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Neal Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

July 6, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Thomas Neal was named the Eastern League Player of the Week and Indians Minor League Player of the Week for June 25 – July 1st during which time he batted .500 AVG., 14-28, with six doubles, three Home runs, and 10 RBI’s.

The Inglewood, California native was first drafted in the 36th round of the 2005 Amateur draft by the San Francisco Giants out of Poway High School. In 2011, Neal was acquired by the Tribe in a trade for infielder Orlando Cabrera.

Upon joining the Indians in 2011, Neal was optioned to Triple-A Columbus where he appeared in 10 games. In 38 appearances at the plate, he had nine hits for a .250 average, one RBI, walked once, struck out seven times, and was hit by a pitch once.

Neal has spent the entire 2012 season in Double-A Akron. He has appeared in 66 games of the 85 and is batting .309 average. He has 72 hits, produced 31 RBI’s, and accounted for 44 runs. He has 17 doubles, one triple, and six home runs. Neal has stolen four bases while getting caught six times. He has drawn 22 walks while striking out 46 times. He has also been hit by pitchers seven times this season.

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Canzler Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

June 28, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Russ Canzler was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round of the 2004 amateur draft out of Hazleton High School in Hazleton, PA. He was granted free agency in November of 2010, and signed with the Tampa Bay Rays later that month. He was later purchased by the Indians on January 31, 2012.

Canzler was named to the Northwest League postseason All-Star Team in 2005 and given the MiLB.com Short-Season Round Tripper award after leading the league in homers, RBIs and doubles. He batted .342 (38-for-111) against lefties and .237 (51-for-215) against righties in 2008.

Canzler started the 2009 season with a 15-game hitting streak at Single-A Daytona and promoted to Double-A Tennessee on May 1st. He finished second in the Southern League with 21 HRs for Tennessee in 2010 while batting .287 (102-for-355) with 66 RBIs in 112 games played at third, first, right and left fields.

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Anthony Gallas, Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

June 21, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Carolina Mudcats outfielder, Anthony Gallas, was named Minor League Player of the Week by the Indians. Gallas was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an undrafted free agent on June 19, 2010. He attended Kent State University, where he hit 49 home runs over four seasons.

In his first season as a member of the Indians’ organization, Gallas saw 50 games in the Arizona Rookie League and four with Single-A short season Mahoning Valley.

While in Arizona, Gallas batted.276 with 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs, and 23 RBI’s. He drew 11 walks, was caught stealing once on three attempts, and struck out 40 times. In the four games he spent with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Gallas had four hits in 17 appearances for a .235 average. He hit one double, one home run, knocked in three runners, and struck out six times.

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Indians Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

June 14, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Indians announced Mason Radeke as their Minor League Player of the Week after the righty didn’t allow a single run in his last two outings (8.1IP, 4H, BB, 13K).

Radeke was originally drafted in 2004 by the Chicago White Sox in the 41st round of the amateur draft out of Santa Barbara High School. He decided to try his luck at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA. After three years, he was drafted in the 35th round of the 2011 amateur draft by the Tribe.

Radeke started all nine games he appeared in last season with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (A-). He held a 2-0 record while boasting a 4.53 ERA. In 43.2 innings of work he gave up 44 hits, allowed 23 runs of which 22 were earned, gave up six home runs, walked 15 batters while striking out 30.

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Tice Rising To Top With Mudcats and Minor League Roundup

June 8, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Jeremie Tice, age 25, was first drafted in the 2006 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins in the 38th round, but decided to go back to college. In 2008, the Cleveland Indians drafted Tice in the the sixth round of the amateur draft out of the College of Charleston.

In the five seasons Tice has been in the Tribe organization, he has seen action at third base, first base and in the outfield. This year he has spent the majority of his time operating as the Carolina Mudcats designated hitter.

In 171 plate appearances this season, Tice has 45 hits, 16 doubles, and has accounted for 29 runs. He is first in the Carolina League in RBI’s with 45, first in slugging (.639), tied for second in extra base hits with 27, and first in home runs with 11. He has drawn 17 walks as compared to 35 strikeouts. His current batting average holds at .306 through 43 games.

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Lindor Has Early Professional Success and Minor League Roundup

May 31, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

In only his second season as a member of the Cleveland Indians organization, infielder Francisco Lindor, has been making waves at the plate and in the media. Lindor, 18, was drafted by the Tribe in the first round (8th pick overall) of last year’s June amateur draft out of Montverde Academy High School in Florida. The Puerto Rico native originally committed to Florida State, but made his debut in single-A Mahoning Valley last year.

In only 46 games this season, Lindor, is batting a .286 average. He has produced 30 runs, has 57 hits which include nine doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Lindor has 84 total bases to go along with 19 RBI’s. He has drawn 13 walks, and has struck out 30 times. He has also stolen 11 bases, and only been caught four times.

