Cleveland (WOIO) - The Indians made a splash in the offseason, as the newcomers came aboard. Nick Swisher...Mark Reynolds...Drew Stubbs...Michael Bourn. And of course, it all began with Terry Francona. But flying under the radar was a 32-year old utility player who'd last played with the Detroit Tigers, who'd spent much of 2012 in Triple-A, and who was more than happy just to receive an invitation to Spring Training by the Tribe. And one month into the season, Ryan Raburn has become the feel-good story for the Indians.
Raburn can play anywhere on the diamond. In fact, when both Carlos Santana and Lou Marson were banged up a few weeks ago, it was Raburn who was 'on call', should the Tribe need an emergency catcher. The past few games he's filled in for Nick Swisher in right field, and, well, let's just say he's taken advantage of his opportunity.
When the Indians walked off the field on Wednesday night following their 6-0 win over the Phillies, Raburn's recent stats read like this: 11 for 13 in his last three games, with four home runs, and nine RBI's. Hot doesn't even begin to describe it. Is it a case of a player finally getting enough at-bats to get into a groove, or simply a nice streak by a man who, in the past, failed to sustain it? Raburn would love to prove that it's the former, but once Bourn returns, and Swisher moves back to first, he may not get the chance.
That's okay. Raburn took the job knowing his opportunities would come at different times, at various positions. And as he's shown, he certainly looks like the right man for the job.