Wendle Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup
By Sean Tuttle
This week’s Indians Minor League Player of the Week is rookie infielder, Joseph Wendle. Wendle was drafted in this year’s June amateur draft in the sixth round out of West Chester University.
In his first 16 games with the Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Wendle is batting .356, accounting for 10 runs and producing 10 RBI’s. He has five doubles and two triples while drawing seven walks and only striking out three times. Wendle is two for three on stolen base attempts.
Wendle is originally from Lincoln University, PA. and attended Avon Grove High School before furthering his education at West Chester University.
The 6-1 ft. tall 190 lbs. infielder was a four year starter at second base, and captain of the team. He was named to Tino Martinez Watch List (DII player of the year) for the third straight year in 2011. Wendle was ranked among the top 10 prospects in DII by Baseball America and ranked among the top 10 all-time in 11 offensive categories at West Chester. He was named to the Coastal Plains League All-Star squad in the summer of 2011 where he batted .377 average and was the team MVP.
In 2011 with West Chester, Wendle appeared in and started 41 games. He led the team with a .346 batting average with 47 hits, scored 32 runs, with seven doubles, four triples and two home runs. He knocked in 32 RBI’s, stole six bases in seven attempts, and put up a .941 fielding percentage splitting time between second base and shortstop. He committed just 11 errors on the year and was in on 18 double plays defensively. Wendle registered 13 multiple-hit games and only struck out three times in 136 at bats. Wendle was named WCU scholar-athlete of the year, first team All-PSAC East, and first team All-Atlantic Region by Daktronics, Inc.
Joseph Wendle seems to be showing signs of a very bright future within the Indian’s organization. His grooming at second base should be steady as there is little rush to bring him up through the ranks with Jason Kipnis holding down the top spot. Only time will tell how far and how fast this future tribe star will rise.
Minor League Roundup
As of July 11th, the Columbus Clippers (AAA) are 45-45 overall, currently sit in second place, and are 11 games in back of first. Left-handed pitcher, Chris Seddon, has thrown at least six innings in 12 straight starts following his six innings of work on July 4th. Seddon is 6-4 with
a 3.42 ERA over that span (79.0IP/30ER). Outfielder, Russ Canzler, has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games to close out the first half of the season (.306 AVG., 15-49, 6 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI). Infielder, Matt LaPorta, is currently ranked seventh in the International League in hitting with a .304 average, fifth in OBP at .393 and third in SLG (.575). Right-handed pitcher, Dan Wheeler, hasn’t allowed an earned run since June 18th (6 appearances, 6.1IP, 3H, 0R/0ER, 1BB, 5K) to lower his ERA from 3.95 to the current 2.70 mark. Right-handed pitcher, Corey Kluber, is 4-1 in his last five starts and currently leads the IL in strikeouts with 107.
The Akron Aeros (AA) are 52-38 overall, currently sit in first place leading the division by three and half games. They are currently on a two game winning streak. Right-handed Pitcher Steven Wright, right-handed pitcher Kyle Landis, outfielder Thomas Neal, and infielder Chun Chen will represented the Aeros in the Eastern League All-Star game on July 11 in Reading, PA. Infielder, Chun Chen, has a seven game hitting streak (.321 AVG., 9-28, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and has hit in 10 of his last 11 (.326 AVG., 14-43). Infielder, Juan Diaz, had eight RBI’s in a game on July 8 at Bowie, the eight RBI’s were a career high. Infielder, Adam Abraham, has hit safely in eight of his last nine games (.324 AVG.,12-37, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI).
The Carolina Mudcats (A) are 43-46 overall, 11-8 in the second half of the season, currently sit in second place, and are two games in back of first. They finished the first half 32-38 finishing in fourth place, 12.5 games out of first. Infielder, Jesus Aguilar, was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game on July 8 and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Infielder, Tony Wolters, went 0-for-4, snapping a 13-game hitting streak (.370 AVG., 20-54, 5 2B, HR, 9 RBI) raising his average from .225 to the current .248 mark.
The Lake County Captains (A) are 40-47 overall, 9-9 in the second half of the season, currently tied for fifth place, and is one game back of first. They finished the first half 31-38 finishing in sixth place 16 games out of first. Infielder, Francisco Lindor, was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game on July 8, coming off the bench and going 1-for-1 with a single. Outfielder, Jordan Smith, has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games (.383 AVG., 18-47, 3 2B, HR, 6 RBI). Infielder, Jerrud Sabourin, has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games (.364 AVG., 16-44, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI). Catcher, Alex Lavisky, has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (.323 AVG., 10-31, 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI).
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (A) are 12-10 overall, currently sit in third place, and are two and a half games in back of first. Mahoning Valley was unable to stop Connecticut’s rally in a 5-4 loss to the Tigers on Monday. The Scrappers put four runs on the board in the second inning, while the Tigers scored all of their runs in the final three innings. Right-handed Pitcher, Jake Sisco, (0-1, 2.52) started and did not allow a run on four hits and one walk in 6.0 innings. Right-handed Pitcher, Louis Head, (0-2, 2.08) earned the loss, allowing three runs (two of which were earned) on four hits and one walk in 2.0 innings. Outfielder, Tyler Naquin, went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI’s.
The Arizona League Indians (Rookie) are 6-9 overall, currently sit in second place, and are seven and a half games in back of first. The Indians couldn’t hold off the Dodgers offense in a 13-3 loss on Monday. Right-handed Pitcher, Dillon Howard, (0-3, 5.79) allowed four runs on four hits and one walk in 3.2 innings, striking out three. The Indians bullpen combined to allow nine runs on 13 hits and five walks in 4.1 innings. Infielder, Ryan Battaglia, went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run. Catcher, Eric Haase, finished 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored for the Indians.
Transferred Felix Sterling from Mahoning to Lake County
Transferred Louis Head from Lake County to Mahoning
Placed Kyle Bellows on 7 Day DL in Akron with a left wrist sprain
Placed Bryce Stowell on 7 Day DL in Akron with a left oblique strain
Transferred Alex Monsalve from Lake County to Carolina
Transferred Jake Lowery from Carolina to Lake County
Nick Hagadone placed on disqualified list
Matt Packer reinstated from 7-day DL and transferred from Akron to Carolina
Dale Dickerson released of a minor league player
Chris Ray released of a minor league contract
Nick Bartolone reinstated from 7-day DL and activated in Lake County