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Five prospects with the most to prove this year- “Unfortunately for Phelps and Tribe fans, his brief, 35 game major league stint was a disaster. Phelps had terrible offensive stats (.155/.241/.254 slash line, .494 OPS (39 OPS+), .231 wOBA (39 wRC+), -0.9 fWAR in 80 PA) and struggled defensively (five errors in only 75 chances). Phelps ended up back in AAA while Kipnis solidified his hold on the second base job later in the season.
While Phelps won’t be able to prove himself at the major league level this year, he will need to impress as the everyday second baseman in Columbus in order to rebuild his stock. If he keeps producing at a high level in AAA, he’ll get another shot in the majors. With the lack of middle-infield talent the Indians have in the higher levels of the minor...
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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...
Kotchman not the right-handed option many were hoping for (photo: MLB)The talk of the Cleveland offseason, long before, really, has been a lack of right-handed hitters in the Indians' lineup in general, but especially a lack of power from the right side.It is no secret that exactly zero of the team's projected regular position players are strictly right-handed, as only switch...
With trades surrounding prospects Alex White and Drew Pomeranz coupled with the promotions of key players like Carlos Santana, Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis, the Cleveland Indians’ farm system has been “gutted,” per ESPN’s Keith Law, who ranks the Tribe’s developmental system 29th in all of Major League Baseball.
Entering what many believe to be their contention window...
We are so close to pitchers and catchers reporting to Arizona, that baseball starved fans like me can taste it. Football season officially ended Sunday with the New York Giants holding the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in four years. While I am a hardcore college basketball junkie (which in this town is like being a leper), I always have one eye looking towards my first love...
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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...
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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.