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Indians set to tutor prospects in week-long program

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CLEVELAND -- Spring Training is meant to prepare players of every level for the season ahead. The Indians are also doing what they can to help prepare young players for all aspects of life in the big leagues.

Each offseason, the Indians hold their winter development program, which serves as a week-long Major League clinic split between Arizona and Cleveland. Beginning on Monday, the Tribe will host 15 of its prospects -- a group of Minor Leaguers nearing the big leagues -- at Progressive Field as part of the annual event.

Outfielder Tyler Naquin, who was selected by Cleveland in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, highlights this year's class of participants.

The purpose of the program, which features seminars and an assortment of guest speakers while in Cleveland, is to help acclimate the players to the stadium, the city and the club's training facilities. The program was originally created by team president Mark Shapiro and is in its 19th year.

Here is a glance at the players participating in the program this winter:

1B Jesus Aguilar
Acquired: Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2007
On 40-man roster? Yes
Briefly: The 23-year-old, who will be in camp with the Tribe this spring and is ranked the club's No. 17 prospect, posted a .275/.349/.474 slash line to go along with 16 home runs, 28 doubles and 105 RBIs in 130 games for Double-A Akron last season. His RBI total set a franchise record.

RHP Cody Anderson
Acquired: 14th round in 2011 First-Year Player Draft
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: Anderson, 23, took home the organization's Bob Feller Award last season, honoring him as the system's top pitcher. In 26 starts between Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Akron, the organization's sixth-best prospect went 9-6 with a 2.65 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 136 innings.

RHP Tyler Cloyd
Acquired: Claimed off waivers from Phillies on Oct. 2
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: The Indians claimed, released and re-signed the 26-year-old Cloyd, who will be in camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. In parts of two big league seasons with the Phillies, the righty has posted a 5.98 ERA in 93 1/3 innings.

RHP Joseph Colon
Acquired: 12th round in 2009 First-Year Player Draft
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: The 23-year-old Colon split his time between Class A Lake County and Class A Advanced Carolina last season, going 5-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 17 starts. Along the way, he compiled 76 strikeouts against 27 walks in 92 innings.

LHP Kyle Crockett
Acquired: Fourth round in 2013 First-Year Player Draft
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: After being taking in last summer's Draft, the 22-year-old lefty soared through Class A Short-Season Mahoning Valley and Class A Lake County, reaching Double-A Akron. In 21 games overall, the Tribe's 15th-ranked prospect had a 0.36 ERA with 32 strikeouts and five walks in 24 2/3 innings.

INF Erik Gonzalez
Acquired: Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2008
On 40-man roster? Yes
Briefly: The 22-year-old Gonzalez was added to Cleveland's roster this winter after turning in a solid season in 2013. In 132 games between Lake County and Carolina, the infielder posted a .254/.293/.417 slash line, with nine homers, 32 doubles, 12 triples, 76 RBIs and 75 runs.

LHP Colt Hynes
Acquired: Acquired via trade from Padres on Oct. 31
On 40-man roster? Yes
Briefly: Hynes, 22, turned in a 9.00 ERA in 22 games for San Diego last season, but he had an impressive showing at Double-A and Triple-A in the Padres' system. Across 41 appearances, Hynes fashioned a 1.52 ERA with 58 strikeouts and only two walks in 47 1/3 innings.

C Jake Lowery
Acquired: Fourth round in 2011 First-Year Player Draft
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: The 23-year-old Lowery was extended an invitation to Spring Training by the Indians earlier this week. Between Carolina and Akron last summer, the catcher hit .264/.359/.437 with seven homers, 23 doubles, two triples, 33 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

OF Bryson Myles
Acquired: Sixth round in 2011 First-Year Player Draft
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: The 24-year-old Myles spent all of last season with Class A Advanced Carolina, where he hit .285/.357/.427 for the Mudcats. In those 92 games, the outfielder piled up eight homers, 20 doubles, two triples, 15 stolen bases, 52 RBIs and 55 runs.

OF Tyler Naquin
Acquired: First round in 2012 First-Year Player Draft
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: Naquin, 22, will be in camp with the Indians as a non-roster invitee this spring. He posted a .269/.334/.405 slash line in 126 games between Carolina and Akron last season, piling up 10 homers, 30 doubles, six triples, 48 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and 78 runs. He is ranked the Indians' No. 5 prospect .

RHP Bryan Price
Acquired: Acquired via trade from Red Sox on July 31, 2009
On 40-man roster? Yes
Briefly: Price, 27, was dealt to the Tribe, along with Justin Masterson and Nick Hagadone, in the 2009 deal for Victor Martinez. In 47 games between Double-A and Triple-A last year, the reliever put up a 2.04 ERA with 92 strikeouts and 16 walks in 75 innings.

INF Jose Ramirez
Acquired: Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2009
On 40-man roster? Yes
Briefly: Ramirez, 21, hit .333 (12 at-bats) with the Indians in September after being promoted straight from Double-A. The infielder hit .272/.325/.349 with 25 extra-base hits, 38 RBIs, 38 stolen bases and 78 runs in 113 Minor League games. Cleveland's No. 12 prospect underwent left thumb surgery in December.

RHP Will Roberts
Acquired: Fifth round in 2011 First-Year Player Draft
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: The 23-year-old Roberts split his season between Class A Advance Carolina and Double-A Akron last year. In 27 games, the right-hander went 8-12 with a 4.77 ERA, posting 107 strikeouts against 36 walks in 154 2/3 innings.

INF Giovanny Urshela
Acquired: Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2008
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: The 22-year-old Urshela spent all of last season with Double-A Akron, turning in a .270/.292/.384 slash line. In 116 games at that level, the third baseman posted eight homers, 23 doubles, two triples, 43 RBIs and 42 runs scored.

2B Joe Wendle
Acquired: Sixth round in 2012 First-Year Player Draft
On 40-man roster? No
Briefly: The Indians have invited the 23-year-old Wendle to Spring Training as a non-roster player after he won the organization's Lou Boudreau Award, honoring him as the system's top position player. In 107 games at Carolina, he hit .295/.372/.513 with 16 homers, 32 doubles, 64 RBIs and 73 runs.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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