Yandy Diaz. I was thrilled when he broke camp with the big league club. With a career minor league line of .307/.406/.411 he had earned a chance to play in the Majors. Despite getting sent back down to AAA, he showed a plus glove and made fantastic contact with the ball. The issue…and one that I hope he works on in AAA…is that he often made that contact straight into the ground. Fangraphs just posted an article all about it.
The Indians had a couple needs going to 2017, and one of those was another lefty out of the pen. I think Boone Logan was at the top of the wish list. But after the Edwin Encarnacion signing I think most people though the Indians would go bargain shopping for that arm. And then BAM…they sign Logan. People were…thrilled. And they should be. Last season with the Rockies, over 46.1 innings, he allowed 27 hits while walking 20 and striking out 57 (good for an ERA+ of 133). He, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen make up, I think, the best pen in the game. Period.
I can never have enough Roberto Perez autographs. He is one of my favorite players in the game, and the quintessential #2 catcher: not terrible with the bat, plus/plus defense and great game calling. Unfortunately, with the struggles of Yan Gomes, he is probably getting way more at bats then he should.
This spring, Jason Kipnis went down with the shoulder injury. And when you are an Indians fan…you never like to hear about shoulder injuries. Brantley, Kipnis, Sizemore, Hafner…the Indians have a history of losing great players to bum shoulders. But, despite rumors that he had a much more serious injury then the club was letting on, he recently returned to the field. He looks a little rusty, but that should be expected for a guy who missed much of Spring Training.
This is my first 3×5 sweet spot card of him. Really excited to FINALLY get one.
Terry Francona. I was never as big a fan of him as many Indians fans…until the 2016 playoffs. Now, I will argue with anyone who will listen that he is a first ballot Hall of Fame coach.