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Down on the farm: Weekly check-in on Cleveland Indians minor-league affiliates


Highlighted by a historic hitting streak and some familiar names in new places, it was another busy week for the Tribe’s Minor League affiliates. As usual, all numbers are through Thursday’s games.

Triple-A Columbus went 5-2 last week, extending its lead in the International League West division to eight games.

Yandy Diaz and Giovanny Urshela both saw their hitting streaks come to a close last week. Diaz’s league-leading 28-game streak ended Thursday as the 24-year-old Cuban went 0-for-3 with a walk. Urshela’s career-long 21-game streak ended with an 0-for-4 performance on Monday.

Catcher Guillermo Quiroz batted .500 (9-for-18) with three doubles, two homers, five RBI and four runs scored in four games this week. Infielder Erik Gonzalez, who was optioned to Columbus on August 5, went 11-for-26 (.423) with five doubles, three homers, five RBI and eight runs scored.

First baseman Jesus Aguilar also went deep three times last week, and now leads the IL with 23 home runs on the year.

Double-A Akron went 3-3 to avoid its third straight losing week. The RubberDucks are third in the Eastern League’s Western division, seven games off the pace at 55-60.

Greg Allen continues to impress in Double-A, as the 23-year-old outfielder hit .391 (9-for-23) with two doubles, three walks, three strikeouts and six runs scored in six games last week. Allen, who was promoted to Akron on July 25, is still the Advanced-A Carolina League’s leader in runs (93), stolen bases (38) and OBP (.424).

Julian Merryweather turned in the best start of the week for Akron, as he limited the Hartford Yard Goats (COL) to two runs, just one earned, on one hit with seven strikeouts and no walks over a season-high 8.0 innings of work in the ‘Ducks 3-2 win.

Advanced-A Lynchburg had a down week, going 2-4, falling to three games back of the Potomac Nationals (WSH) in the Carolina League’s Northern division.

Shortstop Dorssys Paulino led the Hillcats offense with a .375 average (9-for-24) last week, as he doubled twice, homered once, scored four times and drove in four runs in six games.

Left-hander Luis Lugo turned in the best outing of any Lynchburg starter last week, holding the Nationals scoreless on three hits with five strikeouts over 6.0 innings in a no-decision.

Catcher Francisco Mejia played in just two games last week, but extended his hitting streak to 48 games, hitting 4-for-8 (.500) in the process.

Class-A Lake County went 3-3 last week, and sit in sixth place, 12 games back, in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

Outfielder Sam Haggerty was white-hot at the plate, going 13-for-24 (.542) with a pair of doubles, one home run, three RBI and seven runs scored in seven games.

Right-hander Triston McKenzie made his Midwest League debut on Friday, August 5, suffering the loss at Great Lakes, and did not factor in the decision in his second start for the Captains on Thursday (also at Great Lakes). The 6-foot-5 hurler is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (6ER/12.0IP) in two starts with Lake County.

Short-season Mahoning Valley also went 3-3 this week, and is 6-4 in the month of August.

Outfielder Todd Isaacs put together a great week for the Scrappers, going 7-for-15 en route to leading the New York-Penn League with a .467 average last week. The 20-year-old also collected one double and three home runs while driving in five runs and scoring six.

Brady Aiken, Cleveland’s first round pick (#17 overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, made his NYPL debut on Wednesday. The 19-year-old southpaw allowed three runs on four hits, including one home run, and two walks with one strikeout over 3.0 innings of work in a no-decision against the Batavia Muckdogs.

The AZL Indians struggled to a 1-5 record this week, marking their second straight losing week.

Cleveland’s first round pick (#14 overall) in this year’s draft, outfielder Will Benson, seems to be hitting his stride. After batting just .200 (19-for-95) in his first 27 pro games, Benson went 8-for-18 (.444) with one double, two triples, one home run, two RBI and six runs scored in five games last week.

Left-hander Francisco Perez turned in two great outings last week, combining to allow just two runs on five hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts over 11.0 innings of work. This season, Perez is third in the AZL with 43 strikeouts, and ranks second with a 0.95 WHIP.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

Down on the Farm: Weekend check on Cleveland Indians minor-league affiliates


Amid the madness of last week’s MLB Trade Deadline, many Indians prospects blocked out the noise and put together some impressive performances.

Triple-A Columbus went 4-3 last week, splitting a crucial four-game series with Indianapolis to maintain a five-game lead over the Pittsburgh affiliate.

Yandy Diaz and Giovanny Urshela continued their impressive hitting streaks as both recorded hits in all six games played last week. Diaz, who leads the International League with a .343 average, went 9-for-24 (.375) with two doubles, four walks, six runs scored and three RBI, while Urshela went 10-for-27 (.400) with three doubles, one home run, three runs scored and seven RBI. Diaz’s 23-game streak is the longest in the IL this season, while Urshela’s 18-game streak is the third-longest.

