In the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Arizona, the Indians overcame baserunning gaffes and poor situational hitting to still defeat the Diamondbacks by a score of 3-2. The big blow for the Tribe came courtesy of Zach …
Adam Plutko was drafted last year in the 11th round of the First Year Player Draft out of UCLA. Unlike most players making their professional debut in the same year that they were picked, the Indians held Plutko out until the 2014 season as they were concerned over the amount of innings he had already thrown for the Bruins in the 2013 collegiate season.
In 2013 Plutko was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player, helping the Bruins win the College World Series. Plutko was on the same pitching staff with the Bruins as Pittsburgh Pirates starter, Gerrit Cole, and the Indians own, Trevor Bauer. Plutko actually came into college with what most scouts thought better stuff than both Cole and Bauer, with a fastball that sat around 95 m.p.h. as a freshman. Plutko saw his velocity drop down to around 90 m.p.h. over time for the Bruins and witnessed Cole and Bauer also become first round picks. As a junior in 2013, Plutko had become the workhorse and the ace of a staff in which many didn’t have high hopes for. While Plutko and the Bruins proved many wrong in 2013, it still didn’t help his draft status as the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series because he wasn’t taken until the 11th round by the Indians.
Tyler Holt is headed to the big leagues. The Cleveland Indians announced Sunday that the 25-year-old outfielder has been called up from the Columbus Clippers to replace outfielder Michael Bourn, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
The well-deserved promotion is a dream come true for Holt, who hit .300 with two home runs, 26 runs batted in, and 21 stolen bases, to go along with a .425 on-base percentage through 76 games split between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this season.
The Columbus Clippers will be represented by two players this year at the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game. Both first baseman Jesus Aguilar and catcher Roberto Perez were selected to be on the International League roster, and will be taking on …
This week the All-Star rosters were named for both the Carolina League and Midwest League. The Carolina Mudcats had three players named to the Carolina League team in LHP Ryan Merritt, SS Erik Gonzalez and OF Anthony Gallas. Merritt a left-handed starting pitcher is tied for the league lead in wins with fellow teammate Shawn Morimando with six. He leads the league with a 1.71 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Shortstop Erik Gonzalez, who has missed sometime with a finger injury, is sixth in the league with a .309 batting average. Gonzalez has 15 extra base hits, 26 runs batted in along with eight stolen bases and is a tremendous defender. Outfielder Anthony Gallas got off to a tremendous start to the season but has cooled off some lately. Gallas leads the league in doubles with 21 in only 54 games. Gallas sports a .279 average with seven homeruns and 27 runs batted in.
Despite Lake County struggling and sitting in last place, the Captains have three players representing them in the Midwest League All-Star game in RHP Robbie Aviles, RHP Jordan Milbrath and C Eric Haase. Aviles has been in another world leading the league with a 1.45 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. His ERA is so good the next closest pitcher is more than a half a run higher at 2.02. Aviles control has been outstanding giving up only seven walks in 56 innings pitched. Jordan Milbrath has been a pleasant surprise as a 35th round draft pick in last year’s first year player draft. Milbrath has a 2.92 ERA and has only allowed 42 hits in his 52.1 innings pitched. Eric Haase is third in the league in homeruns with 10 despite only playing in 37 games on the year. Haase along with the 10 homeruns has four triples on the year helping him to lead the league with a .522 slugging percentage.
Indians farmhand Adam Plutko may have started his professional career slower than expected, but he’s speeding up quickly.
Plutko was drafted last year in the 11th round of the First Year Player Draft out of UCLA. Unlike most players making their professional debut in the same year that they were picked, the Indians held Plutko out until the 2014 season as they were concerned over the amount of innings he had already thrown for the Bruins in the 2013 collegiate season.
In 2013 Plutko was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player helping the Bruins win the College World Series. Plutko was on the same pitching staff with the Bruins as Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole and the Indians own Trevor Bauer. Plutko actually came into college with what most scouts thought better stuff than both Cole and Bauer with a fastball that sat around 95 mph as a freshman. Plutko saw his velocity drop down to around 90 mph over time for the Bruins and witnessed Cole and Bauer also become first round picks. As a junior in 2013 Plutko had become the workhorse and the ace of a staff in which many didn’t have high hopes for. While Plutko and the Bruins proved many wrong in 2013, it still didn’t help his draft status as the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series wasn’t taken until the 11th round by the Indians.
There’s a lot of change coming to Akron, Ohio this spring. After Ken Babby purchased the club at the end of the 2012 season, he’s been making all kinds of changes to the club. Last year a new scoreboard was purchased to replace the much outdated previous one. This upcoming season, even more changes have been brought to the club. Over the last two seasons, there have been some debate on if the name should change from the Akron Aeros to a name that better represented the city of Akron. As of this spring, the formally known Akron Aeros will now be called the Akron RubberDucks. The name originates from the rich history of the rubber factories that started in Akron which inevitably led to the creation of tire factories such as Goodrich, Goodyear, and Firestone.
Along with all the new renovations that have happened to Canal Park, there have also been changes within the team as well. On the managerial side, Dave Wallace has been promoted as the new manager of the team. Previously, Wallace had spent some time as the manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2011 the Lake County Captains in 2012 and the Carolina Mudcats in 2013. Each of the years that top prospect Francisco Lindor was a part of the Indians minor league system, Wallace has been his manager. It has been huge for some of the guys who are on the current Akron RubberDucks roster that Wallace is in Akron this year. They credit him for their development due to his laid back and friendly attitude, while also knowing when they need to be serious.
“We’re comfortable with him, we know how he manages. We know how he goes about his business, and we know his expectations,” says catcher Tony Wolters.
The Akron Aeros have struggled through a tough season in 2013; their opening day roster was almost completely new, from players to coaches to ownership. There have been a couple bright spots for Aeros fans, however. One of those has been the young, talented core of prospects that dots the Akron roster, the other is the exciting play of center fielder Tyler Holt.
Holt is the epitome of hard-nosed, all-out baseball. He is like a free safety on a baseball field. He has speed and the guts to take chances. He is everything exciting about the game of baseball, and everything that has been exciting since the beginning of the sport.
By Mike Brandyberry
Hard work and patience often results in personal growth and achievement. It’s the formula Cleveland Indians farmhand Tyler Holt hopes will take him to the big leagues some day soon.
While 2012 was a very positive year resulting in development and progress for Holt, the road has not always been easy for him as a professional. Despite a strong amateur and collegiate career, Holt has had to make mechanical adjustments to continue to thrive as a professional. The hard work and adjustments saw Holt thrive at three different levels last season.
“You’re never satisfied, but I was happy I learned way more than I expected,” Holt said. “I don’t think you are ever satisfied though, even when you make it to the league. If I can just have a good process and learn more than I thought I would, or I go about it doing the right thing, then I’m happy. The results will come if you really buy into the system and the process, you’ll be fine.”
By Mike Brandyberry
For a player who focuses on his weaknesses and ways to improve, he sure has had a lot of success.
“I have to understand that this game should be called ‘failure,’ because you’re going to fail a whole lot more than you’re going to succeed,” Indians minor leaguer Tyler Holt said.
While Holt has suffered failures and setbacks like any professional baseball player, his success is quite noteworthy. Holt was promoted to Double-A Akron on July 5 in only his second full season as a professional.
Holt was a 10th round draft pick in the 2010 Amateur Draft by the Indians from Florida State. In 2009, he played for Team USA, hitting .371, with 28 runs scored and 24 walks. Last season at Single-A Kinston he was first in walks (78), third in stolen bases (34) and second in on-base percentage (.365).