Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cleveland Indians affiliate preview: Columbus Clippers

Manager: Chris Tremie

Last season: 71-73

What to watch for: Trevor Bauer starts the April 3 opener Indianapolis. The eccentric right-hander remains one of the Indians' top prospects, but for how long? If Carlos Carrasco falters in Cleveland, Josh Tomlin is the top candidate for a quick promotion. Tomlin appears fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander will hog innings. ... First baseman Jesus Aguilar possess power, something lacking in the Indians' farm system. ... Infielder Jose Ramirez is only 21, a switch-hitter and can play multiple infield positions.  His future, even if it might not be in Cleveland, appears bright. ... The Clippers led Minor League Baseball last year by averaging 9,212 fans per game. Placing a ballpark in the Arena District represents thoughtful urban planning. More important, it makes everybody forget about Cooper Stadium.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy

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