Jordan Smith Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup
Then Indians named Jordan Smith of the Lake County Captains (A) as this week’s Indians Minor League Player of the Week. Smith has hit safely in eight of his last nine games with a .459 AVG, (17-37), two home runs, and 10 RBI’s. He has a hit in 15 of his last 17 games with a .492 AVG., (29-59), three doubles, two home runs, and 15 RBI’s.
Smith was drafted by the Indians in the ninth round of the 2011 amateur draft out of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. The outfielder just celebrated his 22nd birthday on July 5.
Smith began his career in Mahoning Valley last season, where he appeared in 65 games. During his time with the Scrappers, he batted .300, recorded 73 hits, accounted for 36 runs, and produced 47 RBI’s. He had 20 doubles, one triple, and stole three of four bases successfully. Smith was hit by pitchers nine times and intentionally walked once. Smith finished tied for second in the New York-Penn League in RBIs, third in on-base percentage (.403) and tied for fifth in doubles.
This season, Smith is in Lake County where he is batting .322, 95 hits, accounting for 41 runs, and 44 RBI’s in 73 games. He has hit 16 doubles, five triples, five home runs, and stolen five out of eight bases successfully. He has been hit by pitchers three times, and intentionally walked three times.
This young, upcoming outfielder isn’t bad with a glove either. He has only committed two errors in the outfield in 80 games, both this season. The Scrappers tested him at third base last season where he committed 15 errors in 45 games.
Smith’s progression through the ranks may start to increase with the production he has shown at the plate.
Minor League Roundup
As of July 18th, the Columbus Clippers (AAA) are 49-48 overall, currently in second place, and are 11 games out of first place. They are currently riding a two game winning streak. Right-handed pitcher, Jeanmar Gomez, was named the International League Pitcher of the Week for July 9-15, tossing a complete game shutout in his only start of the week, allowing just two hits, and two walks with 7 strikeouts. This is his second career IL Pitcher of the Week award with the other coming the week of June 6-12, 2011. Infielder, Jared Goedert, has hit safely in 12 straight games (.409 AVG., 18-44, 3 2B, HR, 6 RBI). Right-handed pitcher, Corey Kluber, is 5-1 in his last seven starts and currently leads the IL in strikeouts with 118. Utility player, Vinny Rottino, has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games (.361 AVG, 13-36, 3 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI). Left-handed pitcher, Chris Seddon, has thrown at least six innings in 13 of his last 14 starts with the one exception being in game two of a doubleheader on July 12, when he tossed four shutout innings. Seddon is 7-4 with a 3.21 ERA over that span of fourteen games (89.2IP/32ER).
The Akron Aeros (AA) are 57-39 overall, currently in first place, and are seven and a half games ahead of second place. They are currently riding a five game winning streak. Left-handed pitcher, Giovanni Soto, became the first Aeros pitcher to toss a no-hitter at Canal Park since it opened in 1997, only the second Akron pitcher to toss a no-hitter in franchise history, and the first since Jeanmar Gomez tossed a perfect game on May 21, 2009. Chun Chen currently 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, Matt Lawson, has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games (.368 AVG, 21-57, 7 2B, 2 3B, 7 RBI).
The Carolina Mudcats (A) are 46-49 overall, 14-11 in the second half of the season, currently sit tied for 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. Right-handed Pitcher, Jordan Cooper, is 4-0 in his last five appearances with a 1.86 ERA (19.1IP/4ER). Infielder, Tony Wolters, has had a multi-hit game in three of his last four games (.500 AVG, 9-18, HR, 4 RBI), including a two, three and four hit game and over his last 19 games is batting .375 (30-80) with five doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI’s.
As of July 18th, the Lake County Captains (A) are 44-49 overall, 13-11 in the second half of the season, currently sit tied for third place, and are two games in back of first. They finished the first half 31-38 finishing in sixth place, 16 games back. They are currently on a four game winning streak. Outfielder, Jordan Smith, was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week (his second selection) for July 9-14, he has hit safely in eight of his last nine games (.459 AVG, 17-37, 2 HR, 10 RBI) and 15 of his last 17 games (.492 AVG., 29-59, 3 2B, 2 HR, 15 RBI). Infielder, Francisco Lindor, has hit safely in 10 straight games (.286 AVG., 12-42, 4 2B, HR, 5 RBI). Left-handed pitcher, Shawn Morimando, has thrown at least five innings in eight straight starts and is 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA (43.0IP/16ER) in those contests.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (A) are 15-14 overall, currently sit in third place, and are three and a half games in back of first. They are currently riding a two game winning streak. Mahoning Valley knocked off State College last night by a score of 7-3. Outfielder, Tyler Naquin, went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI. Infielder, Joey Wendle, went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s. Catcher, Charlie Valerio, went 2-for-4 with a home run. Outfielder, Aaron Siliga, went 1-for-4 with two RBI’s. Left-handed pitcher, Ryan Merritt, earned the no decision, tossing seven innings, allowing four hits, one run, and one walk with five strikeouts. Right-handed pitcher, Jacob Lee (3-0, 2.76 ERA), earned the win, allowing two hits in a scoreless 0.1 inning.
The Arizona League Indians (Rookie) are 10-10 overall, currently sit in second place, and are five games in back of first. The Indians won their third straight game, defeating the Dodgers 7-4 last night. Infielder, Yhoxian Medina, went 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double, and two RBI’s. Infielder, Nelson Rodriguez, went 2-for-5 with a run scored, a double, and an RBI. Designated Hitter, Jorge Martinez, went 2-for-5 and outfielder, Tyler Booth, went 1-for-5 with three RBI’s. Right-handed Pitcher, Dillon Howard, earned the no decision, tossing 3.1 innings, allowing four hits, four runs, and four walks with a strikeout. Right-handed pitcher, Trey Haley (1-0, 0.00), earned the win, tossing two scoreless innings, allowing a walk with four strikeouts.
Tyler Sturdevant transferred from Akron to Columbus
Shawn Armstrong transferred from Carolina to Akron
Enosil Tejeda transferred from Mahoning Valley to Lake County
Luis Morel transferred from Arizona to Mahoning Valley
Placed Jeremie Tice on 7 day DL in Akron with a left elbow strain
Transferred Ryan Rohlinger from Columbus to Akron
Transferred Bryan Price from Akron to Columbus
Transferred Louis Head from Mahoning Valley to Lake County
Transferred Nick Pasquale from Arizona to Mahoning Valley
Placed Patric Tolentino on 7 Day DL in Lake County with a right ankle sprain
Placed Daniel Jimenez on MnL Rehab Assignment in Arizona
Placed Trey Haley on MnL Rehab Assignment in Arizona
Jordan Casas reinstated from 7-day DL and activated in Lake County
Transferred Mark Bradley from Mahoning Valley to Lake County
Transferred Andrew Campbell from Arizona to Mahoning Valley
Activated Jeff Johnson from 7 day DL in Lake County
Transferred Rob Nixon from Lake County to Carolina
Released Jordan Casas from Lake County