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Juan Salas Traded To Cleveland Indians

Just got word that Juan Salas has been dealt to the Indians for minor leaguer, Isaias Velasquez. Velasquez is a 20 year old second basemen out of Panama. He signed with the Indians as an undrafted free agent in August of 2004. He spent 2008 in the NY-Penn league where he was an all-star. On the season he hit .281/.368/.343.

Here is a recent scouting report on him:

Strengths & Opportunities:  Velasquez is a very exciting player to watch who has a lot of athleticism and swings the bat very well.  He has worked really hard in the cages to improve as a hitter, and as he refines his swing and learns to try and not do too much he should start driving some balls into the gaps with authority and even out of the ballpark.  He is a very good fundamentally sound middle infielder, though he needs some work as he makes some good plays, but makes unnecessary throws.  He is very versatile and can play anywhere in the infield, though his strongest position is probably second base. 

Outlook:  Velasquez looks like a good utility player in the making, and should open the 2009 season either as the starting second baseman at Single-A Lake County or be the utility player there.