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Will the Cleveland Indians’ defense improve in 2015?

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports The Achilles heal last year for the Tribe was their defense. It may be the catalyst to why they just barely missed out on a Wild Card spot. With no major changes to fielding positions, is their any reason to believe that this won’t still be the status quo in 2015? Let’s look at the most important position on the field: catcher. Yan Gomes has...
Via Sports-Glory
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maximizing the Indians Line-Up Production

Picking the expected line-up for a Terry Francona team begins as a travesty as Francona generally doesn’t have one reusable line-up throughout the year. That being said, we will attempt here, to find the optimum line-up based on who is expected to be in the Indians starting nine. To start, we will take a look at the baseballmusings.com Lineup Analyzer, but we will take FanGraph’s...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Burning River Predicts the Future: 2015 Indians Edition

Every year the staff at BurningRiverBaseball.com incorrectly predicts who they think will be the Indians statistical leaders by the end of the season as well as the winners of the Burning River Awards given out at the end of the year. Proving how impossible it is to predict, very rarely do we get things right, but it won’t keep us from trying. Prognosticators this year include...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chisenhall Must Find a Way to Improve Defense Throughout Season

There was hardly a player more talked about during last year’s Spring Training than Lonnie Chisenhall. Would he get the third base job, what would happen between he and Carlos Santana, would Chisenhall end up in the minors, did he have what it took to be a contributing member of the team on more than just the bench, what was going to happen? Chisenhall managed to fight his way...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Potential 25 Man Roster of the Future

We are ever closer to reducing to 25 men in camp as the most recent set of cuts brought the Indians to just 37 players left in Goodyear. There were definitely some surprises this time around as two players who were considered possibilities, Bruce Chen and C.C. Lee, were reassigned to minor league camp. There was also some disappointment for many fans as Francisco Lindor was also...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians defense no longer a comedy of errors

In simple terms, the 2014 Cleveland Indians defense was a comedy of errors. The laughs extended to several comically range-limited defenders as well as some unfortunate injuries at key positions. The defense was so poor that the Indians ranked in last place in both Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). They were able to obtain second to last place in the...
Via Waiting For Next Year
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana powers Indians past Athletics, 8-3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 8-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Santana connected for his third spring homer in the third inning against Chris Bassitt. Zach McAllister pitched four solid innings for Cleveland, allowing two hits and an unearned run. He struck out four and walked two...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana powers Cleveland Indians past Oakland Athletics, 8-3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 8-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Santana connected for his third spring homer in the third inning against Chris Bassitt. Zach McAllister pitched four solid innings for Cleveland, allowing two hits and an unearned run. He struck out four and walked two...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sorting through the end of the roster: 2015 Indians Preview

With just two weeks before the season begins in Houston, manager Terry Francona is not far from making the decisions that will shape the end of the Indians’ opening day roster. With spots up for grabs in the outfield, on the starting staff, and in the bullpen, the Tribe has some camp battles that are still in full swing. Who will round out the utility spots? Who’s nabbing that...
Via Waiting For Next Year
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Cleveland Indians

When the Indians brought Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn on prior to the 2013 season it signified a changing of eras for the Tribe. Along with a core of Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, the Indians have had winning seasons each of the past two seasons and look to improve upon those records in 2015. With most of the team under control through...
Via Bloguin Best
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Cleveland Indians

When the Indians brought Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn on prior to the 2013 season it signified a changing of eras for the Tribe. Along with a core of Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, the Indians have had winning seasons each of the past two seasons and look to improve upon those records in 2015. With most of the team under control through...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

First Cuts: Potential 25 Man Roster Update 3/18

The most recent update on the Indians 25 man roster includes two big losses due to injuries and ten lesser deletions due to the first round of cuts. From the original massive group, things are slightly more simple now with just 52 players left in camp. New additions and promotions are marked in green while players dropped from a starting spot or removed entirely will be listed in...
Via Burning River Baseball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana Continues to Walk The Line of Superstardom

