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Indians Finalize 25-Man Roster: 25 Quick Thoughts

By T.J. ZUPPE, 92.3 The Fan Indians Beat Reporter
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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.

Position Players

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.

Starting Pitchers

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.

Relievers

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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