CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians have invited six of their own minor league players to big-league spring training. Pitchers and catchers are expected to report to Goodyear, Ariz. on Feb. 12.
The Indians also promoted Chad Wolfe to their big-league athletic training staff. He will replace Michael Salazar, who left to join the Padres’ staff. Wolfe has spent the last five years as the athletic trainer for Class AAA Columbus and is starting his 16th year with the organization.
Kaminsky, a former No.1 pick of the Cardinals, was acquired in July of 2015 for outfielder Brandon Moss. He is coming off a strong Arizona Fall League season (3-0, 1.64 ERA in 10 games) after missing most of the 2017 season with sprained ligament in his left elbow. He pitched last season at Class AA Akron, going 1-1 with a 3.08 ERA and four saves. He struck out 22 and walked 18 in 26 1/3 innings.
The Indians acquired Johnson from Washington as part of the Yan Gomes trade in November. Right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, also acquired in the deal, will be in camp as a member of the 40-man roster. Johnson, 23, was the Minor League Player of the Year in 2017 for the Nationals.
Last season Johnson was limited to 96 games because of a broken hamate bone in his right hand. He spent most of the year at Class AA Harrisburg. His combined numbers were .269 (101-for-376) with 19 doubles, seven triples, seven homers and 35 RBI. He scored 51 runs and stole 22 bases in 26 chances.
Johnson played 18 games in the AFL, hitting .145 (9-for-26).
Martinez, 24, made three stops in the Tribe’s minor league system last year. He pitched his way from Class A Lynchburg to Akron and to Class AAA Columbus. He led all Tribe minor-league relievers with 48 appearances and 15 saves. He made 14 more appearances and recorded two more saves while pitching for Escogido in the Dominican Republic this winter.
Mathias, a third-round pick in 2015, hit .232 (92-for-397) with 25 doubles, eight homers and 45 RBI in 117 games at Akron last year. He stole 11 bases in 13 attempts and drew 59 walks, fourth most in the Eastern league.
The Indians used the 38th overall pick in the 2014 draft to select Papi out of the University of Virginia. Papi, 26, hit .247 (60-for-243) with seven homers and 26 RBI in 83 games at Columbus last year. He struck out 47 times and drew 26 walks.
Chu, 24, was signed as a free agent in Taiwan in 2012. Last year he hit a combined .272 (96-for-353) with 22 doubles, 10 homers and 51 RBI at Lynchburg, Akron and Columbus. After the regular season, he played in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .216 (8-for-37) with five RBI.