The Cleveland Indians have released 32-year old righty reliever/starter Felipe Paulino so that he could pitch in Japan. Paulino pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. He has pitched in 97 games (65 starts) in his six years in the show and he is 13-34 with a 5.22 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Tribe.
The Cleveland Indians have sent 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Naquin to AAA. Naquin has played in 27 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 20 for 63 (.317 avg, .751 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. He doesn’t have a lot of power as he only has four extra base hits so far this year (2 doubles and 2 triples), but he has a nice batting average. The amazing part about his batting average so far this year is that he is hitting .317 while only walking 2 times and whiffing 21 times. He will be the first player called up by the Indians when they need an outfielder, as he has played pretty well for them in his first taste of the show.
The Cleveland Indians have called up 25-year old righty starting pitcher Mike Clevinger. He came into this season as the Indians’ #7 prospect according to Baseball America. Clevinger has pitched in 7 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians so far this year and he is 5-0 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Clevinger has now pitched in 71 games (66 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 19-14 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Clevinger will make his Major League debut against the Cincinnati Reds tomorrow!
The Cleveland Indians have sent 25-year old righty starting pitcher Cody Anderson to AAA-ball. Anderson has been pretty awful this year for the Tribe. He has pitched in 7 games (6 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. He has given up 51 hits (10 homers) and 7 walks while whiffing 22 batters in his first 32 2/3 innings for the Tribe, as he has been getting hit really, really hard. Anderson has now pitched in 22 games (21 starts) in his first two years with the Indians and he is 7-6 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Anderson is going to have to pitch really well in AAA before the Indians call him up again.
26-year old switch-hitting outfielder Robbie Grossman has opted out of his minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians. Grossman played in 34 games in AAA-ball for the Tribe this year and he was 30 for 117 (.256 avg, .823 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 6 homers, 13 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has played in 190 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 160 of 666 (.240 avg, .668 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 11 homers, 63 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. The Indians won’t miss Grossman too much moving forward, but at the same time, he shouldn’t have too hard of a time finding a new team to play for.