MLB Depth Charts and What It All Means: American League Central

By on February 12, 2011



Here are the Depth Charts for the American League Central this season.

Chicago White Sox Depth Chart

Starting Lineup

LF- Juan Pierre- 68 SB last season was his career high

2B- Gordon Beckham

DH- Adam Dunn- 76 HR, 208 RBI in last two seasons combined for Nationals

1B- Paul Konerko

CF- Alex Rios

RF- Carlos Quentin

SS- Alexei Ramirez

C- A.J. Pierzynski

3B- Brent Morel- Top Potential Prospect

Bench

C- Ramon Castro

IF- Omar Vizquel- His 23rd season, playing for 6 teams, 11 Gold Gloves

IF/OF- Brent Lillibridge

IF/OF- Mark Teahan

Some Players Outside of 25-Man

C- Tyler Flowers

1B/3B- Dallas McPherson

1B/3B- Dayan Viciedo- Top Potential Prospect

OF- Alejandro De Aza

OF- Stefan Gartrell

OF- Lastings Milledge- Drafted by Mets in 1st round, 12th pick in 2003

Rotation

1. Mark Buehrle- No more than 15 wins since 2005 and less than 10 losses since ‘07

2. Gavin Floyd

3. John Danks- 2010: 15-11 W-L, 3.72 ERA, 162 K, 213 IP

4. Edwin Jackson

5. Lucas Harrell

Potential Bullpen

Jeff Marquez

Will Ohman

Tony Pena

Sergio Santos

Brian Bruney

Freddy Dolsi

Phil Humber

Gregory Infante

Jake Peavy- Not expected to be ready for Opening Day

SU- Chris Sale- Top Potential Prospect

SU- Jesse Crain

CL- Matt Thornton- Has never had more than 8 saves in a season [17 career]

Cleveland Indians Depth Chart

Starting Lineup

CF- Grady Sizemore- Trying to get back to his 2008 form [135 hits since ‘08]

SS- Asdrubal Cabrera

RF- Shin-Soo Choo- 2009 & 2010: .300 BA, 340 hits, 42 HR, 43 SB

DH- Travis Hafner

C- Carlos Santana

1B- Matt LaPorta

2B- Orlando Cabrera- 52 hits shy of 2,000; this will be his 15th season in MLB

3B- Jayson Nix

LF- Michael Brantley

Bench

C- Lou Marson

IF- Jason Donald

OF- Trevor Crowe

OF- Austin Kearns- Played 84 games for Indians in 2010 before going to NYY

Some Players Outside of 25-Man

1B/OF- Shelley Duncan

1B/OF- Chad Huffman

3B-Jared Goedert

SS- Adam Everett

IF- Jack Hannahan

IF- Luis Valbuena

2B- Jason Kipnis- Potential Prospect

OF- Nick Weglarz- Potential Prospect

Rotation

1. Fausto Carmona- Since going 19-8 in ’07, he has gone 26-33 from ’08-‘10

2. Justin Masterson- 6-13 with a 4.70 ERA last season for Indians

3. Mitch Talbot

4. Josh Tomlin

5. Carlos Carrasco

Potential Bullpen

Aaron Laffey- 18-21 career W-L record

Jensen Lewis

Frank Herrmann

Tony Sipp

Jeanmar Gomez

Corey Kluber

Zach McAllister

Josh Judy

David Huff- 2-11 record last season in 15 games started for Indians [6.21 ERA]

