Nagy's return, Ambriz's arrival, the loss of Lofgren, and more
Here in Peyton’s Place, where the work of Castrovince met the land of Castroneves, the news was rather slow, where the Indians were concerned.
But there are several items of note here on the final morning of the Winter Meetings.
- Charles Nagy is back. The Indians have hired Nagy to be their Triple-A pitching coach at Columbus. A tremendous fit for this organization, as Nagy was a durable, dependable arm and a three-time All-Star over the course of 13 seasons with the Indians from 1990-2002. Furthermore, Nagy has experience as a pitching coach with Triple-A Salt Lake City in the Angels’ organization, and the professionalism he brings to the table is second to none.
- Lee May Jr., formerly at Double-A Akron, will be the hitting coach at Columbus.
- The Rule 5 giveth and taketh. The Indians selected Diamondbacks RHP Hector Ambriz with the fifth pick in the Draft, with the hope that he can compete for a spot in their big-league bullpen. Also in the Major League phase, the Tribe lost LHP Chuck Lofgren to the Brewers.
- In the Minor League phase, the Indians selected OF Brian “The Rabbi of Swat” Horwitz from the Giants’ Double-A roster and will place him at Triple-A Columbus. He’s a corner outfield bat with some big league experience. The Tribe lost LHPs Anillins Martinez (Marlins) and Matt Meyer (Cardinals) from the Double-A Akron roster.
- Finally, C Carlos Santana has won the Lou Boudreau Award as the organization’s best Minor League position player in ’09, while RHP Hector Rondon was recognized as the Bob Feller Award winner as the organization’s top Minor League pitcher.