If Carlos Santana wasn’t a fan of his musical counterpart, then he should at least be a fan of Johnny Cash. As Cash states in his song, “I Walk the Line,” Santana also shows how good he is at taking a walk or two throughout the season. In 2014, he did it 113 times, in which he led all of MLB. Santana has always had good plate discipline, it’s probably his strongest and most...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana and Lindor homer for Indians in 4-2 win over Padres

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Carlos Santana hit his second home run of the spring and Francisco Lindor had an inside-the-park shot to lead the Cleveland Indians past the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Sunday. Trevor Bauer became the first Indians pitcher to go five innings this spring. He allowed a run-scoring double to Matt Kemp and a home run to Wil Myers, his second. Kemp is batting .412 this...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Santana: They Say First Is The Best

Not everything has to be a series from me. Do I have to sell a gimmick to get you to latch on to what I'm reading? Sure, I brought you the Under The Greydar series and yeah, I brought you Deep League Thoughts. And yeah, I started a bit of a series called Draft Day Arbitrage which we're still working on but sometimes a particular topic just grabs me and I gotta get it out there...
Via Razzball
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Aguilar Awaiting Another Opportunity

Things played out almost perfectly for Cleveland Indians first base prospect Jesus Aguilar at the beginning of last season, despite starting the year in Triple-A. Carlos Santana was slated to be the Indians’ third baseman, after primarily splitting time between catcher, first base, and designated hitter in years past. Nick Swisher was the lone legitimate first base option remaining...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Potential 25 Man Roster 3/3 Update

Keeping things updated as training progresses, the latest group looks a lot like the original published last month. While the expected starters haven’t generally changed, there have been quite a few more contenders added including a large group of minor leaguers already within the system who have garnered invites and a few more free agent signings. New additions and changes are...
Via Burning River Baseball
29 days ago  |  Discuss

OBP Leagues: In Need of Some Headley

Playing in an OBP league not only takes into account more of the players overall performance, it can also help you get a couple of steals on draft day. I took a look at third base and singled out a few players to target and one to pass over that others in your league may be sleeping on... Looking at the top-5 in OBP last year, we end up with Adrian Beltre (.388), Matt Carpenter...
Via Razzball
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians hope Santana's comfort at first leads to rebound at plate

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Last year one of the biggest topics of spring training was Carlos Santana moving to third base and backing up at catcher. This year Santana doesn't have to worry about being shuffled around as he knows he is at first. "This time last year he was really excited about trying to play third. He was really going after it," said Terry Francona. "This year is going to...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez picked up starts down the line with Perez eventually...
Via Burning River Baseball
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Ten Percent That Matters: Indians Spring Training Notes

Reams of information are digitally thrown around during Spring Training. In the end, I would estimate that only 10% of it really matters. The catch? We will not know which 10% until May (at the earliest). All Cleveland Indians fans should be informed, however, so I will post the potentially important nuggets of information and we can figure out which ones actually matter later....
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Time for Indians to Shed “Young” Label

Over the past few years the Indians have been tagged with the labels the likes of “young,” “inexperienced,” “youthful,” and “still learning.” Those tags were used in 2011 and 2012 when talented clubs started strong and finished poorly and far out of the postseason. They were thrown around when that team, under the guidance of Terry Francona, did better, but still...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Corner Infield & DH

With most of the Indians starting positions firmly established, this group of hitters is one of the most interesting going into the 2015 season. Every significant member of the team who played either third base, first base or DH in 2014 is returning for the 2015 (Jason Giambi and Chris Gimenez are the only insignificant players to leave) and added into that mix is the free agent...
Via Burning River Baseball
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Two Indians mentioned as Grantland’s worst contracts

It’s what all the Cleveland Indians defenders say when anyone wants to talk about how cheap the Dolans are, and they’re not wrong. Free agency is a completely inefficient way to build a baseball team. Jonah Keri and Grantland are at it again in 2015 analyzing what good and bad value look like. It works in the Indians’ favor from the perspective that a guy like Carlos Santana...
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #74: Carlos Santana | C/1B/3B | CLE

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! With great power, an elite walk rate, and a great-given-his-patience strikeout rate, Carlos Santana has many of the tools that make fantasy monsters. Unfortunately, with a low line drive...
Via Baseball Professor
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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