The Cleveland Indians appear set at catcher for 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 28 January 2011 at 1:34 pm

The Cleveland Indians are going with 24-year old switch hitting Carlos Santana at catcher in 2011. He played in 46 games for the Indians last season and he was 39 of 150 (.260 avg, .868 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 6 homers, 22 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Santana also showed outstanding plate discipline for the Indians last season as he walked 37 times while whiffing 29 times last season for the Tribe. Santana should easily put up a .280+ batting average with 80 runs scored, 20 homers and 80 RBIs if he can stay healthy in 2011. Santana is still learning behind the plate as he made 3 errors and had 4 passed balls in only 40 games behind the plate. He did throw out 9 of 34 (26.5%) runners trying to steal against him last season and Indians’ pitchers had a 4.42 ERA with him behind the plate. Santana reminds me a lot of Victor Martinez except with a much better throwing arm. He is going to be a player for the Indians to build around.

24-year old righty swinging Lou Marson will get the first shot to back up Santana in 2011, but he will have to beat out Luke Carlin and Paul Phillips to win that job. Marson played in 87 games for the Indians last season and he was 51 of 262 (.195 avg, .560 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 3 homers, 22 RBIs and 8 stolen bases as he often looked overmatched at the plate. If he could hit .250, Marson would be an asset to the Indians because of his defense. Marson made 4 errors and he had 5 passed balls in 87 games behind the plate last season so he needs to improve a little bit there. But, he also threw out 26 of 82 runners trying to steal on him (31.7%) last season and Indians’ pitchers had a 4.33 ERA when throwing to him. Marson was part of the Indians’ “haul” for Cliff Lee so they hold he will win the backup job to Santanta this spring.

30-year old switch hitting Luke Carlin looked really good in his audition with the Indians last September. Carlin played in 6 games for the Indians last season and he was 5 of 14 (.357 avg, 1.223 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs. That was likely a mirage though as Carlin has a career average of .175 with a .553 OPS in 52 games in the majors. Carlin was outstanding defensively in his short time with the Tribe. He didn’t make any errors or have any passed balls in 6 games behind the plate for the Tribe last season. Carlin threw out 2 of 6 (33.3%) runners trying to steal on him last season and Indians’ pitchers had a 2.68 ERA in 37 innings with him behind the dish. Carlin will get a fair shot to win the backup job in 2011 during this spring.

33-year old righty swinging Paul Phillips was also signed to a minor league deal to compete for the backup catchers’ gig for the Indians in 2011. Phillips played in 12 games for the Rockies last season and he was 5 of 23 (.217 avg, .497 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 1 RBI. Phillips has played in 91 games in the majors and he has a career average of .262 with a .655 OPS. Phillips made 1 error but he didn’t have any passed balls in 10 games behind the plate for the Rockies last season. He was 0 for 1 throwing out baserunners trying to steal against him and Rockies’ pitchers had a 3.93 ERA with him behind the plate.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR CLEVELAND INDIANS CATCHERS IN 2011: B

The Cleveland Indians DFA Jordan Brown

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 January 2011 at 10:01 pm

The Cleveland Indians have designated 27-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Jordan Brown for assignment to make room on the roster for Austin Kearns. Brown played in 26 games for the Indians last season and he was 20 of 87 (.230 avg, .582 OPS) with 9 runs scored and 2 RBIs. He also played in 83 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 97 of 326 (.298 avg, .804 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 8 homers, 67 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. I’m not so sure that Brown is going to get through waivers because he has had a great minor league career.

Ex-Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Bert Blyleven gets into the Hall of Fame

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 January 2011 at 8:10 pm

59-year old starting picher Bert Blyleven had to wait until his 14th year on the ballot to get into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Blyleven pitched for the Cleveland Indians for five years from 1981-1985. He pitched in 104 games (103 starts) for the Indians and he was 48-37 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He made the All-Star team for the Indians in 1985. Blyleven pitched for the Indians when they were a pretty bad baseball team and that likely cost him quite a few wins. Blyleven pitched in 692 games (685 starts) in his 22 years in the majors and he was 287-250 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Blyleven waited a long time to get into the Hall of Fame but he richly deserved it.

Roberto Alomar of the Cleveland Indians gets elected into Baseball’s HOF

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 January 2011 at 8:06 pm

42-year old 2B Roberto Alomar has been elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Alomar played 3 seasons for the Cleveland Indians from 1999-2001. Alomar played in 471 games in his three years with the Indians and he was 564 of 1,748 (.323 avg, .920 OPS) with 362 runs scored, 63 homers, 309 RBIs and 106 stolen bases. Alomar went to the A.L. All-Star team all three years with the Cleveland Indians. He also won 3 Gold Gloves and 2 Silver Slugger Awards with the Tribe. Overall, Alomar played in 2,379 games in his 17 years in the majors and he was 2,724 of 9,073 (.300 avg, .814 OPS) with 1,508 runs scored, 210 homers, 1,134 RBIs and 474 stolen bases. To me, Roberto Alomar’s best years were with the Cleveland Indians even though he is entering the Hall of Fame as a Toronto Blue Jay.

The Cleveland Indians sign Doug Mathis

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 January 2011 at 9:02 pm

The Cleveland Indians have signed 27-year old righty reliever/starter Doug Mathis to a minor league contract. Mathis pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last season and he was 1-1 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP. Mathis has now pitched in 45 games (6 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 3-3 with 1 save, a 4.84 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. He has given up 106 hits and 14 homers in only 87 1/3 career innings in the majors so he doesn’t miss many bats. Mathis will likely get a shot to win a role as a long man in the Indians’ bullpen next spring.

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