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1. Francisco Lindor, ss
2. Dorssys Paulino, ss
3. Tyler Naquin, of
4. Cody Allen, rhp
5. Mitch Brown, rhp
6. Danny Salazar, rhp
7. Luigi Rodriguez, of
8. Ronny Rodriguez, ss/2b
9. Jesus Aguilar, 1b
10. Chen Lee, rhp
Best Hitter for Average Dorssys Paulino
Best Power Hitter Jesus Aguilar
Best Strike Zone Discipline Francisco Lindor
Fastest Baserunner Luigi Rodriguez
Best Athlete D’vone McClure
Best Fastball Trey Haley
Best Curveball Cody Allen
Best Slider Shawn Armstrong
Best Changeup Danny Salazar
Best Control T.J. McFarland
Best Defensive Catcher Roberto Perez
Best Defensive Infielder Francisco Lindor
Best Infield Arm Giovanny Urshela
Best Defensive OF Tyler Holt
Best Outfield Arm Tyler Naquin
Catcher Carlos Santana
First Base Lonnie Chisenhall
Second Base Asdrubal Cabrera
Third Base Dorssys Paulino
Shortstop Francisco Lindor
Left Field Jason Kipnis
Center Field Michael Brantley
Right Field Tyler Naquin
Designated Hitter Shin-Soo Choo
No. 1 Starter Justin Masterson
No. 2 Starter Carlos Carrasco
No. 3 Starter Ubaldo Jimenez
No. 4 Starter Zach McAllister
No. 5 Starter Mitch Brown
Closer Cody Allen
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Brandon Phillips, ss/2b Reds
2004 Grady Sizemore, of Indians
2005 Adam Miller, rhp Yankees
2006 Adam Miller, rhp Yankees
2007 Adam Miller, rhp Yankees
2008 Adam Miller, rhp Yankees
2009 Carlos Santana, c Indians
2010 Carlos Santana, c Indians
2011 Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b Indians
2012 Francisco Lindor, ss Indians
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Michael Aubrey, 1B Out of baseball
2004 Jeremy Sowers, LHP Out of baseball
2005 Trevor Crowe, OF Angels
2006 David Huff, LHP Indians
2007 Beau Mills, 1B/3B Reds
2008 Lonnie Chisenhall, SS Indians
2009 Alex White, RHP Rockies
2010 Drew Pomeranz, LHP Rockies
2011 Francisco Lindor, SS Indians
2012 Tyler Naquin, OF Indians
Danys Baez, 1999
Jeremy Guthrie, 2002 $3,000,000
Francisco Lindor, 2011 $2,900,000
Drew Pomeranz, 2010 $2,650,000
Jeremy Sowers, 2004 $2,475,000
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As their 68-94 season drew to a close, the Indians fired manager Manny Acta, then quickly replaced him with former Red Sox skipper Terry Francona.

While Francona puts a fresh face in the dugout, there’s little Acta could have done given the players at his disposal. Cleveland ranked 22nd in baseball in runs scored, but the pitching was worse as only the Rockies allowed more runs.

The Indians have struggled to add talent in recent years, most notably through the market for amateur players. While Jason Kipnis has proven to be an excellent use of a second-round pick in 2009, the draft continues to be an area that has provided little help.

Vinnie Pestano (20th round, 2006) and Tony Sipp (45th round, 2004) have been useful relievers and Cody Allen (23rd round, 2011) made a rapid rise to join them in the big league bullpen, but years of missing on first-round picks and getting little from the later rounds have hampered Cleveland. Further development from 2008 first-rounder Lonnie Chisenhall would represent a major draft breakthrough, but he has hit .260/.295/.421 and played substandard defense in the majors the last two years.

The international market also has been a dry spot. Former Latin American director Rene Gayo (now with the Pirates) helped the team add Roberto Hernandez, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta, among others. The Indians’ more recent forays into international waters have yet to deliver any impact players.

Other than Hernandez and Rafael Perez, the only other international free agent Cleveland signed and had on its 2012 team was nondescript Jeanmar Gomez. The Indians hope that Chen Lee perhaps can offer some relief help in 2013 after losing 2012 to Tommy John surgery.

Former GM and current club president Mark Shapiro helped build his reputation on trades that landed such players as Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, Travis Hafner, Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, Carlos Santana and Grady Sizemore. But Shapiro received little in return when he traded C.C. Sabathia in 2008 and Lee in 2009, a major reason why the team hasn’t had a winning season since blowing a 3-1 lead in the 2007 American League Championship Series. Matt LaPorta, the centerpiece of the Sabathia trade, has been a bust, though Michael Brantley did emerge as a solid regular in 2012. Carlos Carrasco, who missed 2012 after Tommy John surgery. is the last hope to salvage much value from the Lee deal.

Making the opposite move, trading prospects in exchange for a supposed ace, also has turned sour. With the Indians contending in mid-2011, GM Chris Antonetti traded his two best young arms to the Rockies as part of a four-player package for Ubaldo Jimenez. Neither Drew Pomeranz and Alex White has done much in Colorado yet, but Jimenez has gone 13-21, 5.32 in 42 starts for Cleveland.

The Indians did get value when they traded Austin Kearns in 2010, getting Zach McAllister from the Yankees. He had a 4.24 ERA in 22 major league starts in 2012.

If the Indians are counting on help from the minors, impact talent is still at least a couple of years away. Francisco Lindor is a potential all-star and fellow shortstop Dorssys Paulino may be the best international player they’ve signed since Peralta in 1999. But neither has played above low Class A, nor has 2012 first-rounder Tyler Naquin, and beyond them the system is thin.0

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