McDade making a smooth transition to Indians organization
With nearly five months in the Indians organization under his belt, first baseman Mike McDade is finding comfort in his new surroundings.
“It’s been awesome,” the 23-year-old McDade said. “It’s a first-class organization. It felt like the Blue Jays were the same way, a first-class organization. I learned a lot over there and over here it was just a smooth transition. I knew some of the guys from the fall league three years ago. I’m just trying to get to know everybody staff and player-wise. It’s just been going good right now.”
McDade spent all of 2012 in the Blue Jays farm system, splitting the year between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas. He hit a combined .285 with 19 doubles, 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 118 games between the two stops.
The Indians acquired the 6-foot-1, 250-pound switch-hitter on a waiver claim from Toronto this past November.
McDade, who was playing in the Dominican Winter League at the time, said that he was a little surprised by the move but was more concerned with his current play.
“One day I showed up for BP and I was told I was taken off the roster by the Blue Jays and nine days later I was told I was picked up by the Indians,” McDade said. “I mean, I was in the Dominican Republic playing so I didn’t really know what was going on. I was playing baseball in the Dominican Republic and I was just focusing on that.”
Although he enjoyed his time in the Blue Jays organization, McDade said he was excited to get a fresh start.
“It’s awesome to be picked up and get the opportunity to come over here and play for the Indians.”
Despite an impressive spring training where he hit .400 (12-for-30) with two doubles, a homer and 10 RBI, McDade was reassigned to Triple-A Columbus.
So far in the early going, he has yet to duplicate that success. In 13 games with the Clippers this season, McDade is batting just .174 (8-for-46) with two doubles, no home runs and three RBI. He is hitless in his last four games and has struck out nine times over that span.
“I’m really just trying to focus on hitting right now,” McDade said. “I’m kind of struggling a little bit. I’m just trying to find that swing that I had last year in the middle of the season. Right now I’m just trying to get in the cage and work hard, just trying to get better everyday in all aspects of it.”
As far as his expectations go, the first baseman said that he wants to concentrate on putting together quality at-bats. After he does that, the rest will take care of itself.
“I expect to go up there and give consistent at bats," McDade said. "I mean, that’s my biggest goal this year. Just go up there whether it’s four, five or six a game and just try to be consistent and compete.”