New Clipper Bradley Zimmer also impressed in his first full week with the club, going 9-for-25 (.360) with one home run, five walks, five runs scored and two RBI. In 10 total games with Columbus, Zimmer is batting .306 (11-for-36) with seven walks and a .419 OBP.

Double-A Akron did not fair as well last week, going 1-5 with five straight losses to end the week. 

Greg Allen and Luigi Rodriguez put together two of the more effective weeks for Akron offensively, coming on strong after they were both called up from Advanced-A Lynchburg on July 25.

Allen hit safely in each of the six games he appeared in last week,  going 7-for-20 (.350) with a double, two homers, four RBI and six runs scored. Over his last six games, dating back to last Thursday, Rodriguez is batting .300 (6-for-22) with a double, two homers, three RBI and three runs scored.

Left-hander Rob Kaminsky, acquired from St. Louis at last season’s trade deadline, turned in the best performance of any Akron starter. On Sunday, Kaminsky held the Bowie Baysox scoreless on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks over 6.0 innings of work in a no-decision. The 21-year-old southpaw went 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA (10ER/36.2IP) in six July starts after going just 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA (14ER/30.1IP) in June.

Advanced-A Lynchburg continued its winning ways last week, going 5-3, as the Hillcats took three out of four games from the first place Potomac Nationals. 

Catcher Francisco Mejia extended his historic hitting streak to 46 games, tied for the eighth-longest hitting streak in the history of Minor League Baseball, and the longest streak since 1954. The catcher’s streak began with 24 straight games with a hit for Lake County, the longest streak in the Midwest League this season, and has continued with 22 straight games in Lynchburg, the second-longest streak in the Carolina league this season.

Left-hander Sean Brady turned in one Lynchburg’s best starts this week, limiting the Potomac Nationals to two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks over 6.2 innings in the winning effort on Monday. Since June 28, over his last seven starts, Brady is 6-1 with a 1.80 ERA (9ER/45.0IP) and 39 strikeouts to just nine walks in that span.

Class-A Lake County struggled to a 2-5 record this week, falling to seventh place in the Midwest League Eastern division, 10 games back.

While many of the Captains’ first-half standouts have been promoted to Lynchburg, outfielder Jodd Carter and catcher Martin Cervenka have come on strong in recent weeks.

Since joining Lake County on July 28, Carter is batting .406 (13-for-36) with two doubles, one RBI and five runs scored in eight games. Cervenka, who has spent most of the season with Lake County, is batting .339 (21-for-62) with two doubles, a home run, nine RBI and eight runs scored in 17 games since rejoining the club on July 16.

Short-season Mahoning Valley has hit its stride, moving into third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney division after a 4-3 week.

Triston McKenzie continued his dominance of the NYPL, as he allowed just one unearned run to the Williamsport Crosscutters on one hit, two walks and one hit batter with eight strikeouts over 5.0 innings last Sunday. McKenzie leads the NYPL with a 0.55 ERA (3ER/49.1IP), 1.07 earned runs per 9.0 innings fewer than the next best qualified hurler.

Right-hander Michael Letkewicz also turned in a banner week out of the bullpen, earning two wins and a save over three appearances. He allowed just one run on one hit, two walks and two hit batters with two strikeouts over 5.2 innings of work.

The Arizona League Indians have struggled in the second-half of their schedule, now sitting in fourth-place in the AZL central division at 3-5. 

Third baseman Nolan Jones continues to impress in his first professional season, as he went 9-for-18 (.500) with two runs and two RBI in four games this week. Jones is batting .358 (19-for-53) with two doubles, five RBI and seven runs scored in 16 games with the AZL Tribe.

Jose Vicente also put together a solid week, going 8-for-19 (.421) with three doubles, one triple, three RBI and three runs scored in five games. Vicente, a catcher and first baseman, is batting .319 (36-for-113) with eight doubles, one triple and two home runs with 24 RBI, the second-most in the AZL this season.

Check TribeVibe each weekend to see how the Indians’ Minor League affiliates fared in the previous week.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

Down on the farm: Weekly checkin on Cleveland Indians affiliates, July 29

Triston McKenzie

Tribe prospect Triston McKenzie

It’s been a busy week for the Tribe’s Minor League affiliates, highlighted by some high-profile promotions, a historic hitting streak and some dominant pitching performances.

All numbers are through games played Thursday, July 28.

The Clippers went 4-2 over the last week, which was an eventful one for the Tribe’s Triple-A affiliate. Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox, it was announced that the Tribe’s top two prospects, Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, were being promoted from Double-A Akron.

