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2015 Indians Organizational Depth Chart

2015 Indians Organizational Depth Chart
October 27, 2014
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Here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2015 season from Cleveland all the way down to Low-A Lake County. These are projected opening day rosters for every team with the current players on hand throughout the organization.

We will continue to update this listing as moves are made throughout the offseason with the addition and subtraction of players via trade, free agency, waivers and releases. Such moves will undoubtedly have a ripple effect on where some guys are projected to open the season. This chart can easily be referenced by clicking the "Depth Chart" link in the navigation bar below the site header.

A few notes:

- 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. Also, the (*) means the pitcher is left-handed.

- The starting position player spots at Triple-A Columbus are pretty well determined, but the Indians will surely sign a half dozen or so minor league veteran free agents to have on hand in spring training as depth to cover for injuries and fill roles on the team. Two such roles definitely will be at least one starting pitcher (I see the possibilty for two or three veteran starters signed to have on hand in Columbus and push Joseph Colon back to Akron to start). Also they will sign a few veteran pen arms, a catcher or two and probably a versatile infielder.

- Assuming everyone is healthy, there will be a pretty heated battled this spring at Double-A Akron for the one or two reserve outfield roles. All of Bryson Myles, Todd Hankins, LeVon Washington and Luigi Rodriguez will battle for the spots, maybe even a free agent pickup, but I sided with Myles for now because he was in Akron last season and also with Hankins as the other outfielder because of his versatility where he can play the infield.

- I also made an aggressive prediction with Bradley Zimmer opening at Akron. While he could certainly use a half season in High-A, he is advanced enough where I believe the Indians will push him to Akron. Tyler Naquin repeating at Akron would push Zimmer to Lynchburg, but the expectation is that Naquin will open in Columbus. The Indians have made an aggressive push like this before with Jose Ramirez in 2013 when he skipped High-A and went right from Low-A in 2012 to Double-A in 2013. Also, there is no true center fielder on the roster at Akron and the Indians will want to make sure Zimmer and Clint Frazier get priority time in center field next season, so it is another reason why the push to Akron.

- At High-A Lynchburg the only real questions there are how the pitching staff is comprised and who in fact gets starter's innings. There surprisingly are not too many questions about the roster, which can be tough to predict at the Single-A level.

- Low-A Lake County is obviously the toughest roster to predict because so many things above it can affect the makeup of it and because there are so many possibilities for the roster. I am playing it conservative with the starting rotation and going by how Sean Brady and Casey Shane spent the 2014 season in short season, so I am predicting that the same thing happens with some of the young arms like Grant Hockin, Justus Sheffield, Sam Hentges and Micah Miniard. Hockin should go to Mahoning Valley and Hentges could as well, while Sheffield is the only one I think has a decent chance to open in Lake County if the Indians want to be aggressive with him. But knowing that they will want to manage the workload for these guys, I would be surprised if all of them do not open in extended spring training.

- A few other Lake County notes....Yu-Chen Chang is listed here as a third baseman but he should split time at third base and shortstop next season....I have Mike Papi at Lynchburg and Dorssys Paulino at Lake County to start, but the two could easily swap places.

- The "extra players in consideration" are players who I believe are a possibility for that roster, but who I believe are on the outside looking in. Also, the "extended spring training" listing is for players expected to open the season in extended spring training out in Arizona (or in the Dominican Republic extended spring training).

- Finally, a note about the listed injuries. The players listed there finished the 2014 season injured and have injuries which could have an effect on the start of next season. With that in mind, I expect the Indians to be conservative with them and plug them into the rosters when opportunities come up early in the season with performance issues or injuries. Or, of course, once some of them are healthier. Several of these players are no doubt going to be out for the start of the 2015 season, so for more information on that check out some of the recent Minor Happenings articles.

Last updated: January 4, 2015

 

Cleveland

Columbus

Akron

Lynchburg

Lake County

Lineup        
C Yan Gomes Adam Moore Tony Wolters Eric Haase Francisco Mejia
1B Carlos Santana Jesus Aguilar Jerrud Sabourin Nellie Rodriguez Bobby Bradley
2B Jason Kipnis Zach Walters Ronny Rodriguez Claudio Bautista Steven Patterson
SS Jose Ramirez Francisco Lindor Erik Gonzalez Yhoxian Medina Ivan Castillo
3B Lonnie Chisenhall Giovanny Urshela Yandy Diaz Paul Hendrix Yu-Cheng Chang
LF Michael Brantley Tyler Holt Anthony Gallas LeVon Washington Dorssys Paulino
CF Michael Bourn James Ramsey Tyler Naquin Bradley Zimmer Greg Allen
RF Brandon Moss Carlos Moncrief Jordan Smith Clint Frazier Mike Papi
DH Nick Swisher Jerry Sands Jeremy Lucas Joe Sever Grant Fink
Bench        
C Roberto Perez Brett Hayes Alex Lavisky Richard Stock Sicnarf Loopstok
INF Mike Aviles Audy Ciriaco Justin Toole James Roberts Austin Fisher
INF   Ryan Rohlinger
   
