The Indians added another Ohio State Buckeye to the roster on Friday when they acquired J.B. Shuck from the Angels for cash considerations.
It’s a homecoming for Shuck, who grew up in Galion, Ohio rooting for the Indians. Upon joining the team, Shuck told reporters: “Growing up an hour and 15 [minutes] from here, I was a huge fan. That was in the ’90s when, shoot, they dominated the American League. It’s a great feeling to be able to come back here and play in this stadium and put on an Indians jersey.”
The 27-year-old Shuck has failed to make his mark at the major league level, despite batting .302 with a .381 OBP in 361 career games at the Triple-A level for the Angels and Astros.
In 22 games for the Angels this season, Shuck hit just .167, but did post a .293/.331/.366 slash-line a season ago for the Angels as a reserve outfielder.
Shuck may have an opportunity to lock down the fourth outfielder job in the final weeks of the season due to his defense, which offers a significant upgrade over the Ryan Raburn/Mike Aviles mess we’ve been subjected to in recent weeks. Shuck has been credited with 6 Defensive Runs Saved this season.