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Lindor, Naquin and four others invited to ML camp

Lindor, Naquin and four others invited to ML camp
January 22, 2014
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The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has extended non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp to shortstop Francisco Lindor, catcher Jake Lowery, outfielder Tyler Naquin, catcher Roberto Perez, infielder Joey Wendle and catcher/infielder Tony Wolters.

Lindor, 20, hit a combined .303 (122-403) with 22 doubles, 7 triples, 2 home runs, 34 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 104 games between Single-A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Akron. The Indians 1st round selection (8th overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft enters his first Major League camp.  The 5-11, 175 switch-hitting shortstop was promoted to AA Akron on July 16 after being named to the Carolina League midseason all-star squad and playing in his second straight XM future’s game. His combined .303 average between A Carolina and AA Akron in 2013 led the entire Indians Player Development system.

Lowery, 23, was originally selected by the Indians in the 4th round (128 overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and split the 2013 campaign hitting a combined .264 (73-277) with 23 2B, 7 HR and 33 RBI in 92 games between High-A Carolina and AA Akron. The 6-0, 200 pound catcher retired 28.1% (27-96) of the runners attempting to steal off him, and recently completed an 8-game stint for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League (.240, 6-for-25, 5 RBI).

Naquin, 22, is coming off of a 27 game Arizona Fall League campaign where he hit .339 (39-115) with 4 doubles, a triple, one home run and 18 RBI in 27 games for the Surprise Saguaros. The former 1st round selection (15th overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft earned an AFL MVP nomination, and a spot on the AFL Top Prospects Team after finishing 8th in league in batting average, 1st in hits (39), 2nd in runs scored (22) and 4th in total bases (48).  During the 2013 regular season, Naquin hit a combined .269 (142-528) with 30 doubles, 6 triples, 10 home runs and 48 RBI in 126 games between High-A Carolina and AA Akron. Naquin was named to the Carolina League midseason All-Star squad and was elevated to Akron on August 14 where he played his final 18 games of the season.

Perez, 25, hit a combined .200 (56-280) with 18 doubles, 2 home runs and 34 RBI in 99 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.  Perez retired 34.9% of attempted base stealers in 2013. A native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Perez was originally drafted by the Indians in the 33rd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Wendle, 23, was named the 2013 Lou Boudreau Award winner, symbolic of the top position player in the Indians Player Development system. The 5-11, 190-pound left-handing hitting infielder spent the entire season with High-A Carolina where he hit .295 (122-413) with 32 doubles, 5 triples, 64 RBI and an .884 OPS. Originally drafted by the Indians in the 6th round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft, Wendle was selected to the Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team.  Wendle hit .311 (19-61) with 7 extra base hits, 12 RBI and an .863 OPS for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League after the season.

Wolters, 21, transitioned to catcher at the suggestion of skipper Terry Francona in 2013. Wolters spent the first month of the season at extended spring training before spending the remainder of the campaign with the High-A Carolina Mudcats. Originally a 3rd round pick (87th overall) by the Indians in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Wolters threw out 28% of would-be base stealers, right in line with the Carolina League average of 30%. 

The Indians currently have 19 spring invitees:

#             PITCHERS (7)
48           ATCHISON, Scott, RHP
77           BANWART, Travis, RHP
55           CAPPS, Matt, RHP
65           CLOYD, Tyler, RHP
38           MARCUM, Shaun, RHP
66           RAMIREZ, J.C., RHP
58           ZAGUSKI, Mike, LHP

#             CATCHERS (4)
68           LOWERY, Jake
79           PEREZ, Roberto
12           TREANOR, Matt
81           WOLTERS, Tony

#             INFIELDERS (4)
25           GIAMBI, Jason
67           LINDOR, Francisco
76           ROHLINGER, Ryan
80           WENDLE, Joey

#             OUTFIELDERS (4)
26           CARSON, Matt
11           FRANCOEUR, Jeff
6             MORGAN, Nyjer
72           NAQUIN, Tyler

User Comments

January 23, 2014 - 8:20 AM EST
If Lindor, and Wendle are ready for the big leagues, it will make some interesting thoughts, I have never seem Wendle but to be selected the 2013 Lou Boudreau Award winner, he must be pretty good. Tyler Naquin in the competition for outfield position should also be interesting. I think with these three if they make the team, then the weakness at third will go away. Young players with speed and they can pitch what a plus. Come on spring training and let the fun begin. Go Tribe. Thanks for great article.
January 22, 2014 - 8:31 PM EST
It will be interesting to see Lindor, Naquin, Wendle and Wolters in big league camp. Will get an idea how close or how far they are from reaching the big leagues.

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