INF          
OF Ryan Raburn Destin Hood Bryson Myles Logan Vick Bobby Ison
OF David Murphy
Ollie Linton Todd Hankins Taylor Murphy
OF          
Rotation        
SP Corey Kluber T.J. House Cody Anderson Dylan Baker Sean Brady*
SP Carlos Carrasco Josh Tomlin Shawn Morimando* Luis Lugo* Julian Merryweather
SP Gavin Floyd Charles Brewer Ryan Merritt* Mitch Brown Juan Santana
SP Trevor Bauer Tyler Cloyd Adam Plutko Anderson Polanco*+ Cameron Hill+
SP Danny Salazar Will Roberts Joseph Colon Dace Kime+ Casey Shane+
Bullpen        
LR Zach McAllister Bryan Price Clayton Cook Jordan Milbrath+ Caleb Hamrick+
LR
Dustin Molleken Duke von Schamann Mike Clevinger+ Shao-Ching Chiang+
MR Scott Atchison Giovanni Soto*      
MR Nick Hagadone* Tyler Sturdevant Jacob Lee D.J. Brown Jordan Carter
MR Kyle Crockett* C.C. Lee Grant Sides Ben Heller Jared Robinson
MR Marc Rzepczynsi* Nick Maronde Josh Martin Robbie Aviles David Speer*
MR Bryan Shaw Austin Adams Enosil Tejeda Justin Brantley Luke Eubank
CL Cody Allen Shawn Armstrong Louis Head Trevor Frank J.P. Feyereisen
Disabled List/Injured        
DL     Mike Rayl* Cole Sulser Kenny Mathews*
DL     Mason Radeke Nicholas Pasquale Matt Whitehouse*
DL     Jeff Johnson   Anthony Santander
DL     Trey Haley    
DL          
Extras in consideration      
    Toru Murata Jake Lowery Ryan Battaglia David Armendariz
    Shaun Marcum Robert Nixon Wander Beras* Leo Castillo
    Chris Wallace Michael Peoples Torsten Boss Martin Cervenka
    Casey Weathers Luis Santos  Luis DeJesus Justin Garcia
   
Luigi Rodriguez Carlos Melo Luis Gomez*
      Jordan Cooper Shane Rowland Sam Hentges*
     
Brian Ruiz Grant Hockin
        James Stokes Kieran Lovegrove
        Benny Suarez Josh McAdams
        Delvi Francisco Yonathan Mendoza
          Thomas Pannone*
          Alexis Paredes
          Drake Roberts
          Ramon Rodriguez
          Justus Sheffield*
          Ordomar Valdez
          Jose Zapata
Extended Spring Training     D'Vone McClure
  Erick Algarin Ping-Hsueh Chen Luis Jimenez Wagner Ramirez  
  Argenis Angulo Li-Jen Chu Leandro Linares Jorma Rodriguez  
  Luis Araujo Cortland Cox Francisco Lopez Jose Rodriguez  
  Julio Arosmena Grofi Cruz Simeon Lucas Yoel Sanchez  
  Gerlad Bautista Juan De La Cruz Yoiber Marquina Silento Sayles  
  Kevin Calderon Dominic DeMasi Francisco Miguel Emmanuel Tapia  
  Hector Caro Jordan Dunatov Micah Miniard Randy Valladares  
  Jodd Carter Edward Estrella Luis Montero Rodolfo Villasmil  
  Amauri Castillo Mike Giuffre Alexis Pantoja Anthony Vizcaya  
  Willi Castro Daniel Gomez Edgar Pineda Nathan Winfrey  
  Erlin Cerda Gian Paul Gonzalez Johan Puello Julio Medrano  

