Indians Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup
By Sean Tuttle
The Indians announced Mason Radeke as their Minor League Player of the Week after the righty didn’t allow a single run in his last two outings (8.1IP, 4H, BB, 13K).
Radeke was originally drafted in 2004 by the Chicago White Sox in the 41st round of the amateur draft out of Santa Barbara High School. He decided to try his luck at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA. After three years, he was drafted in the 35th round of the 2011 amateur draft by the Tribe.
Radeke started all nine games he appeared in last season with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (A-). He held a 2-0 record while boasting a 4.53 ERA. In 43.2 innings of work he gave up 44 hits, allowed 23 runs of which 22 were earned, gave up six home runs, walked 15 batters while striking out 30.
This season Radeke has seen three games in Akron (AA), starting one and finishing two. He has a 1-1 record with the Aeros, with a 1.50 ERA. In six innings he as allowed four runs, one of which was earned, on five hits. Gave up two home runs, two walks, and struck out two.
He has spent the majority of his time with his current team, the Lake County Captains (A). There he is 3-1 in fourteen games, starting none and finishing four with one save. In 37 innings with the Captains he has allowed 14 runs of which 13 were earned on 31 hits for an ERA of 3.16. He has given up two home runs, walked 10 batters while striking out 41.
The now 22-year old righty is getting the majority of his work from the bullpen, but only time will tell if he returns to the role as starter. The strikeout machine sports a 7.6 average per nine and a 2.70 strikeout to walk ratio. While he averages 8.3 hits per nine, he only allows one home run per nine. Conclusion: Radeke keeps the ball in the park, strikes out a twice as many batters as he walks, but needs a good defense to keep his hit count low.
Look for Radeke to climb the latter to at least Akron (AA) again this season. He is young, and the Indians will take their time in developing this reliever on his path to the show.
Minor League Roundup
As of June 12th, the Columbus Clippers (AAA) are 30-35 overall, eight games out of first sitting in second place. They are currently on a two game skid. Outfielder, Ezequiel Carrera, has hit safely in eight of his last nine games (.382 AVG, 13-34, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI). Infielder, Cord Phelps, has an eight game hitting streak (.407 AVG, 11-27, 5 2B, HR, 3 RBI). Right-handed pitcher, Chris Ray, has only allowed three earned runs in his last 18 outings (17.2IP/3ER) and sports a 1.53 ERA over that span. Left-handed pitcher, Chris Seddon, is tied for first in the IL in wins with seven and in his last three starts, is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA (21.0IP, 17H, 2R/2ER, 2BB, 19K). Right-handed pitcher, Corey Kluber, is third in the IL in strikeouts with 73 and is second in the IL in K/9 IP Ratio (10.43). Left-handed pitcher, David Huff, is tied for first in the IL in complete games with two. Left-handed pitcher, T.J. McFarland’s 10 earned runs allowed on 6/12 was a career high.
The Akron Aeros (AA) are 39-20 overall, and lead the division by seven and a half games. They are currently on a six game winning streak. Infielder, Chun Chen, is tied for second in the EL in doubles with 19 and sixth in batting with a (.313 AVG). Left-handed pitcher, T.J. House, has only allowed four earned runs in his last five starts and has a 1.23 ERA (29.1IP, 4 ER) over that span. The Aeros are first in the Eastern League with a team ERA of 2.76 (525.0IP/ 161ER) in 60 games.
The Carolina Mudcats (A) are 30-35 overall, ten games out of first sitting in fourth place. They are currently on a two game losing streak. Right-handed pitcher, Shawn Armstrong, and Designated Hitter, Jeremie Tice, were named to the Carolina League All-Star team and Tice is tied for second in the CL in RBI with 45, first in slugging (.603), fifth in extra base hits with 27, and is tied for first in HR with 11. Delvi Cid is fifth in stolen bases with 15. Outfielder, Tyler Holt, is first in triples with six. Infiedler, Tony Wolters, is tied for second in the CL in triples with four and outfielder, Carlos Moncrief, is tied for sixth with three. Right-handed pitcher, Jose Flores, is third in saves with 10. Right-handed pitcher, Shawn Armstrong, has only allowed four runs on 17 hits in 31.0 innings this season with Carolina (18 appearances), he has 39 strikeouts compared to 15 walks and sports a 1.16 ERA.
The Lake County Captains (A) are 30-34 overall, 14 games out of first sitting in seventh place. Right-handed pitcher, Jeff Johnson, is tied for third in saves with 10. Right-handed Ppitcher, Mason Radeke, was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week after not allowing a run in two straight outings (8.1IP, 4H, BB, 13K) and has only allowed two earned runs in his last 13.1 innings pitched (1.35 ERA). Outfielder, Luigi Rodriguez, has an eight game hitting streak (.364 AVG., 12-33, 4 2B, 3B, 1 RBI) and has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games (.299 AVG., 26-87, 5 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) raising his average from .272 to his current .284 mark. Infielder, Francisco Lindor’s three hits on June 10th tied his career high.
Activated Bryson Myles from 7 day DL in Lake County
Transferred Jordan Casas from Lake County to Mahoning Valley
Chris Schwinden claimed on waivers from Toronto Blue Jays and placed on optional assignment in Columbus
Tim Fedroff transferred from Akron to Columbus
Michel Hernandez transferred from Columbus to Akron
Thomas Neal reinstated from 7-day DL and activated in Akron
Matt Lawson transferred from Akron to Mahoning Valley
Placed Beau Mills on 7 day DL in Akron with a right calf strain
Trevor Crowe transferred from Akron to Columbus
Matt Lawson transferred from Mahoning Valley to Akron