De La Cruz traded to the Rangers
February 21, 2012
The Indians today completed a trade today where they sent minor league left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz to the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considersations. De La Cruz was designated for assignment last week to make space on the 40-man roster for first baseman Casey Kotchman.
De La Cruz, 23, struggled in a return trip to Double-A Akron last season where in 23 games (16 starts) he went 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA. While he only allowed 70 hits and had 95 strikeouts in 86.0 innings pitched last season, his problems with command got worse as he walked 57 batters (6.0 K/9). In 179.2 innings the last two seasons at Akron he really struggled with his command and walked too many batters with 121 walks (6.1 K/9). He still has loads of potential, but with his age creeping up and his command problems the past two seasons, he was no longer a high profile pitching prospect. Now he is a project, one that the Rangers will delightfully try and see what they can make of him this season.
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When I think of the team the Indians currently have I like the potential, guys like Kipnis, Chisenhall, Jimenez ... but when they make boneheaded roster moves, I turn pessimistic. How can we expect them to upgrade the team successfully, or make any reasonable decision, when they can't even avoid repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot?