As the first week of the 2014 season comes to a close, the Indians have sputtered a bit as they begin their quest for a second consecutive playoff berth. The Tribe took two out of three against the Oakland Athletics before dropping a best-of-three series to the Minnesota Twins.
Just as they did last season, Cleveland will need production from a number of hitters and pitchers on their 25-man roster. They will need significant contributions from hitters one through nine; they will need significant growth from the young arms in their rotation; and they will need their bullpen to play a vital role in easing the growing pains of a young team.
In the following slides, each player on the Tribe’s 25-man roster is assigned a grade ranging from 1 to 5 stars. Grades are based on projected production in 2014, current value to the Indians’ organization and All-Star potential.