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Ranking the 2014 Cleveland Indians opening day roster: Part one (3.29.14)

29 Mar

With a new season upon us, it is once again time for me to rank Cleveland’s roster from bottom to top. Many of the names are familiar from last year’s 92-win playoff season, but there is some new blood (and a noticeable lack of Chris Perez).

Today includes players ranked #25 to #13, which means a lot of players projected to receive less playing time (see: relievers and bench players). But Cleveland has assembled an interesting bench and bullpen, rendering this exercise less tedious and boring than a few years ago. An example is the first player, who despite being ranked 25th, is still an intriguing player.

In-text photos from ESPN

#25 Blake Wood, RHP

Given that Wood is listed at 6’5″, 240 pounds and has a fastball that can push triple digits, there is a good chance that Wood will not be ranked last throughout the season. Wood has the raw stuff to make some noise in the bullpen, but for now, he does not have the past performance to back it up. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, March 29, 2014

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