AL Central Preview: Cleveland Indians

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  Kerry Wood of the Cleveland Indians poses during photo day at the Indians spring training complex on February 21, 2009 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Indians, I predict, will finish third in the AL Central this year. They will have to ride the shoulders of Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore if they want to finish second of first in their division. Cliff Lee will have to have more wins as well.

Keep and Eye on: Kerry Wood, RP
Kerry Wood is a new addition to the Indians bullpen and will become the closer for the team. Last year on the Cubs, Wood had 34 saves and a 3.26 ERA.

Projected Lineup
1. Grady Sizemore, cf
2. Ben Francisco, lf
3. Travis Hafner, dh
4. Kelly Shoppach, c
5. Jhonny Peralta, ss
6. Victor Martinez, 1b
7. Shin-Soo Choo, rf
8. Andy Marte, 3b
9. Josh Barfield, 2b

Projected Pitching Staff
1. Cliff Lee, lhp
2. Fausto Carmona, rhp
3. Aaron Laffey, lhp
4. Jeremy Sowers, lhp
5. Anthony Reyes, rhp

Projected Bullpen
Kerry Wood
Jensen Lewis
Rafael Betancourt
Rafael Perez
Joe Smith
Masa Kobayashi

Top Prospects
1. Matt LaPorta, of/1b
2. Carlos Santana, c
3. Adam Miller, rhp
4. Nick Weglarz, lf
5. Beau Mills, 1b