Doug Jones was the man for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 27 January 2010 at 9:37 am

Righty reliever Doug Jones didn’t come to the Indians until he was 30 years old and he didn’t have great stuff. His fastball could barely dent a couch but he had a great changeup. Jones was also a bulldog who came right after hitters with his below par stuff and he not only made it work….but he turned into a great relief pitcher. Jones pitched in 295 games (4 starts) in his career with the Indians and he was 27-34 with 129 saves, 3.06 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. From 1988-1990 he was one of the best closers in all of baseball as he made the All-Star team three straight years and he wasn’t picked because the team had to have a Indian….it was because he deserved the honor. In those three years, Jones pitched in 176 games (0 starts) in which he was 15-19 with 112 saves, a 2.39 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Despite only being on the Tribe for a short time, Jones is #2 all-time in saves in team history with 129.

The Cleveland Indians will have a new look at 1B in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 27 January 2010 at 9:31 am

Ryan Garko is no longer manning 1B for the Indians. That will fall to 25-year old righty swinging Matt LaPorta and he will be under the microscope because he was the key player in the C.C. Sabathia trade a year and a half ago. LaPorta played in 52 games for the Indians last season and he was 46 for 181 (.254 avg, .750 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 7 homers, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He also played in 93 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 101 for 338 (.299 avg, .918 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 17 homers and 60 RBIs. LaPorta only played 10 games at 1B for the Indians and he made 2 errors so the Indians’ staff will have to coach him up this spring on D.

26-year old righty swinging Andy Marte is still a Indian for some reason. He played in 47 games for the Tribe last season and he was 36 for 155 (.232 avg, .693 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 6 homers and 25 RBIs. His numbers last season were a actual improvement on his career numbers as he has a .216 career batting average with a .624 OPS in 221 career games in the show. I don’t think he has much of a upside if he has one at all. Marte made 5 errors in only 45 games at 1B and that is way too many especially for a player who can’t hit.

28-year old lefty swinging Brian Buscher will battle Andy Marte for the back-up first base job on the Indians in 2010. He played in 61 games for the Twins last season and he was 32 for 136 (.235 avg, .676 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 12 RBIs. Buscher has a career batting average of .266 with a .699 OPS in 164 games in the majors. Buscher didn’t make any errors in 13 games at 1B for the Twins last season.

30-year old righty swinging Shelley Duncan will also likely be taking grounders at 1B this spring even though he is more of a outfielder. Duncan played in 11 games for the Yankees last season and he was 3 for 15 (.200 avg, .400 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He also played in 123 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 125 for 452 (.277 avg, .916 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 30 homers and 99 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR 1B IN 2010: D

The Cleveland Indians acquire Brian Bixler from the Pirates

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 18 January 2010 at 9:39 pm

The Indians have acquired 27-year old righty swinging shortstop Brian Bixler from the Pirates for 22-year old righty swinging 3B/OF Jesus Brito. Bixler played in 18 games for the Pirates last season and he was 10 for 44 (.227 avg, .602 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He also played in 108 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 111 for 403 (.275 avg, .782 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 9 homers, 43 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. The Indians are hoping that Bixler can improve as a hitter because he is a solid defensive player. He has now played in 68 games in his major league career and he is 27 for 152 (.178 avg, .475 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Jesus Brito was outstanding in Rookie+A-ball for the Indians last season as he played in 60 games in which he was 79 for 224 (.353 avg, .998 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 3 homers, 43 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He played four years in the Indians’ system appearing in 258 games in which he was 229 for 893 (.256 avg, .739 OPS) with 153 runs scored, 7 homers, 120 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.

The Cleveland Indians will have a new look behind the plate in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 16 January 2010 at 11:27 am

23-year old righty swinging Lou Marson will be the starting catcher for the Indians in 2010. He played in 21 games for the Phillies & Indians last season and he was 15 for 61 (.246 avg, .708 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. Marson could develop into a decent hitter for average in the majors but don’t expect much power out of him. The Indians will give him a extended look this season as he was one of the players they got from the Phillies for Cliff Lee last July. Marson played in 21 games behind the plate for the Phillies and Indians and he made 1 error but didn’t have any passed balls. He threw out 42.1% of the runners trying to steal against him last season and pitchers had a 5.40 ERA pitching to him. The Indians need Marson to play solid defense behind the plate and signs are that he will.

38-year old righty swinging Mike Redmond will be the back-up catcher for the Tribe in 2010. He played in 45 games for the Twins last season and he was 32 for 135 (.237 avg, .588 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 7 RBIs. The Indians are hoping that Redmond will hit more like his career norms of a .289 batting average with a .706 OPS in 2010. Redmond didn’t make any errors in 44 games behind the plate last season but he had 2 passed balls. But, Redmond only threw out 5% of the runners trying to steal on him and Twins’ pitchers had a 5.31 ERA with him behind the plate. Redmond is still a decent veteran to have around to help out the young catchers and pitchers on the Tribe.

27-year old right swinging Wyatt Toregas might get a call to the Indians if something were to happen to Redmond. He played in 19 games for the Indians last season and he was 9 for 51 (.176 avg, .463 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs. Toregas didn’t make any errors in 19 games behind the plate for the Indians last season but he did have 1 passed ball. Toregas threw out 17% of the runners trying to steal against him and Indians’ pitchers had a 5.00 ERA with him behind the plate. Toregas’ upside is that of a back-up catcher so don’t expect much out of him if the Indians give him a call in 2010.

27-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Gimenez is more of a utility player but he can handle catcher. He played in 45 games for the Indians last season and he was 16 for 111 (.144 avg, .499 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs. He played in 8 games behind the plate for the Indians and he didn’t make any errors or have any passed balls. He threw out 1 of 5 (20%) of the runners trying to steal on him and pitchers had a 4.18 ERA with him behind the plate.

If Marson can’t cut it as a starter or he gets injured look for the Indians to call up 23-year old switch-hitting Carlos Santana to serve as the starting catcher. The Indians would love to have him play this season in AAA but they might not be able to keep him there if something happens to Marson. Santana played in 130 games in AA-ball last season and he was 124 for 428 (.290 avg, .943 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 23 homers and 97 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2010: D

The Cleveland Indians sign Mike Redmond

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 15 January 2010 at 10:38 am

The Indians have signed 38-year old righty swinging catcher Mike Redmond to a 1-year deal. He played in 45 games for the Twins last season and he was 32 for 135 (.237 avg, .588 OPS) with 9 runs scored and 7 RBIs. He has now played in 741 games in his major league career and he is 636 for 2,201 (.289 avg, .705 OPS) with 201 runs scored, 13 homers and 238 RBIs. I like this signing for the Indians as Redmond has been a solid back-up catcher in his career and he has really handled pitching staffs well.

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