Minor Happenings: Aguilar Powers Rookie-Level Arizona
Okay, as mentioned over the weekend, I have a lot of catching up to do with Minor Happenings this week since I was out on vacation for almost two weeks. With that in mind, today’s edition is simply just to catch up on things from while this piece was absent, namely to hand out two Player of the Week awards, recap the All Star games, and give an update on some injuries.
Over the course of the next four days another two to three editions of Minor Happenings will post to get caught up on everything else, so be on the lookout for them! Also, I was in
Tonight I am heading out to
Also, once again, congrats to Josh Tomlin on the outstanding debut last night! Let’s hope it is the start of something special.
Onto the Happenings…
Indians Minor League Player of the Week
(for games from July 8th to July 14th)
Jesus Aguilar (First Baseman –
.360 AVG (9-for-25), 6 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 0 BB, 8 K, 1.113 OPS
Aguilar, 20, is an interesting Latin prospect who had a very good season in 2009 for the Dominican Summer League (DSL) team hitting .305 with 5 HR, 46 RBI and an .872 OPS in 55 games. He was one of my Top 10 Latin players coming into this season in my book, mostly because of his raw power and enormous size for his age (6’3” 241 pounds). He appeared to show an advanced approach at the plate last year in the DSL with 31 walks to only 24 strikeouts, but he has struggled this year in this department as he has just 5 walks but 32 strikeouts in
Aguilar is big and powerful and hits the ball a long way when he squares up the bat with the ball. He is only an average defender at first base, but he does have some versatility where he can play some outfield. He is still very young which could mean even more size and power is still coming. If his plate discipline improves, he has a lot of upside as a power hitting first baseman and is someone to keep an eye on going forward.
Tim Fedroff (OF – AKR): .450 (9-20), 2 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.026 OPS
Beau Mills (1B – AKR): .353 (6-17), 4 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, .918 OPS
Matt McBride (OF – AKR): .333 (6-18), 4 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, 1.177 OPS
Bo Greenwell (OF – KIN): .478 (11-23), 2 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 1.042 OPS
Chris Kersten (1B – LC): .400 (8-20), 1 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1.050 OPS
Chase Burnette (1B – MV): .385 (10-26), 6 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K, 1.025 OPS
Giovanny Urshela (3B – MV): .385 (10-26), 2 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, .780 OPS
Nick Bartolone (SS – AZL): .393 (11-28), 7 R, 2 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 5 SB, .933 OPS
Indians Minor League Player of the Week
(for games from July 15th to July 21st)
Jason Kipnis (Second baseman –
.571 AVG (16-for-28), 8 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K, 3 SB, 1.565 OPS
There was no shortage of great performances for this week as a half dozen players could have easily laid claim to Player of the Week honors, especially in previous weeks. But, one player clearly had the best week of anyone in a super human performance, that being Double-A
The Indians so far this season have been impressed with the way Kipnis has performed at each level and remained consistent all season. Especially considering this is his first year playing second base and how most players often suffer a little on the offensive side of things because they are concentrating so much on their defense. However, since he made the switch to second base last fall, Kipnis has looked right at home and comfortable both in the field and at the plate.
The offensive output is not really a surprise as Kipnis was considered a pretty good bat coming out of college. The problem was his size and a lack of a true defensive position, but the move to second base appears to have removed those two issues as his transition to second base from the outfield has gone better than the Indians could ask. Really, at this point, he just needs to continue to gain more experience and repetitions at second base.
Kipnis could be a big league option as soon as by the middle-to-end of next season, depending on the Indians need or their urgency to get him up to
Carlos Carrasco (RHP –
Paolo Espino (RHP – AKR): 1-0, 2 G, 1.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, .220 BAA
Austin Adams (RHP – KIN): 1-0, 2 G, 1.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, .188 BAA
Alex Kaminsky (RHP – MV): 1-0, 2 G, 1.80 ERA, 10.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, .167 BAA
Casey Frawley (INF – LC): .364 (8-22), 6 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 7 K, .944 OPS
Donnie Webb (OF – KIN): .421 (9-21), 5 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1.145 OPS
Jerad Head (OF – AKR): .500 (10-20), 9 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1.695 OPS
Matt McBride (OF – AKR): .364 (8-22), 3 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, 1.144 OPS
Cord Phelps (2B – COL): .480 (12-25), 7 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 2 K, 1.167 OPS
Nick Weglarz (OF –
07/01 to 07/07: Matt McBride (OF –
06/24 to 06/30: Michael Brantley (OF -
06/17 to 06/23: Jason Kipnis (2B –
06/10 to 06/16: Jared Goedert (3B –
06/03 to 06/09: Josh Rodriguez (INF – Columbus)
05/27 to 06/02: Paolo Espino (RHP –
05/20 to 05/26: Kyle Bellows (3B –
05/13 to 05/19: Carlos Santana (C – Columbus)
05/06 to 05/12: T.J. McFarland (LHP –
04/29 to 05/05: Trey Haley (RHP –
04/22 to 04/28: Jason Donald (INF – Columbus)
04/15 to 04/21: Bo Greenwell (OF –
04/08 to 04/14: Carlos Santana (C – Columbus)
All Star Roundup
In the Double-A and Triple-A All Star games played on July 14th, several Indians participants played well.
In the Triple-A All Star game pitting the International League against the California League, the Indians had two players representing them from Columbus, right-hander Josh Tomlin and outfielder Jose Constanza. Tomlin pitched a scoreless inning allowing one hit and had one strikeout, and Constanza entered the game as a pinch runner in the 8th inning and did not have an at bat. The International League won 2-1 in a game played in
In the Eastern League All Star game, the Indians had a very strong presence in the 10-3 win the Western Division squad had in a game played in
Drennen, 23, seems like he has been with the Indians forever. He is having arguably his best season as a pro since being selected in the 1st round of the 2005 Draft out of high school in
Here is an update on some injuries in the system over the past few weeks:
Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco left the game in the fourth inning last Tuesday because of pain in his right forearm. The
Triple-A Columbus outfielder Nick Weglarz sprained a ligament in his left thumb on Monday night making a diving catch for a ball. He is still being evaluated to determine the severity of the injury and more should be known in the next couple of days.
Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Yohan Pino could be activated off the disabled list soon from his bout with right elbow soreness. He threw a bullpen recently, and if he is cleared it is possible he could be activated in time to fill in for Carrasco’s next scheduled start on Friday.
Triple-A outfielder Ezequiel Carrera could be on his way back to the disabled list after he injured his hamstring while rounding first base last night. He is expected to be out for at least the next several days.
Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Anthony Reyes, who is basically on a major league rehab assignment, made his first real appearance last night for
High-A Kinston first baseman Jeremie Tice has been battling a minor Achilles heel injury which has caused him to be in and out of the lineup for most of the last two weeks.
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