Quality of Opposition (QoO) numbers per Baseball Reference

WHITE SOX PITCHERS (PROJECTIONS PER FanGraphs)

Dylan Cease (1st-started 4th inning): MLB #4 starter
Will Carter (finished 4th-5th inning): not on FanGraphs depth chart, played in Triple-A and Double-A for Yankees in 2019
Alex McRae (6th-7th innings): Triple-A starter or reliever
Jose Ruiz (8th inning): Triple-A reliever
Connor Sadzeck (9th inning): Triple-A reliever

STARTERS

Jordan Luplow (LF): 0-3, 1 K – Luplow grounded into a double play in his first at-bat in an A Game this season, but the mere fact of his presence on the field in a real exhibition game is a positive in and of itself.

Bobby Bradley (1B): 1-3 – Bradley’s single came off of Cease in the first inning. Also impressive was his continued avoidance of strikeouts this spring.

Yu Chang (SS-1B): 0-4 – The real story regarding Chang yesterday was his defensive positioning. He started the game at shortstop, the first time he had played there all spring, giving him at least one game at each infield position over the course of this Cactus Campaign, and finished at first base, where he played for the second time this spring. He is clearly being developed as a highly-versatile utility infielder.

Bradley Zimmer (RF): 0-0, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF, 2 HBP – This is one of the more creative ways I have seen a guy come to the plate four times and not record a single at-bat, which is rare in its own right.

Owen Miller (2B): 2-4 – Miller was one of only two Indians to have a multi-hit Saturday (starting DH Cesar Hernandez went 3-for-4). Miller’s hits came against Triple-A projectees McRae and Ruiz, which is still a large step above the 4.5 (Single-A) average he had faced through Friday’s game.

Tyler Freeman (3B): 0-1, 1 K, 2 HBP – Zimmer wasn’t the only Tribe starter to go full Brandon Guyer with a multi-plunk game.

Austin Hedges (C): 0-3, 1 K, 1 E – Yes, you saw that right: An Austin Hedges error (his first in the Indians organization).

RESERVES

Andres Melendez (PR-DH): 0-1, 1 K – Melendez, who came to the Indians from the Milwaukee Brewers system in a November 2019 trade for middle infielder Mark Mathias, struck out swinging against Sadzeck in his first major league spring training appearance. This isn’t too surprising, however, as he legitimately has an excuse of being just slightly in over his head: His entire professional career consists of 80 Rookie ball games for the Brewers, 41 in the Dominican Summer League and 39 in the Arizona circuit (for those wondering, he never played for the DSL Indians/Brewers co-op).

Steven Kwan (LF): 1-2 – Kwan extended his hitting streak to three games (disregarding his completely defensive appearance on Friday) with a single off of Sadzeck. While it didn’t come against a major league pitcher, this is still impressive when you consider that Stephen is projected by IBI to start the season in Double-A Akron.

George Valera (CF): 0-1, 1 K – Valera was Sadzeck’s second strikeout victim in the top of the ninth, in his case looking.

Tyler Krieger (3B): 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Krieger followed with another called strikeout to end the game. One inning earlier, he doubled off of Ruiz to lead off the frame for the Indians’ only extra-base hit of the contest.

Jose Fermin (PR-SS): 0-1 – Fermin remains hitless in five at-bats in four games this spring (4.8 – High-A – QoO entering yesterday, when he faced Ruiz).

The following reserves did not make a plate appearance:

Connor Marabell (1B)
Will Benson (RF)
Richard Palacios (PR-2B
)

PITCHERS

Trevor Stephan: 1.1 IP, perfect, 4 K – Stephan struck pout a quartet of White Sox in order; including a fourth-inning “due up” list of Tim Anderson, Luis Robert, and Jose Abreu; to obliterate any doubt that he will be on the Cleveland Indians roster when they open the season April 1 at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

Nick Sandlin: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K – Sandlin also struck out the side, albeit not in order, on the day he was told he would not be with the Tribe in twelve days’ time in the Motor City.

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