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Pragmatic Predictions for the Indians’ 2012 Opening Day Roster

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The Bench

Aaron Cunningham: The mean projection (.245/.310/.398, 100 OPS+) might seem a tad optimistic, but I’ll take it—I’ve been bullish on Cunningham ever since he came to Cleveland and I expect him to be a quietly solid asset for this team in 2012 and down the road. The Indians could have done a lot worse in filling the final spot on their bench. (full profile here)

Lou Marson: I’d say the mean projection (.234/.315/.327, 80 OPS+) looks about right. With Marson is entering what should be his prime I’d take the over if I had to choose, but the average there looks like a pretty good 50th percentile projection. (full profile here)

Jose Lopez: I’d be surprised to see his wRC+ hit 80, and with so many better infielders—Cord Phelps, Donald, Chisenhall, Andy LaRoche, Jack Hannahan (once Chisenhall gets called up)—looking for promotions and playing time, the Indians won’t need him for very long. (full profile here)

Jason Donald: Donald takes over backup duty for Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera. Between that and a smattering of appearances at third base, in the outfield, and as a pinch-runner he plays about 70 games. He’s about a league-average hitter and his defense is acceptable—in other words, he’s an unremarkable player but a great asset to have off the bench. (full profile here)

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