25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Naquin is likely up with the Cleveland Indians to stay now. He came into this season as the Indians’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America. Naquin has turned up the power so far in June for the Tribe. In his first 9 games in June, Naquin is 8 for 24 (.333 avg, 1.304 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs. Naquin has now played in 36 games overall so far this year and he is 28 of 87 (.322 avg, .906 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 4 homers and 10 RBIs. It might be hard for Naquin to keep up with that batting average he has due to the fact that he has already whiffed 31 times this year against only 6 walks. That being said, the Indians hope that Naquin keeps raking at the dish.
The Cleveland Indians have activated 30-year old righty reliever Joba Chamberlain from the D.L. He has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.40 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. The Indians have sent 25-year old righty starting pitcher Cody Anderson back to AAA to open up a spot on the pitching staff for Chamberlain. Anderson has pitched in 9 games (8 starts) so far this year for the Indians and he is 1-4 with a 7.48 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Anderson looks nothing like he did as a rookie last year. Anderson pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.
The Cleveland Indians have released 34-year old righty starter/reliever Jarrett Grube. Grube pitched in 11 games (7 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 0-3 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has now pitched in 361 games (148 starts) in his first 13 years in the minors and he is 70-56 with 2 saves, a 4.38 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Grube’s only major league experience came back in 2014 for the Los Angeles Angels. He pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Angels and he worked 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit (it was a homer) and 1 run (it was earned). Grube likely is looking for a shot to pitch somewhere in Asia. This is no loss for the Tribe moving forward.
The Cleveland Indians skipped 26-year old righty starting pitcher Danny Salazar in the rotation due to shoulder fatigue. It’s better to be safe than sorry as far as Salazar is concerned. Salazar has pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 6-3 with a 2.24 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He has only given up 44 hits and he has whiffed 81 batters in his first 68 1/3 innings this year, but he has walked 33 batters and that’s way too many. 25-year old righty Cody Anderson took Salazar’s start last night and he was awful. He has pitched in 9 games (8 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 1-4 with a 7.48 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Anderson has given up 63 hits (11 homers) and 8 walks while whiffing 36 batters in his first 43 1/3 innings this year. The Indians can’t afford to lose Salazar, because the alternatives are not good (see Anderson).
The Cleveland Indians have sent 29-year old righty reliever Austin Adams to AAA. Adams pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Indians this so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He has given up 6 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 12 batters in his first 6 2/3 innings for the Tribe. Adams has now pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Tribe and he is 2-0 with 1 save, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Adams will likely get another shot later this year for the Indians.