Due to the offseason acquisitions of Derek Lowe and Kevin Slowey, the Cleveland Indians figure to have an insane amount of major-league ready pitching filling the AAA Columbus Clippers’ rotation.
While the Tribe’s rotation is not getting much love nationally, I think that a staff consisting of Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin, Lowe and Slowey should be average to above-average. Jimenez and Masterson are great top of the rotation guys and the other three starters, while not spectacular, are solid.
Unfortunately for Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff, Zach McAllister, Scott Barnes and Corey Kluber, having the big league rotation all but set will leave them all stuck starting the year in AAA Columbus. All five of these pitchers could conceivably be in a big league rotation right now, but in 2012 will be depth options for the Indians.
Considering the rate at which injuries affect pitchers, it is quite likely that the Indians will use all five of these pitchers in Cleveland through the course of the 2012 season. As such, let’s take some time to profile each pitcher’s strengths, weaknesses and general outlook for 2012. Read More…
From Indians Prospect Insider, February 16, 2012