The Cleveland Indians went into the Rule 5 draft with a loaded 40-man roster, meaning the club was going to be sitting out the Major League portion of the annual December draft.
While the Indians did not add to their 26-man big league roster for the coming year, the team did avoid losing any unprotected players during the MLB draft. That could not be said during the minor league portion, where the team added a pair but lost three during the less-frequently discussed phase of the yearly lottery.
Playing baseball has been a part of the life of Wilbis Santiago since he was six years old.
“My uncle gave me a glove and a bat, and I really liked baseball,” said Santiago in a midseason interview with Did The Tribe Win Last Night.