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Cord Phelps (Photo: IPI)Being in the minor leagues is all about proving yourself, but for these five players, 2012 will be even more critical on their quest to proving that they belong in the Cleveland Indians' long-term plans.Two weeks ago, I listed the five most exciting prospects for 2012.Continuing on with this theme, now I'll take a look at the five Tribe prospects with the most to prove in 2012. Whether they're on here because of injuries, poor performance or failure to live up to expectations, all five of these players need a big 2012 season to reestablish themselves as marquee, top-shelf prospects.Cord Phelps, 2B, ColumbusIn 163 games at the AAA level, Phelps has flat-out raked and justified his ranking as IPI's ninth best Tribe prospect going into 2011. His .303/.380/.498 slash line, .877 OPS, .381 wOBA (137 wRC+), 20 HR and 94 RBI more than justified his promotion over Jason Kipnis in early June. While those like me were begging for Kipnis at that point, it...
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Entering what many believe to be their contention window...
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3 Time All-Star (1959,1965-1966), Top 5 MVP (1958-1959, 1965)
Joshua Gunter/The Plain DealerKyrie Irving was a big topic of discussion on this week's chat with Terry Pluto.Audio: Terry Pluto podcast Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto talks Cleveland sports. What should the Indians do with Matt LaPorta? Do the Browns...
Beat writer Jordan Bastian answers questions about the Indians' lineup, what to expect from Casey Kotchman and the future of Fausto Carmona in his latest Inbox.