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Tribe Draws on Youth in this Week’s Minor League Round-up

May 17, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians have called up two of their more intriguing prospects this week in first baseman Jesus Aguilar and left-handed relief pitcher Kyle Crockett. The two couldn’t have taken much more of different paths to the Major Leagues than they did. Aguilar was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela at the ripe old age of 16. Aguilar has already spent six seasons in the minor leagues from the Indians Dominican Summer League team all the way up to Triple-A Columbus this year playing for all six minor league affiliates for the Indians. Kyle Crockett, on the other hand, has spent less than a year in the Indians minor league system. Crockett was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia and has made only 36 appearances for three different teams during his short minor league career. Crockett was pitching for Double-A when he got the call.

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Carolina Pitcher Has Merritt with April Success

May 7, 2014 |

In 2011, Cleveland selected Cody Anderson, a right-handed pitcher from a small college, in the 17th round. Anderson dazzled the Carolina League while pitching for the Carolina Mudcats and ultimately earned promotion to Double-A Akron in mid-August.

Two rounds later in that same draft, the Indians chose lefty Ryan Merritt. Carolina fans can be forgiven if they are feeling déjà vu.

Merritt is the reigning Indians Minor League Player of the Week and was superb throughout the month of April. The lefty from McKinney, Texas extended his fine form into May with a solid seven inning effort in a no-decision on Tuesday. Merritt allowed only two earned runs on five hits over seven frames and struck out seven Lynchburg batters while walking none in the Mudcats’ extra-inning victory over the Hillcats.

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Ramirez Promotion Headlines Minor League Week

May 3, 2014 |

No way, Jose!

Jose Ramirez is back after making his debut with the Indians as a 20-year old September call-up last year where he impressed hitting .333 with four hits in 12 at bats scoring five runs. The 21-year old prospect has been called up to Cleveland with All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis going on the disabled list with a right oblique injury. Ramirez has had an impressive start to the 2014 season at Triple-A Columbus. In 23 games at Columbus, Ramirez had a .319 average with 12 runs scored, 29 hits, three doubles, four homeruns, 17 runs batted in, eight stolen bases and eight walks.

Ramirez last season had only three homeruns in 482 at bats in the minor leagues. Already this season he has a career high of four homeruns in just 91 at bats. Power is not Ramirez’s game with his 5-foot, 9-inch, 165 lb. frame. He’s a tremendous contact hitter that offers above average speed and has great versatility being able to play many different positions on the field. Ramirez was mostly playing second base for Columbus this year but can also play shortstop, third base and even some outfield.  Ramirez started the year by reaching base in the first 21 games that Columbus had played this season. It will be interesting to see how the Indians use him. Will he be the full time replacement for Kipnis at second while he’s out? Will he be in a time share of sorts at second base with Elliot Johnson and Mike Aviles? Finally will the Indians utilize him as a super utility man and play him all over the field? The kid just seems to have that it factor and will be exciting to watch.

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Minor League Roundup Full of Streaks

April 26, 2014 |

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.

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Mudcats Experienced and Improved in Early Season

April 23, 2014 |

Three weeks into the 2014 campaign, the Carolina Mudcats are a stark contrast to last season’s squad not only on the field but also in the standings. While the talent level at Five County Stadium may seem tame compared to the star-studded team last year, the Muddies have viable prospects that, should the current form continue, could make progressions within the Cleveland system. Much of the success this term is coming from players who had some High-A ball experience in 2013.

“When you have guys that have been [in High-A baseball], it always helps,” Carolina manager Scooter Tucker said. “It brings something to the table. They become leaders to the younger guys. They can relate things they have already heard or known. On the field, the years of experience can translate into better baseball.”

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Frazier Promotion Headlines Week’s Minor League Wrap Up

April 19, 2014 | | One Comment

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.

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2013 Captains Reflect Importance of Development Over Record For Young Players

September 5, 2013 |

“Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.”

Out of all the quotes that bounced around the Lake County press box and clubhouse during the 2013 season, it’s this one that sticks out when looking at the season as a whole. Not because it was one of the most original ones that was used, but because it most aptly describes the hit-or-miss nature of this year’s Low-A Lake County Captains.

Some days, the team was great. They had games where they looked like they had the makings of a solid team. Other days, they struggled on the field, giving away games in late innings and seeming to lack overall effort. Read More