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2012 in Review: The Infield

The infield was a mixed bag, with both successes (Jason Kipnis) and failures (Casey Kotchman).

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No Metaurusan Defeat for Asdrubal

We end our look at the 2012 Tribe infield with a look at what Asdrubal Cabrera did, and whether he fits into the Indians' post-2012 plans.

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Jason Kipnis Will Be a Star

Jason Kipnis made his Major League debut in July of 2011 and proceeded to put up a line of .272/.333/.507 in 36 games over the remainder of the season. He entered 2012 looking to build on that and establish himself as a rising star at second base.

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The 3B of the Future (is he ready???)

Lonnie Chisenhall was the Indians’ 1st round pick in 2008. He moved steadily through the minors, entered 2011 as one of Cleveland’s highest rated prospects, and was called up in late June that season. He didn’t blow anyone away, but was solid. In spring training this year he was in competition for the 3B job, but Jack Hannahan was eventually named the starter. Chisenhall was sent back to Columbus so that he could play every day.

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Keeping the Seat Lukewarm

The plan was to have Lonnie Chisenhall take over third base from Hannahan towards the end of the 2012 season. That's kind of what happened, but in the meantime, the Indians were left with essentially a replacement-level player at third.

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A Busy Backup Backstop

Lou Marson has been the Indians' backup catcher since being part of the Cliff Lee deal in July of 2009. The backup catcher may not seem like a particularly important position on the team, but because Carlos Santana so often plays 1B or DH, Marson plays a lot more than the average backup backstop.

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Everybody's Everything

Carlos Santana was one of the few Indians who had an excellent second half in 2012, though unfortunately that came after a poor first half. A look at Santana's season, as well as his future at catcher or perhaps first base.

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All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Matt LaPorta was the crown jewel the Indians got back when the Indians chose to deal CC Sabathia away in 2008, rather than watching him walk away as a free agent when the season ended, and getting nothing in return. It’s been more than four years since then, yet LaPorta is yet to spend a full season in the Majors.

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Casey Kotchman: The Worst at First?

Casey Kotchman was signed during the winter to compete for the 1B job, a competition he was expected to win. Kotchman was coming off the best offensive season of his career in 2011, when he finished 8th in the A.L. with a .306 BA and 10th with a .378 OBP. In addition to those offensive numbers, he brought a sterling defensive reputation with him, due in no small part to the highest fielding percentage by a 1B in MLB history.

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