The 2012 AL Central Position Analysis - Shortstop

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a flying AbaCab! - Jason Miller

A review of the position in 2012 down to the A ball level for all of the AL Central franchises.

Next up is the shortstop position. Other than the Twins, this is a fairly stable position. But just based on numbers, the Tribe has the best in Droobs (or AbaCab, my favorite nickname). Sure Peralta almost matches his power, but his OBP is worse. Ramirez is as old as Jhonny, but is signed through 2015. The White Sox also claimed Angel Sanchez from the Angels in the Rule 5 draft. Escobar will probably outlast all three of them though. If Carroll is slotted for second, the Twins must decide between Dozier and Floriman. Neither seems too appealing at the moment.

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Asdrubal Cabrera

MLB

Signed thru 2014

26

616

16

68

338

423

762

Brent Lillibridge

MLB

Pre-Arb-3

28

123

3

8

276

342

619

Jason Donald

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-3

27

296

6

31

365

441

807

Chicago

Alexei Ramirez

MLB

2015, 2016 team option

30

621

9

73

287

364

651

Eduardo Escobar

MLB

MIN

23

97

0

3

281

276

557

Detroit

Jhonny Peralta

MLB

2013

30

585

13

63

305

384

689

Ramon Santiago

MLB

2013

32

259

2

17

283

272

555

Kansas City

Alcides Escobar

MLB

2015, 2016-7 team options

25

648

5

52

331

390

721

Irving Falu

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

29

406

7

50

375

463

838

Minnesota

Brain Dozier

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

25

316

6

33

271

332

603

Pedro Florimon

MLB:AAA:AA

Pre-Arb-1

25

472

5

35

318

351

670

Jamey Carroll

MLB

2013, 2014 team option

38

537

1

40

343

317

660

Onto the minor league assessments ...

Cleveland

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Juan Diaz

MLB:AAA:AA

Pre-Arb-3

23

481

13

63

314

429

743

Gregorio Petit

AAA

FA/SD

27

422

10

45

320

403

723

Andy LaRoche

AAA

FA/BOS

28

166

5

16

331

372

704

Ryan Rohlinger

AAA:AA

FA

28

439

8

52

336

342

678

Davis Stoneburner

AA

2012 mFA

27

351

0

26

268

272

540

Carlos Rojas

AA

2012 mFA

28

38

0

2

222

67

289

Ronny Rodriguez

A+

2011 aFA

20

483

19

66

300

452

752

Tony Wolters

A+

2010 aFA

20

537

8

58

320

404

724

Francisco Lindor

A

2011-1

18

568

6

42

352

355

707

Nick Bartolone

A

2010-6

21

60

0

7

233

196

430

Yhoxian Medina

A:Rk

2011-38

22

112

0

6

336

222

559

Robel Garcia

A:A-

2010 aFA

19

473

3

39

304

302

606

With Aviles now slated to back up Droobs, Diaz looks to get a full season in AAA. If Droobs is dealt, I think Diaz could handle the job until Lindor is finally ready. Wolters and Rodriguez both show up here, but Wolters is more of a second baseman while Rodriguez is a shortstop. Everyone else is mostly a placeholder.

Chicago

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Ray Olmedo

MLB:AAA

FA/MIN

31

310

0

19

340

355

674

Osvaldo Martinez

AAA

LAD

24

230

0

13

221

229

450

Tyler Saladino

AAA:AA

2010-7

22

564

4

45

353

315

668

Carlos Sanchez

AAA:AA:A+

2009 aFA

20

588

1

56

378

403

781

Tommy Manzella

AAA

FA

29

45

0

6

205

244

448

Greg Paiml

AA

2007-15

27

94

0

9

287

337

624

Marcus Semien

A+

2011-6

21

487

14

59

362

471

833

David Herbek

A+:A

2011-15

23

347

5

32

358

394

752

DJ Jarrad

A+:A

2012 aFA

23

110

0

4

266

262

528

Garis Pena

A

2012 mFA

20

230

4

27

251

306

557

Chris Curley

A+:A

2012 mFA

24

221

11

30

326

510

836

Kyle Eveland

A+:A

2011 mFA

25

19

0

1

211

118

328

With Ramirez signed for a while, there is not a pressing need for a quick progression here. But Carlos Sanchez looks a little promising as a 20 year old in AA/AAA. And Marcus Semien also put up good numbers as a 21 year old in A+.

