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Seven players added to Tribe's 40-man roster

By sstorm Published: November 20, 2009

In preparation for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, The Indians purchased the contracts of seven players and added them to their 40-man roster.

First baseman/outfielder Jordan Brown, shortstop Jason Donald and third baseman Wes Hodges were selected from the Triple-A Columbus roster, right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez, shortstop Carlos Rivero and outfielder Nick Weglarz were selected from the Double-A Akron roster and left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz was plucked from the short-season Mahoning Valley roster to bring the Indians Major League roster to 40 men.

The 25-year-old Brown was a mid-season and post-season all-star selection who led the International League with a .336 batting average. including 15 home runs and 67 RBI in 111 games.

Although the 21-year-old De La Cruz began the season at high Class-A Kinston, after just two starts he was sidelined with a strained left elbow and missed the rest of the regular season. He did, however, return to make three starts for the Arizona Rookie League team in Goodyear, AZ and also pitched in the Fall Instructional League.

The 25-year-old Donald was acquired in the July 29th, six-player trade with Philadelphia that sent Cliff Lee to the Phillies, splitting the season between Triple-A Lehigh Valley (.236) and Columbus (.257).

The 21-year-old Gomez started the season at Kinston, but was soon called up to Akron, where he tossed a perfect game against Trenton in May and went on to capture the Eastern Legue's Pitcher of the Year Award.

The 25-year-old Hodges played in just 86 games with the Clippers due to a sprained right wrist, batting .265 with 24 doubles, five homers and 38 RBI in just his 3rd professional season.

The 21-year-old Rivero spent the entire season in Akron, struggling to hit through the first half before batting .280 in the second half for a .242 overall average.

The 21-year-old Weglarz also spent the entirity of 2009 in Akron where he started slow, then caught fire for awhile at the plate before being sidelined with shin splints and a stress fracture in his left tibula while missing the playoffs. Although he hit a mere .227 overall, the hulking Ontario, Canada, native still finished 10th in the E.L. with a .377 on-base percentage, tied for 2nd in walks (75) and 11th in runs scored (69) despite not playing after August 14th.

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