James Ramsey (92) slides into third base. Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Players Not on the 40-Man Roster Could Be Added Too
There are a couple players that are currently not on the Cleveland Indians’ 40-man roster that could also be called up. James Ramsey is one such player. He was acquired last summer from the St. Louis Cardinals for Justin Masterson. He hasn’t had the best season at Triple-A Columbus batting just .243/.327/.382 though he does have a 107 wRC+ and solid 10.5% walk rate. He does have the ability to play all three outfield spots and can play them reasonably well.
Ramsey is also Rule 5 Draft eligible this winter so the Indians will have to decide whether to add him to the 40-man or risk losing him. If the Indians are planning on adding him (which I would believe they are), then adding him now is something they could do. The fact that Ramsey hits left-handed could also benefit him as the Indians are actually pretty thin in that regard. At times the only left-handed hitter the Indians will have on their bench is Michael Martinez (as was the case last night), and he’s a switch hitter. Despite this, I’d be a bit surprised if Ramsey was called up. Despite 630 plate appearances at Triple-A and displaying above average offense he doesn’t seem to be a high priority guy.
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Two other players that could be added are catchers Adam Moore or Brett Hayes. Brett Hayes was with the Indians briefly this year when Yan Gomes was on the disabled list. Neither Moore nor Hayes figure into the Tribe’s long-term plans but many teams prefer to carry a third catcher in September as an emergency. The Indians have done this several times adding such players as Kelly Shoppach and Chris Gimenez in recent years. The Indians currently seem content riding Gomes as their starter with only Roberto Perez as the backup, and I’d guess that will continue honestly.
If the Indians decide they want to add another pitcher they could look to Toru Murata who made one start for the Indians during a double-header earlier in the year. He’d potentially provide Tito Francona with another option as a long-reliever out of the pen should a game get out of hand early. However, now that Corey Kluber is back healthy the Tribe is already at six starting pitchers, plus the addition of Gavin Floyd makes a Murata addition seem unlikely (tho no impossible).
Shaun Marcum is also still pitching for the Columbus Clippers. The Indians could decide to reward him for sticking around all year with a token call up. He, like Murata, could be a long-man in the pen and simply give Tito one extra arm to burn should the need (hopefully never) arise.
Tyler Naquin is a player I personally wanted to see in Cleveland this year but sadly injuries prevented him from ever getting a real shot. He, like Ramsey, is Rule 5 Draft eligible this winter but being banged up yet again he’ll miss out on any September call-up unfortunately.
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