Seven Added To Big-League Roster

The Indians purchased the contracts of seven players from their minor-league affiliates today. Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz from Mahoning Valley, infielder Carlos Rivero, outfielder Nick Weglarz and right-hander Jeanmar Gomez from Akron and infielders Jason Donald and Wes Hodges and first baseman-outfielder Jordan Brown from Columbus were added -- putting Cleveland's roster at the 40-man limit.

The moves protect these prospects from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The Indians added several minor-leaguers to their system in a series of trades last summer. That could lead to them losing a player or two in the Rule 5.

Brown, 25, was a mid-season and post-season all-star selection and hit an International League-best .336 (140-for-417) with 35 doubles, 15 homers and 67 RBI in 111 games. He was named to the Topps Triple A All-Star Team.

In addition to winning the batting title, he finished third in the league in slugging percentage (.532), fourth in OPS (.913) and total bases (222), tied for fifth in doubles and sixth in hits (140).

Brown played 41 games in left field, 27 in right field in 22 at first base.

He is currently hitting .318 (35-for-110) with four homers and 21 RBI in 32 games for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.

De La Cruz, 21, opened the season at Class A Kinston and made two starts (2-0, 1.50 ERA) but strained his left elbow and missed most of the rest of the season. He made three starts for the Arizona Rookie League team in Goodyear nd also pitched in the Fall Instructional League and Arizona Parallel League.

Donald, 25, was acquired in a six-player trade July 29 from the Philadelphia Phillies and split the season at Triple-A between Lehigh Valley (.236, one homer, 16 RBI in 51 games) and Columbus (.257, one homer, one RBI in 10 games.

He missed six weeks in June and July (left knee surgery) and strained his lower back shortly after the trade.

Donald was a member of the United States' 2008 Olympic team that won a bronze medal. At Double-A Reading in the Phillies' system that year, he hit .308 with 14 homers and 54 RBI in 86 games.

Gomez, 21, was a combined 12-6 with 3.30 ERA in 26 starts for Kinston and Akron. He pitched a perfect game on May 21 at Trenton for the Aeros.

Promoted to Akron on April 27, he was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Year, going 10-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 22 starts. He was third in the Eastern League in ERA, tied for fifth in strikeouts and tied for sixth in wins despite pitching the first month of the season at Kinston.

The Eastern League All-Star selection was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two playoff starts for the champion Aeros.

Hodges, 25, hit .265 (88-for-332) with 24 doubles, five homers and 38 RBI in 86 games in his first season at Triple-A. He was limited to 86 games by a sprained right wrist, which forced him onto the disabled list from May 13 to July 3.

Rivero, 21, hit .280 (49-for-175) in the second half with 11 doubles, six homers and 33 RBI in 49 games. Overall at Akron, he .242 (116-for-480) with 24 doubles, seven homers and 58 RBI in 132 games. He also walked 50 times against only 73 strikeouts.

He hit .296 with five RBI in seven Eastern League playoff games.

He is currently hitting .318 (28-for-88) with six doubles, two homers and 13 RBI in 22 games in the Arizona Fall League.

Weglarz, 21, posted a .377 on-base percentage with 17 doubles, 16 homers and 65 RBI in 105 games at Akron, despite not playing after August 14 due to shin splints.

He was the youngest member of the 2009 Canadian World Baseball Classic Team, a member of the 2008 Canadian Olympic team, and a 2009 Eastern League mid-season all-star and participated in the Future's Game in St. Louis.

He played eight games in the Arizona Fall League and recently underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left tibia.

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