Weekly Wroundtable: Cleveland Indians’ Spring Training Surprises

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C.C. Lee and Nick Hagadone Achieve Opposite Results

Sep 21, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (left) and relief pitcher Nick Hagadone (50) celebrate the win against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Cleveland Indians win 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Bretz: Probably the biggest surprise has been the struggles of C.C. Lee. After appearing in 37 big league games last season with varying levels of success, he appeared to be a guy that had the best shot at claiming the seventh bullpen spot. However, he’s really struggled this spring, and while spring stats can be fickle, he’s walked more batters than he’s struck out, showing that command is still an issue. That in and of itself isn’t truly surprising since he’s had issues with command in the past, but I was hopefully optimistic he’d take the next step this year. Hopefully this is just a small hiccup for Lee and he rebounds, but I’m surprised at just how off he’s looked this spring.

Justin Lada: Nick Hagadone hasn’t allowed a run this spring, and I think as of Wednesday, he hadn’t walked anyone. He took a big step forward last season in the second half. It seems like he’s really found what works for him and can settle in solidly. Another reliever who could make 60+ appearances, is left-handed, throws gas and isn’t a gas can anymore.

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