Indians acquire outfielder Shuck from Angels

Ohio native can play all three outfield positions; spent most of '14 in Minors

Indians acquire outfielder Shuck from Angels

CLEVELAND -- The Indians are bringing outfielder J.B. Shuck home and padding their depth at the same time.

Prior to Friday's game against the White Sox, Cleveland announced that it had acquired Shuck from the Angels in exchange for cash considerations. Shuck is a native of Galion, Ohio -- located roughly 100 miles southwest of Cleveland -- and a product of Ohio State University.

"He's a kid that, with his speed, can maybe help us win a game," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It might seem like a peculiar time to add a guy, but when you can, and you think maybe it's a guy that can stay in the organization, this gives us a chance to look at him and also, hopefully, help us win games."

The Indians currently have a starting outfield trio of left fielder Michael Brantley, center fielder Michael Bourn and right fielder David Murphy, with Ryan Raburn, Chris Dickerson, Zach Walters and Tyler Holt providing depth at various spots. Murphy (right oblique) and Dickerson (back) have dealt with injuries recently.

Shuck gives the Tribe another option not only for this season, but potentially for the next few years.

Shuck, who is under control contractually through the 2018 season, has spent the majority of this season with Triple-A Salt Lake. In 102 games at Triple-A, the 27-year-old outfielder hit .320 with five home runs, 18 doubles, nine triples, nine stolen bases, 57 RBIs, 64 runs scored and an .828 OPS. He is most experienced in left field, but he's also spent time in both center and right.

Shuck did not fare as well in his 22 games for the Angels this season, hitting just .167 with two home runs and nine RBIs. In 2013, the left-handed-hitting outfielder batted at a .293 clip for the Angels, with 25 extra-base hits, 39 RBIs, 60 runs and a .697 OPS in 129 games.

Across parts of three big league seasons, Shuck has hit .272 with 31 extra-base hits, 51 RBIs, 79 runs and a .660 OPS in 188 games.

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