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.
We will always have Game 5, and Ryan Merritt will always have the large return on his wedding registry due to the generosity of thankful Cleveland Indians fans.
The Indians activated the left-handed pitcher Merritt from the 60-day disabled list on Friday afternoon and in a somewhat surprising turn of events, designated him for assignment.
Columbus’ Eric Haase stormed into the All-Star break with some big series last week against the Toledo Mud Hens and the Indianapolis Indians to conclude the first half of the Triple-A schedule. For his efforts, he was named the International League’s Player of the Week for games played between July 2 and July 8.
Haase played in all seven games during the week and had hits in five of the contests. He went 9-for-26 (.346) at the plate and added two walks to provide the Clippers with a .379 on-base percentage. Six of his nine hits during the week were for extra bases as he tallied a .731 slugging percentage. It earned him his second career Player of the Week award, coming almost a year to the date of his first win last July 8 while playing for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks.
Fifty of the top prospects across the minor league landscape will get to shine on a worldwide stage as the rosters for the U.S. and World teams have been announced for the Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game.
A pair of Indians farmhands – catcher Francisco Mejia and right-handed reliever Kieran Lovegrove – will get a chance to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual competition between some of the top young ball players around minor league baseball.
Hoyt, an undrafted 31-year-old out of Centenary College of Louisiana and Palomar College in San Marcos, California, has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Houston Astros. He worked in 22 games during the 2016 season, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 22 innings of work. He spent 43 games on the mound in relief for the club during their championship season last year, posting a 1-0 record with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings. He was not part of the postseason roster.
Ten games back with the Columbus Clippers proved to be too few for former member of the organization Melky Cabrera. The Indians signed the 33-year-old outfielder to a minor league contract for the second time this season, bringing back the experienced veteran as an insurance policy for their banged up outfield.
Cabrera was unsigned this past offseason despite a strong season offensively last year with the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. He appeared in 156 games, putting up a combined .285/.324/.423 slash at the plate with 30 doubles, two triples, 17 homers, and 85 RBI in his split stay.
For the second time this season, Lonnie Chisenhall’s calves have taken him out of action.
The Cleveland Indians announced prior to their game with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night that the 29-year-old free-agent-to-be was returned to the 10-day disabled list after suffering a left calf strain prior to Monday’s series opener from Kauffman Stadium.
Another big week at the plate has earned Indians’ top prospect Francisco Mejia the International League’s Player of the Week Award for games played between June 25 and July 1.
The 22-year-old Mejia extended an impressive multi-hit hitting streak during his hitting tear last week, tallying 16 hits in 31 plate appearances to put up a .593/.645/.926 effort, good for a 1.571 OPS in his seven games played. In addition to his impressive hit total, he drew four walks and struck out just twice during the week.
The Triple-A All-Star Game is coming to Columbus next month and the hometown crowd will have some familiar faces to cheer on during the contest on Wednesday, July 11, from the Ohio capital.
The International League announced on Wednesday its roster for the annual exhibition, held this season at Huntington Park in Columbus. Catcher Francisco Mejia and outfielder Brandon Barnes will represent the Clippers, playing for Columbus manager Chris Tremie and his coaching staff against the best from the Pacific Coast League.
Another day, another new face in the Cleveland Indians bullpen.
On Tuesday, the Tribe placed right-handed reliever Evan Marshall on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Replacing him on the 25-man roster will be right-hander George Kontos, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus.
The transactions page on Indians.com remained active on Monday as the Tribe made three roster moves directly affecting the organization.
Cleveland activated first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Family Medical Emergency list, returning him to the 25-man roster. To make room, as expected, outfielder Greg Allen was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
In separate moves and maybe somewhat unsurprisingly, the Indians have comes to terms on a minor league contract with former Tribe southpaw Marc Rzepczynski. The 32-year-old will report to Columbus, looking to find his old form that made him one of the top matchup artists in baseball not too long ago. Outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Columbus, but as a veteran with plenty of years of service, he has declined the assignment and elected to become a free agent.