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Down on the farm: Weekly checkin on Cleveland Indians affiliates

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Editor’s Note: We have not given enough love to our affiliates all season, and given the number of top-level players we have at our various affiliates, we’ll begin doing so each week throughout the second half. Look for these updates every Saturday or Sunday. All numbers are through games played Thursday, July 21.

While the Indians are sitting atop the American League, let’s take a moment to recognize the talent the Tribe still has waiting in the wings.

– Columbus has come out of the All-Star break swinging, going 5-3 with a pair of walk-off wins since July 14. The first-place Clippers own a 4.0 game lead in the International League West division with a 54-46 record.

Infielder/outfielder Yandy Diaz owns an 11-game hitting streak, which is tied for the 4th-longest active streak in the IL. Diaz is batting .435 with five RBI, seven runs scored, eight walks and just five strikeouts during the streak.

The 24-ear-old Cuban has made 27 starts in the outfield for Columbus this season after playing the infield exclusively in his first two professional seasons. He has made just two errors in 68 total chances with five outfield assists.

Third baseman Giovanny Urshela has also been on a tear since the break, batting .361 (13-for-36) in his last eight games. The 24-year-old has hit safely in each of his last five games, going 11-for-24 (.429) with two homers, three RBI and five runs scored.

– Akron followed a three-game skid with a three-game streak to go 4-3 this past week. At 54-45, the RubberDucks are in a de facto tie for first place in the Eastern League’s Western division, trailing the Harrisburg Senators (53-44) by .001 percentage points.

Outfielder Bradley Zimmer came on strong this week, going 9-for-19 (.474) with three multi-hit games in his last five. Although he has struck out the fourth-most times in the EL this season (112), he leads the league in walks (55), is second in stolen bases (31) and has racked up the fourth-most extra-base hits (40).

The Ducks have also gotten some great performances from their bullpen of late. Right-hander Grant Sides has not allowed an earned run since June 5 (20.1IP) and has not allowed a run of any kind since July 2 (7.1IP). Righty J.P. Feyereisen has not surrendered an earned run since June 16 (12.0IP), and owns a streak of eight straight scoreless appearances (10.2IP).

– Lynchburg extended its winning streak to eight games with a 5-0 week. The Hillcats are 17-8 in the second half (62-33 overall) with a one-game lead over the second-place Potomac Nationals.

The Hillcats capped the week with a trio of shutouts, all started by southpaws, as Lynchburg allowed 11 combined hits over those three games. Luis Lugo started things off Monday as he fanned 10 and allowed just three hits over 7.0 innings, Justus Sheffield allowed four hits and three walks while fanning eight over 6.2 innings on Wednesday and Thomas Pannone held the Carolina Muscats to one hit and one walk with three strikeouts over 7.0 innings on Thursday.

Not to be outdone by their pitching staff, Lynchburg hitters batted .348 with 40 runs scored this week. Anthony Santander hit .391 (9-for-23) with four home runs, five runs scored and 10 RBI in five games. The 21-year-old Venezuelan outfielder leads Lynchburg with 21 RBI in 17 games in July.

– Lake County went 3-2 in an odd week that featured a doubleheader, consecutive off days and a postponed game. The Captains are currently fifth in the Midwest League Eastern division with a 10-15 second-half record (50-45 overall), 6.5 games out of first place.

Outfielder Nathan Lukes was arguably Lake County’s most effective hitter last week, going 7-for-20 with four RBI, four runs scored, one triple and three home runs in five games. A seventh round pick by the Indians in last year’s draft, Lukes is 13th in the ML with a .302 average.

Right-hander Matt Esparza turned in the outing of the week for Lake County hurlers, as he held Quad Cities scoreless on four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over 6.0 innings of work on Sunday in Iowa. His 3.09 ERA (33ER/96.0IP) this season ranks fifth among Midwest League pitchers that have thrown at least 90.0 innings.

– Mahoning Valley has struggled this season, sitting in fifth place and 10.0 games back in the New York-Penn League Pinckney division, but has turned it on in the last two weeks, winning seven of their last 11 games.

The Scrappers have been carried by their stellar starting rotation. Right-hander Triston McKenzie, the 42nd overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, is 3-2 with a 0.48 ERA through seven starts as he has allowed just two earned runs with 42 strikeouts in 37.2 innings this season. The 6-foot-5, 18-year-old leads the league in ERA, is second in strikeouts and sixth in innings pitched.

