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Indians Complete Trade with Brewers for 18-Year-old Catcher Andres Melendez

The Tribe today announced a deal with the Brewers, adding some depth to the catcher position.

The team acquired 18-year-old catcher Andres Melendez for infielder Mark Mathias.

Melendez owns a two-year professional batting average of .267 (74-for-277) and .352 on-base percentage, spending the 2019 season in the Arizona Rookie League with Milwaukee’s AZL Brewers Gold squad.

The Barquisimeto, Venezuela native batted .250 (32-for-128) with 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR and 13 RBI in 36 AZL contests this summer.

The 25-year-old Mathias played in AAA Columbus last season, appearing in 115 games, hitting .269 with 12 homers and 69 runs batted in.

He was drafted by the Indians in the third round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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  1. Tom Steffes

    November 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Interesting time for the Crew to give up on a catcher. :/

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