2015 AL Central preview: Cleveland Indians
2015 Projected lineup
Mar 8, 2015; Surprise, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (24) leads off of first base against the Texas Rangers during to a spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
CF Michael Bourn
SS Jose Ramirez
LF Michael Brantley
DH Carlos Santana
1B Brandon Moss
C Yan Gomes
2B Jason Kipnis
RF David Murphy
3B Lonnie Chisenhall
Aside from Brantley, the Indians got strong production from Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes. While Santana hit just .231 for the season, he was an on base machine. His 113 walks led the league and his 27 homers led the team. Gomes was the AL Silver Slugger winner for catchers behind a .278 average and 21 homers.
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The problem with their offense was the regressions of Jason Kipnis, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher because of injuries. Bourn and Kipnis both stand good chances of rebounding if they can remain healthy. Swisher however should see his playing time slip away with the addition of Moss.
Lonnie Chisenhall is pretty solid hitter at the bottom of the order but Francona would feel a lot better about him if he was better defensively.
The Indians as a whole led the league in errors and Chisenhall was tops in that department with 18. Jose Ramirez, coming off of a solid rookie campaign should give him a bit of support on the left side of the diamond.
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