The Indians have 22 non-roster invitees in major-league camp for spring training, but only a handful of players will actually make the big league club. Let's take a look at each of the players that will compete for a spot on the opening day roster.
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Bruce Chen, LHP
2014 Team: Kansas City Royals 2014 Stats: 2-4, 7.45 ERA in 48 1/3 innings pitched (13 appearances, 7 starts). Chances of making opening day roster: Low Chen, who spent the past six seasons with Kansas City, would get a $1 million, one-year contract if he's added to the 40-man roster plus a chance to earn up to $1 million in performance bonuses. If he does make the team, he will most likely end up in the bullpen for depth.
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Scott Downs, LHP
2014 Team(s): Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox 2014 Stats: 0-4, 4.97 ERA in 38 innings pitched (55 appearances). Chances of making opening day roster: High Downs has a decent shot to make the team as a left-handed bullpen specialis. He has held left-handed batters to a .219 average in 619 MLB appearances.
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Jeff Manship, RHP
2014 Team: Philidelphia Phillies 2014 Stats: 1-2, 6.65 ERA in 23 innings pitched (20 appearances). Chances of making opening day roster: Low Manship made the Phillies opening day roster last year as a spring-training invitee but was designated for assignment in July. He spent the rest of the season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. His longest stay in the big leagues was in 2010, when he made 13 appearances for the Twins.
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Shaun Marcum, RHP
2013 Team: New York Mets (Injured in 2014) 2013 Stats: 1-10, 5.29 ERA in 78 1/3 innings pitched (14 appearances). Chances of making opening day roster: Medium Marcum missed nearly all of 2014 while recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome, but is "100 percent" right now. Marcum said this is the best he's felt since "2011 or early 2012." Marcum has mostly been a starter in his career but said he would be happy to make the roster in any role.
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Nick Maronde, LHP
2014 Team(s): Los Angeles Angels, Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: 0-0, 12.79 ERA in 6.1 innings pitched (11 appearances) Chances of making opening day roster: Low Acquired in July, Maronde pitched for the Tribe in the minors last season but was designated for assignment to make room for Gavin Floyd. After clearing waivers, he was invited to Indians big-league camp to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Maronde once had a lot of potential as a lefty reliever for the Angels but he's been marred by control issues the past two seasons. He will likely break camp with Triple-A Columbus.
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Dustin Molleken, RHP
2014 Team: Milwaukee Brewers (minors) 2014 Stats: 5-2, 4.84 ERA, in 74 1/3 innings pitched (54 appearances) for Triple-A Nashville. Chances of making opening day roster: Very Low Molleken, 30, has been in the Pittsburgh, Colorado and Milwaukee organizations but has never pitched in the big leagues. He's probably the biggest longshot to make the Tribe roster. He spent 2012 and 2013 pitching in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters and returned to MLB in 2014, pitching for Milwaukee's Triple-A team, where he struck out 89 and walked 35 in 74 1/3 innings as a reliever.
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Bryan Price, RHP
2014 Team: Cleveland Indians 2014 Stats: 0-0, 20.25 ERA in 2.2 innings pitched (three appearances). Chances of making opening day roster: Low Price made his major-league debut with the Tribe in 2014, but it wasn't pretty. He allowed six runs on eight hits, including three home runs in three appearances. Price, however, had a solid season in the minors, going 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 36 1/3 innings pitched (28 appearances) between Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron. He went 5-for-5 in save opportunities. He'll get the chance to pitch in some big league games this spring, but will likely start the season in Triple-A Columbus.
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Will Roberts, RHP
2014 Team: Cleveland Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: 12-12, 4.08 ERA in 161 innings pitched (27 appearances, all starts) for Double-A Akron. Chances of making opening day roster: Very Low Roberts, 24, led Akron in starts and strikeouts last season. Drafted in 2011, Roberts only has three full seasons of professional baseball under his belt, but he has a bright future and might get the opportunity to pitch in a few big-league spring training games.
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Michael Roth, LHP
2014 Team: Los Angeles Angels 2014 Stats: 1-0, 8.76 ERA in 12/ 13 innings pitched (7 appearances). Chances of making opening day roster: Low Roth was brought up as a starter in the minors, but has mainly pitched out of the bullpen at the major-league level. While he struggled during his brief big league stints over the past two years, he had a solid season for Double-A Arkansas in 2014, going 11-7 with a 2.62 ERA in 140 2/3 innings. He is a longshot to break camp with the Indians, but don't be surprised if he's back in the bigs at some point this season.
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Anthony Swarzak, RHP
2014 Team: Minnesota Twins 2014 Stats: 3-2, 4.70 ERA in 86 innings pitched (50 appearances, 4 starts) Chances of making opening day roster: Very High Swarzark had a down year in 2014, but he's the early favorite of the non-roster invitees to make the team -- and make an impact. His best season was 2013, when he was 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 48 appearances. With the second-most relief innings pitched in the major leagues since 2012 (237 1/3), Swarzak should fit right in with manager Terry Francona's old school bullpen style.
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Brett Hayes, C
2014 Team: Kansas City Royals 2014 Stats: .135 BA (7-for-52), one home run, seven RBI in 42 games. Chances of making opening day roster: Low Hayes spent most of the 2014 season as KC's backup catcher to Salvador Perez, but was sent down to Triple-A Omaha late in the season because he was a defnsive liability. Hayes has appeared in 175 games in the majors over the past six seasons and has a .209 career average. He will likely break camp with Triple-A Columbus, where he'll be stashed for depth.
