Entering the 2012 season, the Cleveland Indians were not expected to have all that much starting pitching depth. After last year’s trade that brought Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland and sent out Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, the two-most highly rated hurlers in the system, the Tribe’s minor leagues took a big hit.
Of course, the system still was top-heavy, as there were eight players contending in spring training for a rotation spot (including Zach McAllister, David Huff and Kevin Slowey). The winners were Justin Masterson, Derek Lowe, Josh Tomlin, Gomez and Jimenez, but that meant several players for AAA Columbus already had plenty of MLB experience, and the lower levels on down didn’t have many top names at all. [Read more...]