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Old 03-13-18, 09:41 AM
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Interesting stuff going on at Tribe camp. Francisco Mejia and Bobby Bradley were both re-assigned to minor league camp. That's not really a surprise. However, Mejia is going to Columbus to learn to play the outfield. Mejia, of course, is one of baseball's top prospects as a catcher. Supposedly, Francona told Mejia that he's big-league ready as a hitter but he's still got some developing to do as a catcher.

The book on Mejia is that he's got a rocket arm as a catcher but he needed to improve such things as blocking balls in the dirt and framing pitches. The Indians have said all along that they're happy with the platoon of Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes at catcher. This proves it. We'll see how long it takes Mejia to learn the outfield. He's only 5-10, 180 pounds, so he's not a big, lumbering clod. In fact, he has decent speed and he does possess that great throwing arm.

This may also suggest that Michael Brantley may not be ready for a while, or even that the Tribe may not want to sign him to an extension next year. Mejia is also a switch hitter so if he eventually lands in right, he may supplant the Lonnie Chisenhall/Brandon Guyer platoon.

I expect to see Mejia in Cleveland by mid-summer.
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Old 03-15-18, 10:17 AM
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Tribe beat the Angels 7-0. Kluber pitched five innings of one-hit ball. McAllister had another fine relief outing; he's had a great spring. Tyler Naquin hit a homer. If Brantley isn't ready by opening day, I'd like to see Naquin win the left field job. I've always liked the way he hits.
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Originally Posted by cabezadecaballo View Post
Soft-tossing lefty Merritt hanged, drawn, and quartered right on the mound today

1227 is gonna be crabby. That's his boy......
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Ah yes, Brian's boy. Don't expect to see him around anytime soon.

Another bad outing, against the Cubbies this time, (the guys that brian was so mad that Tito didn't give him a run at in the WS, iirc ) by Ryan "No Options" Merritt.

He's not making the roster. It over.
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