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User Comments

Dee
April 8, 2015 - 11:03 PM EDT
What has happened with Grant Hockin?
Tony
December 17, 2014 - 2:30 PM EST
Obviously, in the offseason nothing is ever a certainty. What happens with injuries this spring will affect a lot. But assuming health and the Indians are not super aggressive in pushing Zimmer, it is very likely that both he and Frazier will split time in CF at Lynchburg. He will also play some RF. He is a candidate to move fast.....and if Naquin opens in Akron and is promoted to Columbus by say June, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Zimmer goes to Akron to take Naquin's spot in CF. That will clear up the Lynchburg CF situation, and with Zimmer gone it will allow Frazier full time duties in CF and also to move up Papi from Lake County. Again, this is the best case scenario if everyone is healthy, developing and playing well. (And yes, I believe it is a pretty sure thing Frazier opens in Lynchburg).
BrianM
December 17, 2014 - 2:23 PM EST
So where do we stand now on the Frazier/Zimmer CF dilemma? Are they back to splitting time? Do you know if Frazier starting in Lynchburg is a sure thing, or is there still a chance we see him repeat LoA ball for the first couple months?
Tony
December 17, 2014 - 12:43 PM EST
The AAA roster had only 24 players because I am waiting to see what happens with Maronde. If he clears waivers then he is the 25th guy. If he is lost, then I will adjust. Same with Price. So I corrected and to avoid confusion just left them both in those spots until we get word on their DFA result.

Also, it is important to note this is how the Cleveland Indians 25-man is represented as of now. If they trade Murphy, then they obviously will probably go with Francona's standard 8-man pen. But if they don't trade Raburn and Murphy, then they will have a 4-man bench and only a 7-man pen. If Murphy is traded I will add C.C. Lee to the Indians pen as the 8th guy.
AndrewK
December 17, 2014 - 12:34 PM EST
Very nice job on this very handy chart, thanks Tony. A few minor observations:

1. Bryan Price is on the AAA list twice - once as an MR and once as an 'extra'.

2. There are 13 hitters on your MLB roster. There's practically zero chance that Tito goes with only 7 relievers - in 2014 there were 8-10 on the 25-man at all times.

3. The AAA roster currently only has 24 players.
DB
December 17, 2014 - 11:01 AM EST
Thanks for the resolution!
Tony
December 17, 2014 - 10:56 AM EST
DB, I left Columbus at 24 as I await to see if either Price or Maronde clear waivers. If one does, then that's the 25th guy.
DB
December 17, 2014 - 10:28 AM EST
Is the roster number for Columbus only 24 for a reason? Could that change things if it should be 25
Tony
December 17, 2014 - 9:35 AM EST
Yep, thanks. Corrected.
Homer
December 17, 2014 - 9:29 AM EST
Adam Moore appears twice in Columbus. Think you meant Brett Haynes.
Tony
October 28, 2014 - 9:12 PM EDT
Jake, even if Raburn were not around, I think the Indians would be looking for another veteran outfielder to fill the fourth outfielder role to start the season over Holt. He really struggled at the plate.....perhaps he does better a second time around, but the MO of this organization is they won't open a season with inexperienced young players that are question marks on the bench. Holt is certainly a question mark right now, no matter what he does in spring training. Now, saying that I feel confidence he will help them at some point this season....
Jake D.
October 28, 2014 - 6:32 PM EDT
I wasn't really a fan of the Ryan Raburn extension and now looking at the depth chart, I'm really starting to believe it was a mistake due to the ripple effect it could have on the whole farm system next year. Holt definitely deserves the opportunity to open the season with the team and Gallas and Washington should be able to move up to the next level.

Just as I thought, though, the Akron pitching staff could be an intriguing group next year. I completely forgot about Adam Plutko. It would also be nice to see Frazier or Zimmer in CF at Canal Park at some point next season.
Tony
October 28, 2014 - 3:30 PM EDT
A, I talked with Ruben Niebla at length during Instructional League......a conversation which will post to the site at some point this offseason. One of the things he noted was that while they won't rule out starting for Aviles, that the bullpen is probably where he will be next season. So I am basing it on that conversation.

The best catcher prospects from a trade standpoint are probably Wolters and Perez. The others don't have much value at all. And Wolters and Perez would only get minimal interest at this point and would be more second or third pieces to a deal. They have many more trade options in the outfield with Naquin, Ramsey, and Moncrief in the upper levels. Guys like Gallas, Washington, Myles, etc don't have much trade value at the moment in the industry. They are not highly sought out prospects. So after the trio in Columbus the guys with the biggest trade value in the outfield are Zimmer and Frazier....and they have the most trade value of any outfielder in the system.
Tony
October 28, 2014 - 3:25 PM EDT
Adam, the four years service time doesn't matter. That is simply for arbitration considering. The key is th esix year service time cutoff where guys get to control things more with free agency and such. The only difference with Tomlin and optioning him would be that he has to clear optional assignment waivers (he would). They are revocable and teams have a gentleman's agreement not to claim such players since they know the original team would simply just pull the player back.

