Allen, Rodriguez among 12 sent to Minors

Merritt, two others optioned to Triple-A Columbus

Allen, Rodriguez among 12 sent to Minors

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians manager Terry Francona raved about getting to know outfield prospect Greg Allen this spring. The manager called infielder Ronny Rodriguez an intriguing player when discussing the race for the utility role on Cleveland's roster.

Both Allen and Rodriguez might fit into the Major League picture in the near future, but for now they will be continuing their development in the Minors. On Monday, they were part of a group of players who were reassigned from big league camp with the Tribe.

Allen and Rodriguez were both sent to Minor League camp, along with right-handers Travis Banwart, Steve Delabar and Josh Martin, lefties Chris Narveson and James Russell, catcher Guillermo Quiroz and infielder Eric Stamets.

Pitchers Ryan Merritt, Shawn Morimando and Adam Plutko were each optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

Allen, 24, is currently ranked the Tribe's No. 9 prospect on MLBPipeline.com's Top 30 list. The center fielder hit a combined .295 with seven home runs, 23 doubles, seven triples, 44 RBIs, 45 stolen bases and 119 runs scored last season between Class A Advanced Lynchburg and Double-A Akron.

R. Rodriguez's two-run homer

The 24-year-old Rodriguez, ranked No. 27, has been working on becoming a utility option for multiple infield and outfield spots -- similiar to big league candidates Erik Gonzalez and Michael Martinez. Rodriguez hit .258 with a .693 OPS, while appearing at six positions over 116 games for Triple-A Columbus last season. Rodriguez then hit .306 with an .824 OPS in 44 games for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.