Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Where In The World Is Juan Salas?

Have you seen Juan Salas?Former Rays RHRP Juan Salas is MIA from the Cleveland Indians organization according to Tony Lastoria of Indians Prospect Insider:
He was optioned out on March 19th, pitched in a minor league spring game on March 21st and only threw a third of an inning and ten pitches before being removed. Since that game, he has never been seen.
The fact he is on the reserve list to me may instead imply something else is going on behind the scenes from a personal standpoint or something came up between him and the team. I'll see if I can dig up more on him, though I have a feeling the fact nothing has been said of his whereabouts may be on purpose.



    RHP Juan Salas, designated for assignment on February 12th, has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for minor league second baseman Isaias Velasquez. Velasquez, 20 years old from Panama, was named to the New York-Penn League (A) All-Star Team at Mahoning Valley, where he batted .281 (68-242) with 40 runs scored in 64 games.

    Tony Lastoria at Indians Prospect Insider rates Velasquez the #82 prospect in the Indians farm system:
    Velasquez is a very exciting player to watch who has a lot of athleticism and swings the bat very well. He has worked really hard in the cages to improve as a hitter, and as he refines his swing and learns to try and not do too much he should start driving some balls into the gaps with authority and even out of the ballpark. He is a very good fundamentally sound middle infielder, though he needs some work as he makes some good plays, but makes unnecessary throws. He is very versatile and can play anywhere in the infield, though his strongest position is probably second base.