With the start of the regular season just weeks away, Eric Wedge and company are facing their final roster decisions. Today, they took one step towards the final roster for opening day.
The following players have been optioned to Triple-A Columbus:
RHP Jon Meloan
RHP Adam Miller
RHP Hector Rondon
RHP Luis Salas
LHP Tony Sipp
CA Carlos Santana
INF Luis Valbuena
The following players have been re-assigned to minor league camp:
RHP Jack Cassel
LHP David Huff
CA Armando Camacaro
INF Jordan Brown
INF Wes Hodges
INF Jesus Merchan
INF Beau Mills
OF Stephen Head
I know that a few people were hoping that Meloan would get a crack at the big league bullpen, and I think he will. Just not quite yet. He’ll be 25-years old in July, so it isn’t like a “now or never” move. The Adam Miller situation just never seems to end, with rumors that his career may be in jeopardy with this injured finger of his. Yes, this is the same guy that the Indians would not part with for Mark Teixeira back in the day. That Adam Miller.
David Huff may be one of the first young pitchers called-up if needed this season. He’s coming off of a strong season, but saw little action during spring games. Ironically, likely fifth starter Aaron Laffey takes the hill today after pitching four perfect innings during his last outing.
I’m personally surprised that Santana was sent to Columbus given the fact that Chris Gimenez should see the bulk of the time behind the plate. Perhaps this is just a stop gap to get him some time against elevated competition before he heads to Akron. A place that is closer to my coordinates. Yes, I’m being selfish.
Valbuena will be a guy to keep your eye on at the Triple-A level, coming over in the Franklin Gutierrez deal. Josh Barfield will get his chance with the big boys, but one has to wonder how long of a leash he will get if he has a slow start.
Jordan Brown, Beau Mills and Wes Hodges are all solid hitters, but simply don’t have a spot with the Indians just yet. They’ll have to keep cracking in minor league camp before getting the nod. As we mentioned not long ago, Mills was doing extremely well against elevated competition. The former first-round pick, currently 22-years old, was named the Carolina League MVP and appears to have a heck of a future ahead of him.
There are currently 44 players still on the roster.
(Update: The team just released an updated roster. Carlos Santana and Hector Rondon were in fact optioned to Double-A Akron. Makes a bit more sense now; apologies for the confusion.)