The Cleveland Plain Dealer assesses the set of prospects the Indians received in the Cliff Lee deal.
"Knapp: A 19-year-old right-hander, who underwent right shoulder surgery shortly after the deal was made. The Indians, reportedly, wouldn't have made the trade without him. Marson: Has a good chance to be the opening day catcher April 5 in Chicago. Carrasco: Like Knapp, he has a great pitcher's body. In a September call-up, he showed he throws hard and gets hit hard. He's expected to open the season at Class AAA Columbus. Donald: If there is a mystery player in the trade, Donald is probably it. After the July 29 trade, he played only 10 games for Columbus because he was recovering from surgery on his left knee and then injured his back.
On Donald, who made his second start at shortstop yesterday and is fighting for a spot as a utility infielder: "We think Jason can be a solid everyday major-league player," Indians director of player development Ross Atkins told the Plain Dealer. "He does everything well. He's a polished middle infielder who can play every infield position but first. He has very good instincts and plenty of arm to play any position on the infield." [Link]
Here’s a look at how several ex-Phillies are faring this spring:
Marson: .333 (4 for 12) 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SB
Donald: .143 (2 for 14), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Carrasco: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 K, 0 BB (starts today against Colorado)
Drabek: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 3 BB
Taylor: .130 (3 for 23), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 7 SO
Cardenas: .400 (6 for 15), 3 RBI, 5 R