GOODYEAR, Ariz. (92.3 The Fan) – After making their final few decisions on Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians finalized their Opening Day roster for the 2014 season. Here are 25 quick thoughts – one for every player on the 25-man roster.
C: Yan Gomes – First priority is his excellent receiving; offense will be added bonus.
C/3B: Carlos Santana – On his way to being one of the most unique players in baseball.
1B: Nick Swisher – Now feeling less pressure, will he be more consistent and healthy in 2014?
2B: Jason Kipnis – Could develop into one of game’s most dynamic players.
3B: Lonnie Chisenhall – If he hits, he’ll play.
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera – Could be the team’s biggest offensive X-factor in his contract year.
INF: Mike Aviles – This team’s version of Alvaro Espinoza. Keeps clubhouse loose, plays well everywhere.
INF/OF: Elliot Johnson – Every position he plays defensively looks like his natural position. Possesses incredible versatility.
OF: Ryan Raburn – In a perfect part-time role with Cleveland
OF: Michael Brantley – He rolls out of bed hitting line drives.
OF: Nyjer Morgan – His big personality took a backseat to his talent this spring.
OF: David Murphy – Still trying to reclaim his swing. Platoon with Raburn a good situation.
RHP: Justin Masterson – Isn’t impacted by the outside noise. Perfect mentality for staff leader.
RHP: Corey Kluber – How will he handle hitters adjusting in his second full season?
RHP: Zach McAllister – See above.
RHP: Danny Salazar – Must make 30+ starts to have best impact with the Tribe. Electric stuff.
RHP: Carlos Carrasco – On a mission to finally live up to his talent level.
CL: John Axford – Should provide stability at back-end the team needs.
SU: Cody Allen – Could blossom into one of game’s better setup men this season.
SU: Bryan Shaw – Handled increased usage wonderfully in September.
SU: Marc Rzepczynski – Rediscovered himself with Tribe in 2013. Gives club legitimate match-up lefty.
SU: Josh Outman – Who can argue with having a second match-up lefty option?
MR: Vinnie Pestano – Shown glimpses this spring. Could become one of the season’s best stories if he pitches well.
MR: Scott Atchison – When in Boston, Francona said Atchison would always have a spot on his team. Promise kept.
MR: Blake Wood – If command issues are kept in check, will provide excellent depth and nuclear fastball to pen.
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