Cleveland Indians: Three last chance prospects this spring

First baseman Jake Bauers #10 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
First baseman Jake Bauers #10 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Three Cleveland Indians prospects who are on their last chance this spring

Each year the Spring Training roster for the Cleveland Indians raises as many questions as it answers and this year both lists are rather long. With so many moving parts this past offseason, question after question has been marked down. While we hope to have answers by the time the season begins, the list is only getting longer at the moment as we get further into Spring Training.

With so many moving pieces, new faces have arrived on the roster and they come at nearly every position. While there are more openings this season than in the past, the pool of players vying for those spots is much deeper. Additions of prospects like Andres Gimenez and Gabriel Arias have thickened the pot for the middle infield while a slew of players have been put into the first base conversation, including No. 1 prospect Nolan Jones.

In the same regard, free agent additions have made races that were wide open before narrowed to just a spot or two. Eddie Rosario will be locked in as a starter while Billy Hamilton’s speed will give him a unique advantage in the center field competition. Those two join a position group that already had far more players than positions last year, but with majority of players on the same level of talent the spring will be very telling of who makes the final cut.

When it comes down to it, there are going to odd men out like any other year. However, the deepened pool of talent this year is most likely going to result in at least a few surprises and maybe even a few roster moves to follow. While it might not be “Hot Stove” talk, these three players need to impress this spring or they could be on the move or stuck in Triple-A for a long time.