Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/31/12

The Indians have imported a right-handed batter that plays a plethora of positions.  Last season in Triple-A, Russ Canzler played 41 games in right field, 33 games in left, 40 games at third and 17 games at first.  He is now a member of the Cleveland Indians.  From the Indians’ press release…

Canzler, 25, was named International League Most Valuable Player at Triple-A Durham in 2011 where he batted .314 (149-474) with 40 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs and 83 RBI in 131 games (.401OB/.530SLG/.931OPS).  He also drew 67 walks and scored 78 runs for the Bulls and hit .356 (63-177) w/17 2B, 8HR & 30 RBI in 47 second half games (1.034OPS).  The International League midseason and postseason All-Star led the IL in doubles (40) and slugging pct. (.530), finished tied for second in runs (78), third in hits (149), fourth in the IL in batting average (.314), fifth in RBI (83) and second in on-base pct. (.401) and total bases (251).

This isn’t a big splashy move for the Indians as they traded “cash considerations” for the 25-year old.  Still, it is a nice risk for a team in need of a right-handed bat that can play both outfield and first base.  It isn’t Prince Fielder, as we all know, but he could very well end up having a bigger impact than Carlos Pena or Casey Kotchman.  Let’s just hope he can have a bigger impact than Matt LaPorta and Austin Kearns did a season ago.

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