The Cleveland Indians’ roster is filling up with Mudcats of late.
Two former Carolina Mudcats players have made their debuts for the Indians within the past week. Shortstop Francisco Lindor made his MLB debut on June 14 and pitcher Cody Anderson debuted in the bigs a week later.
Anderson, 24, became the third former 2013 Mudcats player to have made his major league debut this season. Anderson’s former 2013 teammate Elvis Araujo made his debut with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this year. Former 2012 Mudcats infielder Giovanny Urshela also made his MLB debut with the Indians earlier this month.
Lindor had previously spent the entire 2015 season in Triple-A Columbus, where he was batting .281 with 11 doubles, 5 triples, 2 home runs and 22 RBI in 58 games for the Clippers.
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Lindor hit .306, with 19 doubles, 6 triples, one home run and 27 RBI over 83 games with the Mudcats in 2013. He earned Carolina League player of the week honors in May of 2013 and was both a mid-season and post-season Carolina League All-Star. Lindor additionally was named to the 2013 Futures Game.
Lindor went 1-for-2 in his debut game against Detroit.
Anderson’s debut was a little more historic. He became only the fourth pitcher in Indians’ history to pitch at least 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in his major league debut. He pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his pro career, but didn’t get the win in a 1-0 Cleveland win.
The right-hander spent the entire 2013 season with the Mudcats and posted a 2.34 ERA over 23 games and 23 starts. He was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year in 2013 and finished as the league leader in earned run average. He was also second in WHIP (1.10), fourth in average against (.236) and third in SO/9ip ratio (8.17).
Second half begins Wednesday: It’s a fresh start on Thursday for Carolina and the rest of the Carolina League as the second half of the season begins. All teams’ records reset to 0-0 as of Sunday night.
Myrtle Beach (41-28) won the Southern Division title, finishing seven games ahead of the Mudcats (34-35). Wilmington (38-32) took the Northern title. Both division first-half winners are locked into the September playoffs.
Carolina hosts Myrtle Beach to open the second half for a three-game set at Five County Stadium. And although being at home usually helps the host team, that’s not the case with Myrtle Beach this season.
The Pelicans are 24-11 on the road so far this season, an astounding seven games better than their home mark. The .686 road winning percentage is better than all but one team’s home winning percentage in the league. (Wilmington was 24-11 at home.) The next best road mark in the first half was Salem’s 18-15 record.
Beach Night for a cause: The Mudcats will host Beach Night on Saturday, wearing specially designed beach-themed jerseys. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with the proceeds going to The Miracle League of the Triangle, which helps kids of all abilities enjoy the game of baseball.
At Five County Stadium
Carolina Mudcats vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m.