CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians have invited right-hander Shao-Ching Chiang and left-hander R.C. Orlan to big-league spring training in February on minor-league deals.
Chiang and Orlan were among six internal free agents that have been re-signed by the Indians.
Last season Chiang, a native of Taiwan, pitched at Class AA Akron and Class AAA Columbus. He went 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 12 starts at Akron, striking out 54 and walking 13 in 71 1/3 innings. Chiang went 4-5 with a 5.01 ERA in 13 games, including 11 starts, at Columbus. He struck out 39 and walked 11 in 64 2/3 innings.
Chiang has been in the organization since in 2012. In 2017, he threw a no-hitter for Class A Lynchburg.
Orlan, a Rule 5 draft pick from Washington last year, pitched at five levels for the Tribe after missing the first three months with a strained left shoulder. He went 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA in 23 games. Orlan made just two appearances at Columbus.
Infielder Dan Hutcheon, right-handers John Paulson and Michael Peoples and left-hander Anderson Polanco are the other four players the Indians re-signed.
Hutcheon played with the Lake Erie Crushers last season before the Indians signed him on Aug. 21. He played 13 games at Class A Lake County. He is a former draft pick of the Twins.
Paulson split last season between Class A Lynchburg and Akron. He was a combined 10-7 with a 3.30 ERA in 24 games, including 23 starts. Paulson went 8-5 with a 3.04 ERA in 20 games, including 19 starts, at Akron. The Reds drafted Paulson in the 27th round in 2014.
Peoples, slowed by right foot and elbow injuries, pitched in 10 games at Akron and Columbus last year. He was 1-2 with 1.11 ERA in six starts at Akron, striking out 26 in 32 1/3 innings. Peoples made four starts at Columbus, going 0-2 with a 16.50 ERA.
The Indians drafted Peoples in the 14th round in 2012.
Polanco went 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 29 games at Lynchburg. He struck out 56 and walked 21 in 51 innings.