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Top 100 Prospects: 41 Through 45
No. 42 Bubbie Buzachero Free-spirited Edward "Bubbie" Buzachero spent most of 2007 pitching out of the Buffalo Bisons' bullpen and did well enough to come in at No. 43 on this year's list of the Tribe's Top 100 Prospects. He was No. 90 a year ago. Buzachero pitched in 42 games for the Bisons and was 4-7 with a 5.24 ERA. Buzachero, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-hander Brian Tallet prior to the 2006 season, loves to pitch in pressure-packed situations. He aggressively attacks hitters and firmly believes he can get any hitter out at any time. His intensity ranks second to none. That attitude helps him make up for the fact he doesn't have any overpowering pitches. He throws a fastball, slider and changeup and will attack hitters with all three pitches. Buzachero, who has a football-type mentality, struck out 42 and walked 21 in 67 innings with the Bisons. He began the year at Akron, where he worked in 10 games before being called up to Buffalo. At Akron he was 2-1 with a 6.10 ERA. In 10 innings he struck out nine and did not walk a batter. The Bubbie Buzachero File Born: June 13, 1981 in Livingston, TN Position: Pitcher B/T: R/R HT/WT: 5-11/180 Acquired: From Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for LHP Brian Tallet on Jan. 17, 2006 2008 Projection: Will likely start the season at Buffalo. 2007 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER Team W L SV ERA G IP H BB SO Akron 2 1 2 6.10 10 10.3 15 0 9 Buffalo 4 7 1 5.24 42 67.0 74 21 42 Minor Totals 22 20 48 3.53 256 375.3 359 129 354 CLEVELAND INDIANS' TOP PROSPECTS NOS. 41-45 41. Kelvin De La Cruz, LHP 42. Bubbie Buzachero, RHP 43. Roman Pena, OF 44. Carlton Smith, RHP 45. Karexon Sanchez, 2B De La Cruz, a tall, slender lefty similar in build to Indians reliever Rafael Perez, is on the fast track at age 19. His fastball has dominated at lower levels. He'll likely be in Lake County's rotation this summer. Pena has raw power, but the usual strikeout issues associated with young sluggers. This summer could be pivotal for him. Smith's fastball went from 91 mph to 95 last summer. He's also got a solid slider and while he's been a starter in the minors, those two pitches could eventually find a home in Cleveland's bullpen. Sanchez, 20, has some speed and puts the bat on the ball. He's a good fielder, too. "He's clearly a prospect, solid in the field and with potential at the plate," player development director Ross Atkins said.
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