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Transactions: First Cuts

Optioned IF Jared Goedert, RHP Hector Rondón, and Corey Kluber to Columbus (AAA)

Optioned RHP Kelvin de la Cruz and RHP Nick Hagadone to Akron (AA)

Assigned LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Bryce Stowell, and C Chun-Hsiu Chen to minor-league camp


Usually the first cuts in Spring Training are pitchers, as the front-line starters are pitching longer into games.Two of the pitchers on this list could help the Indians this year. Corey Kluber, who came over from the Padres in the Jake Westbrook deal, should be part of the Columbus rotation, and Bryce Stowell should be a key part of the Clipper bullpen. Stowell isn't on the 40-man roster, so he'll be at a disadvantage should the Indians look to Columbus for some bullpen help.

Jared Goedert will also be in Columbus, but Lonnie Chisenhall will be in front of him at third base. Probably his best shot of making it to Cleveland will be if the Indians need a short-term fill-in at first base before Nick Johnson is ready to go.

Kelvin de la Cruz  should be back for a second season in Akron's rotation; he only pitched 93.2 innings despite making 20 starts, so he'll  need to go longer into games to stick as a starter. Talented Nick Hagadone should join him in the Aeros rotation; he needs to start moving fast, as he's already 25 years old. Drew Pomeranz, who will be making his professional debut this spring, should start in Kinston, and if everything goes to plan, will move to Akron within a couple months.

Chen had a fantastic 2010 season, hitting .315/.368/.518 between Lake County and Kinston. As a prospect, he is my opinion just behind the Chisenhall/Pomeranz/White/Kipnis group. He should be Akron's starting catcher, and if he continues to hit, will give the Indians a very nice problem next season.

Rondón probably won't be pitching until late in the season as he recovers from elbow surgery.