Mike Rayl

Moises Montero

Nick Kirk

Nick Sarianides

Rafael Vera

Rolando Petit

Sung-Wei Tseng

Tim Palincsar

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