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Indians prospects homer, lead club to spring training win

Morning news and notes for Monday, March 2, 2020

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Tribe News

Indians prospects shine in win over Diamondbacks |

From Paul Hoynes:

Manager Terry Francona was offered a look at the present and the future on Sunday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Shane Bieber, in line to start the season opener on March 26, retired eight of the nine batters he faced in his second start of the spring. Third baseman Jose Ramirez continued his hot spring with a two-run homer and prospects Bryan Rocchio and George Valera delivered big hits as the Tribe ended a five-game Cactus League losing streak with a 10-6 win over Arizona.

Rocchio and Valera are two of the reasons the Indians farm system is drawing high marks from experts. Rocchio, 19, went 3-for-3. The switch-hitting middle infielder hit a three-run homer in the third off starter Zac Gallen for a 3-0 lead. He singled in his next two at-bats and ended the game with three runs.

Valera, on of the Tribe’s top outfield prospects, homered and walked twice. Rocchio and Valera, both 19, were members of the Indians dynamite 2017 international free agent class.

Freeman, Arroyo vie to fill utility role |

It’s speculated that the Indians could end up keeping both on the 26-man roster.

Tristan McKenzie eager to let loose |

The former top prospect is recovering from back and pectoral strains that cost him his 2019 season. He’s easing back into action, throwing simulated games.

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