Yan Gomes is the most talked-about player from Brazil in Indians history. He also happens to be the only Brazilian-born player ever to play in the majors.

That happened last May, when he was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas because Adam Lind, the everyday first baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, had fallen into a deep slump.

Gomes got his first big-league hit in his debut game, against the New York Yankees, but didn’t establish a foothold in the majors, batting .204 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 98 at-bats.

This is Gomes’ second year at big-league spring training. He wasn’t sent back to the Blue Jays’ minor-league camp until the final week, but he had no illusions about making the roster.

“Not really,” he said. “But I did think I impressed people enough that if something happened, I had a chance to be called up.”