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Indians' minor league camp officially opens Monday

Indians' minor league camp officially opens Monday
March 2, 2012
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Big league camp is already in full swing. Some minor leaguers are already in Goodyear for early camp which officially started on February 28th, but here is a quick rundown of how minor league spring training will go for the next four weeks until camp breaks on April 1st.

March 5th: Pitchers and catchers report
March 9th: Position players report
March 11th: First full squad workout
March 16th: Spring games begin
April 1st: Camp breaks

For a complete view of the minor league spring game schedule, you can view it here:

Over the course of the next four-plus weeks the Indians will have close to 180-some players participate in minor league spring training.  About 100 of those players will be assigned to full season teams at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina, and Low-A Lake County when camp breaks. A handful will remain in Arizona to continue to rehab from offseason surgeries or injuries sustained during spring training.

About 40 or so players will remain in extended spring training to play and get ready for short-season leagues which start up in June. For the remaining 20-30 players they will be released as with every spring training there are a lot of cuts made as the organization pares down the roster for the new season.  With lots of new incoming talent over the course of this next year on the international front and 2012 Draft, there are only so many players the organization can keep around.

I will be heading out to Goodyear on March 13th. While out there I will catch up with several players for feature pieces this month and also provide several daily notebooks with my findings and observations over the course of the week-plus I am at camp. A new feature called “IPI on Site” will debut near the end of camp, which is a video show where I will interview a few players on camera, and will be a weekly staple all season.

I have a lot of new things coming this season. From top to bottom, you won’t find a site that knows about the entire organization and covers the Indians from the minors to the big leagues more thoroughly!

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User Comments

Tony Lastoria
March 11, 2012 - 12:37 PM EDT
Some come for early work. Org has a few guys come in, typically some of the higher profile new guys and some other pitchers to be backups for ML games. Mostly though just to get some advance work in. About 15 or so.
March 11, 2012 - 11:37 AM EDT
What have the Minor League players that reported early (Feb 28) been working on? How many were in that group?

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