Cooper is Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup
The Indians announced right-handed pitcher, Jordan Cooper, as this week’s Minor League Player of the Week.
The 23-year old, Carolina Mudcat, is a native of Berryton, Kansas, and was originally drafted in the 2008 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th round. Instead of signing with the Red Sox out of Shawnee Heights High School, Cooper decided to attend Wichita State University. Two years later, in the 2010 amateur draft, he was selected by the Tribe in the ninth round.
In 2010, Cooper saw action in 14 games where he started 13 and went 5-5 with a 4.94 ERA. In 62 innings of work, he allowed 79 hits, gave up 39 runs of which 34 were earned, forfeited nine home runs, allowed 18 walks while striking out 41 batters with Mahoning Valley.
In 2011 with the Lake County Captains, Cooper appeared in 27 games, started 16, and held a record of 2-9 with a 4.73 ERA. He finished six games with three saves, and pitched one complete game. In 104.2 innings of work he allowed 109 hits, 60 runs of which 55 were earned, 19 home runs, and 30 walks while striking out 68.
This season, Cooper saw action in two games with Lake County and 28 in Carolina where he currently sports a 8-7 record with a 3.83 ERA. He has started only six games, finished five, and has recorded one save. In 87 innings, Cooper, has allowed 97 hits, 42 runs of which 37 were earned, eight home runs, 15 walks while striking out 68.
Cooper seems to be settling in to his role, although it still isn’t clear if he is meant to come out of the bullpen or begin games as part of the rotation. His walks allowed are down, his strike out numbers are steadily increasing, and his ERA is has improved each year. Grooming and consistency will be the focus for this young prospect. At the age of 23 he should continue to climb the ranks, but I will be surprised to see the Tribe rush him through the system too fast.
Look for this young gun to get his feet wet in Akron next season.
Minor League Roundup
As of Aug 28th, the Columbus Clippers (AAA) currently sit in second place in the Western Division of the International League with an overall record of 70-68. They are 14 games behind first place Indianapolis, and four and a half games out of the Wild Card spot. Infielder, Cord Phelps, has been named to the IL Post-Season All-Star Team, in the month of August, he is batting .316 (31-98) with seven doubles, five home runs, and 16 RBI’s over the course of 26 games and holds a .278 AVG. (133-479) with 16 home runs and 58 RBI’s for the season. Outfielder, Vinny Rottino, is batting .383 (23-60) with five doubles and four RBI’s in his last 15 games, raising his average from .273 to the current .305 mark. In his last 46 games, outfielder, Tim Fedroff, is hitting .322 (57-177) with 10 doubles, four triples, six home runs, and 20 RBI’s. Right-handed pitcher, Matt Langwell, is 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA (2 ER/11.2 IP) in eight August appearances.
The Akron Aeros (AA) currently remain atop the Western Division of the Eastern League with an overall record of 79-57. They lead Bowie by four and a half games. Right-handed pitcher, Preston Guilmet, and outfielder, Thomas Neal, have been named to the Eastern League Post-Season All-Star team. Guilmet is 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA (13 ER/50.2 IP) and 24 saves in 28 chances in 48 games this season. Neal is batting .353 (73-207) with 14 doubles, nine home runs, and 31 RBI’s over his last 60 games and holds a .314 AVG (126-401) for the season with 12 home runs, and 51 RBI’s. Over his last 42 games, infielder, Adam Abraham, is batting .327 (49-150) with 13 doubles, eight home runs, and 27 RBI’s to raise his batting average from .213 to the current .260 mark. Right-handed pitcher, Shawn Armstrong, has only allowed two earned runs in his last 19.1 innings pitched (0.93 ERA) with 22 strikeouts dating back to his promotion to Akron on July 14th.
The Carolina Mudcats (A) currently sit in third place in the Southern Division of the Carolina League with a second half record of 29-35 and an overall record of 61-73. They are 10.5 games behind first place Winston-Salem. The Mudcats are currently experiencing a two game losing streak. Over his last 31 games, outfielder, Bo Greenwell, is hitting .303 (36-119), with six doubles, a triple, a home run, and 10 RBI’s. Infielder, Giovanny Urshela, has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games, in which he is hitting (.359 AVG., 33-92), with eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, and seven RBI’s. He is hitting .346 (36-104) in the month of August. Left-handed pitcher, Mike Rayl, is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA (8 ER/29.1 IP) in five August starts and has won five of his last seven starts.
The Lake County Captains (A) are currently tied for second place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League with a second half record of 35-29 and an overall record of 66-67. They are five games behind first place Bowling Green. Infielder, Jose Ramirez, is hitting .386 (59-153) with seven doubles, a triple, two home runs, and 14 RBI’s over his last 38 games. In his last 30 games, outfielder, Bryson Myles, is batting .318 (35-110) with five doubles, a home run, and 14 RBI’s. Outfielder, Jordan Smith, has hit safely in 25 of his last 31 games, (.339 AVG, 41-121), with six doubles, a triple, four home runs, and 28 RBI’s. Outfielder, Zach MacPhee, has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, (.433 AVG.,13-30), three doubles, two triples, and six RBI’s.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (A) currently sit in fourth place in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League with an overall record of 29-38. They are 11.5 games behind first place Auburn. They are currently on a three game losing streak. Mahoning Valley dropped both games of a doubleheader Tuesday night to Batavia. In game one they lost 6-2 with Infielder, Joey Wendle, going 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double, and an RBI. Infielder, Dorssys Paulino, went 2-for-3 with an RBI and designated hitter, Evan Frazar, went 2-for-3. Right-handed pitcher, Jake Sisco (1-5, 4.64), took the loss, tossing four innings, allowing six hits, six runs, two walks with three strikeouts. In game two the Scrappers lost 1-0 with Wendle and Paulino going 1-for-3. Right-handed pitcher, Luis DeJesus (4-2, 1.93), tossed a seven inning complete game in the loss, allowing four hits, a run, a walk with five strikeouts.
The Arizona League Indians (Rookie) currently sit in second place in the Central Division of the Arizona League with an overall record of 31-24. They are two and a half games behind the first place AZL Dodgers. They are currently cruising along a three game winning streak. The Indians knocked off the Mariners Tuesday night by a score of 13-7. Infielder, Nick Hamilton, went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a walk, and two RBI’s. Catcher, Martin Cervenka, went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s. Infielder, Juan Herrera, went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two doubles, and two RBI’s. Outfielder, Chia-Ching Lin, went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s. Right-handed pitcher, Mitch Brown (2-0, 3.58), earned the win, tossing five innings, allowing six hits, five runs, three earned, a walk with six strikeouts.
Placed Roberto Perez on 7-day DL in Akron with left wrist sprain, retroactive to 8/21
Activated Adam Abraham from 7-day DL in Akron
Transferred Anthony Gallas from Carolina to Columbus
Kyle Petter reinstated from 7-day DL and activated in Lake County
Cole Cook transferred from Akron to Columbus
Joseph Colon placed on temporary inactive list
Benny Suarez transferred from AZL to Carolina
LeVon Washington returned from rehab, reinstated from DL, and transferred from Lake County to Carolina
Josh Martin transferred from Mahoning Valley to Carolina
Mike Rayl transferred from Akron to Carolina
Alexis Paredes transferred from Arizona to Mahoning Valley
Jorge Martinez transferred from Arizona to Mahoning Valley