The Indians’ eighth-round selection from this week’s First-Year Player Draft, catcher Alex Lavisky of St. Edward High School, was in attendance Wednesday and met with the media prior to the game.
Lavisky, who helped the Eagles to a Division I state title, grew up on the West side of Cleveland.
“It was exciting,” said Lavisky of being picked by the Indians. “I grew up watching the Tribe. It is a great opportunity and we are so thankful, and getting to play for the hometown team eventually, would be a dream come true.”
Lavisky has a decision to make after already giving his oral commitment to Georgia Tech.
“We are going to see what happens over the summer,” Lavisky said. “We will negotiate and see what happens at the end.”
When the Nationals visit Cleveland this weekend not only will pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg be in town, so will right-hander J.D.
Martin, who will start the second game of the series on Saturday.
Martin was one of Cleveland’s four first-round draft choices in 2001, when the Indians took five right-handed pitchers out of high school with their first seven picks.
Martin is the only one that’s made it to the majors.
He was released by the Indians at the end of the 2008 season and made his big league debut with the Nats last year, going 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts.
Martin is 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA in two starts this year.
- Right-hander Alex White, Cleveland’s first-round draft choice (15th overall) last year, didn’t allow an earned run Tuesday and just one hit over six innings of Double-A Akron’s 4-3 win over New Hampshire. On the year, White, 21, has posted a 2.33 ERA in 12 starts with advanced Class A Kinston and Akron — 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA in four starts for the Aeros.
- Single-A Lake County will send five players to the Midwest League All-Star Game on June 22 in Fort Wayne, Ind. — RHP Trey Haley (4-1, 3.73 ERA), RHP Nick Sariandies (5-1, 3.77), C Roberto Perez (thrown out 55 percent of base stealers), C Chun-Hsiu (.338, 4 HR, 30 RBIs) and OF Bo Greenwell (.314, 4 HR, 35 RBIs).
- The Indians had lost seven straight games to the Red Sox through Tuesday.
- ◾Travis Hafner entered Wednesday with three hits in his last 34 at-bats (10 games).
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