27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Abraham Almonte played really well for the Cleveland Indians last year. He played in 51 games for the Tribe in 2015 and he was 47 of 178 (.264 avg, .776 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 5 homers, 20 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Almonte was so impressive last year that he went into spring training as the Indians’ starting CF. But, then the knucklehead tested positive for PEDs and he was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2016 season. Since his return to action, Almonte has been playing well for the Tribe. He has played in 27 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 22 of 74 (.297 avg, .776 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Indians hope that Almonte keeps up the good work as he is needed more now due to the fact that Jose Ramirez has moved to 3B full time.
23-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Jose Ramirez is on absolute fire with the bat for the Cleveland Indians right now. Since moving into the lineup as the full time 3B, Ramirez has played in 13 games so far in August in which he is 24 of 54 (.444 avg, 1.187 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 3 homers, 9 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Ramirez has now played in 107 games for the Indians overall this year and he is 123 of 392 (.314 avg, .825 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 8 homers, 51 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. The Indians need Ramirez to keep up the outstanding work at the plate and in the field defensively!
29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Michael Brantley will undergo season ending shoulder surgery this Monday. Brantley played in 11 games for the Cleveland Indians this year and he was 9 for 39 (.231 avg, .561 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 818 games in his first 8 years with the Indians and he is 918 of 3,147 (.292 avg, .769 OPS) with 407 runs scored, 61 homers, 400 RBIs and 95 stolen bases. The Indians have played well this year without Brantley, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t miss him. Hopefully the surgery and the rest he will get this winter will have him ready to rock for the Indians next spring!
The Cleveland Indians have activated 31-year old righty reliever Jeff Manship from the D.L. Manship has pitched in 38 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He has given up 30 hits (5 homers) and 13 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 30 1/3 innings for the Tribe this year. To make room on the pitching staff for Manship, the Indians have sent 26-year old lefty reliever/starter T.J. House to AAA. House has pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.
20-year old switch-hitting catcher Francisco Mejia came into this season as the Cleveland Indians‘ #10 prospect according to Baseball America. The Tribe might wind up being glad one day that Jonathan Lucroy vetoed a deal that would have sent Mejia to the Brewers. Mejia went 3 for 4 with a double last night, so he extends his hitting streak to an amazing 48 games this year! Mejia has now played in 84 games in A-ball for the Indians so far this year and he is 118 of 339 (.348 avg) with 56 runs scored, 7 homers, 71 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Mejia has now played in 289 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 315 of 1,083 (.291 avg, .779 OPS) with 149 runs scored, 24 homers, 184 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Mejia has a huge upside!