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Antonetti: 'Too many' infield prospects is good

Antonetti: 'Too many' infield prospects is good

Antonetti: 'Too many' infield prospects is good
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians general manager Chris Antonetti smiled when asked this week how the organization plans to sort out the playing time for the handful of infielders expected to be on Triple-A Columbus' roster.

Antonetti was armed with a punchline.

"Co-opt a team?" Antonetti said with a grin. "Is that possible?"

All kidding aside, Antonetti views the situation as a positive for Cleveland. The possibility exists that third-base prospects Lonnie Chisenhall and Jared Goedert, and second-base prospects Cord Phelps and Jason Kipnis, will all be in Columbus to open the year.

"The way we look at it organizationally," Antonetti said, "it's a good problem to have to have too many quality players, with too few positions. To the extent we can do that consistently, we'll be in a really good place, organizationally.

"With respect to our Triple-A team and how that plays out, we'll have to take some time in the next few weeks to determine the best alignment of players."

Chisenhall -- the Tribe's top position-player prospect -- is likely ticketed for Triple-A. Kipnis, on the other hand, might open the year at Double-A Akron. That would open up the door for Phelps to man second base in Columbus. Goedert could shift between first and third base, as well as designated hitter.

"We're going to look at all alternatives," Antonetti said, "to figure out what's in the best interest of each guy developmentally, and how we balance that as a group."

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