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Powerful Weglarz Proving His Prospect Standing

Powerful Weglarz Proving His Prospect Standing
July 22, 2009
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They call Nick Weglarz "Big Red" because of his enormous size and red hair, but these days many opposing pitchers call him "Code Red" after the pounding he has given them in the Eastern League this year playing for Double-A Akron.

The 21-year old outfielder is blossoming into the big time power prospect many thought he could be when the Indians selected him in the 3rd round of the 2005 Draft out of Lakeshore Catholic High School in Stevensville, Canada. To date this season Weglarz is hitting .243 with 13 HR, 59 RBI and has an .853 OPS, and his experience in his first taste of Double-A has been a good one so far.

"It's been good here in Double-A for the first year," said Weglarz in a recent interview at Canal Park.

It wasn't so much fun in the early going as he hit a miserable .089 (5-for-59) with a .386 OPS in April. Since the frigid April start Weglarz has rebounded in a big way hitting .329 with a 1.055 OPS in May and .281 with a 1.007 OPS in June.

"I struggled a little bit the first month, but I think it was a combination of trying to do too much and a couple of mechanical issues that I have ironed and gotten better with since the start of the year," said Weglarz. "I have been working on having a consistent bat path each at bat. I just started relaxing at the plate and doing what I am capable of and not trying to do too much and things just started to click. I never doubted myself as I know I can play at this level. I don

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