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Indians invite five players from minors to Major League camp

Indians invite five players from minors to Major League camp
January 24, 2013
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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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User Comments

Tony
January 25, 2013 - 12:08 PM EST
The invites are only given to the players that have a chance to play for them in the big leagues this season. So that is why Rodriguez was not invited. If the Indians need players to fill in for guys away, they can easily pull them over from minor league camp, and someone like Rodriguez could see a game or two in big league spring games.
MT88 in WI
January 25, 2013 - 12:00 PM EST
They might also want the extra arms due to losing Pestano & Perez with the WBC. Additionally they need good looks at all left handed options (Soto).

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).
Norm
January 25, 2013 - 10:55 AM EST
Strictly speculation but the most likely reason that I can see for so many RPs is the possibility that we may lose some by the end of ST. None of these guys are highly thought of as ML pitching talent right now and it is possible the Indians will get two rule 5 pitchers back. IF the Indians need cash for another acquisition, such as Lohse, the team is deep enough in RPs to bear the loss of some of the veteran salaries from what I see. As for Aguilar, it seems like the want to gauge the progress of the only system produced 1B.
Tony
January 25, 2013 - 8:34 AM EST
LaPorta will be announced at a later date, but nothing official yet. Hence why the PD had to change it.
Matthew
January 25, 2013 - 8:31 AM EST
My fault. Hoynes reported it yesterday on the PD website, but they have since changed the story on the PD website to remove LaPorta.
Tony
January 24, 2013 - 10:24 PM EST
LaPorta has not been announced yet, but he is expected to be invited to Major League camp.
Matthew
January 24, 2013 - 10:00 PM EST
I'm shocked this failed to mention the exciting news that Matt LaPorta will be joining these guys in major league camp ;)
Tony
January 24, 2013 - 8:37 PM EST
Langwell should be in Columbus as he pitched most of last season there. And Aguilar is a lock for Akron. But, yeah, tough to figure out Guilmet and Soto because of so many arms in Major league camp and lots of depth in relief. They could get pushed to Akron to start the season, but be in Columbus a month or two into it. I think Perez is affected by what happens with Yan Gomes. If Gomes makes the Cleveland roster, then Perez is one of the two catchers at Columbus. If Gomes goes to Columbus, then Perez stays in Akron until Gomes is called up.
Matt
January 24, 2013 - 8:32 PM EST
How would this affect where they start the season? Langwell probably to COL, Aguilar probably to AKR, but the other 3 were on the bubble. For some reason it seems like the Indians prefer to have their high priority/low ceiling/ML ready players go to Akron to get regular playing time in preparation for their callup (Diaz, Neal). Projected minor league depth charts are oddly appealing to me during winter.

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