Cleveland’s Yu Chang delivered a big two-run triple for the West team in their walk-off win over the East team in the annual Fall Stars Game on Saturday.
Chang, one of two Indians prospects selected to the roster of the West squad this season, was one of the star performers in the exhibition, breaking a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with his clutch knock. The AFL East team rallied with three runs in the top of the eighth to take their first lead since the top of the first, but the West got back-to-back hits with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and then steal a walk-off win.
When you are looking to make a name for yourself professionally, there is no such thing as an offseason, especially in Major League Baseball. Such is the case for a number of farmhands of the Cleveland Indians from this most recently completed season whom are active in league activities in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela.
In addition to the seven Indians minor leaguers who are in Glendale, Arizona, participating in the Arizona Fall League (position players Yu Chang, Li-Jen Chu, and Connor Marabell and pitchers Justin Garza, Rob Kaminsky, Jared Robinson, and Dalbert Siri), four members of their farm system are getting in work in the six-team Dominican Professional Baseball League, two are in the eight-team Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, and one is working in the eight-team Mexican Pacific League, running up and down the Gulf of California.
The postseason hangover in Cleveland has extended all the way to Arizona for the Indians organization, as the team’s participants on the shared roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs have taken four straight losses to open the Arizona Fall League schedule.
Seven Indians prospects are members of the Desert Dogs club, joining representatives from the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Yankees. Glendale is winless at 0-4 to start the season, which began Tuesday from the desert. They trail the first place Surprise Saguaros by three games in the AFL West Division.
The Indians have sent four pitchers – Justin Garza, Rob Kaminsky, Jared Robinson, and Dalbert Siri – and three position players – Yu Chang, Li-Jen Chu, and Connor Marabell – to Arizona for offseason work. Joining them in Glendale is Double-A Akron pitching coach Rigo Beltran.
A second straight strong season on the farm has earned Columbus outfielder Brandon Barnes recognition from the International League.
The 14-year pro was named this week to the International League’s Post-Season All-Star team as the lone representative from the Clippers.
The Indians snuck in a second deal prior to the trade deadline on Tuesday afternoon, acquiring outfielder Oscar Mercado from the St. Louis Cardinals for a pair of outfielders in the Cleveland farm system.
The Cleveland Indians addressed their depleted outfield on Tuesday in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline, acquiring veteran outfielder Leonys Martin and minor league pitcher Kyle Dowdy from the Detroit Tigers for shortstop prospect Willi Castro.
Martin is not expected to arrive in time for the team’s game in Minnesota against the Twins on Tuesday night. The 30-year-old outfielder came at the cost of one of the Indians’ top middle infield prospects in Castro, who had been with the organization for five years and is just 21 years old.
With Saturday’s probable starter Mike Clevinger dealing with an illness in Detroit, the Indians have changed course on their roster plans for the day.
Outfielder Tyler Naquin, as expected, has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right hip soreness and has left the team to return to Cleveland for further evaluation. The team was expected to promote Greg Allen from Triple-A Columbus, but due to Clevinger’s illness, instead brought back right-hander Adam Plutko.
Plutko was with the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate at Lehigh Valley, where the Clippers were set to play the IronPigs.
The Cleveland Indians added to their outfield depth on Tuesday, claiming Johnny Field off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Yandy Diaz did just about everything that he could to capitalize on his opportunity when the Cleveland Indians called his name last week.
It wasn’t enough.
The Indians optioned the corner infielder and designated hitter back to Columbus on Tuesday afternoon to make room on the 25-man roster for starting pitcher Shane Bieber, who was formally recalled from Triple-A to start Tuesday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After acquiring a pair of new relief arms to shore up their problematic bullpen, the Cleveland Indians announced a handful of transactions in advance of their second half opener with the Texas Rangers on Friday.
Relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber, acquired on Thursday from the San Diego Padres for top prospect Francisco Mejia, were added to the 25- and 40-man rosters. The Indians also announced that minor leaguer Yandy Diaz was recalled from Columbus, while the contract of outfielder Melky Cabrera was selected from Triple-A for the second time this season.
Speculation on the long term plans in Cleveland for catcher/outfielder Francisco Mejia finally came to an end on Thursday morning as the Indians dealt their top prospect to the San Diego Padres for All-Star reliever Brad Hand and rookie right-hander Adam Cimber.
Both pitchers are expected to report to the Indians by Friday in time for the second half opener with the Texas Rangers from Arlington.
Francisco Mejia’s plans to travel to Washington, DC, for Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game have been cancelled.
The Cleveland Indians recalled their top prospect, the 22-year-old catcher turned outfielder, ahead of their Saturday night contest with the New York Yankees from Progressive Field. The 22-year-old will bat sixth in the lineup and serve as the team’s designated hitter against another former Indians top prospect, 37-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia.