Best Hope for the Indians (in 2008)

Ryan Garko

A smart and savvy Stanford grad, Ryan Garko played catcher in the minors, but at the Jake he guards first like another home plate. He yoga-stretches off the bag to snag throws, dives into shallow right to pounce on sure singles, even hits the dirt for the close plays. Garko also has led the team in hitting at times, like first basemen are supposed to do. So Victor Martinez stays behind the plate, and Casey Blake sticks around to amuse the female fans. At first, the Tribe has its chief.