Checking In with Indians in the Puerto Rican Winter League
By David Roberts
The last few weeks we have covered the players of the Indians organization taking part in the various winter leagues. This week we will cover the six Tribe players listed on the rosters of the Puerto Rican Baseball League. The Puerto Rican Baseball League, just this year changed its name to Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, to honor the major league hall of famer who was a Puerto Rican native. The league is made up of six teams, which consist of minor league players and the top native players of Puerto Rico. The league is one of several international Caribbean Leagues that allow the baseball season to be extended for the development of minor league ballplayers.
The Cleveland Indians acquired the 24-year-old righty in 2008 from the Milwaukee Brewers as one of the pieces of the C.C. Sabathia trade. Since his acquisition, he has fought the injury bug but has managed to turn in solid seasons as a reliever climbing through the system.
In 2012, Bryson spent the entire season with the Akron Aeros out of the pen where he turned in a 5-5 record to the tune of a 2.62 ERA over 65.1 innings. He is a hard throwing reliever with a chance to make a splash in the major leagues in the near future. So far, in winter league as a member of Criollos de Caguas he has made one appearance where he worked an inning of scoreless relief striking out two and walking three.
The Cleveland Indians selected the 22-year-old righty in the 12th round of the 2009 Draft out of Caguas, Puerto Rico. After an UCL strain kept him out of the 2010 season completely he responded very well by turning in two solid seasons as a starter.
The 2012 season was a stellar one for Colon. He began the year in Lake County where he earned the honor of being selected as a Midwest League All-Star. He was promoted to Carolina towards the end of the season but didn’t fare so well in his three starts. Overall, he went 9-10 with a 3.43 ERA over 126 innings. The young righty has yet to make an appearance in winter ball for Cangrejeros de Santurce.
The 26-year-old native Texan was made an 11th round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2008 out of Rice University. The righty debuted in 2008 as a starter but after a rough debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, he was moved to relief and from there has had a steady rise through the organization. In 2010 while pitching for the Kinston Indians, he led the Carolina League in appearances with 45 and all relievers in the league with a 9.32 K/9 innings.
Most recently Langwell spent the 2012 season split between Akron and Columbus posting a 4-0 record with 2.74 ERA over 69 innings in which he struck out 81. The young righty has made one appearance striking out one in a scoreless inning of relief for the Gigantes de Carolina.
The 21-year-old lefty was acquired by the Indians from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Johnny Peralta in 2010. Splitting the 2010 season between the Tigers Midwest League affiliate and the Indians, he led the league in shutouts with two and was fourth in ERA with 2.93. After some elbow inflammation slowed him down in 2011, he rebounded back in a big way this past season.
In 2012 while pitching for the Akron Aeros, he posted a 6-9 record to the tune of a 3.93 ERA over 121 innings. He made 22 starts in which two of those were complete games. Soto has made one appearance where he worked two-thirds of an inning where he walked two and allowed two unearned runs for the Gigantes de Carolina.
The 23-year-old catcher was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 33rd round in the 2008 draft out of Lake City Community College. His first season saw him excel playing across three levels in the organization. He spent the majority of the 2009 season playing in the Arizona League where he finished fourth in batting average (.351), second in OBP (.438) and fifth in OPS (.949) respectively. In 2010, he spent the entire season at Lake County where he was selected as a Midwest League All-Star.
The 2012 season saw Perez play for the Akron Aeros where he put up a slash line of .212/.336/.293 to go along with one home run and 31 RBIs in 95 games. The young catcher has played in two games going 2 for 7 including a double and has driven in two runs for the Indios de Mayaguez.
The 18-year-old shortstop was the Cleveland Indians number one draft pick in the 2011 draft out of Florida. After a brief stint of only five games in 2011 with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Lindor spent a full season playing for the Lake County Captains in 2012.
Lindor put together a solid season playing for Lake County; in 122 games, he posted a slash line of .257/.352/.355 along with 24 doubles, three triples, six homers and 42 RBIs. He showed solid plate discipline walking 61 times to 78 strikeouts, the ability to run the bases with 27 steals and the ability to score runs with 83. The young shortstop earned a selection as a Midwest League All-Star along with a selection to play in the Futures Game. He is a reserve player for the Indios de Mayaguez.