Cleveland Indians: 5 Key Spring Training Storylines to Follow

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Jan 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Newly acquired Cleveland Indians player Edwin Encarnacion speaks to the media during a press conference at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Newly acquired Cleveland Indians player Edwin Encarnacion speaks to the media during a press conference at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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As mentioned in the last slide, most of the roster is already set heading into spring training. Brantley is the main question mark remaining, but his health could be something to watch for when it comes to a prospect making the final roster.

Bradley Zimmer, who was ranked the Indians’ No. 2 overall prospect by Baseball America, could potentially make the major league roster if it becomes clear that Brantley isn’t ready for a return. This could be done in similar fashion to how Tyler Naquin made the roster last season.

Zimmer seems to be the only prospect who even has a chance to make the major league roster out of spring training, as the Indians already have so much money invested in the active roster.

The starting rotation and the bullpen are set, with the only remaining spot potentially being that final outfielder role.

Fans are desperately hoping for a full return from Brantley, with the best-case scenario being no prospects making the final roster out of spring training.

But as Indians fans know, things change during the season. Injuries happen and players struggle, thus opening the window for a young player to step in and earn some playing time.

Indians fans are about done with seeing starting players go down with injuries, so if a prospect does earn some time, hopefully it is because he has just done so well it was too hard to keep him in the minors.

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