By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on March 23, 2014
The surprise team of the American League in 2013 could have been the Cleveland Indians. This year they plan to go out and improve upon the great debut that Terry Francona had in his first year as manager. They do have a couple of key vacancies in the pitching rotation however that could be troubling. Overall they should still be very good and fighting for a playoff spot until the final weeks.
1 – Jason Kipnis: If the Indians are going far this year they need another All-Star season from their second baseman. They should get it.
2 – Michael Brantley: Brantley is one of the most underrated outfielders from 2013 as he provided a lot of run production. There is no reason to think he will do differently this year.
3 – Yan Gomes
4 – Michael Bourn
5 – Nick Swisher
1 – Justin Masterson
2 – Corey Kluber: The role of the up and comers in the starting rotation grew with key departures in the offseason. Kluber is one that must step up this year.
3 – Danny Salazar: Salazar is the other starter who is going to be expected to carry a much heavier load of wins and innings this season.
4 – John Axford
5 – Cody Allen
1 – David Murphy: Many are down on Murphy but his good seasons are not a long ways behind him. Look for a return to 2012 and prior form this season.
2 – John Axford: If Axford can close for the Tribe like he did for the Brewers, he will be the biggest addition to the team in recent memory.
3 – Shawn Marcum
4 – Josh Outman
5 – Aaron Harang
1 – Francisco Lindor
2 – Trevor Bauer: Bauer is out for the beginning of the season because he needs to get regular starts. He is very likely to continue to see call-up starts in the majors this season however.
3 – Clint Frazier: Though he is still many years away from being MLB ready, Frazier is already one of the more respected young players in the minor leagues.
4 – Dorssys Paulino
5 – Tyler Naquin
Though many things are likely to go right for the Indians in 2014, they didn't make a lot of additions this offseason while they lost a couple of key players. Because of that I would doubt they improve greatly on last season like they hope.
Final Record and Season Prediction: 88 – 74, 3rd in American League Central, No Postseason
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