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2012 in Review: Russ Canzler

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The Indians tried Duncan, Damon, and Cunningham in left field in 2012, and in September, finally gave a shot to Russ Canzler in September.

Hannah Foslien

Bats: Right Throws: Right

2012 Age: 26

2012 oWAR (B-Ref): 0.2

2012 dWAR (B-Ref): -0.4

2012 WAR (Fangraphs): -0.1

2012 Salary: $480,000 (Split Contract/Renewal)

2013 Contract Status: Renewable

There isn't much to review about Russ Canzler's season, at least at the major-league level. Because the Indians went with a combination of Shelley Duncan, Johnny Damon, and Aaron Cunningham, Canzler spent most of the 2012 season in Columbus. This season was supposed to be Canzler's big chance; the Indians acquired him last winter from Tampa after Canzler hit .314/.401/.530 in Durham in 2011. He was right-handed, could play both the outfield and first base, and the Indians were thin at both positions to say the least.

Canzler struggler initially after getting sent down to Columbus, perhaps a hangover from not making the big-league club, but he quickly rebounded, and by August, he had improved his OPS to .815, which included a .487 slugging percentage. After all three of the previously-mentioned outfielders were designated for assignment, that finally gave Canzler the opportunity to get extended playing time in September in both the outfield and first base.

He hit .269/.299/.398 with the Indians in 97 Plate Appearances, with 3 homers and 3 doubles, though with that came 22 strikeouts and just 4 walks. I don't think the Indians can give Canzler a starting job, though given all the holes at power positions (first base, left field, DH), Canzler should get a prominent role on next year's club. The Indians are still left-handed heavy, and Canzler is one of the few right-handed power hitters in the organization.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA R H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2004 18 CHC-min Rk 32 119 12 26 2 3 1 9 35 .248 .310 .352 .663
2005 19 CHC-min Rk 49 188 22 47 11 3 1 24 41 .299 .387 .427 .814
2006 20 CHC-min A- 73 311 49 74 22 4 16 22 70 .264 .319 .543 .862
2007 21 CHC-min A 125 503 60 124 24 2 7 35 88 .270 .321 .376 .697
2008 22 CHC-min A+ 98 361 47 89 22 2 12 27 70 .273 .327 .463 .790
2009 23 CHC-min AA,A+ 118 375 41 87 23 1 8 38 65 .261 .337 .408 .745
2010 24 CHC-min AA 112 411 68 102 28 4 21 46 95 .287 .372 .566 .938
2011 25 TBD-min AAA 131 549 78 149 40 4 18 67 129 .314 .401 .530 .930
2011 25 TBR AL 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 .333 .400 .333 .733 112
2012 26 CLE-min AAA 130 539 68 129 36 3 22 46 128 .265 .328 .487 .815
2012 26 CLE AL 26 97 9 25 3 0 3 4 22 .269 .299 .398 .697 96
2 Yrs 29 102 9 26 3 0 3 5 23 .271 .304 .396 .700 97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/29/2012.