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Two Months Away

It was a difficult Monday for the city of Indianapolis.  In addition to the Colts stunning loss in the Super Bowl, the Circle City was bracing for another 5 to 8 inches of snow.  Now, I can’t cheer everybody up, but do you realize we are 9 weeks away from the boys of summer returning to the diamond?  The Indians open their season on April 8th in Columbus and may field their most talented team since the 2005 campaign…more on the 2010 Indians roster in a minute. 

 

Hitting Coach Jeff Branson is in town for the Tribe’s annual Hot Stove Luncheon.  Jeff along with keynote speaker Ken Griffey Sr will help us forget about Super Bowl XLIV and start thinking baseball.  At the end of the Indians season Branson went to Pittsburgh in late September for four days to work with hitters and get a lay of the land.  He was there when the Pirates won three out of four from the eventual NL West Champion LA Dodgers.  He told me what stood out was the Dodgers basically got beat by the Indianapolis Indians.  There was so much movement between Indy and Pittsburgh a season ago that on September 27th the team that beat the Dodgers featured EIGHT players in the starting lineup that wore an Indians uniform in 2009.  The lineup that day

 

Pirates

Andrew McCutchen        CF        49 games w/Indians

An. LaRoche                 3B       

Garrett Jones                 RF        72 games

Lastings Milledge           LF        39 games

Robinzon Diaz               C          44 games         

Steve Pearce                 1B        77 games

Luis Cruz                      SS        66 games

Brian Bixler                   2B        108 games

Daniel McCutchen          P          24 starts

 

When it was all said and done a total of 25 players wore an Indians uniform and a Pirates uniform in 2009.  I don’t expect the 2010 Tribe to match that number, but I believe 7 out of Baseball America’s Top Ten Pirates prospects will play in Indianapolis.  Here is the list and who I think will play with the Indians:

 

#1 Pedro Alveraz…Indians opening day 3rd baseman

#2 Jose Tabata…opening day OF

#3 Tony Sanchez…Double-A Catcher, may see him in August

#4 Brad Lincoln…opening day starting pitcher

#5 Chase D’arnaud…Double-****/2B…low odds, but may see him in August

#6 Starling Marte…High A OF

#7 Tim Alderson…Indians starting rotation

#8 Zack Von Rosenberg…2009 draft pick will be pitch in low minors

#9 Rudy Owens…would like to see him in Indians bullpen at some point this year

#10 Gorkys Hernandez…sleeper for opening day, but will see him for 70+ games this year 

 

Baseball America believes in them and we will find out soon enough if they have what it takes to play at Triple-A and eventually the big leagues.  During the off season I set up families and business with season tickets and I’m often asked if the Indians will be any good.  My typical response is…”you never know, but I hope so”…this year it has been…”yes, there is a lot of young talent that can win a ton of games.”  On paper the Indians will be full of prospects that have an eye on PNC Park. 

 

A new feature this summer is my twitter account.  I’ll be updating you on roster moves and real time scoring all summer long.  So give me a follow if you want the latest on what’s happening in Indianapolis.

 

Follow me on twitter:  @ScottDMcCauley

 

 

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  1. Scotty McD, they’ve got to play ball soon. This snow is going to drive me crazy!

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