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The AZL/DSL Rookie Report: 2011 Wrapup

September 3, 2011
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The Indians rookie level action came to a close in August. Here is a quick final look at some of the numbers from the team teams this year.

Arizona League Indians

The AZL Indians wrapped up 2011 with a 30-26 record, just 4.0 games out of first place in the AZ Central Division. The AZL Indians team ERA of 3.70 was the lowest team ERA in the Arizona League.

The team MVP for the season was left-handed pitcher Elvis Araujo who went 9-1 with a 2.86 ERA. He was transferred to short season Single-A Mahoning Valley during the last weekend of the AZL season, but even though he missed his final start he finished as the Arizona League leader in wins (9) and finished 3rd in ERA (2.86), 3rd in strikeouts (58), T4th in innings pitcher (63.0), T1st in batting average against (.228) and 3rd in WHIP (1.14). He was also 2nd in baserunners/9IP (10.33) and T4th in BB/9IP (2.50).

Others of note:

Right-handed pitcher Luis DeJesus ranked 2nd in the Arizona League in WHIP (1.13).

Right-handed pitcher Josh McKeon ranked 2nd in batting average against (15-94, .160) among relievers. He also had a 1.00 ERA (27.0IP, 3ER) in 17 appearances this season.

Right-handed pitcher Moisses Ramirez was 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA (30.0IP, 24H, 9ER, 7BB, 26K) in 11

Infielder Leonardo Castillo hit .303 (60-198) with 4 HR, 14 2B, 30 RBI and 25 runs scored in 49 games. His 30 RBI tied for 15th in the league.

Infielder Jose Ramirez hit .326 (63-194) with 13 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 30 runs scored, 20 RBI and 12 stolen bases (on 18 attempts) in 48 games. His .326 average was good for 14th in the league.

Infielder Robel Garcia was T5th in extra-base hits, batting .284 (48-169) with 10 2B, 8 3B, 6 HR, 24 RBI and 31 runs scored in 45 games. His 8 triples was 3rd in the league.

Outfielder Trevor Crowe was 8-18 (.444) with 2 HR, 8 RBI and 9 runs scored in his 6 rehab games with the AZL Indians.

Outfielder Luigi Rodriguez was transferred to Lake County after just 25 games, but prior to his promotion he hit .379 (36-95) with 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 18 runs scored and 12 stolen bases (on 17 attempts).

Infielder Jorge Martinez was tied for the club lead in RBI with 30, which tied him for 15th in the league. He hit .256 (46-180) with 10 2B, 2 3B, and 4 HR in 25 games.

Outfielder Juan Romero led the club in HR (6) to go along with his 11 2B, 2 3B, 22 RBI and 19 runs scored in 42 game.

Dominican Summer League Indians

The DSL Indians finished the year with a 31-36 record, though finished strong as they went 12-8 over their last 21 games (1 tie).

Some players of note:

Infielder Juan Herrera led the club offensively batting .297 (57-192) with 11 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 20 RBI and a club-best 30 runs scored in 58 games.

Outfielder Felix Lora appeared in 60 games and led the team in doubles (16), HR (3) and RBI (23).

Right-handed pitcher Estevenson Encarnacion had a 7-2 record and 9 saves (in 12 chances) to
go along with his 2.70 ERA (43.1IP, 26H, 13ER, 28BB, 47K) in 27 games (0 starts).

Right-handed pitcher Jeffry Cleto (3-4, 1.65) ranked 10th in the league in ERA (1.65).

Left-handed pitcher Anderson Polanco (3-4, 1.77) ranked 13th in ERA and among starters ranked 5th in batting average against at .179 (37-207).

Infielder Ordomar Valdez led the club in stolen bases (13 in 18 attempts) and hit .274 (34-124) with 3 2B, 2 3B, 11 RBI and 20 runs scored in 47 games.

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