Cleveland’s second-round pick in last year’s draft, left-hander Juan Hillman, has also impressed, going 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA (7ER/33.1IP) through seven starts. The 19-year-old southpaw owned a 0.89 ERA through his first six starts before allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks over 3.0 innings in his last start on Thursday.

– The AZL Indians are off to a hot start in the desert as they lead the AZL Central division at 17-8. The Indians went 5-1 this week as they have won 10 of their last 12 games.

Infielder Jorma Rodriguez is third in the AZL with a .383 average, and is reaching base at the fourth-highest rate (.451). Nolan Jones, Cleveland’s second round pick in this year’s draft, has also performed well in his first professional setting. The 18-year-old third baseman is batting .333 (9-for-27) with eight walks and 11 strikeouts in his first eight games.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

 

Girls and Women Baseball Game to be held at League Park in August

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  Justine Siegal throws batting practice to the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on February 21, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

GOODYEAR, AZ – FEBRUARY 21: Justine Siegal throws batting practice to the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on February 21, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Justine Siegal, the Lake County Captains, and the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park are holding a unique Girls and Women Only Baseball Game.
The game is open to mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, sisters, or any female who has a love and passion to play real baseball (not fast pitch softball). Individual players are welcome and encouraged to play. The game is open to all age groups and skill levels. The fee to play at historic League Park is $25 per pair or $15 per individual.

You’re invited to play on the same field where Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run, where Joe DiMaggio got his 56th hit during his consecutive game hitting streak, where Satchel Paige, Bob Feller, and Cy Young all pitched, and where legends of the game like Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, and Shoeless Joe Jackson made their mark. After the game, the Baseball Heritage Museum will be open for you to browse through the history of the game.

The game is scheduled for Sunday, August 14th starting at 1:00. League Park is located on the east side of Cleveland at 66th and Lexington Avenue. It is three blocks north of Chester Avenue.

Please RSVP to Tom Fuerst: fuerstbase@yahoo.com.

Michael, Justin Brantley grow closer as younger cousin works way through Tribe system

Lake County Captains pitcher Justin Brantley (Tim Phillis photo)

Lake County Captains pitcher Justin Brantley (Tim Phillis photo)

Lake County Captains reliever Justin Brantley had a doctor in the stands during his outing on Monday, and it wasn’t because he was injured.

Justin’s cousin and Tribe outfielder Michael Brantley spent his day off at Classic Park, watching the Indians minor leaguer compete. Dr. Smooth was not so much there to coach his cousin as he was to cheer him on as a fan.

“I’m kind of almost watching a younger brother play,” Michael, 27, said. “Watching his development from just a year ago or two and how well he’s doing now and how successful he is now — it’s like watching your younger brother develop.

“He looked great out there, very composed. His mechanics were fluid; he wasn’t overthrowing the ball. He’s a competitor. I get excited when I watch him pitch.”

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Top Prospect Francisco Lindor added to large cast of players attending Tribe Fest

Photo by Jesse Piecuch - MiLB.com

Photo by Jesse Piecuch – MiLB.com

The Indians confirmed today that one of the organization’s top prospects, Francisco Lindor, will be one of many players on hand at Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, on January 19 and 20.

The 19 year-old shortstop prospect was named the Indians’ top prospect in 2012, and the no. 13 overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com. After being selected in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 2011 MLB Amateur draft, Lindor made his professional debut last season as an 18 year-old.

The switch-hitter showed both pop at the plate and speed on the base-paths with the Single-A Lake County Captains in 2012. In 122 games he posted a .352 OBP with 24 doubles, 6 HR and 27 stolen bases.

MLB.com prospect expert Jonathan Mayo offered this assessment of Lindor:

 
“Lindor has a very advanced approach at the plate as a switch-hitter, and should hit for average and power from both sides. He gets on base and is a heady runner. There’s no question about his defensive ability, with a plus arm and range. While Lindor is a teenager who spent the year at Class A Lake County, don’t be shocked if he’s able to move faster than most prepsters.”
 

In addition to Lindor, a large cast of current and former Indians will attend Tribe Fest, and fans will have an opportunity to interact with them on both Saturday and Sunday. A full list of Indians attendees is below:

Terry Francona, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Vinnie Pestano, Lonnie Chisenhall, Drew Stubbs, Carlos Carrasco, Zach McAllister, Francisco Lindor, Nick Hagadone, Corey Kluber, Cody Allen, Tom Hamilton, Jim Rosenhaus, John Adams, Katie Witham, The Cleveland Blues and Slider.

Tickets are still available for both days of Tribe Fest, and fans can get more information at Indians.com/TribeFest

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