Frazier and Zimmer joined the club on Tuesday as the Clippers opened a six-game road trip with the first of three games in Norfolk. The Tides ultimately took 2-out-of-3 games from Columbus, but Frazier and Zimmer both recorded hits in their first two Triple-A contests and Frazier went 4-for-12 (.333) with a triple and two runs scored in the series.

Not to be outdone by their newest teammates, Jesus Aguilar and Yandy Diaz put up big weeks as well. Aguilar went 6-for-16 with one home run, five RBI and two runs scored over his last five games this week, and now leads the league with 62 RBI and is tied for the league lead with 20 homers. Diaz, the reigning IL batter of the week, extended his hitting streak to 17 games, which is tied with teammate Ronny Rodriguez for the longest streak in the IL this season. The IL leader in both batting (.340) and OBP (.415), Diaz went 10-for-21 (.476) with one triple, one home run, five RBI, four runs scored and three walks to just two strikeouts in six games this week.

The RubberDucks struggled this week, going 0-7 with losses in 10 of their last 13 games. Akron was outscored 23-45 this week and now sits in third-place, 5.0 games back in the Eastern League Western Division. Outfielder Jordan Smith put together the strongest week of any Akron hitter, going 7-for-17 (.412) with three runs scored. The 26-year-old is batting .308 (12-for-39) since the All-Star break after hitting just .232 (43-for-185) in the first half.

Veteran reliever Craig Stammen has been lights out for Akron this month. After opening the season on the disabled list, the 32-year-old right-hander made three rehab appearances with the AZL Indians before joining the Ducks on July 7. Since then, Stammen has worked 10.0 scoreless innings over eight appearances, with eight strikeouts and a 0.90 WHIP.

Lynchburg had an up-and-down week, going 4-4 overall as they sit one game behind the Potomac Nationals in the Carolina League Northern Division. Catcher Francisco Mejia made history on Thursday, however, extending his hitting streak to 40 games with an infield single in the 6th inning. Mejia is now one of 16 players in Minor League history to record a hit in 40 consecutive games, and the first to do so since 2009 when Seattle prospect James McOwen hit safely in 45 straight games.

The 20-year-old switch-hitter’s streak began with 24 games for Lake County and has continued in the next 16 games with Lynchburg since his promotion on June 27. Mejia’s .345 average leads all Indians farmhands and ranks 5th among all qualified full-season Minor Leaguers.

Lake County went 4-3 this week, including two series wins with a chance for a third on Friday against South Bend. Prior to his promotion to Lynchburg on July 27, outfielder Connor Marabell was hitting .325 (25-for-77) with nine doubles, two triples, one home run, 10 RBI and nine runs scored thru 22 games in July. His solid month for Lake County put him atop the ML with 31 doubles and moved him into 8th in the league with a .308 average

Since joining Lake County on June 4, right-hander Erick Algarin has posted a 2.30 ERA (4ER/15.2IP) in 11 relief appearances. However, he’s been even better in July, posting a 0.93 ERA (1ER/9.2IP) on five hits and four walks while striking out 15 in six appearances. He has struck out batters at a 42% clip, while boasting a 0.93 WHIP.

Mahoning Valley put together its best week of the season to date, going 5-0 in a week that included two rain outs, a doubleheader and a scheduled off day. The Scrappers five-game winning streak marks their longest of the season.

Mahoning Valley’s surge has come on the backs of some impressive offensive performances. Outfielder Andrew Calica led the club with 10 hits, batting .588 with six runs scored and five RBI. Catcher Gavin Collins was not far behind, going 9-for-16 (.563) with four RBI and three runs scored. Outfielder Gabriel Mejia also went 9-for-20 (.400) with nine runs scored and one RBI.

Right-hander Triston McKenzie continued his dominance this week, allowing just one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts and no walks in a win against Connecticut on Monday. McKenzie is now 4-2 with a 0.61 ERA (ER/44.1IP) and 47 strikeouts against 14 walks in eight starts this season.

The AZL Indians went 4-1 this week, and are 17-4 in July after going just 4-5 in June. At 21-9, the Tribe owns the best record in the Arizona League and has gone 21-6 since losing their first three games of the season.

Catcher Jose Vicente has been one of the Indians most effective hitters, leading the club with 28 hits and 21 RBI. The 20-year-old catcher is hitting lefties and righties equally well (.292 vs. LHP, .300 vs. RHP) and has not gone more than two consecutive games without a hit this season.

Cesar Ventura continues to dominate out of the bullpen. He tossed 3.0 scoreless innings over two appearances last week, bringing his ERA to 0.75 (2ER/24.0IP), the second-best mark in the AZL. The 6-foot righty is also 3-for-3 in save opportunities this season.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

Down on the farm: Weekly checkin on Cleveland Indians affiliates


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:

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.”


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

Photo by Jesse Piecuch -

Photo by Jesse Piecuch –

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 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. 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