Alex White- Top Potential Prospect

SU- Joe Smith

SU- Rafael Perez

CL- Chris Perez- 23 saves last seasons for Indians in 37 games finished

Detroit Tigers Depth Chart

Starting Lineup

CF- Austin Jackson

2B- Will Rhymes

RF- Magglio Ordonez- 187 HR in 3,807 AB w/ WSox; 102 HR in 2,842 AB w/ DET

1B- Miguel Cabrera- 109 HR last three seasons combined w/ Tigers

DH- Victor Martinez- .312 BA in two seasons with the Red Sox

LF- Ryan Raburn

SS- Jhonny Peralta

3B- Brandon Inge

C- Alex Avila

Bench

IF- Ramon Santiago

IF/OF- Don Kelly

OF- Brennan Boesch

OF- Casper Wells

Some Players Outside of 25-Man

C- Max St. Pierre

1B/OF- Ryan Strieby

2B- Carlos Guillen- Not expected to be ready for Opening Day

IF- Scott Sizemore-

IF- Danny Worth

OF- Clete Thomas

Rotation

1. Justin Verlander- 37-18 last two seasons combined with 488 K and 7 CG

2. Max Scherzer

3. Rick Porcello

4. Phil Coke

5. Brad Penny- His 6th team, 2.59 ERA in 6 starts for SF in 2009

Potential Bullpen

Enrique Gonzalez

Brad Thomas

Daniel Schlereth

Joel Zumaya- Has not pitched in more than 30 games/year since ‘06

Al Alburquerque

Robbie Weinhardt

Andy Oliver- Top Potential Prospect

John Bale

SU- Ryan Perry

SU- Joaquin Benoit

CL- Jose Valverde- 193 career saves, with 142 in last four seasons combined

Kansas City Royals Depth Chart

Starting Lineup

CF- Melky Cabrera- Has only hit .280 BA once in his career [.267 career AVG]

3B- Mike Aviles

1B- Billy Butler

DH- Kila Ka’aihue- Drafted in 15th Round by KC Royals in 2002

LF- Alex Gordon

RF- Jeff Francoeur- 19 HR/162 game AVG in 6 seasons w/ ATL, NYM, TEX

C- Brayan Pena

2B- Chris Getz

SS- Alcides Escobar

Bench

C- Lucas May

IF- Wilson Betemit

OF- Gregor Blanco

OF- Mitch Maier

Some Players Outside of 25-Man

C- Jason Kendall- Out 8-10 months with shoulder surgery

3B- Pedro Feliz- 2010 was first season since ’03 without 100 hits for Feliz

IF- Joaquin Arias

OF- Lorenzo Cain

OF- Jarrod Dyson

OF- David Lough

3B- Mike Moustakas- Top Potential Prospect

Rotation

1. Luke Hochevar- 19-32 career W-L record as a Kansas City Royal

2. Jeff Francis

3. Kyle Davies- 5.49 career ERA with KC and ATL; 183 IP in 2010

4. Bruce Chen- 2010: 12-7 W-L, 4.17 ERA, 98 K, 23 games started

5. Vin Mazzaro

Potential Bullpen

Kanekoa Texeira

Jesse Chavez

Jeremy Jeffress

Tim Collins

Nathan Adcock

Greg Holland

Zach Miner

Sean O’Sullivan

Kevin Pucetas

Heath Rollins

SU- Robinson Tejada

SU- Blake Wood

CL- Joakim Soria- 132 career saves, career high last season with 43

Minnesota Twins Depth Chart

Starting Lineup

CF- Denard Span

2B- Tsuyoshi Nishioka

C- Joe Mauer- .327 career BA, 4-time All Star, 1,011 career hits

1B- Justin Morneau- 2010 injury broke streak of 4 straight 100+ RBI seasons

LF- Delmon Young

RF- Michael Cuddyer

DH- Jason Kubel

3B- Danny Valencia- Top Potential Prospect

SS- Alexi Casilla

Bench

C- Drew Butera

1B- Jim Thome- 589 career HR, played for 5 different teams, 16 seasons 20+ HR

IF/OF- Matt Tolbert

OF- Jason Repko

Some Players Outside of 25-Man

C- Rene Rivera

1B- Justin Huber

3B- Chase Lambin

SS- Trevor Plouffe

IF- Luke Hughes

IF/OF- Matt Brown

OF- Dustin Martin

OF- Ben Revere- Potential Prospect

Rotation

1. Francisco Liriano- 201 K in 2010; 12-3 W-L with 2.16 ERA in 2006

2. Carl Pavano- 22-15 W-L in career with Twins; 75-74 W-L with all other teams

3. Scott Baker

4. Kevin Slowey

5. Brian Duensing

Potential Bullpen

Nick Blackburn

Dusty Hughes

Pat Neshek- 9-4 W-L, 106 games pitched, 2.69 ERA in ’06 and ’07 seasons

Anthony Slama

Alex Burnett

Carlos Guiterrez- Potential Prospect

Kyle Gibson- Potential Prospect

Eric Hacker

Jim Hoey

Jeff Manship

Anthony Swarzak

Scott Diamond

Glen Perkins

SU- Jose Mijares

SU- Matt Capps- 109 career saves w/ Pirates, Nationals and Twins [3.37 career ERA]

CL- Joe Nathan- 246 saves in 6 seasons w/Twins; missed all of ’10 season w/injury

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