For those of those of you who’ve been in a food-induced stupor for the past two days, the Indians topped off the 40-man roster this week by adding RHP Cody Anderson, RHP Shawn Armstrong, LHP Ryan Merritt, infielder Giovanny Urshela, and catcher/infielder Tony Wolters.
Anderson spent the 2014 season with the AA Akron Aeros, where he went 4-11 with a 5.44 ERA in 25 starts. Baseball American named him the Indians #5 prospect following the 2013 season and named him the 10th-best prospect entering the 2015 season.
Armstrong, 24, divided the 2014 season between AA Akron and AAA Columbus going a combined 6-2 with a 2.41 ERA in 49 relief appearances.
Merritt, 22, was a Carolina League postseason all-star in 2014, going 13-3 with a 2.58 ERA in 25 starts for the A Carolina Mudcats. He led the Carolina League in wins (13) and innings pitched (160.1) and finished 3rd in ERA (2.58) and 4th in strikeouts (127).
Urshela, 23, also split the 2014 season between Akron and Columbus, hitting a combined .280 (136-485) with 36 doubles, 6 triples, 18 home runs, 84 RBI and 78 runs scored. On the season, Urshela ranked 1st in the Indians system in runs (78), 2nd in RBI (84), 3rd in hits (136) and 4th in home runs (18) and had a.977 fielding percentage at 3rd base for the Clippers. Urshela is the rumored successor to 3rd base, however, he injured his left knee on November 15 playing winter ball in Venezuela. Last reports were that he sprained his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) but it will not require surgery.
Wolters, 22, spent the 2014 season at AA Akron, his second since being converted to the catching position. In 2014 he hit .249 (85-341) with 15 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 34 RBI in 94 games before left knee soreness ended his season on July 26. Wolters also played in the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .255 (14-55) with 5 runs scored and 8 RBI in 15 games.
You can say goodbye to LHP Scott Barnes, who was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations. And anyone who was dreaming about free agent third baseman Chase Headley coming to Cleveland should instead dream about a quick recovery to Urshela’s knee or Lonnie Chisenhall becoming (and staying) the player we’ve always wanted him to be. Headley has been deemed too expensive.