10 Year Indians Roster Projections

With the amateur draft every year, excitement brews for the teams of the future, but rarely do people actually think about how far away that future really is. Below is a chart showing the projected Indians 25 man roster for the next ten seasons. The chart assumes that all players will fulfill their entire contract and stay throughout all their arbitration years with the Indians. Depending on roster time, players have either three or four pre-arbitration years, then generally have three years of arbitration.

The chart assumes no long term contracts or trades, although some of the players listed will be worthy of one or the other. These are unpredictable, so they are not included. The biggest difference between the projections and what will actually happen is most likely going to be free agent signings, which are also unpredictable.

Pre-Arbitration
Arbitration
Under Contract
Option
Pos 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
C Carlos Santana Yan Gomes Yan Gomes Yan Gomes Yan Gomes Yan Gomes Alex Monsalve Alex Monsalve Alex Monsalve Alex Monsalve Alex Monsalve  
1B Nick Swisher Carlos Santana Carlos Santana Carlos Santana Carlos Santana Jesus Aguilar Jesus Aguilar Jesus Aguilar        
2B Jason Kipnis Jason Kipnis Jason Kipnis Jason Kipnis Jason Kipnis Joseph Wendle Joseph Wendle Joseph Wendle Joseph Wendle      
3B Lonnie Chisenhall Lonnie Chisenhall Lonnie Chisenhall Lonnie Chisenhall Lonnie Chisenhall Dorssys Paulino Dorssys Paulino Dorssys Paulino Dorssys Paulino Dorssys Paulino    
SS Asdrubal Cabrera Asdrubal Cabrera Francisco Lindor Francisco Lindor Francisco Lindor Francisco Lindor Francisco Lindor Francisco Lindor        
LF Michael Brantley Michael Brantley Michael Brantley Michael Brantley Tyler Naquin D'vone McClure D'vone McClure D'vone McClure D'vone McClure D'vone McClure    
CF Michael Bourn Michael Bourn Michael Bourn Michael Bourn Michael Bourn Tyler Naquin Tyler Naquin Tyler Naquin Tyler Naquin      
RF Drew Stubbs Drew Stubbs Drew Stubbs Carlos Moncrief Carlos Moncrief Carlos Moncrief Clint Fraser Clint Fraser Clint Fraser Clint Fraser Clint Fraser Clint Fraser
DH Mark Reynolds Nick Swisher Nick Swisher Nick Swisher Nick Swisher Chun Chen Chun Chen Chun Chen        
C2 Yan Gomes Chris Wallace Chun Chen Chun Chen Chun Chen Alex Monsalve            
MIF Mike Aviles Juan Diaz Mike Aviles Joseph Wendle Joseph Wendle              
CIF Jason Giambi Mike Aviles Jesus Aguilar Jesus Aguilar Jesus Aguilar              
OF Ryan Raburn Tim Fedroff Carlos Moncrief Tyler Naquin D'vone McClure   Carlos Moncrief Carlos Moncrief        
                         
SP1 Justin Masterson Justin Masterson Trevor Bauer Trevor Bauer Trevor Bauer Trevor Bauer Trevor Bauer Danny Salazar Mitch Brown Mitch Brown Mitch Brown Luis Gomez
SP2 Ubaldo Jimenez Zach McAllister Zach McAllister Zach McAllister Zach McAllister Zach McAllister Danny Salazar Cody Anderson Kieran Lovegrove Kieran Lovegrove Kieran Lovegrove Dace Kime
SP3 Zach McAllister Trevor Bauer Danny Salazar Danny Salazar Danny Salazar Danny Salazar Cody Anderson T.J. House Dace Kime Dace Kime Dace Kime  
SP4 Corey Kluber Corey Kluber T.J. House Cody Anderson Cody Anderson Cody Anderson T.J. House Mitch Brown        
SP5 Scott Kazmir Josh Tomlin Josh Tomlin Josh Tomlin T.J. House T.J. House Mitch Brown Kieran Lovegrove        
CP Chris Perez Chris Perez Vinnie Pestano Vinnie Pestano Cody Allen Cody Allen Preston Guilmet C.C. Lee Trey Haley      
SU Vinnie Pestano Vinnie Pestano Bryan Shaw Bryan Shaw Bryan Shaw Nick Hagadone C.C. Lee Trey Haley        
BP1 Joe Smith Bryan Shaw Cody Allen Cody Allen Nick Hagadone Preston Guilmet Trey Haley Cole Cook        
BP2 Bryan Shaw Cody Allen Nick Hagadone Nick Hagadone Preston Guilmet C.C. Lee Cole Cook          
BP3 Cody Allen Nick Hagadone Preston Guilmet Preston Guilmet C.C. Lee Trey Haley Kieran Lovegrove          
BP4 Nick Hagadone Preston Guilmet C.C. Lee C.C. Lee Trey Haley Cole Cook            
BP5 Rich Hill C.C. Lee Cole Cook Trey Haley Cole Cook Kieran Lovegrove            

In general, minor league players were chosen by their projected Major League ability, which is truly a complete unknown until they actually make it to the Indians (if they make it). Most movement follows simple progression, such as Pestano taking over Perez once his contract runs out. There are also movements made that have to do with a decline in ability, such as the move of Santana to first and Swisher to DH.

Some things to look forward to in the future are the expected break ins of Lindor and Aguilar in 2015-16 and Naquin in 2017. Next year's team should look very similar to this year's, but the bullpen may be even better with the addition of Lee and Guilmet, while the rotation will likely be at least slightly worse unless some more signings are made. Overall through the next decade, obvious strengths are at the middle infield positions, first base and catcher, while there are major deficiencies in the outfield and among starting pitchers. This projections will constantly change as the team makes moves, so we will continue to update the chart as things change.

About Joseph Coblitz

Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since it's inception in 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona.

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