A good example of this is in 2012 when the Indians had Kevin Slowey. He was a four or five year service time guy, but they optioned him to the minors that season (first put through optional assignment waivers).
Homer
October 28, 2014 - 3:15 PM EDT
A,

The Indians like Robbie Aviles but after his most recent setback (arm injury) he returned as a bullpen arm. I would suggest they it was to limit his innings and (ideally) protect him. He's lost the prospect status he once re-established. To be frank, if the Tribe didn't like Aviles he would have been cut by now. They are giving him every chance to succeed by pushing him to the pen.
A
October 28, 2014 - 1:28 PM EDT
I see that you have pushed Aviles into a MR role at Lynchburg, could you explain that change from Starter at LC?

Also, with the OF and C depth which prospect has the most value as a trade chip? Looks like the Tribe are only a piece or 2 from really contending in the Central.

Thanks
Adam
October 28, 2014 - 11:51 AM EDT
Tony, can you explain how a player with over 4 years of service time can still have options?
Tony
October 28, 2014 - 10:03 AM EDT
The listing does not include free agent signings after January. Mejia should open in extended spring training as long as there are no visa issues.
Walter
October 28, 2014 - 10:00 AM EDT
What about Gabriel Mejia? Will he start in extended spring training? Not on the list.

Tony
October 28, 2014 - 9:46 AM EDT
Tomlin is not out of options, so he can easily be stashed in AAA. McAllister is out of options so would get the Carlos Carrasco treatment this coming season where he works as a starter all spring as their 6th guy and if no injuries crop up he opens the season in the pen as the long man. There is not much else internally that is ready to help next year, but by the end of the year perhaps Roberts, Colon or even Anderson are an option.
Adam
October 28, 2014 - 9:19 AM EDT
Tony, does Tomlin have options remaining? Your site says he does, but several other sources including Pluto of the PD say he's out of options. If that is the case, the Indians either have to keep him on the roster, trade him, or non-tender him. How do you see that situation unfolding?
Homer
October 28, 2014 - 9:04 AM EDT
Brandon, the Tribe really likes Will Roberts too. They anticipate a slight gain in velocity as he continues to fill out / mature.

As for Elvis, time has run out. Two yrs of injuries slowed his progression, and have limited his value. He could end up a power LH bullpen arm or he could flame out. Kelvin DeLaCruz?

Who knows, maybe the Tribe has a big trade or two in the works and all this depth gets thinned out a little. Columbus seems to be the team to watch this yr. Looking at the other clubs, there should be several players on every team worth watching. It will be an interesting offseason and June 2015 draft with an influx of talent. The Tribe should have 4 top 100 pks, two top 40 pks.
Brandon
October 28, 2014 - 3:48 AM EDT
I assume Tomlin is out of options, can we just stash him in AAA until we need him?

After Zach Mac and Tomlin, what other starters are major league ready? Colon seems to be the highest priority guy in Columbus.
Tony
October 28, 2014 - 1:04 AM EDT
Schnabs, typically, if the Indians were going to resign a minor league free agent, they do it before the free agent period starts Oct 15th. Like they did with Clayton Cook this year. Araujo is as good as gone. Unless he doesn't get an offer he likes in free agency and comes limping back, I would just view him as gone at this point. He's going for the best situation and money he can get....one of the few times HE gets to choose where he goes and decide his terms. he's not going to have a handshake deal with anyone.
Tony
October 28, 2014 - 1:02 AM EDT
Thanks Alton. Yep, that's the thing. No one is dissing anyone here. I am just looking at the facts and history of the organization. An example is Holt. Does he deserve to be in Cleveland to start the season? Probably. But he likely won't be if Raburn is on the roster come opening day. With Holt in AAA it causes a ripple effect and pushes some guys back. Look at what happened to Fedroff the last few seasons.....shoot, Washington in a lot of way is like Fedroff as a good on-base guy limited to left field. I foresee similar usage and assignment the next two years. But in any case, because Holt is in AAA it means someone like Gallas opens in AA. Heck, Gallas probably opens in AA regardless. He's a lot like Goedert when he was with the Indians....a solid bat but just not a priority guy. Remember how Goedert in his last season had to open in Akron after playing the two previous seasons in Columbus or whatever. I suspect the same thing with Gallas. That's not hating, that's just being objective and looking at the facts and reading between the lines in conversations I have had with people. I would expect the Indians to sign an outfield free agent or two for Columbus which could muddy up the upper level outfield situation even more.
alton
October 28, 2014 - 12:46 AM EDT
This looks about right Tony, I do think Gallas could be the primary DH and backup outfielder in AAA. That would allow them to bring up WashTime to the proper level and have him in a time share of sorts with Jordan Smith and Bryson Myles. Plus with the injury history of Wash and Myles, you'd need both of them to get thru a full season's worth of games anyway.

