In an attempt to add depth to their farm system, the Cleveland Indians signed pitcher Hector Rondon and infielder Luis Hernandez to minor league contracts Friday. Both players will be invited to attend spring training.
Rondon was once considered a top starting prospect for the Indians, but injuries have derailed his career. The 24-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in August 2010, and he fractured the same elbow during winter ball in 2011. Rondon last pitched a full minor league season in 2009. In 27 appearances in Double-A and Triple-A, he was 11-10 with a 3.38 ERA.
Hernandez spent last season with Triple-A Round Rock in the Texas Rangers farm system. In 129 games, he hit .262/.303/.376 with eight home runs and 70 RBIs. In 122-career major league games, Hernandez has a .243 batting average.
Both players will have an opportunity to make the Indians' major league roster, but they are primarily viewed as able bodies for the organization's minor league teams.