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1 Justin Sellers SS
Height/Weight: 5-10/165 | Birthdate: 2/1/1986 | Birthplace: Bellflower, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cleveland | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $494,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 1067.00
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Indians bring up Justin Sellers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) The Indians have promoted shortstop Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus.

Sellers spent a brief time with the team in May and managed three hits in 16 at-bats. His addition increases the roster to 34 players.


Justin Sellers sent down Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Indians infielder Justin Sellers has been sent down Wednesday.

Sellers will be sent down in order to make room for Jason Kipnis, who was activated from the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game. Sellers hit .188 over 16 at-bats with the club.


Indians call up Trevor Bauer, Justin Sellers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) The Indians promoted pitcher Trevor Bauer and shortstop Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus, reports MLB.com. Bauer started once for Cleveland this season, allowing one earned run over six innings April 9 versus the Padres.

Justin Sellers sent back to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) The Indians optioned infielder Justin Sellers to Triple-A Columbus after reinstating Lonnie Chisenhall from the paternity list Sunday. Sellers did not appear in one game for Cleveland following his recall from the minors.

Justin Sellers recalled from Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) The Indians recalled infielder Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus Thursday after third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was placed on the paternity list. Chisenhall is expected to rejoin the team this weekend.

Justin Sellers sent to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) The Indians have sent infielder Justin Sellers to Triple-A.

Sellers actually performed pretty well during spring training, hitting .450 over 20 at-bats. He hit .188 in the majors last season, however, and the team decided his spring performance wasn't good enough to serve as the backup.


Justin Sellers strikes out in return to lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Indians infielder Justin Sellers went struck out in his only at-bat in his team's 8-3 win over the Reds Monday.

Sellers was making his first appearance since March 16 due to a right hip flexor strain. He is 8 for 18 with four walks this spring.


Justin Sellers sidelined by right hip flexor strain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Indians infielder Justin Sellers could miss several days to a week because of a right hip flexor strain. However, the injury is not considered serious.

Report: Justin Sellers ticketed for Columbus


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Indians newcomer Justin Sellers has been tearing it up at the plate, but he won't be tearing it up for them to start the season, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He will open the year as the starting shortstop at Triple-A Columbus.

Sellers is batting .538 in 13 at-bats, but his lack of versatility gave him little chance to stick. He will hold down the starting spot at Columbus until top prospect Francisco Lindor is ready to move up.


Indians acquire Justin Sellers from Dodgers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) The Indians have acquired Justin Sellers from the Dodgers, according to MLB.com.

Sellers hit just .188 in 69 at-bats last season. First baseman David Cooper has been designated for assignment in order to make room for Sellers. 


Justin Sellers designated for assignment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) The Dodgers have designated shortstop Justin Sellers for assignment. Sellers, who plays both middle infield positions, owns just a .199 career batting average in 236 at-bats over three seasons.

His departure coincides with the signing of Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who could land this year on the major league roster.


Dodgers manager thinking about platoon at second base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he could go with a platoon situation at second base to begin the season, while the team continues to evaluate newcomer Alex Guerrero.

"Yeah, we’d think about it," Mattingly said, per The Orange County Register. "Sure. I like platoons, honestly. It gets you a good matchup for the most part, with the right-lefts if you have the right guys for it. To me, it keeps both those guys involved so they’re better off the bench. I don’t mind that platoon system at all." 

Guerrero would likely be the right-handed half of the platoon. If the Dodgers go that path, then Dee Gordon, who is a left-handed hitter, and Chone Figgins, who bats from both sides of the plate, could be the front-runners to be part of the platoon. Miguel Rojas, Justin Turner and Justin Sellers are all right-handed hitters, but also in the mix at second base.

"If Alex is one of those guys, I think it would probably be good for him," Mattingly said. "You’re giving him a chance to play, hopefully getting him favorable matchups but also keeping him strong and rested as a guy that hasn’t played in a couple years. Eventually, if you think he’s an everyday guy that might not be the way to go. But I could see that being a possibility if he ends up being one of those guys."


Second base still a question mark for Dodgers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Cuban acquisition Alex Guerrero is the preseason favorite to start at second base for the Dodgers, but Don Mattingly has set nothing in stone.

"That's just an area it's hard for us to say we can make a decision on that," he told the Orange County Register. "We have to take a look at the combination of guys - what guys look like in camp, could it be a platoon type situation, is one of those guys a utility-type player who can play a lot of second? I just think there's too many questions for us to be able to kind of say, 'I want an every-day guy' and force that."

Dee Gordon and Justin Sellers are also in the mix at that position.


Justin Sellers sent right back down


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2013) The Dodgers optioned shortstop Justin Sellers to Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, just one day after he joined the team. Sellers appeared in one game as a pinch hitter, striking out in his lone at-bat. 

Justin Sellers gets the call


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2013) The Dodgers recalled infielder Justin Sellers from Triple-A Albuquerque Monday to take Matt Magill's spot on the roster.

Sellers hit just .191 in 68 at-bats earlier in the season for the Dodgers, but he was hitting .337 at Triple-A at the time of his recall. 


Dodgers swap Justin Sellers for Tim Federowicz


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) The Dodgers recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque Wednesday and optioned infielder Justin Sellers to the same affiliate. 

