(The following is a look at the recent movement in the Cleveland Indians organization. This follows in line with my article about the first batch of offseason news for the Indians about three weeks ago. For other recent Tribe updates, check out Scott’s article on Adam Miller/Carlos Santana and TD’s take on the winter meetings from earlier this week.)
Hector Ambriz – It had been a while since the Indians selected a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, let alone a player with so much risk as this 25-year-old from the Diamondbacks organization. A fifth-round selection in the 2006 June draft, he showed tons of potential in his first few seasons out of UCLA. He has been a starter throughout his career and he was dominant early last season in Double-A before mixed results in Triple-A with Reno. In five starts for Mobile in the Southern League, he went 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 32 strikeouts. Moving up to the Pacific Coast League for the first time in his career, he then went 9-9 with a 5.57 ERA in 23 games and 127.2 innings pitched.