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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | April 24, 2014

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Fedroff Trying to Earn His Call to the Big Leagues Soon

By Evan Matsumoto

The Indians not-so-dramatic slide into mediocrity this season was far from unexpected. Cleveland now sits solidly in third place in the A.L. Central, barely nudging out the Kansas City Royals for bronze.

Eleven games out of first place, and with two-thirds of this west-coast road trip to go, the team’s roster needs a bat that will spark some sort of offense.

Enter Tim Fedroff.

In a Cleveland lineup that lacks a consistent bat, Fedroff would be a welcome change. He is hitting .323 this season for the Triple-A Clippers, which gives him the highest batting average among players with at least 100 at-bats currently in Columbus.

He also ranks first in on-base percentage (.381), slugging (.526) and OPS (.907), also among players with at least 100 plate appearances.

Most importantly for the Indians, however, Fedroff is hitting .316 against left-handed pitchers. He boasts a higher slugging percentage (.632) and a better OPS (.997) versus lefties than against their righty counterparts—.500 and .885, respectively.

“I’ve been feeling strong and been fortunate enough to stay healthy up to this point,” Fedroff said. “I feel like I’ve had a good mindset. I think that has a lot to do with the way I’ve been performing this year.”

Fedroff has played well as of late but has been consistent since before he was moved to Columbus. In Akron, Fedroff batted .305 with a .396 OBP and .443 SLG; he was assigned to the Clippers on June 6.

Following assignment in June, his batting average was .323, but once July rolled around Fedroff became the spark that the Clippers needed—he hit .413, had a .484 OBP and .700 SLG.

“Last season I had some good stretches that I was real happy with. It was just a matter of being more consistent, kind of minimizing the slumps that you go through throughout the year,” Fedroff said.

That consistency translates into defense as well. Fedroff, who has zero errors on the season, could fill a spot in left field that has been plagued by poor play on both sides of the ball all year.

The Indians have been calling up young talent for a while to fill holes on the team—see Zach McAllister, Cody Allen, Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall, to name a few. It would be no surprise to see one of the Clippers moved soon.

“(Playing in the majors) would be a dream come true for me. It’s been a goal of mine since I was a kid. I try to show up everyday and play as hard as I can and if the opportunity comes my way I feel like I’m going to be ready for it,” Fedroff said.

Fedroff, like every Clipper is waiting for the call. While not on the 40-man roster, if he doesn’t receive it soon, he’ll likely receive it in September when rosters expand.

Photo: Ken Inness/MiLB.com