Spring training is here, so here are the Indians

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By Jim Ingraham | News Herald via AP

Finally!

Spring training has officially started for the Cleveland Indians. Pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Ariz., on Sunday, while everyone else will report on Wednesday.

When the gang's all here, here's all the gang: The Indians' 40-man roster, and the single most important thing you should know about each.

PITCHERS

Matt Albers: He's the No. 1 pitcher on the team. ... alphabetically.

Cody Allen: In the 47-year history of the June Draft, he is the only Indians' 23rd-round pick to actually appear in a major-league game with the Indians.

Scott Barnes: Acquired from the Giants four years ago for Ryan Garko. You could look it up. And while you're at it, look up where Garko is these days.

Trevor Bauer: Could eventually become a No. 1 starter, which is more than can be said for any of the Indians' other pitchers.

Carlos Carrasco: Missed all of last year following Tommy John surgery, and last year was a good year to miss.

Nick Hagadone: Has a puncher's chance of winning a bullpen job on the Opening Day roster.

Trey Haley: "Haley's comet" would be a great nickname for his fastball, if he ever makes it.

Frank Herrmann: Hands down, the best pitcher from Harvard on the Indians' roster.

T.J. House: Pitched last year at Class-AA Akron, which means in his quest to reach the big leagues, he's a halfway House.

David Huff: As a rookie in 2009, he led all Tribe pitchers with 11 wins. His record since then: 7-18.

Ubaldo Jimenez: For what it's worth, there is nobody in the Baseball Hall of Fame named "Ubaldo." Come to think of it, there's nobody anywhere named "Ubaldo."

Corey Kluber: Great cadence. A very underrated baseball name.

Chen-Chang Lee: A reliever with high strikeout totals in the minors, where hitters were frequently cha-chinged by Chen-Chang.

Justin Masterson: The Indians' No. 1 starter, mostly because somebody has to be.

Zach McAllister: Called up from Columbus and put into the rotation at mid-season last year, and had his moments -- but didn't we all?

Brett Myers: Will try to do what Derek Lowe couldn't do in the rotation last year: Avoid being released.

Chris Perez: As long as his saves exceed his rants, everyone's happy.

Vinnie Pestano: Closer-in-waiting.

Danny Salazar: Power arm, could be a darkhorse to earn a bullpen spot some time in 2013.

Bryan Shaw: Was 1-6 with Arizona last year, so he should fit in just fine.

Joe Smith: Sensational combination of most eye-catching stats by an anonymous name.

Josh Tomlin: Will miss most, if not all, of this season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

Blake Wood: Will miss the first half of this season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Is it a bad sign for the Indians that the most mentioned pitcher in this summary of their pitchers is Tommy John?

CATCHERS

Yan Gomes: First Brazilian-born player to make it to the major leagues. So the Indians have that going for them.

Lou Marson: Has gone two years, 109 games and 374 plate appearances since his last home run. Not that anyone's counting.

Carlos Santana: Roughly one-third of his 1,459 career plate appearances have resulted in a strikeout, a walk or a home run.

INFIELDERS

Mike Aviles: Utilityman who can play anywhere.

Asdrubal Cabrera: The Indians' best player, and also the most likely to be traded, should the season jump the track.

Lonnie Chisenhall: Needs to take the third-base job and run with it, or the Matt LaPorta comparisons may creep onto the horizon.

Juan Diaz: In an organization bursting at the seams with top shortstop prospects, he's probably only No. 4 or 5.

Jason Kipnis: Terry Francona, meet your new Dustin Pedroia.

Mike McDade: Switch-hitting 23-year-old minor-league first baseman, who has a history of hitting: 16 or more homers in each of the last four years.

Chris McGuiness: Rule 5 draftee, and another first baseman with a history of hitting. Indians must keep him on the 25-man major-league roster all year or offer him back to Texas.

Cord Phelps: Fading prospect. You get the feeling the Tribe is close to pulling the plug on Cord.

Mark Reynolds: Mr. Feast or Famine: Over the last five years almost half of his at-bats have ended in either a home run (164) or a strikeout (993).

OUTFIELDERS

Michael Brantley: Francona likes him a lot, probably because he sees himself: Brantley's first four years in the majors: a .274 batting average, .329 on-base percentage, .376 slugging percentage and .705 OPS. Francona's first four years as a player: a .300 batting average, .324 on-base, .384 slugging and .708 OPS.

Ezequiel Carrera: He's out of minor-league options, so he either makes the team or hopes to get claimed on waivers by another one.

Tim Fedroff: Five years in the minors, hit .300 almost everywhere. Why not look at him?

Drew Stubbs: Has power, speed, a great glove in centerfield and alarming strikeout totals. Hey, three out of four ain't bad.

Nick Swisher: The Four Years, $56 Million Man. No wonder he never stops smiling.

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