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Spring Training Position Battles

Gomez Striving For Fifth Starter Spot

March 9, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Kevin Schneider

Jeanmar Gomez aims to show consistency and separate himself this spring training from the group vying for the open fifth rotation spot.

Gomez, 24, has started strong this spring by striking out 4 in 4 scoreless innings through Thursday’s games. He’ll need to continue this success to stay in competition with veteran Kevin Slowey and Gomez’s fellow Columbus-to-Cleveland regulars David Huff and Zach McAllister.

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Huff All Too Familiar With Roster Battle

March 8, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Craig Gifford

A left hander who led his team in wins for a season sounds like just the kind of starting pitcher the Cleveland Indians can use. That is except for when you mention said pitcher’s name is David Huff.

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LaPorta Has A Lot To Play For This Spring

March 7, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

If the team announces in their end of the season press conference that their goal is to find your replacement, you probably don’t have much of a chance to make the team the following season. However, as luck may have it, Matt LaPorta still has a lot to play for this spring.

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Cunningham Nearing A Make Or Break Spring

March 6, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Craig Gifford

When the Indians acquired Aaron Cunningham in a Dec. 16 trade with San Diego, it was with the idea of stocking up on outfielders. In 2011, Cleveland saw all three starting outfielders go down with injury and the club wanted to be sure it had replacements aplenty. Good thing, too, as veteran center fielder Grady Sizemore went down with has annual injury last week and could be lost until July with back surgery.

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Duncan Has Early Inside Track On Left Field Spot

March 5, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Craig Gifford

Shelley Duncan entered Spring Training as a heavy favorite to land one of the Indians’ backup outfielder jobs. Now, he is a prime candidate to break camp as a starter on Opening Day.

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Carrera Has Uphill Climb

March 4, 2012 | | One Comment

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

With the loss of Grady Sizemore for two to three months, the Indians are considering all options in the outfield. One of those options, Ezequiel Carrera, could be the only one puffyeye.net to supplant Michael Brantley from centerfield.

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Canzler Looking For A Chance To Make Roster

March 3, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

All Russ Canzler is looking for is a chance. Well, he might have just found that chance, albeit a small one, with the Cleveland Indians this spring.

Canzler was obtained by the Indians on January 31 from the Tampa Bay Rays. When the Rays signed Carlos Pena, Canzler was designated for assignment and the Tribe acquired the utility man for cash. Canzler was a 30th round selection by the Chicago Cubs in 2004. Since his selection, Canzler has certainly taken the slow road to the big leagues, playing eight season in the minor leagues before appearing in his first Major League game in September with the Rays.

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Chisenhall Fighting To Win Starting Third Base Job

March 2, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

On paper, it appears Lonnie Chisenhall is competing with Jack Hannahan for the third base position. In reality, Chisenhall may be competing with a myriad of players, including Hannahan to earn one of the 25-man roster spots for Opening Day.

Hannahan avoided arbitration and signed a one-year deal with the Tribe this winter valued at $1.35 million. A guaranteed contract from the Tribe is almost a certainty that he is guaranteed a spot on the roster. The Tribe is not in the business of giving contracts to players, then releasing them to play elsewhere on the Indians’ dime. If Hannahan does not win the starting job, he will be a bench player. Given the Indians’ roster situation, if Chisenhall does not win the starting job, he will certainly be sent back to AAA-Columbus where he can play every day. If Chisenhall clearly out plays Hannahan this spring, he will win the third base job and be in the starting lineup on Opening Day, however, if the competition is close, expect the nod to be given to Hannahan.

The more important question may be though, hasn’t Chisenhall already won the job from Hannahan?

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Hannahan Provides Tribe With Veteran Glove At Third Base

March 1, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Craig Gifford

It’s no secret that the 2011 Cleveland Indians were not exactly an offensive juggernaut. Out of 14 teams in the American League, the Indians ranked ninth in runs scored (704), batting average (.250) and home runs (154). Those numbers are all bound to improve this year.

The Tribe should get a full season from second year second baseman Jason Kipnis. Catcher Carlos Santana, who provided fine power numbers in his first full major league season, is bound to improve as he becomes better accustomed to major league pitching. Shin-Soo Choo, who had his worst year in 2011 thanks to injuries and off the field matters, should be expected to return to his All-Star form of 2010 and 2011.

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Fifth Starter Battle Begins With Slowey

February 29, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Craig Gifford

When the Cleveland Indians acquired Derek Lowe from the Atlanta Braves this past Halloween, it seemed they would go into spring training with zero questions about their starting rotation. Lowe was set to join incumbents Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin and Fausto Carmona as a starting five with question marks, but long on potential.

Plans got scrapped in January as Carmona applied for his visa to leave the Dominican Republic and head back to the United States. Carmona was arrested for assuming a false identity, his real name being Roberto Hernandez Heredia. With the loss of Hernandez for the foreseeable future, it put a once stable rotation into a state of flux.

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Herrmann Facing Several Contenders For Bullpen Spot

February 28, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

After two seasons in the Indians bullpen most fans would expect right-handed reliever Frank Herrmann to have a job solidified, but not so fast. Herrmann, while he has a leg up in the competition, will have to battle many candidates to earn one of the final spots in the Tribe pen.

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Next Man Up In Bullpen May Be Hagadone

February 27, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Sean Tuttle

With injuries already taking a precedent at spring training, Nick Hagadone will be considered the first option to move from AAA Columbus to the Tribe bullpen if any injuries or lack of performance take place. As it stands today, Hagadone probably has an Opening Day roster spot, but things could change quickly during camp.

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