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It’s been a weak of streaks throughout the Indians minor league system, starting with the most impressive streak in Carolina Mudcats shortstop Erik Gonzalez, who has a hit in sixteen straight games. Not far behind is the Columbus Clippers catcher Roberto Perez who has a hit in 12 straight games. Clippers infielder Jose Ramirez has a streak of a different kind going. Ramirez has reached base in all 19 games that Columbus has played this season. How about a pitcher with a streak? Carolina Mudcats left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt has not allowed a run in 16 straight innings and has a ridiculous 0.37 earned run average on the season in 24.1 inning pitched. Finally a negative streak to talk about, the Lake County Captains have lost their last six games in a row. Remarkably they already had an 8 game losing streak prior to the current one.
Read more about the streaks, and lots more action this past week in the Indians minor League system.
It was an up and down week throughout the Indians minor league system, but the biggest “up,” may have been the promotion of outfielder Clint Frazier to the Lake County Captains. Frazier made his debut Thursday evening. Frazier was the Cleveland Indians 2013 first round draft pick and the fifth pick overall. Frazier was the 2013 National Gatorade High School Player of the Year.
Before Frazier made his debut Thursday evening, the Tribe’s minor league affiliates had lots of action this past week.
The Triple-A Columbus Clippers began the week with a 1-5 record sitting in last place in the International West Division. Columbus was on the road for all eight games between April 10th and 17th. During this period the Clippers went 4-2 with two games at Indianapolis postponed due to inclement weather. The Clippers started the week losing two out of three games to the Louisville Bats. Columbus went on to win three straight road games versus the Indianapolis Indians and the Toledo Mud Hens. The Clippers have moved out of last place and currently sport a 5-7 record. At 23-years old and standing at 6’3 250 lbs. Jesus Aguilar is certainly an imposing figure. Aguilar imposed his will in his first 10 games of the season being named the Cleveland Indians minor league player of the week during this time. Aguilar hit .417 with four doubles, three home runs and eight runs batted in.
Every professional baseball player has setbacks in their career. How they respond from those setbacks often defines the length of that players career.
For Nellie Rodriguez, he’s already trying to bounce back from an early struggle. Still just a teenager, Rodriguez has plenty of time to rebound. The Lake County Captains first baseman starts his second professional season this year with a long pedigree to make him a young prospect to keep an eye on.
After a difficult start to his season in 2013 at Low-A Lake County, Rodriguez is off to a quick start this season. Friday evening he was 2-for-4, with a pair of home runs, in a 6-4 loss at Kane County. Rodriguez is hitting. .357 in the early season.