Former Erie SeaWolves infielder Ryan Raburn will open the 2013 season, barring injury, as a member of the Cleveland Indians. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the 2005 first-year player draft before spending the past seven years going back-and-forth between Detroit and several levels of the Tigers’ minor league system. Raburn is a .273 career hitter in 695 minor league games and has a .256 average in 566 major league games.
Raburn was the starting second baseman for the Tigers in spring training before a down season forced Detroit to release him to avoid arbitration. The Indians signed Raburn to a minor-league deal in January and invited him to spring training to earn a roster spot. Raburn hit .359 in 20 spring training games with the Indians, including five doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs. Cleveland has a solid starting infield, including Jason Kipnis at second base, but Raburn could be an interesting option off the bench.