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Indians call up right-hander Matt Langwell

...option Scott Barnes to Columbus

Indians call up right-hander Matt Langwell
June 1, 2013
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The Cleveland Indians selected the contract of righty reliever Matt Langwell from Triple A Columbus. In conjunction with the Langwell call-up, lefty Scott Barnes was optioned back to Columbus after getting roughed up during Friday night’s/Saturday morning’s rain delayed game.

Langwell was drafted by the Indians in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur draft after a season at Sam Houston State, and two seasons at Rice University. He played the 2005 season at Sam Houston before tearing his UCL in his right elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery that year, and transferred to Rice after 1 ½ years of rehab.

Langwell has pitched exclusively with the Clippers this year, going 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA. He was tied for fifth in the league with 20 appearances, with all but one being in relief. His lone spot start came on February 10th, in a game in which the Clippers utilized relievers from beginning to end.

Langwell has given up runs in only five of his 20 appearances over 27 1/3 innings, and only once has he given up more than one run. He’s far from overpowering, but he’s still managed to strike out 23 batters, while walking 12. He’s given up 25 hits, and only one homer on the year.

Langwell has spent the past 5 ½ seasons in the Indians’ organization, and has been one of their most consistent relievers since moving to the bullpen full-time in 2009. He’s never been considered a top prospect because he’s always lacked that “big arm” that many look towards with regards to relievers. Langwell continues to persevere at each level.

In 2009, he went 1-4 with a 1.97 ERA at Lake County. In 2010, he went 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA at High A Kinston. In 2011, he has a 3.01 ERA at both Double A Akron and Triple A Columbus. Last season, he went 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA at Double A Akron and Triple A Columbus.

This will be Langwell’s big league debut, and it’s been a long time coming. It will be interesting to see if the sum of his arsenal, a low-90’s fastball/splitter/slider combination, will resonate against big league pitching, or if the parts just don’t equal what it takes at the next level.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

User Comments

June 1, 2013 - 4:35 PM EDT
Glad to see Langwell get the call. He's certainly paid his dues.
June 1, 2013 - 4:11 PM EDT
I'm stoked. Langwell has pitched tough at every level, he pitched well in spring training, and he's paid his dues having gone thru TJ surgery in college and 51/2 years in the minors. He may not have the best arm in the system, but it's a good one and he makes the most of it. His PIQ (that's Shytalk for pitching instinct quotient)- is 3 out of 3. It's the ability to throw the right pitch in the right place at the right time. It's innate, it can be developed, but it can't be taught if you ain't got it to begin with. I think he'll do a solid job. And what's more I think he'll be an inspiration to the others...

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