On Friday, the Cleveland Indians announced that the team will have 8 non-roster players at Spring Training this season.
OF – Bradley Zimmer
-Played for the Akron RubberDucks and Columbus Clippers in 2016. Zimmer only played in 37 Clippers games, while playing the majority of the 2016 season with the RubberDucks with 93 games. Zimmer is 24 years old, had 117 hits, 15 homers, and 62 RBIs last season.
-The Indians hung on to their number one prospect last season,while including Clint Frazier in a trade with the Yankees to get Andrew Miller.
3B/2B/OF – Yandy Diaz
-Only played in 26 games for Akron before being called up to Columbus, where he played in 95 games. Diaz had 117 hits and 22 doubles for Columbus, while having a total of 141 hits, 22 doubles, 9 homers and 58 RBIs for the whole 2016 season between both Akron and Columbus.
Yandy batted .325/.399/.461 for the Clippers. Diaz is ranked as the Indians 10th prospect according to MLB.com.
OF – Greg Allen
-Allen played most of the 2016 campaign with high A, Lynchburg with a total of 92 games and finished the season with Akron. Allen had a total of 145 hits and 23 doubles throughout 2016. In Akron, Allen batted .290/.399/.441 in 37 games. Allen is ranked as the Indians 19th prospect.
SS/2B/1B – Ronny Rodriguez
-Rodriguez played 116 games for the Columbus Clippers. Ronny racked up 116 hits, 24 doubles, 10 homers, and drove in 59 RBIs. He batted .258/.293/.400 in 116 games. Rodriguez is an unranked prospect as of right now.
1B – Nellie Rodriguez
-Nellie is 22 years old and spent all of 2016 with the RubberDucks. Rodriguez had 123 hits, 28 doubles, 26 homers and 85 RBIs. Nellie does bring some power to the table but also had 186 strikeouts last season. Rodriguez batted .250/.352/.474 in 132 games. MLB.com has him arriving at the big leagues in 2017.
SS – Eric Stamets
-Stamets ended the 2016 season with the Clippers but played the majority of the year in AA. Eric had 75 hits and 17 doubles for the entire 2016 season. Stamets batted .237/.308/.375 in 91 total games between Akron and Columbus. He is also an unranked prospect.
LHP – Tyler Olson
-Olson started the 2016 season in the big leagues with the New York Yankees but after spending some time in the minors, the Indians claimed him off waivers in July. While in the majors, Olson had a 6.75 ERA while only pitching in 2.2 innings.
Olson pitched in 9 games for the Clippers and had an ERA of 5.91 in 10.2 innings pitched.
RHP- Josh Martin
-Martin spent all of 2016 with the Clippers. In 47 appearances, Martin had 2 wins, 5 losses, 60 strikeouts in 66.0 innings. Martin is 27 years old and is another unranked prospect for the Indians. Martin is a big right-handed pitcher standing at 6′ 5”.