On Saturday, the Cleveland Indians claimed former Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer Mike McDade off outright waivers. In 2012 McDade hit .285 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI's in stops at both Double- and Triple-A.
McDade comes to Cleveland after a successful 2012 season which saw him hit well in stops at both Toronto's Double-A affiliate in New Hampshire and their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. In the two stops, McDade combined to bat .285 with 19 doubles, 17 home runs and 67 RBI's, and the switch-hitter also batted .298 against right-handed pitching. In addition, McDade played his best baseball to end the 2012 regular season, batting .338 in the month of September in Triple-A Las Vegas.
McDade is a 2007 sixth-round pick of the Blue Jays, and in 2010 was named the MVP of Toronto's Class-A club in Dunedin. He was also a 2011 Eastern League All-Star in New Hampshire.
To make room for McDade, the Indians have designated left-handed pitcher Chris Seddon for assignment.