Hermida among three reassigned by Indians
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Indians made their first roster cuts of the spring on Tuesday, reassigning first baseman Jesus Aguilar, lefty Edward Paredes and outfielder Jeremy Hermida to Cleveland's Minor League camp.
All three players were in big league camp as non-roster invitees.
Cleveland is allowing Hermida to remain with the Major League club for the next week, giving him the chance to have a handful of at-bats before Minor League intrasquad games begin on March 13. Indians manager Terry Francona said the club gave the outfielder the option to stay or immediately join the Minor League side for workouts.
"We talked to Jeremy, because he's a little bit of a veteran guy," Francona said. "We talked it through. We decided that we'll keep him here another week with us, but the at-bats are probably going to be a little scarce for him. He knows that."
Over parts of eight seasons, Hermida has hit .257 with 65 home runs and 250 RBIs in 632 career Major League games between stints with the Marlins, Red Sox, A's, Reds and Padres.
Aguilar, 22, is one of Cleveland's top first-base prospects, but he was only in camp with the Tribe to get some big league experience. The right-handed-hitting Aguilar hit .375 (3-for-8) with three RBIs in seven Cactus League games.
Last year, Aguilar hit .280 with 15 homers, 31 doubles and 71 RBIs in 127 games between tours with high Class A Carolina and Double-A Akron. He also played for the World Team during the All-Star Futures Game last summer.
"He's got the kind of power that not a lot of guys have," Francona said. "He's got a lot of work to do to be consistent with his swing. I've got to see him play a little bit here in Major League camp. ... The hope is you look up after maybe 1,000 at-bats and there's a lot more consistency in that swing, because he's got really good power."
Paredes, 26, allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and no strikeouts in three Cactus League innings this spring. The lefty did not pitch last year, but spent seven seasons (4.66 ERA 201 games) in Seattle's farm system before being released in 2011. This past winter, Paredes went 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings for Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League.