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As the Indians Roster Stands Today; Who Will Get Batters Out in the Bullpen?

4. And All the Rest?

Again if this team’s roster stays pat and a major move isn’t made before the start of the season to add more arms in the pen, here’s a list of five current players on the roster that will all get long looks in Goodyear to earn roster spots and time on the mound when it matters:

Nick Goody
Tyler Olson
Dan Otero
Neil Ramirez
Ben Taylor

Not exactly five pitchers that are going to strike fear in the hearts of opponents, but the team really needs at least two of these pitchers to step up and get batters out.

Goody last season threw in just 12 games due to injury but in those games sported an ERA of 6.94, Olson in 43 games had an ERA of 4.94, Otero’s era in 61 games was 5.22, Ramirez a 4.54 ERA in 47 games, and Taylor in six games an ERA of 6.00.

Ouch.

It’s not a stretch to think that this team is going to have a revolving door for bullpen spots like last season if these give guys can’t produce, and they can’t stand pat and give away games just to let guys get comfortable in their roles.

Goody coming off elbow surgery is one name to look for, as two years ago he put up a 2.80 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 72:20 K:BB In 54.2 innings, if he can get back to that form in some regard, the team will use him plenty.

Look for plenty of arms to come through the door in Arizona and even a number of players from Columbus and Akron to get looks as the team tries to find players that can get batters out.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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