25-year old switch hitting Asdrubal Cabrera will be back as the starting shortstop for the Indians this season and they need him to stay healthy. Cabrera played in 97 games for the Indians last season and he was 105 of 381 (.276 avg, .673 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 3 homers, 29 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Cabrera is a career .284 hitter (.741 OPS) in his first four years with the Indians so I look for his bat to improve in 2011. Cabrera had 12 errors in 95 games at SS last season while showing off pretty good range. Cabrera is a solid all around player, period.
26-year old righty swinging Jason Donald will have a good chance of winning the utility infielder job for the Indians this spring. He is a natural shortstop and he’s a pesky hitter. Donald made 9 errors in only 47 games at SS last season for the Indians while showing off good range. Donald’s versatility will give him a really good chance of sticking with the Indians this season.
34-year old righty swinging Adam Everett will also have a chance of winning a bench job with the Indians this spring. Everett played in 31 games for the Tigers last season and he was 15 of 81 (.185 avg, .468 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Maybe his bat will rebound a bit as he is a career .243 hitter with a .642 OPS in his first 10 years in the majors. Everett is a wizard with a mitt only his hands as he only had 1 error in 31 games at shortstop last season while showing outstanding range.
36-year old righty swinging Orlando Cabrera (the Indians’ likely starting 2B in 2011) played in 121 games in 2010 for the Reds at shortstop in which he made 11 errors while showing poor range. He can slide over to SS if the need arises for the Indians in 2011.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE INDIANS SS IN 2011: B-