Can Justin Sellers be of any help?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2013) Justin Sellers earned a vote of confidence from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly Tuesday, who told MLB.com that Sellers will remain the starting shortstop until Hanley Ramirez can return from the disabled list. Does that mean Fantasy owners should have any confidence in him?

Given that the first thing Mattingly pointed to in support of Sellers was his glove work, the answer to that should be pretty obvious. If not, the .167 batting average through 12 games is a dead giveaway. Sellers does not have much of a track record in the minor leagues that would indicate he is capable of being a Fantasy producer; just a pair of double-digit home run seasons played mostly in the inflated hitting environment of the Pacific Coast League.  

Sellers has an abnormally low .192 batting average on balls in play, but even that does little to explain away his lack of Fantasy value. Sellers is dreadfully lacking in power, with just one extra-base hit in 41 at-bats. He is strikeout prone for a hitter without much power, a bad combination that is unlikely to lead to a high average. Outside of maybe the rare 14-team, NL-only Fantasy league, Sellers is simply not worth your time. 


Don Mattingly sticking with Justin Sellers at SS


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2013) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com on Tuesday that Justin Sellers will remain the starting shortstop while Hanley Ramirez is on the disabled list.

While Sellers is batting just .176 through 34 at-bats, Mattingly said his defense makes up for his lack of offensive production.

"I'm comfortable with Sells, especially defensively, we've gotten what we wanted," Mattingly said before Tuesday's game against the Padres. "Offensively, I shouldn't say I expect him to hit a little bit more. It's kind of, in a sense, you get what you expect. I think he can get better. I think he can improve."

Justin Sellers finding his groove?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2013) Dodgers shortstop Justin Sellers had his first multi-hit game of the season Wednesday at San Diego, extending his hitting streak to three games. Sellers is batting .500 (4 for 8) during his modest hitting streak after going hitless (0 for 13) in his first four games.

Sellers also has one home run, one RBI and three walks in his last three games.


No need to pursue Justin Sellers


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4/3/2013) With early struggles at the plate, Fantasy owners have been given little reason to pursue Justin Sellers, who has been filling in as the Dodgers' shortstop in place of Hanley Ramirez (thumb). Still, deep league owners may see Sellers' .294/.383/.515 line from his three stints at Triple-A Albuquerque and think there is some Fantasy value there.

Sellers can draw walks, but he relied on a high flyball rate and favorable park effects to achieve his power numbers. His flyball-hitting ways won't produce the same results in Dodger Stadium, so owners won't get much from Sellers in any category. He can be bypassed in virtually all Fantasy formats.


Manager sticking with Justin Sellers at short


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2013) Dodgers shortstop Justin Sellers had a rough game in the field during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Giants. Sellers made two critical errors in the field, which led to two Giants' runs.

However, one bad game in the field isn't enough for manager Don Mattingly to reconsider removing Sellers as the team's starting shortstop while Hanley Ramirez is sidelined.

"Nothing happened in that inning that changed anything," Mattingly said, per The Los Angeles Times.

Offense has been a struggle for Sellers to begin the season as well. He's gone hitless in his first six at-bats, which have included a pair of strikeouts.


Justin Sellers to start in place of Hanley Ramirez


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2013) Justin Sellers will be the Dodgers starting shortstop Monday, according to CBSSports.com's Scott Miller.

After Hanley Ramirez went down, the team was expected to use Luis Cruz at short and Juan Uribe at third. Manager Don Mattingly added the move was made for defensive reasons, saying "we're willing to sacrifice offense to do it." Sellers, 27, hit .205/.286/.386 in 50 plate appearances last season. 


Dodgers give nod to Justin Sellers at short


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2013) At the time of Hanley Ramirez's injury earlier this month, shortstop Justin Sellers was not considered a candidate to take over the starting job and wasn't even in the team's big-league camp. But an impressive final week of the spring has seemingly altered manager Don Mattingly's thinking as Sellers claimed a spot on the roster and is expected to serve as the Dodgers' starting shortstop on opening day.

Although the 27-year-old produced a lowly .214 batting average and .290 on-base percentage, Mattingly has been impressed with Sellers' defense. Luis Cruz, the presumed starting shortstop in Ramirez's absence, is slated to start at third base.


Manager buying into Justin Sellers


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2013) When starting shortstop Hanley Ramirez went down with an injury that would keep him sidelined two months, the Dodgers were expected to slide Luis Cruz over from third base to the position. But that thinking has seemingly changed, as manager Don Mattingly is not fully committed to Cruz after watching Justin Sellers handle the position with better range recently.

"Not really," he told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. "We're still looking at other options. I like Sellers -- he's not bad. He can catch it a little bit."

Sellers was reassigned to the team's minor-league camp on March 19, but returned to the parent club Wednesday and played in the past two games, collecting a hit in both.

"I hope I'm in the mix," he said. "They know I can play shortstop. For me to get the call the other night, to tell me I'm coming back up here, that means a lot to me. Just so I know I'm in the back of their minds and they have the confidence in me."


Dodgers move three to minors


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2013) The Los Angeles Dodgers pared down their roster Tuesday by optioning shortstop Justin Sellers and relief pitcher Shawn Tolleson to Triple-A Albuquerque. The team also reassigned catcher Jesus Flores to its minor-league camp.