BRADENTON, FL – Our first look at the 2018 Indianapolis Indians arrived on Monday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates sent eight players to the minors, three of which were optioned to Indy. Outfielder Austin Meadows, right-handed pitcher Clay Holmes and southpaw reliever Jack Leathersich were the men sent to start the season with the Tribe.
Shortstop Cole Tucker, catcher Christian Kelley, right-hander Damien Magnifico and outfielders Bryan Reynolds and Jason Martin have been assigned to minor league camp.
Meadows headlines the group, as Pittsburgh’s second ranked prospect. The 22-year-old turned heads this spring, hitting .386 (7-for-19) with a homer and eight RBIs. Meadows heads into his third stint with the Indians, a club that he has played in 109 games with over the course of the previous two seasons.
Holmes returns to Indianapolis after a ten-win 2017 season in Triple-A. The righty went 2-0 this spring, capping it off with three innings of scoreless ball in a win over Toronto on March 11.
Leathersich was claimed by the Pirates in September of 2017 and will make his Tribe debut next month. The lefty was looking to make the big league bullpen, but a tough preseason leaves him opening the year in Triple-A. Leathersich surrendered six runs on five hits and six walks in 4.2 innings of work.