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Comparing Minor and Major League Attendance and Minor League Round-Up

May 25, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

With the recent comments of Tribe closer, Chris Perez, about the poor attendance at Progressive Field this season and the fact that the Indians have the worst attendance in the MLB, some may wonder how a first place team can accomplish this feat. Others may raise the question, “How does their minor league system bring in fans?”

Some may blame the lack of attendance on a number of reasons such as expense of going to the ballpark, not wanting to get too excited this early in the season, or maybe other events are going on in the daily lives of fans.

When considering cost to attend a single game, researchers often look at the Fan Cost Index. The Fan Cost Index comprises the prices of four adult average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least expensive, adult-size adjustable caps. Based on a study done in April of 2011, the Cleveland Indians ranked below the average in MLB and 13th lowest overall. The MLB average ticket price was $26.91 with a Fan Cost Index of $197.35. The Indians average ticket price was $18.49 with a Fan Cost Index of $170.96.

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Tallest Minor League Player Arrives In Akron and Minor League Round-Up

May 17, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The tallest player in the minors is now coming out of the Akron Aeros bullpen. On May 5, the Cleveland Indians acquired, Ludovicus Jacobus Maria van Mil a.k.a. Loek Van Mil, from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an outright trade for future considerations. The Indians immediately assigned Van Mil to the Akron Aeros.

Van Mil, 27, was born in Oss, Netherlands. At a height of seven feet, one inch he is currently the tallest player in the minor leagues.

He has pitched for the Netherlands national baseball team, appeared in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, and was selected to appear in the 2008 Summer Olympics, but missed the tournament because of injury.

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LaPorta’s Success Does Not Mean He’s Ready and Minor League Roundup

May 11, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

After the first week in May Tribe fans are experiencing a few unexpected realities. First, the Tribe is in first place. Most fans will say that was not expected, but with the moves the Detroit Tigers made this offseason, it is hard to argue that they are not still the favorite to take the Central. The second is the production of first baseman Matt LaPorta. Sure he is producing in Triple-A, but many scouts will tell you that the leap from Triple-A to the big leagues is a significant one. Minor league statistics do not necessarily transfer to major league success.

LaPorta is currently in his fourth season as a member of the Tribe. He was drafted in the first round by the Milwaukee Brewers, seventh overall, in the 2007 amateur draft. He became an Indian in July 2008 when he was traded with Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson, and later Michael Brantley for starting pitcher, CC Sabathia.

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Cody Allen Soars Through System and Minor League Roundup

May 3, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

It isn’t often you see a player progress through the minor league system at the rapid speed of which Cody Allen has done in the Tribe’s farm system. It is even rarer for a pitcher to do so. In the short month of April alone, Allen has gone from Single-A Carolina, to Double-A Akron, and all the way up to top tier Triple-A Columbus.

The 23-year old righty, was born in Orlando,Florida, and was drafted by the Indians not once, but twice, first in the 16th round of the 2010 MLB June amateur draft, and again in the 23rd round last June.

Last year, Allen climbed the ranks after spending 14 games in Mahoning Valley, had a record of 3-1 an ERA of 2.14 in 33.2 innings of work, struck out 42 batters and only allowed one home run. He spent seven games in Lake County going 2-0 with no ERA, struck out 28, and only allowed ten hits. He then spent one game apiece in Kinston and Akron before the season came to a close.

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Huff Rehab Start, Promotions and Round-Up Headline Week In Minors

April 27, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

David Huff appeared in a rehabilitation start on April 20 with the Akron Aeros. Huff is recovering from a right hamstring strain that he suffered on March 29 while pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training.

Huff pitched four shutout innings against the Reading Phillies. He gave up one hit, allowed one walk, and struck out 3 batters. The efforts of Huff were in vain on Friday, as the Aeros gave up a 3-0 lead losing in the bottom of the 10th inning, 4-3.

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Weglarz Hopes To Stay Healthy In 2012

April 19, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Progressing to the big leagues is not easy task, but for minor leaguer Nick Weglarz, staying healthy may be his biggest obstacle.

Weglarz is entering his seventh season within the Indians minor league system, and his fourth as a member of the Akron Aeros. The 24-year old, left handed, outfielder was selected in the 2005 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians in the third round, 94th overall.

Prior to the draft, Weglarz attended Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne, Ontario. As a Canadian, Weglarz had the opportunity to be part of Team Canada’s baseball team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. During his run in the Olympics, Weglarz hit .400 in the preliminary games, and .450 in the Olympic qualifier against Taiwan.

Weglarz’s made his largest advancement in 2010 when he was called up to Triple-A Columbus for fifty games. During that time he maintained a batting average of .286 with 50 hits, six home runs, and 20 RBI’s. He also drew 28 walks and struck out 43 times.

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