Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Cleveland Indians have traded center fielder Leonys Martin to Cleveland in exchange for minor league shortstop Willi Castro. The Indians also acquired double-A righty Kyle Dowdy
Martin is hitting .251/.321/.409 with nine homers and seven stolen bases on the season. He’ll augment an addled Indians outfield, currently being manned by Michael Brantley, Rajai Davis, Greg Allen, Melky Cabrera and Brandon Guyer, most of whom are not helping the club too terribly much.
Castro, 21, currently plays in Double-A, hitting .245/.303/.350 for Akron. He’s considered the Indians’ number 9 prospect according to MLB.com.
On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!
Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.
José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.
Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.
Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.