Holt being on the bench in AAA was a mild surprise but appears unavoidable unless the big club values his speed and defense off the bench enough to bounce CC Lee. With Francona as manager though, that's not likely.
Schnabs
October 27, 2014 - 10:36 PM EDT
Any chance that they sign Araujo to milb contract and add him to the 40? Or even have a handshake agreement to sign him as a FA after the rule 5? To me, he seems to have more potential than Soto (younger and bigger arm) who would be the other LHR they are prbly considering for the 40. They have really done a lot for him with surgeries and rehab (and a big bonus), I am surprised they would want to move on now that he had a very good season. Of course, I have no idea whether there are personality issues or whatnot so maybe that's what you are alluding too (and wouldn't divulge because it is private info).
James
October 27, 2014 - 8:07 PM EDT
Tony you are a better man than me. I always appreciate how upfront you are and don't think you are hating on anyone at all.
Tony
October 27, 2014 - 7:22 PM EDT
My apologies for the typos in the last post. I did that on my.phone
Tony
October 27, 2014 - 7:16 PM EDT
Tribe, the Indians are not expected to lose any outfielders in the rule 5 draft. So that really changes nothing. As noted earlier, injuries will have the biggest impact on who goes where. But if everyone is healthy at the end of spring, there is a good chance this is how it shakes out. Too many outfielders for too few spots. Would surprise me if one of them even opened in extended spring training on call.

As for Naguib and Zimmer they are priority prospects. They are placed on teams before other outfielders. Naguin could open in Akron, but the feeling I am getting talking to the Indians is he showed more than enough at Akron this year and was going to be promoted to Columbus anyway if he had not gotten hurt. A solid showing in winter ball should be all he needs to put him on the path to columbus next year. He was the whole package. Very good strides defensively, on the bases and at the plate too. Had he struggled some with the transition to center and not made strides last year, he'd be a shoe in to open at Akron. Offensive numbers are not the only thing clubs look at when considering promotions. They rely on the reports from the staff at the affiliates and their roving instructors to let them.know how they are coming around. Those reports in many cases outweigh the stats. Some players with okay stats get promoted because of good reports while some players with gold stats are not promoted because of bad reports.

As for Zimmer, it is an aggressive push for him to open at Akron. I agree. But he is an advanced college bat with extremely high priority that the industry thinks could handle Double A right now. He could very well do what Jose Ramirez did skipping High A in 2013. We will see. With Frazier in Carolina and also a high priority center fielder they will try to separate them. And Frazier should not repeat at Lake County and Zimmer should at worst open at Lynchburg.
Tribe 2015
October 27, 2014 - 6:49 PM EDT
Tony you have to remember that alot of the outfielders are up for the rule 5 all of them wont be with the indians in 2015 still.. they will make room. and zimmer hasnt played a full season yet or really proved himself at the a-ball level how does he get the Job in akron over guys who have played well in higher levels already? Its scary if washington stays on the field for a year what he can do. Naquin didnt play the whole season last year either so how do u say he will be in AAA and Washington doesnt move cause he was hurt?
Tony
October 27, 2014 - 6:44 PM EDT
I'm not hating on Washington. Don't hate on any player. I am objective and don't let emotional attachments get in the way like it seems you have. I'd love to see Washington excel. I was one of the few who was high on him early on. Unfortunately, he is just no longer the prospect he once was. Injuries in the minors quickly drop guys. He can definitely hit but without even average defense or any impact on the bases or durability, there are just many others in the Indians system with higher priority right now. He should have a chance to open at Akron but for the reasons I outlined above, real reasons, he has his work cut out for him.
true fan
October 27, 2014 - 6:22 PM EDT
Tony you always always HATE on Washington I know he's a strong prospect and it's sad you are always in HATE mode when it comes to him....You gonna eat all those negative comments when he surpass all of your doubts....
Tony
October 27, 2014 - 5:59 PM EDT
Tribe, how can Myles and Washington share left field and DH when Gallas would be the starter in left field? Zimmer would be in CF and Smith in RF so Myles is the fourth outfielder and the one to share DH duties. There is no room for Washington, hence the logjam I noted. And besides, Washington has PLENTY to still prove at High-A. He has yet to play a full season, and his defense and baserunning need significant improvement. Only way I see Washington open in Akron is if the Indians hedge and have Zimmer in High-A to start. That would make Washington the fourth outfielder for Akron. But he's not a good option as a fourth outfielder and there would be no true center field option then in Akron, so why I just don't see it with Washington. Gallas jumping him hurt his Double A chances.
Tribe 2015
October 27, 2014 - 5:43 PM EDT
I think that Washington opens in AA Akron. there is nothing else for him to prove in a-ball. he has dominated a-ball pitching. Myles and washington can both be there as DH and left field no problem
Tony
October 27, 2014 - 3:32 PM EDT
Yeah, I noted in the preface that Sheffield might be the only one who might open in Lake County....but I still see him and others as opening in Arizona and then maybe going to Lake County in mid-May. Pannone only threw 40-some innings and is not prepared to pitch in the rotation for a full season team. Would be a gigantic innings jump. I see him more as someone opening in Arizona and then an option Lake County in May/June but probably is in the rotation at Mahoning Valley to add to his innings and finish with around 65-70 to be able to throw 100 or so in Lake County in 2016.
Geoff
October 27, 2014 - 3:06 PM EDT
Any possibility of Justus Sheffield making the LC roster? I could also see a guy like Pannone slotting into one of the LC starter spots.

