That's an invitation to make a reservation

Two more internal prospects have been given invitations to big league camp.

Right-handed relievers Josh Judy and Zach Putnam will be among the pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Ariz., by Feb. 21. That brings the number of internal invitees up to nine, and the total number of non-roster invitees up to 18.

Judy was a 34th-round selection out of the Indiana Institute of Technology in the 2007 Draft, but he pushed his way on to the Tribe’s radar with a stellar 2009 at Class A Kinston, Double-A Akron and in the Arizona Fall League. Judy was 4-3 with 11 saves in 36 games, including one start, for Akron, posting a 3.10 ERA, striking out 63 and walking 18 in 49 1/3 innings. Eastern League batters hit just .198 off him.

In the Arizona Fall League, Judy went 2-2 with a 1.59 ERA in 11 appearances, striking out 20 and waling eight in 17 innings.

Putnam, who was a fifth-round pick out of Michigan in the 2008 Draft, also began ’09 at Kinston before an early season promotion to Akron. Upon his arrival to the Aeros, he converted from starting to relief work. He went 4-2 with two saves and a 4.13 ERA, striking out 57 and walking 18 in 56 2/3 innings. At season’s end, Baseball Prospectus ranked him as the 11th-best prospect in the organization.

The 22-year-old Putnam also pitched for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, and he went 0-1 with a 8.76 ERA in five starts.

~AC

4 Comments

clever beatles quote there AC. when u coming out for spring training?

Josh Judy is interesting. He’s someone to follow in the future, I think.

Regarding our previous discussion, I think Bedard is about to sign a one year deal back with the Mariners.

I really love Josh Judy, he is surely more worthy to be updated that seeing the Dear John reviews. I profoundly congratulate both Judy and Putman for giving the chance to be invited to big league camp. Hopefully they will both give us sporty and skillful talents towards their special expertise through pitching and catching. Make us proud guys! Good luck to your career and be very useful to the team. We are looking towards good game and entertaining baseball in the future.

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