Stamets was promoted from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. Stamets, 25, slashed .289/.404/.421 over 13 games at Double-A. His promotion was the result of Erik Gonzalez being recalled by the Indians, rather than Stamets' performance. The infielder will continue to provide the organization with depth, but he's unlikely to make an MLB impact in the foreseeable future.
The Indians traded outfielder David Murphy to the Angels prior to Tuesday's game. Murphy was scratched from the lineup, leading to speculation that a deal was in the works. CBSSports.com's baseball insider Jon Heyman reports that the Indians will receive Eric Stamets from the Angels. Murphy is hitting .296 with .781 OPS for the Indians this year. He's started games in left field, right field and DH. Stamets, a shortstop, was hitting .248 at Double-A Arkansas.
The Angels reassigned seven players to minor league camp on Sunday, led by first-round draft pick Sean Newcomb . Newcomb had a 10.80 ERA this spring. "His talent is real," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He has a chance to be special." The Angels also reassigned RHP Trevor Gott (3.86 spring ERA), LHP Atahualpa Severino (no spring appearances), LHP Nate Smith (18.00 ERA in one inning), C Stephen McGee (no plate appearances in one game), C Jackson Williams (0-for-2), SS Eric Stamets (3-for-3 with a triple and stolen base).
The Angels re-assigned four players to minor-league camp Monday, including catcher Jett Bandy and infielders Kaleb Cowart, Eric Stamets and Alex Yarbrough. Cowart, who is one of the top prospects in the organization, went 1 for 7 with one walk this spring. Bandy went 1 for 3 with a home run, Stamets went hitless in three at-bats and Yarbrough went 2 for 5 and scored a run.