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2009 AZL Indians Season In Review

September 2, 2009
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Courtesy of the Indians

In the first year as the Arizona League Indians at Goodyear Ballpark, the team finished with a 24-32 (.429) overall record. The AZL Indians offense finished with the 3rd best batting average in the league with .278 and piled up the 2nd most hits with 561. The pitching staff posted the 4th highest strikeouts in the league with 525 and tied for 2nd with three shutouts.

Here are some notable player highlights:

Chris Kersten (1B): Played in 45 games hitting .328 (59-180) with 20 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 33 RBI and 33 runs. He was 2nd in the league in doubles and finished with the 7th best batting average. He had a 12-game hitting streak batting .447 (21-47) with 8 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, and 11 R.

Jesus Brito (3B): Started the season with the AZL Indians and played in 35 games, hitting .366 (49-134) with 12 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 25 RBI and 36 runs. He was called up to Mahoning Valley on August 8th and still qualified as the batting leader in the Arizona League in average, OBP (.439) and was second in the league with a .642 SLG.

Argenis Martinez (2B): Played in 51 games hitting .289 (58-201) with 7 2B, 4 3B, 17 RBI and 34 runs. In the month of July alone (22 games) he hit .365 (31-85) with 4 2B, 2 3B, 8 RBI and 12 runs.

Alexander Morales (RHP): Finished the season 5-2 with a 4.99 ERA (48.1 IP, 56 H, 27 ER, 15 BB, 53 K). He won his first three decisions (4 GS) and posted a 2.25 ERA (20.0 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 27 K).

Juan Lara (LHP): Returned on July 2nd recovering from a serious automobile accident and went on to pitch in 15 games yielding 17.0 innings (24 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 19 K) and posted a 4.24 ERA.

Kirk Wetmore (LHP): Finished 1-3 with a 4.19 ERA appearing in 11 games with seven starts (43.0 IP, 43 H, 20 ER, 11 BB, 45 K). As a reliever, he had a 2.25 ERA in four games (16.0 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 21 K).

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