Who will the Cleveland Indians call up to fill up the starting rotation?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 9:42 pm

The Cleveland Indians will need to call up a starting pitcher next week to replace Cody Anderson, who was sent to AAA today.  I think it will be 25-year old righty Mike Clevinger, but the Indians could choose T.J. House instead.  Only time will tell.  Clevinger came into this season as the Indians’ #7 prospect according to Baseball America.  He looked really good in Spring Training for the Indians and it has carried over to the regular season in AAA-ball.  Clevinger has pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Indians in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 68 games (63 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 16-14 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Clevinger has yet to pitch in the show.  26-year old lefty T.J. House offers more experience.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  House has pitched in 23 games (22 starts) in his first two years with the Indians and he is 5-7 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

The Cleveland Indians have sent Cody Anderson to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 9:36 pm

The Cleveland Indians have sent 25-year old righty starting pitcher Cody Anderson to AAA.  Anderson started 4 games for the Indians this year and he was 0-1 with a 7.65 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.  He gave up 34 hits (6 homers) and 4 walks while whiffing 14 batters in 20 innings of work, so he got hit really hard!  It comes as a little bit of a surprise as Anderson looked great in his first taste of the show with the Indians in 2015, as he worked in 15 games (all starts) in which he was 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  The Indians have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Kyle Crockett to replace Anderson on the pitching staff.  Crockett pitched in 6 games in AAA-ball out of the pen this year and he is 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.  Crockett has now pitched in 74 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Tribe and he is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  He will give the Indians a second lefty in the pen for the first time in 2016.

The front end of the bullpen is looking good so far this year for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 4:14 pm

31-year old righty Jeff Manship, 30-year old righty Joba Chamberlain and 31-year old righty Dan Otero are all pitching well for the Cleveland Indians so far this year.  Manship pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Indians last year and he was 1-0 with a 0.92 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP.  He is proving so far that 2015 was not a fluke.  Manship has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  The Indians took a chance on both Chamberlain and Otero who are both coming off rough seasons, just like Manship was in 2014.  Chamberlain pitched in 36 games (0 starts) for the Royals and Tigers in 2015 and he was 0-2 with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  But he has looked good for the Tribe so far this year.  He has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP.  He has only given up 1 hit in his first 5 1/3 innings for the Tribe!  Otero pitched in 41 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has pitched in 4 games out of the pen for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.25 WHIP.  Otero has only given up 1 hit in his first four innings this year.  The Indians hope that this trio continues to pitch well as it really helps extend the bullpen.

The Cleveland Indians activate Michael Brantley from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 9:14 pm

The Cleveland Indians have activated 28-year old lefty swinging LF Michael Brantley from the D.L.  Brantley played in 7 games in AA+AAA-ball on a rehab assignment this year and he is 5 for 21 (.238 avg, .653 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs.  Brantley has played in 807 games in his first seven years with the Indians and he is 909 of 3,108 (.292 avg, .772 OPS) with 402 runs scored, 61 homers, 393 RBIs and 94 stolen bases.  Brantley gives the Indians’ offense more thump moving forward!

The Cleveland Indians place Carlos Carrasco on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Needs to Step Up by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 9:10 pm

The Cleveland Indians have placed 29-year old righty starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right hamstring.  He was injured covering first base against the Tigers yesterday in Detroit.  He will likely miss 4-6 weeks.  Carrasco has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.  He has only given up 16 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 20 batters in his first 20 innings this year for the Tribe.  The Indians will turn to 25-year old righty Trevor Bauer to replace Carrasco in the starting rotation.  Bauer has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Tribe so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Bauer was upset at not winning a starting job out of spring training after pitching well there.  He definitely has the stuff to succeed, the Indians just need him to step up!

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