Indians invite five players from minors to Major League camp
January 24, 2013
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have extended non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp to first baseman Jesus Aguilar, right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell, right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet, catcher Roberto Perez, and left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto.
In 127 games between High-A Carolina and Double-A Akron last season, Aguilar hit a combined .280 (123-440) with 31 doubles, 2 triples, 15 HR and 71 RBI.
Guilmet spent the entire 2012 season at Double-A Akron where he led the organization with 24 saves in 29 chances and held opponents to a .211 average against.
Langwell split the 2012 season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus compiling a 4-0 record with a 2.74 ERA in 42 relief outings averaging 10.6 strikeouts per 9.0 IP for the season and had a BB/SO ratio of 3.00 while holding right-handed hitters to a .211 average.
Perez played at Double-A Akron in 2012 where he batted .212 (60-283) with 16 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR and 31 RBI in 95 games and threw out 41% (35-of-86) of the baserunners attempting to steal off him.
Soto pitched for Double-A Akron in 2012 posting a 6-9 record with a 3.93 ERA in 22 starts (121.1IP, 111H, 53ER, 49BB, 100K, .247AVG) and threw a nine inning no-hitter on July 15 vs. Altoona.
Langwell and Guilmet both figure to be bullpen options the Indians could turn to later in the year, and while Soto is still expected to start he is expected to fill a high profile left-handed relief role in the near future. Perez and Aguilar are depth options at catcher and first base, though could see time later in the year if injuries mount at each position.
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Roberto Perez stops by as Yan will also be away. I'm a little surprise that Ronnie Rodriguez was not included (as ACab will be away).