As Spring Training comes to a close this weekend, the Indians organization is continuing to cut players from camp in order to make the full season rosters next week. Five more players were released yesterday morning and there will be more cuts this weekend. I wish these men the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Jairo Kelly (SS)
- Signed in July 2009 out of the Dominican Republic
- 3 seasons across 3 levels (DSL, Rk, A-)
- .239 AVG in 125 G
- Kelly has highly-profiled coming out of the DR. The Indians gave him a large signing bonus. Kelly struggled throughout his time in the organization and fought injuries as well. Kelly was ranked #69 by Tony Lastoria going into 2012 and struggled in his starting role in Mahoning Valley, dropping out of the top 100 in 2013. He had a lot of upside as a great defender but could not bring his hitting up to speed.
Andrew Campbell (OF)
- Signed in December 2008 out of Australia
- 3 seasons across 2 levels (Rk, A-)
- .240 AVG in 94 G
- Campbell has a low upside due to his ability to put bat to ball. He does not have a lot of power but a good approach at the plate. He has a good running ability and was moved into the outfield because of it.
Chia-Ching Lin (OF)
- Signed in June 2010 out of Taiwan
- 2 seasons on 1 level (Rk)
- .188 AVG in 88 G
- Lin is a switch hitting outfielder with more speed than ability to hit. His hitting ability is very raw and needs a lot of work. He performs well in the corner outfield positions due to his speed. If he can build power, he can become a better hitter.
Dwight Childs (C)
- Drafted in the 18th round of the 2009 Draft
- 4 seasons across 5 levels (Rk, A-, A, A+, AAA)
- .145 AVG in 90 G
- Childs was a journeyman for the organization. Due to his great catching ability, he moved his way to different teams when another catcher was needed. His swing is very poor and has no power. His hitting needs the most work and then he can become a all-around player.
Davis Stoneburner (INF)
- Acquired in February 2012 via trade with the Texas Rangers
- 1 season with AA Akron
- .198 in 102 games
- Stoneburner was the second baseman for the Aeros last season. He struggled throughout the year to hit for power. He fell victim to a backload of middle infielders in the system.
Best of luck to these men in the future!