Friday, May 17, 2013

Captains have had four make it to big leagues so far in 2013

The Captains have already surpassed 2012 when it comes to players debuting in the major leagues.

They have had four ex-players make their first appearance in the majors this season, ahead of three for all of 2012. Here's a look at how they've fared so far (special thanks to the Captains' Craig Deas for his help):

-- Hector Rondon, a Rule 5 draftee of the Cubs, has made 12 relief appearances for Chicago since April 3. He has a 3.68 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 12 appearances. Photo: Rondon, right, and catcher Welington Castillo on May 4.  (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

-- T.J. McFarland, also taken in the Rule 5 draft, has made nine relief appearances for the Orioles since April 6. He has a 2.95 ERA in 18 1/3 innings.

-- Steven Wright debuted with the Red Sox on April 23. The knuckle baller gave up five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings before being optioned to Class AAA Pawtucket.

-- Vidal Nuno debuted with Yankees on April 29. Indians fans are more aware of his second start, in which he pitched five scoreless innings in the second game of a doubleheader on May 13 at Progressive Field. He has since been sent to Triple-A Scranton.

The sample size isn't enough for a full-on indictment of the Indians' minor-league system. But it's worth noting the last six Captains to make to the majors have done so with other teams. The last ex-Lake County player to make it with the Tribe was Cody Allen on July 20, 2012.

- Howard Primer


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