Spokane, Washington - The 2023 World Series kicks off on Friday night in Texas with a pair of surprising title contenders—both of which lost 100+ games just two seasons ago—battling for baseball's ultimate prize. The Rangers, still searching for the franchise's first championship, feature five Indians alums including venerable manager
Spokane, Washington - The 2023 World Series kicks off on Friday night in Texas with a pair of surprising title contenders—both of which lost 100+ games just two seasons ago—battling for baseball's ultimate prize. The Rangers, still searching for the franchise's first championship, feature five Indians alums including venerable manager Bruce Bochy, while the upstart Diamondbacks will be looking for their second World Series title without any assistance from the Inland Northwest. A full list of Indians alums in the Fall Classic can be found below:
Bruce Bochy: One of the greatest managers in MLB history, Bochy led the Indians to a Northwest League title in 1989—the team's third of four straight championships. After a few more seasons as a manager in the minors, Bochy took the reins in San Diego and guided the Padres to a World Series appearance in 1998. 'Boch' joined San Francisco in 2007, steering the Giants to three titles in a six-year span before stepping away from managing after the 2019 season. He showed no signs of rust in his first season at the helm in Texas, turning a 68-win team from 2022 into a championship contender while becoming the first manager in MLB history to win an LCS with three different franchises.
Patrick Cantwell: A third-round pick out of Stonybrook in 2012, Cantwell appeared in 53 games for the Indians that summer, hitting .255 (51-for-200) with 11 doubles, one triple. one home run, and 22 RBI. The West Islip, NY, native spent a total of eight years in the minor leagues, peaking in Triple-A with both the Rangers and Blue Jays organizations. The 33-year-old has served as the Rangers bullpen catcher since 2021.
Martín Pérez: The southpaw from Gaunare, Venezuela, made his professional debut as a 17-year-old with the Spokane Indians in 2008, posting a 3.65 ERA over 62.1 innings to earn a spot on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list. Pérez finished sixth in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2013 (10-6, 3.62 ERA) and made his first All-Star appearance last season while recoding a career-best 2.89 ERA and tying for the AL lead in shutouts. The 32-year-old made two appearances against Houston in the ALCS, allowing one earned run on four hits over 3.1 innings.
Corey Ragsdale: Originally drafted as a shortstop by the Mets in 2001, Ragsdale joined the Indians after making the move to the mound in 2008. The right-hander posted a 2-1 record and 3.86 ERA in six appearances with Spokane but would spend just one more year as a pitcher before retiring as a player following the 2009 season. Ragsdale transitioned into coaching and was named Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year with the Down East Wood Ducks in 2019. He took over as the Rangers' MLB Field Coordinator later that year and has served as the team's first base since 2020.
Leody Taveras: The younger cousin of former big league outfielder Willy Taveras, Leody was a highly-touted international signing by the Rangers and appeared in 29 games with the Indians as a 17-year-old in 2016. Taveras made his MLB debut with Texas in 2020 and posted career-highs across the board with the Rangers this year. The 24-year-old is batting .244 (10-for-41) with one double, one triple, one home run, three RBI, and four stolen bases in 12 games this postseason.
Additional Indians alums that are still in the Rangers organization include Danny Clark, Keith Comstock, Sean Fields, Kenny Holmberg, Jose Jaimes, Ian Kinsler, Chase Lambin, Henderson Lugo, Carlos Maldonado, Hector Ortiz, and Ed Yong.
Diamondbacks closer Paul Sewald did pitch for a Spokane team—just not the Indians. The right-hander was a member of the now-defunct Spokane Riverhawks (an original member of the West Coast League) back in 2009.
ABOUT THE SPOKANE INDIANS
The Spokane Indians are the High-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies located in Spokane, Washington, and were named 2021 MiLB Organization of the Year. Avista Stadium is home to the MultiCare Kids Bench Seat. Parking at all Spokane Indians games is FREE. The Indians open the 2024 Northwest League season against the Vancouver Canadians at Avista Stadium on Friday, April 5th. Ticket packages are available now at spokaneindians.com or by calling (509) 343-OTTO (6886). The Spokane Indians Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Spokane Indians Team Store is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.