Drew Stubbs will be moving to RF for the 2013 season for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 28 February 2013 at 2:37 am

28-year old righty swinging Drew Stubbs will be replacing the guy he was traded for (Shin-Soo Choo) as the starting RF for the Cleveland Indians in 2013.  Stubbs played in 136 games for the Reds last year and he was 105 of 493 (.213 avg, .610 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 14 homers, 40 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.  Stubbs played in 135 games (123 starts) in CF for the Reds last year and he had 5 assists and 5 errors there while showing poor range.  Stubbs will likely be much more comfortable in RF than CF, so I look for him to adjust well to the change.  Stubbs has now played in 486 games in his first four years in the show and he is 431 of 1,791 (.241 avg, .698 OPS) with 285 runs scored, 59 homers, 178 RBIs and 110 stolen bases.  Stubbs is a hacker at the plate as he has whiffed 588 times while only walking 175 times so far in his major league career.  31-year old righty swinging Ben Francisco will likely be Stubbs’ top backup in 2013.  He played in 82 games for the Astros, Rays and Blue Jays last year in which he was 46 of 192 (.240 avg, .670 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBIs.  He played in 29 games (21 starts) in RF last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there while showing poor range.  Francisco has now played in 542 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 395 of 1,535 (.257 avg, .751 OPS) with 195 runs scored, 49 homers, 189 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.  31-year old righty swinging Ryan Raburn can also handle playing RF, if needed.  He played in 22 games (8 starts) in RF last year and he didn’t have any errors or assists there while showing poor range.  31-year old righty swinging Matt Carson and 29-year old lefty swinging Jeremy Hermida are also in camp for the Indians this spring.  Carson played in 26 games for the Twins last year and he was 15 of 66 (.227 avg, .489 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs.  He played in 9 games (8 starts) in RF last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there while showing poor range.  Carson has now played in 72 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 35 of 166 (.211 avg, .543 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 5 homers, 18 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Hermida played in 13 games for the Padres last year and he was 6 for 24 (.250 avg, .708 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 6 games (4 starts) in RF last year and he didn’t have any errors or assists there while showing outstanding range.  Hermida has now played in 632 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 517 of 2,012 (.257 avg, .749 OPS) with 248 runs scored, 65 homers, 250 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RIGHT FIELDERS IN 2013:  C+

Michael Bourn is going to bring speed to burn to the Cleveland Indians in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 28 February 2013 at 2:24 am

30-year old lefty swinging Michael Bourn is Kenny Lofton, minus 30 points on the batting average.  He played in 155 games for the Braves last year and he was 171 of 624 (.274 avg, .739 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 9 homers, 57 RBIs and 42 stolen bases.  Bourn played in 153 games (151 starts) in CF last year and he had 3 assists and 2 errors while showing really good range there.  Bourn has now played in 871 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 820 of 3,015 (.272 avg, .704 OPS) with 459 runs scored, 22 homers, 215 RBIs and 276 stolen bases.  25-year old lefty swinging Ezequiel Carrera will likely be Bourn’s top backup, if he makes the team out of spring training.  Carrera played in 48 games for the Indians last year and he was 40 of 147 (.272 avg, .707 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  He played in 15 games (13 starts) in CF for the Tribe last year and he had 0 assists or errors there while showing out of this world range.  Carrera has now played in 116 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 89 for 349 (.255 avg, .653 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 2 homers, 25 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  24-year old lefty swinging Cedric Hunter will be a longshot to make the Indians this spring.  He played in 129 games in AAA-ball for the Cardinals last year and he was 95 of 355 (.268 avg, .729 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 5 homers, 44 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  His only major league experience came back in 2011 with the Padres.  He played in 6 games for the Padres in 2011 and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .650 OPS) with 1 run scored.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTER FIELDERS IN 2013:  A

Michael Brantley will be moving to LF for the Cleveland Indians in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 28 February 2013 at 2:16 am

