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Indians claim Whitenack off waivers

Indians claim Whitenack off waivers
April 3, 2013
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The Cleveland Indians today have claimed right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack off of waivers from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him to Double-A Akron. To make room on the 40-man roster the Indians have moved right-handed pitcher Frank Herrmann from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Whitenack, 24, was designated for assignment on Monday by the Cubs. In four minor league seasons he has compiled a 19-18 record with a 4.13 ERA. In 69 games (65 starts) he has pitched 309.1 innings and allowed 313 hits, 101 walks and has 202 strikeouts.

Whitenack was originally selected in the 8th round of the 2009 June draft by the Cubs out of SUNY Old Westbury.  After undergoing Tommy John ligament transplant surgery in June of 2011, the Queens, NY native returned last season to make 15 starts for High-A Daytona and went 1-6 with a 5.96 ERA (51.1 IP, 70 H, 27 BB, 31 K).

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User Comments

Jack
April 4, 2013 - 12:07 AM EDT
The Indians would take Rondon back in a heartbeat. No way they would accept Whitenack even up for Rondon. Rondon actually has a ML future. This guy? I doubt he's ever anything more than a depth option
Jack
April 4, 2013 - 12:04 AM EDT
Non-roster move? Sure. Making room on the 40 man for this guy? This doesn't make any sense to me. Seems to me there's probably a number of players who have been DFA'd that would make more sense to be rostered than this guy.

There must be something about him they like?
Tony
April 3, 2013 - 11:18 PM EDT
Not sure how this has anything to do with Hector Rondon. No way the Indians-Cubs could work out such a thing through waivers. If so, they'd have just completed the deal before putting him on waiver (when a guy is DFAed he does not have to immediately be put on waivers, club can try to trade him first).
Norm
April 3, 2013 - 7:11 PM EDT
No expert on this guy but he reminds me a bit of McAlistair. Same kind of stuff but I don't see the command at this point in his career. Secondary pitches do have some potential. Strange that Cubs would give up on him now but if we view this as a trade for Rondon, it could be worse.
shy
April 3, 2013 - 7:03 PM EDT
With the Indians picking up a DFA pitcher from the Cubs off the waiver wire, The irony of Hector Rondon being talked about in Chicago as their closer this year if Marmol loses the job is not thrilling me. Nor is the fact that Kazmir is already hurt. I have watched the Giants last 2 nites. Kershaw, Ryu, Bumgarner all carving up some pretty good hitters on both teams. I don't know how the Indians or anyone else can expect to compete without a decent LH starter. Barnes and Bumgarner are a lot alike. Similar size, similar stuff, similar arm angle, both considered similar starting prospects in Giants org. Scott doesn't have Madison's control, but I think he possibly could with the right coach and enough reps. Time to find out.
Kenneth
April 3, 2013 - 6:54 PM EDT
Tony, Might this have something to do with Hector Rondon? I'm sure the Cubs would like to have the option of sending him down if he struggles.
Dan
April 3, 2013 - 3:36 PM EDT
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-19/sports/ct-spt-0520-rogers-cubs-white-sox-chicago--20120520_1_cautionary-tale-cubs-double-a-tennessee
Dan
April 3, 2013 - 3:33 PM EDT
Just last year in spring training he was pretty much considered the top pitching prospect in the Cubs organization, and actually had a decent chance to break camp with the Cubs. He had great stuff, but he had surgery that ended his season. It's a stab worth taking on a kid that had a very high ceiling just last year before surgery.
Tony
April 3, 2013 - 3:32 PM EDT
I don't get it either. No history of high K totals or anything. He's tall (6'5") but is a potential rotation arm. Average stuff, but was really coming on before his injury in 2011. May still become a backend starter.
Crizno
April 3, 2013 - 3:27 PM EDT
What am I missing here? Those stats look pretty bad.

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