Indians Strengthen Bullpen
The Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres have agreed on a deal that sends All-Star Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to Cleveland in return for baseball’s 15th ranked prospect, Francisco Mejia. Cleveland has one of the best rotations in baseball to go along with their powerful lineup. Their weakness all season? That bullpen.
Other than Andrew Miller, Cleveland doesn’t have any reliable arms out of their pen. Cody Allen has struggled mightily this season, and hasn’t been as good as years past. With the addition of Hand and Cimber, and Miller returning from injury, Cleveland is now a legitimate threat in the American League.
Mejia is the 15th ranked prospect in baseball, which is good enough to be the first ranked catcher. Mejia hit .279 in Triple A this season to go with 7 home runs. He’s only played 12 games at the major league level while hitting .133. It’s a small sample size, but expect him to get plenty of at-bats the Major League level during the second half of this season. Mejia is only 22-years old, and the “ceiling is the roof” for him if he can reach his full potential.