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.

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