25-year old lefty swinging Michael Brantley will be shifting from CF to LF to make room for Michael Bourn.  Brantley played in 149 games for the Indians last year and he was 159 of 552 (.288 avg, .750 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 6 homers, 60 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  He played in 144 games (140 starts) in CF for the Indians last year and he had 5 assists and only 1 error while showing slightly below average range.  He should be a fine defensive LF for the Tribe in 2013.  Brantley has played in 363 games in his first four years with the Indians and he is 387 of 1,412 (.274 avg, .705 OPS) with 174 runs scored, 16 homers, 139 RBIs and 39 stolen bases.  31-year old righty swinging Ryan Raburn could also get some P.T. in LF for the Tribe in 2013.  He played in 66 games for the Tigers last year and he was 35 of 205 (.171 avg, .480 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 30 games (15 starts) in LF for the Tigers last year and he had 2 assists and 1 error there while showing slightly below average range.  Raburn has now played in 566 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 403 of 1,573 (.256 avg, .740 OPS) with 223 runs scored, 54 homers, 216 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Raburn is a much better hitter than he showed in Detroit, so I look for him to rebound in 2013 with the bat.  31-year old Ben Francisco, 25-year old Ezequiel Carrera and 31-year old righty swinging Matt Carson could also get some P.T. in LF for the Indians in 2013.  Francisco played in 24 games (12 starts) in LF last year and he had 0 assists and 1 error there while showing poor range.  Carrera played in 36 games (24 starts) in LF for the Tribe last year and he had 1 assist and 1 error there while showing out of this world range.  Carson played in 15 games (8 starts) in LF last year and he had 2 assists and 0 errors there while showing off outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LEFT FIELDERS IN 2013:  B

Mark Reynolds will be the DH for the Cleveland Indians in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 11:09 am

29-year old righty swinging Mark Reynolds is going to be the full-time DH for the Indians in 2013.  He played in 135 games for the Orioles last year and he was 101 of 457 (.221 avg, .763 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 23 homers, 69 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He also whiffed 159 times while walking 73 times last year.  Reynolds has now played in 853 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 699 of 2,973 (.235 avg, .807 OPS) with 475 runs scored, 181 homers, 501 RBIs and 49 stolen bases.  Reynolds is like a right-handed version of Adam Dunn, as he walked, whiffed or cranked a homer in 255 of his plate appearances last year.  Look for Reynolds to provide a lot of homers and a pretty low batting average for the Indians in 2013.  42-year old lefty swinging Jason Giambi is going to try to win a part time job for the Indians this spring.  He played in 60 games for the Rockies last year and he was 20 for 89 (.225 avg, .675 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs.  He has now played in 2,163 games in his first 18 years in the majors and he is 1,968 of 7,021 (.280 avg, .926 OPS) with 1,203 runs scored, 429 homers, 1,405 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DESIGNATED HITTERS IN 2013:  B

The Cleveland Indians could platoon at 3B in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Sunday 17 February 2013 at 7:07 pm

It looks like the Indians could be platooning at 3B in 2013.  24-year old lefty swinging Lonnie Chisenhall and 31-year old righty swinging Mike Aviles are likely going to be set up in a platoon situation, unless one of them has a huge spring and wins the full time gig.  Chisenhall played in 43 games for the Indians last year and he was 38 of 142 (.268 avg, .741 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 5 homers, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He played in 30 games (28 starts) at 3B for the Indians last year and he made 6 errors there while showing below average range.  Chisenhall has played in 109 games in his first two years with the Indians and he is 92 of 354 (.260 avg, .716 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 12 homers, 38 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Aviles can play all over the infield if the Indians need him to.  He played in 136 games for the Red Sox last year and he was 128 of 512 (.250 avg, .663 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 13 homers, 60 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  He played in 1 game (1 start) for the Red Sox at 3B last year and he didn’t make any errors.  Aviles has now played in 475 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 488 of 1,761 (.277 avg, .715 OPS) with 229 runs scored, 39 homers, 190 RBIs and 51 stolen bases.  29-year old righty swinging Mark Reynolds can play 3B if need be, but most of his P.T. will be at DH in 2013 for the Tribe.  Reynolds played in 15 games (15 starts) at 3B for the Orioles last year and he made 6 errors there while showing terrible range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2013:  C+

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