Detroit

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Danny Worth

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-2

26

255

5

24

364

421

785

Argenis Diaz

AAA

2011 mFA

25

388

0

32

302

287

589

Audy Ciriaco

AAA

2005 aFA

25

369

12

35

262

374

636

Niuman Romero

AA

FA

27

593

9

67

367

421

788

Dixon Machado

A+

2009 aFA

20

490

2

37

283

252

534

Eugenio Suarez

A

2009 aFA

20

604

6

67

389

409

789

Brandon Loy

A

2011-5

22

566

2

39

301

315

616

Jared Reaves

A:A-

2012-25

21

247

2

10

298

332

629

With Jhonny and Santiago only around for 2013, the Tigers have a need in 2014. Danny Worth could take over for a bit, but I don't think he's the long term solution either. LGFT Niuman Romero had a great season last year, but is ancient at 27 in AA. Eugenio Suarez did well as a 20 year old in A ball, but I suspect the Tigers will have to look elsewhere if Jhonny ages poorly.

Kansas City

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Tony Abreu

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-3

27

453

9

73

347

492

839

Anthony Seratelli

AAA

2007 mFA

29

439

17

66

374

492

866

Christian Colon

AAA:AA:Rk

2010-1

23

363

6

36

376

413

790

Alex McClure

AA:A+

2010-11

23

427

1

28

269

261

530

Rey Navarro

AAA:AA

2010 mFA

22

519

4

48

316

333

649

Sharlon Schoop

AA

2012 mFA

25

186

7

19

341

436

777

Yowill Espinal

AA:A

2008 aFA

21

88

0

4

329

250

579

Orlando Calixte

A+:A

2010 aFA

20

532

14

62

315

444

759

Luis Piterson

A+

2008 aFA

22

167

0

13

306

320

626

Jack Lopez

A

2011-16

19

303

0

19

281

285

566

The Royals also have Escobar through 2015 and possibly til 2017, so no pressing need here either. Abreu and Seratelli are AAAA guys. The only true prospects here are Colon, their first rounder from 2010, and Calixte, who showed decent power last season.

Minnesota

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Eduardo Escobar

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-2

23

151

1

9

259

304

563

James Beresford

AA

2007 aFA

23

413

0

25

330

314

644

Estarlin De Los Santos

AA

2006 aFA

25

315

2

24

277

275

552

Daniel Santana

A+

2008 aFA

21

547

8

60

329

410

739

Levi Michael

A+

2011-1

21

512

2

38

339

311

650

Tyler Grimes

A

2011-5

21

381

7

30

315

339

653

Stephen Wickens

A

2011-33

23

252

2

30

425

416

841

Adam Bryant

A

2011-9

23

318

1

32

279

301

580

Adam Pettersen

A

2011-25

23

368

2

35

312

320

632

The Twins tried to nab Tommy Field off waivers from the Rockies, but when they tried to sneak him through waivers, the Angels nabbed him, who promptly lost him in the Rule 5 draft to the White Sox. Wickens had good numbers in limited plate appearances, but is a bit old for A ball. The best prospect here seems to be Santana.

Droobs is the best in this division, but will have to suffer through many trade rumors as I doubt he gets a long term deal from the Tribe. Lindor still has 3 levels to jump, so he won't be ready for at least 2 years. Each of the other teams has potential prospects as well, but other than Colon, I doubt they are as highly rated as Lindor.

This series attempts to review how each position fared within the AL Central last year and what holds for the future. The first chart reviews how the position fared in the majors between the five teams. The subsequent charts track each position through each team's farm system. Status is not always correct as some of the info was culled a few weeks ago. For players not on the 40-man roster, I have taken my best guess as when/how they were acquired. Not every player who played the position in the minors has been identified as again, I have tried to identify core players at the position only. Some identified as minor league free agents, could have been trade acquisitions. I also only reviewed down to the A level as players at A- or in the rookie leagues are still quite volatile.

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