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The Cleveland Indians, the MLB doormat

Posted on: July 31, 2009 7:36 pm
Alright boys...I don't know how many of you are tribe fans but I'm about to rant so bear with me.  After all this shifting of the tribes star players for what I would consider close to the majors "B" prospects and projectable top prospects in class "A" or Sally league ball, I'd like to take a look at a best case scenario about what the Indians stating rotation will look like in 2011.   1. Jason Knapp(described by one scout as a "Roy Halladay Clone" and said to have by some scouts a higher ceiling then any other pitcher in Phils system)2. Carlos Carrasco(#1 prospect in the Phils system before poor campaign this year in triple A ball)3. Justin Masterson(Spent year bouncing back and forth from the Sox rotation to their bullpen before trade. Projectable starter with a power arm but he's no Clay Buchholtz, more on that in a moment.)4. Fausto Carmona(Head case but solid middle to back end staff guy. Great sinker)5a. Hector Rondon(Young lanky Latin pitcher that tops out at 96 mph currently with a plus slider and a improving change-up. 

5b. Kelvin De La Cruz is the wild card here.  He could be a starter as well when one of these pittles out.  Cruz has been described by scouts as "Carmona Left" has he is a southpaw carbon copy of Fausto. 

Like or not Cleveland has a odd way of accepting prospects that other organizations don't peg as a value return for All-Stars.  Toronto would not take Carrasco, Knapp, and the 2 position players for a former cy young winner in Roy Halladay but Cleveland was more than happy to take it for the CURRENT cy young winner.  All the talk/rumors today was that Cleveland and Boston would be swapping V-mart for Buchholtz but instead we got Masterson, Hagadone, and Price.  Reading the scouting reports I see Hagadone as a bullpen arm(I'm probably wrong) and Price as nothing more than organizational depth.  Masterson is the prize of this trade but when you could have had Buchholtz a pitcher that has a fastball that sits comfortably at 93-94 mph coupled with a plus-plus curve and plus change, oh and a MLB no-hitter to his credit, I don't see the value in taking Masterson just to get a higher ceiling prospect in Hagadone who by the way has already has Tommy John and is 23 years old in Class "A" ball.  In closing, I like what we got for Cliff Lee but I'm scaried of the value  of the package we got from Boston.  I don't care if Peter Gammons compared Hagadone to David Price, he's still 23 years old in class "A" ball.  Big Train Out.
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