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2013 Indians organizational depth chart

2013 Indians organizational depth chart
January 7, 2013
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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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User Comments

Tony
January 8, 2013 - 3:50 PM EST
Hard to make Myles the fourth outfielder in Carolina when Smith, Washington, Naquin and Luigi Rodriguez are all slated to be there. Unless injuries crop up, I think he could return to Lake County for the start of the season.
Andy
January 8, 2013 - 3:48 PM EST
Any chance Myles is the 4th OF in Carolina or starts in extended just to keep him out of the early season cold in the Midwest League? I think he's a promising raw talent with a good speed-power combo, but the repeated hamstring issues are concerning.
Tony
January 8, 2013 - 8:35 AM EST
Housecleaning has pretty much already been done. Cuts/releases won't really happen until spring training starts.

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.
Norm
January 8, 2013 - 12:35 AM EST
Nice work Tony. Especially admired you going out on a limb about Haley. Your Tribe roster makes a lot of sense to me with the flexibility/platoon options.

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?
Mike
January 7, 2013 - 11:41 PM EST
Carolina is loaded this year!! Going to be a fun team to watch, especially in the first half of the season.
Matthew
January 7, 2013 - 10:51 PM EST
Does the team do much housecleaning prior to Spring Training, or will all of the cuts/releases come during/after ST?
Pete
January 7, 2013 - 10:31 PM EST
Hard to imagine the rotation being able to go without a left handed starter realistically. I don't think Huff is the guy, but who knows. Kasmir may be a sleeper.
Tony
January 7, 2013 - 9:22 PM EST
Anderson in a piggyback role (or someone else in Carolina) simply because there are too many starting options, so it is a way to have 6 starters. Also because he can probably only go 125-130 innings this year.
Tony
January 7, 2013 - 9:21 PM EST
Stanton is unattainable for the Indians. They simply dont have the prospects to spare in the upper levels nor have any upper tier prospects in the upper levels. To get Stanton they would have to deal Bauer as the headliner plus another ML piece like Kipnis and also a Lindor. Ideally, they'd need to deal three high level AAA near ML prospects, which is what they don't have (the only guy they have is Bauer).
Matthew
January 7, 2013 - 9:15 PM EST
Bric--

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.
Bric
January 7, 2013 - 8:43 PM EST
Kluber, Brantley, Wolters, + ??? for Stanton.
Andy
January 7, 2013 - 8:13 PM EST
Do you see Cody Anderson in piggyback role due to his modest workload in 2012 (98 IP), the number of starting options to fit at Carolina, or because he's likely to transition to relief role this season?
dick
January 7, 2013 - 6:56 PM EST
Oops... Soto is shy an asterisk in the table
dick
January 7, 2013 - 6:50 PM EST
Fun stuff! How about Soto? I thought he was a leftie who possibly be ready for mlb right now as relief pitcher or maybe i am thinking of somebody else.

I hope the boys at Akron light it up this year because they look kinda enticing on paper (or webpage).
Tony
January 7, 2013 - 6:11 PM EST
Corrected the listing to show Kazmir as a lefty.....also listed Antonelli as an extra at Columbus. Not sure how he fits in right now with Phelps there, so this is a TBD guy like lots of others this spring.
Butch Berry
January 7, 2013 - 6:04 PM EST
Didn't see Matt Antonelli...thought he'd be at least Columbus.
Kyle
January 7, 2013 - 6:02 PM EST
Scott Kazmir is left handed isnt he?
Tony
January 7, 2013 - 3:34 PM EST
Should note on Roberto Perez that if Yan Gomes does not make the Indians roster that Gomes becomes the everyday catcher at Columbus and Perez slides to Akron.
Joe
January 7, 2013 - 2:28 PM EST
Will be interesting to see how Perez works out at Columbus, to see if he can be an option if Santana or Marson are injured/dealt. The extendeds, I assume are looking at Mahoning Valley. Could be an interesting squad. All teams from Akron on down have some prospects, so '13 should be fun to watch.
Tony
January 7, 2013 - 1:50 PM EST
Haley in the starting rotation is an educated guess by me. It is based on some hints given during last season that they may consider him in the rotation again, the Indian slack of starting pitching depth while having a ton of right-handed relief depth, and a lot of holes in the rotation at Akron where they could easily experiment with him there at the outset of the season. I really think they are open minded about making him a starter again, but that a decision won't be made until the end of spring training.
Tony
January 7, 2013 - 1:48 PM EST
I agree Matthew. While I am confident that a lot of the position players will end up where I say (the starting ones at least), the starting pitchers are a nightmare to predict at all levels. Few established guys, and some guys may be held back but tough to determine exactly who in a lot of cases. And of course who is moved to the bullpen....which then has an effect on the bullpens. Definitely going to be interesting to see who ends up starting where as far as pitching goes.
Matthew
January 7, 2013 - 1:45 PM EST
Infield at Akron, Outfield at Carolina should be fun to watch. Actually, the whole lineup at Carolina is exciting. Hopefully we see something from the SP prospects in Lake County and Carolina. Very, very little SP to be excited about unless some of those guys make a leap.
Tony
January 7, 2013 - 1:28 PM EST
Good catch on Kazmir....I will add him to Columbus.
MT88 in WI
January 7, 2013 - 1:12 PM EST
I was about to post the same thing on Scott Kasmir.
And I totally forgot about Joe Martinez being with the organization.
Homer
January 7, 2013 - 1:07 PM EST
Scott Kazmir seems to be MIA...
Daingean
January 7, 2013 - 12:02 PM EST
Haley back in the starting rotation. Is that speculation on your part or did you hear something from 1 of your sources?
Tony
January 7, 2013 - 11:34 AM EST
Oh cripes. Yes, completely missed Moncrief. I knew I was forgetting someone at Akron. Will update now. thx
Matthew
January 7, 2013 - 11:26 AM EST
I love this section of the site, Tony. It's a lot of fun to see where everyone stands and think about what may be in store.

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!

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