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2016 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 49: Austin Adams

February 15, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 49 days

With all of the focus that the Indians front office has given the bullpen this offseason, it cannot be a good feeling for Austin Adams.

The hard-throwing 29-year-old right-handed reliever finished his second season in the Majors with Cleveland last season and while he pitched well at times, he may not have done enough to secure a spot in what has become a very crowded competition for a limited number of spots in manager Terry Francona’s bullpen. Read More

After High School Indians’ Career, Wakamatsu Joins New Tribe in the Pros

February 14, 2016 |

Luke Wakamatsu had a difficult choice last summer. Would he remain committed to join the Rice University baseball program following high school, or would the former member of the Keller High School (Texas) Indians join the Cleveland Indians organization and pursue his baseball career?

Despite what was considered a “hard commit” to Rice that would make him very likely unsignable, Wakamatsu surprised some by signing with the Indians on July 9. Cleveland had selected the switch-hitting shortstop in the 20th round of the 2015 June draft with the 604th pick overall. He entered the draft as the 91st overall prospect in rankings by MLB.com and was in the top 300 on lists created by Baseball America and Perfect Game. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 50

February 14, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 50 days

Like many numbers chronicled over the last nine days, the number 50 has long appeared on the backs of pitchers for the Cleveland Indians organization.

It made its debut in 1945, worn by catcher Gene Desautels in ten uneventful games in 1945. The light-hitting backstop, a career .233 hitter in 13 seasons in the Majors, was 1-for-9 that season with a single, a walk, and a strikeout. He spent four seasons with the club at the big league level. Read More

Luis Lugo Looking to Continue Climb Through Indians System

February 13, 2016 |

Minor league pitcher Luis Lugo has spent the last five years on the mound for the Cleveland Indians organization and is still more than three weeks away from his 22nd birthday. The big left-hander, slotting in at 6’5” and 200 pounds, hails from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, the same hometown as current Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

He started his professional career at an extremely young age and spent parts of two seasons in rookie ball before carrying a regular season work load for Indians farm teams in each of the last two years. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51: Shawn Armstrong

February 13, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 51 days

Last year was finally the year.

After coming into the Indians organization in 2011 when he was drafted in the 18th round, pitcher Shawn Armstrong seemed to be destined for a sky-rocketing ascent through the system. At age 21, Armstrong had a powerful arm, threw for strikes, and had the dominance to fly through the lower levels of the Indians minor leagues. He played one game in Mahoning Valley in 2011, followed by two games in Lake County the following season, 26 in High-A Carolina, and 17 in Double-A Akron, where he closed out his 2012 season. The big leagues seemed to be beckoning at some point the following season. Armstrong was poised to have it all before many other guys his age even found their first full-time job. Read More

Indians Add Reliever Hunter in Series of Friday Moves

February 12, 2016 |

If the offseason focus on the bullpen was not evident enough, the Cleveland Indians continued to look at strengthening its relief corps as they signed free agent reliever Tommy Hunter to a one-year Major League contract for the 2016 season.

A 29-year-old right-handed pitcher and former starter at the MLB level, he split last season with the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs.

To make room for their new reliever, the Indians designated catcher Tony Wolters for assignment. The former middle infield prospect converted to catcher several seasons ago, but hit just .209 in 65 games for Double-A Akron in his sixth season in the Cleveland organization last year. Read More

Spring Invite Paulino May Provide Pitching Depth

February 12, 2016 |

Regardless of how strong a team’s starting rotation is, having some extra depth is never a bad thing.

The Cleveland Indians appear to be overloaded in their starting five, with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar looking to be locks on the staff in April, barring unforeseen injury issues. For the remaining two spots, the club already has Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin as the favorites, with Cody Anderson also very much deserving of an opportunity after his strong performance in the second half of 2015.

The Major League ready starting pitching depth at Triple-A Columbus, however, is not quite as defined and that is where six-year MLB veteran Felipe Paulino could see some time after signing a minor league deal with a non-roster invite to spring training with the Tribe this offseason. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 52: Catching Up With Dave Roberts

February 12, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 52 days

Former outfielder Dave Roberts may be most famous for an October evening at Fenway Park in 2004, but his long and productive career actually started for the Cleveland Indians back in 1999 – the only year of his career that Roberts’ sported a #52 on his back.

On August 7, All-Star Kenny Lofton was about to miss his ninth straight game due to a strained hamstring and Mike Hargrove’s club was going with youngster Jacob Cruz a lot as a substitute in center field. That was when the organization called up the young Roberts to help spark the top of the Indians mighty lineup for their game in Tampa Bay.

“Just walking into Tropicana Field was amazing,” Roberts remembers. “We were playing the Devil Rays during my first game and just walking out onto a Major League field (is a great memory). I looked at the lineup card and saw myself with Omar Vizquel, Roberto Alomar, Jim Thome, Sandy Alomar and Travis Fryman, so it was pretty special.” Read More

Thatcher Seeking a Chance to be One of Tito’s Lefties

February 11, 2016 |

When the Cleveland Indians dealt left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski at the trade deadline last season, it was a bit of a curious move. “Scrabble” had been the team’s lone southpaw for the majority of the season and while the season was in dire straits, it also was not over at the time. It forced the promotion of Kyle Crockett from Columbus after a tough start to his 2015, and later led to Giovanni Soto getting a chance to make his Major League debut.

With a huge question mark in the bullpen for 2016, the Indians actively addressed that, but not with a big ticket, multi-year, multi-million dollar free agent pursuit of guys like Tony Sipp, Antonio Bastardo, or Oliver Perez. Instead, the club went the route of minor league additions with spring training invitations, bringing in veteran MLBers Joe Thatcher, Tom Gorzelanny, and Ross Detwiler to compete for the job.

So can Thatcher win one of potentially two spots in manager Terry Francona’s bullpen? Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53: Jeff Manship

February 11, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 53 days

The Cleveland Indians have made a pleasant habit of finding pitching options in surprise locations and last season was no exception.

With a taxed bullpen and in need of some stability from their relief forces, the Indians called upon Jeff Manship. The club had signed him to a minor league deal in December following the 2014 season with an invitation to spring training.

You may know him now from the meme of his face plastered on top of a battleship, generally shared on Twitter with the hashtag #AllAboard in tow. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 54

February 10, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 54 days

When asked about the number 54, Cleveland Indians fans are probably much more likely to recall the failed mission of the ’54 season, one that saw the Indians win a still club-record 111 games before the dreadful four-game sweep at the hands, arms, bats, and gloves of the New York Giants.

As for the uniform number, it took 69 years before the number 54 would grace a jersey in the long and storied history of the franchise. Read More

Sean Brady is a Young Pitcher with Potential

February 9, 2016 |

One major thing the Cleveland Indians had going for them last season was a strong pitching staff; specifically, their starting rotation was one of the best in the game.

Luckily, that depth doesn’t end with the big league roster. The Indians boast a strong group of pitchers all the way through their minor league system, with some of the strongest having been showcased last season with the Lake County Captains.

The Lake County pitching staff last season became the first staff in the history of the Captains organization to have five pitchers boast 100+ strikeouts on the season. Among these five pitchers was a 21-year-old from Cape Coral, Florida, named Sean Brady. Read More