I do like our high minors OF depth. It has been a long time since we have had this much quality OF depth. I am hoping we see a match for some high profile pitchers in the top rounds of the next draft.
Tony
October 27, 2014 - 2:44 PM EDT
I don't see Gallas going to Columbus. Unless someone gets hurt, the four man outfield in Columbus should be Ramsey-Naquin-Moncrief-Holt. All of them are much higher priority players and prospects. If Shuck is not the fifth outfielder, then it will probably be another minor league veteran signing.

As noted in the preface, they have a little bit of a crunch in the outfield at Akron as Hankins, Myles, Washington and Luigi Rodriguez are all prospects of varying degree who legitimately could fill that final bench spot in Akron or in the outfield rotation there. I initially put Washington in Akron, but saw no way he bumps Myles or anyone else in the starting lineup there. An injury or two in spring training will make things easier to figure out, but if everyone is healthy it will make things interesting. None of them have a lot of prospect value, but there is still some potential in all of them to varying degrees.

With Lucas, Wolters and Lavisky at Akron, it means Lowery is indeed on the outside looking in. If the Indians decide to push one of Wolters or Lavisky to Columbus as the backup catcher (more likely Lavisky), then it would open a spot for Lowery. The other possibility is Lowery moves to first base and then Sabourin is on the bubble.

There is a lot going on with Lovegrove right now where I don't see them opening the season with him at Lake County. he could be there at some point next year, but knowing what I know and what's up with him, it would be a big surprise to see him make a full season roster at the outset of the season. I look for him to come to Lake County maybe in May or June if he is good to go.
Hiram
October 27, 2014 - 2:20 PM EDT
Looking at the chart it appears the Indians are in a little better shape than what I gave them credit for in terms of pitching. Just need to do a better job of developing them and then and pushing them up... Also, need to draft more high caliber arms too
BrianM
October 27, 2014 - 2:14 PM EDT
I noticed the absence of Lovegrove as well. If he doesn't start in LC, we can probably consider him done as a prospect. Oh well. We have talent at every level next year. It will be fun to follow.
Tondo
October 27, 2014 - 2:06 PM EDT
Thanks for this, Tony.

Some observations/questions:

LeVon Washington repeating at A+? I understand that he isn't much of a top prospect anymore, but he had an OBP over .400 the past two seasons at the A-level. Myles and Hankins should be in Akron too, so only way I see to solve this, is to move Gallas to Columbus, where he should be anyway to see if he's for real or not. Another possibility is releasing Shuck, who is occupying a 40 spot.

Is Jake Lowery on the bubble already? He should get another chance at AA

If Lovegrove can't crack the LC roster in his 3rd full season, then he's offically a bust and afterthought, no?
Tony
October 27, 2014 - 11:41 AM EDT
He is a free agent and not expected back.
Andy
October 27, 2014 - 11:32 AM EDT
Elvis has left the building?

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