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Jake Lowery, C
2014 Team: Cleveland Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: .201 BA (44-for-219), five home runs, 19 RBI in 66 games for Double-A Akron. Chances of making opening day roster: Very Low Lowery is entering his second year as an invitee to the Indians' major-league camp. He had a solid spring last year, going 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in seven games. Lowery missed signifigant time due to injury in 2014. He was hit in the face with a pitch in April and was out for seven weeks. He will likely break camp with Double-A Akron.
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Adam Moore, C
2014 Team: San Diego Padres 2014 Stats: .200 BA (2-for-10) with one RBI in nine games. Chances of making opening day roster: Low Moore is a nine-year veteran who has played for the Mariners, the Royals and the Padres. With Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez as options to backup catcher Yan Gomes, Moore will likely remain at Triple-A Columbus as an insurance policy.
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Audy Ciriaco, 3B
2014 Team: Cleveland Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: .255 (95-for-373) with 25 doubles, 15 homers and 70 RBI in 112 games for Triple-A Columbus. Chances of making opening day roster: Low Ciriaco's versatility will work in his favor -- He appeared in 35 games at first, 30 games at second, 17 at shortstop, 14 at third and one in center field last season -- but he still needs more time to develop. Facing major-league pitchers this spring will provide a great opportunity for Ciriaco to work on his swing and timing.
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Francisco Lindor, SS
2014 Team: Cleveland Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: .276 BA (140-for-507) with 11 home runs and 62 RBI in 126 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Chance of making opening day roster: Low This is the second year of major-league camp for Lindor, who went 6-for-19 with a home run and five RBI in 11 games last spring. Lindor is the No. 1 prospect in the Tribe's farm system, so his big-league debut is highly anticipated. But don't expect it to be on opening day. With Jose Ramirez as the Tribe's starting shortstop, and super-utility man Mike Aviles as backup, the Indians have no need to rush Lindor as he continues to develop in the minors.
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Michael Martinez, 2B, OF
2014 Team: Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Stats: .128 BA (5-for-39), two RBI in 26 games. Chance of making opening day roster: Low Martinez is fighting for a bench spot, so his versatility will be a big factor. He played all three outfield positions and second base last season, so there is a chance he could make the team as a utility man, but he would have to have a really impressive camp. He's got his work cut out for him.
Ryan Rohlinger, IF
2014 Team: Cleveland Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: .233 BA (68-for-292), five home runs, 27 RBI in 85 games for Triple-A Columbus. Chance of making opening day roster: Low Rohlinger is somewhat of a minor-league veteran. He was part of the San Francisco Giants system from 2008-11, but only played in 46 games over that span. Rohlinger also spent time in the Colorado Rockies organization before coming to the Indians in 2012. He's spent the last two seasons at Triple-A Columbus, which is where he'll likely remain as a fourth outfielder/utility player.
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Destin Hood, OF
2014 Team: Washington Nationals (minors) 2014 Stats: .294 BA (41-for-309), 10 home runs, 36 RBI for Triple-A Syracuse. Chance of making opening day roster: Low Hood was once one of the top prospects in the Nationals organization. Now, at 24 years old, his prospect status is gone but the Indians are willing to give him a look as possible outfield depth. Hood was known for his power hitting in the minors, so it will be interesting to see him face major-league pitching this spring. His chances of making the team are slim, but he could be a solid outfielder at Triple-A Columbus this season.
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Tyler Naquin, OF
2014 Team: Cleveland Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: .313 BA (95-for-304), four home runs, 30 RBI in 76 games for Double-A Akron. Chance of making opening day roster: Low Naquin, the Indians' No. 1 pick in 2012, suffered a broken bone in his right hand when he was hit by a pitch in late June, causing him to miss the rest of the season. Naquin was on the verge of being promoted to Triple-A when his injury occured, so there's a good chance that's where he'll start the 2015 season. He's still at least a year ot two away from becoming a solid major-league outfielder, but being in big-league camp this spring will definitely help in his development.
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Jerry Sands, OF
2014 Team: Cleveland Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: .248 BA (11-for-459), 24 doubles, two homers, 50 RBI in 26 games for Double-A Akron. Chance of making opening day roster: Low Sands has spent time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. He's batted .240 with five home runs and 31 RBI in 273 MLB plate appearances. While he has big-league experience, Sands is a longshot to make the roster, unless he has the kind of camp Nyjer Morgan had last spring.
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Jordan Smith, OF
2014 Team: Cleveland Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: .248 BA (114-for-459), two home runs, 50 RBI in 126 games for Double-A Akron. Chance of making opening day roster: Very Low Drafted in 2011, Smith has only played three full seasons of professional baseball. He has moved up quickly through the system, jumping one level each year, but he'll likely remain at Double-A Akron when camp breaks. He's another young outfield prospect with a lot of potential, so being a part of major-league camp should really help with his development.
James Ramsey, OF
2014 Team: St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians (minors) 2014 Stats: .295 BA (104-for-352), 16 home runs, 52 RBI in 95 games between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Columbus. Chance of making opening day roster: Low-Medium Ramsey could be the dark horse to make the opening day roster. He's got some stiff competition, but his participation in the Indians' Winter Development Program might give him a leg up on some of the other non-roster invitees. While he's played mostly center field in his minor-league career, he has the ability to play all three outfield positions -- which could work to his advantage, considering the Indians' current logjam of centerfielders. Expect to see Ramsey break camp with Triple-A Columbus, but don't rule him out for a major-league debut in 2015.