Anthony Gallas, Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup
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.
In 2011, Gallas’ first full season in the organization, he spent 57 games with Lake County batting .314, producing 35 runs on 65 hits. Twenty-four of those hits were doubles and six were home runs. He accounted for 21 RBI’s, stole four bases and was caught stealing four times. Gallas drew 23 walks while striking out 38 times.
He also spent 39 games with single A Kinston where he maintained a batting average of .197 on 28 hits. He accounted for 14 runs while producing 21 RBI’s. He hit two home runs and ten doubles. Walked 12 times and struck out 34. He was also hit by pitchers seven times.
This year with Single-A Carolina, Gallas is batting .251. He has recorded 44 hits, accounted for 44 runs, produced 23 RBI’s, walked 17 times, and struck out 40 times. He has 11 doubles, two triples, and six home runs. He currently has an eight game hitting streak during which time he is batting .429, with two doubles, three home runs, and seven RBI’s and has earned him the Tribe’s Minor League Player of the Week.
Gallas still has a long road ahead of him before making it into the show, but it seems like he is starting to pick up traction. Look for the Indians to start exploring other levels with Gallas. A shot to Double-A may be right around the corner for the young outfielder.
Minor League Roundup
As of June 19th, the Columbus Clippers (AAA) are 34-38 overall, currently sit in second place, and are eight and a half games out of first. Infielder, Russ Canzler, has a seven game hitting streak (.417 AVG., 10-24, 2 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI). Infielder, Jason Donald, hit for the cycle on June 19 at Charlotte, he became the first Clipper to hit for the cycle since Jason Kipnis accomplished the feat in 2010. Donald was the second player in the International League to hit for the cycle this season. Right-handed pitcher, Chris Ray, has only allowed three earned runs in his last 20 outings (19.2IP/3ER) and sports a 1.37 ERA over that span. Right-handed pitcher, Corey Kluber, is second in the IL in strikeouts with 87 and is second in the IL in K/9 IP Ratio (10.26). Left-handed pitcher, David Huff, is tied for second in the IL in complete games two.
The Akron Aeros (AA) are 44-25 overall, and currently hold a nine game lead in first place. Outfielder, Nick Weglarz, has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games (.333 AVG., 15-45, 7 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI). The Aeros are first in the Eastern League with a team ERA of 2.78 (602.1IP/ 186ER) in 69 games. Outfielder, Thomas Neal, has hit in nine of his last 10 games (.289 AVG., 11-38, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI). Designated Hitter, Chun Chen, has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games (.338 AVG., 26-77, 8 2B, 6 RBI). Right-handed Pitcher, Loek Van Mil, has not allowed a run in his last 9.1 innings (Five appearances).
The Carolina Mudcats (A) are 32-38 overall, currently sit in fourth place, and are twelve and a half games out of first. Right-handed pitcher, Shawn Armstrong, and designated hitter, Jeremie Tice, were named to the Carolina League All-Star team. Tice is fourth in the Carolina League in RBI’s with 47, second in slugging (.580), fifth in extra base hits with 29 and is tied for first in HR with 12. Delvi Cid is tied for fourth in stolen bases with 17. Outfielder, Tyler Holt, is first in triples with six. Right-handed pitcher, Jose Flores, is third in saves with 10. Outfielder, Anthony Gallas, has an eight game hitting streak (.429 AVG., 12-28, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI). Infielder, Ronny Rodriguez, went 5-for-5 on June 17th, the five hits were a career high.
The Lake County Captains (A) are 31-38 overall, currently sit in sixth place, and are sixteen games out of first. Infielder, Francisco Lindor, started at shortstop and was the lead-off batter in the All-Star Game. Lindor went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. The Captains are currently off due to the All-Star Break.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (A) are 1-1 overall, currently tied for second place, and is one game out of first. Mahoning Valley fell to the Jamestown Jammers by a score of 3-1 in its second game of the season. Outfielder, Juan Romero, went 1-for-3 with a home run, scoring the only run of the game for the Scrappers. Right-hander Pitcher, Jake Sisco, (0-1, 4.91) started and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out two batters in 3.2 innings pitched. Mahoning Valley’s bullpen combined to allow just one run on four hits and two walks and striking out seven in 4.1 innings. Romero’s multi-home run game was the third of his career. Outfielder, Hunter Jones, hit his second career triple on June 19th at Jamestown.
Matt Lawson transferred from Mahoning Valley to Akron
Dwight Childs was activated from 7 day DL in Akron and transferred to Columbus
Delvi Cid was transferred from Akron to Mahoning Valley
Bo Greenwell was activated from 7 day DL in Akron and transferred to Carolina
Placed Kyle Bellow on 7 Day DL in Akron with a left wrist sprain
Jordan Henry was activated from 7 Day DL in Akron
Antwonie Hubbard was activated from 7 day DL in Lake County
Luis DeJesus was transferred from Lake County to Mahoning Valley
Placed Dwight Childs on 7 Day DL in Columbus with a left ankle sprain
Placed Andy LaRoche on 7 Day DL in Columbus with a left shoulder strain
Released Hector Ambriz from Columbus
Harold Guerrero placed on the restricted list
Daniel Jimenez placed on 7-day DL with left fifth digit finger fracture
LeVon Washington placed on 7-day DL with right hip strain
Photo: Carolina Mudcats