Indians Minor Standings

By: Lindsey Foltin

  • Class-AAA: Columbus Clippers – 75-61 – .551% (2nd INT West Division – 1.5 GB)
  • Class-AA: Akron Aeros – 69-64 – .519% (4th Eastern League West Division – 10 GB)
  • Class-A (High): Kinston Indians – 68-64 – .515% (3rd Carolina Southern Division – 8 GB)
  • Class-A (Low) Lake County Captains – 74-57 – .565% (2nd MID Eastern Division – 10 GB)

Minor Notes:

Ezequiel Carrera Emerging: Clippers center fielder Ezequiel Carrera is starting to make an impact both offensively and defensively down in AAA Columbus. With two triples and a double in his last four games, Carrera is bringing life to the Clippers

Ezequiel Carrera

struggling offense. Since being acquired from the Mariners in the Russel Branyan trade in June, Carrera is batting .281 with 13 RBI, 16 stolen bases, six doubles and three triples. He was named to the Southern League All-Star Team in 2009 where he led the league in batting average. The Indians are confident that Carrera will be an impact player of the future, and will be the ones benefitting most from this trade.

Kipnis Excelling Offensivley: Aeros second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is currently sporting a seven-game hitting streak, continues to impress the Indians organization. Promoted to AA Akron in June, Kipnis is batting .323 with the Aeros, including 39 RBI, 91 hits, 19 doubles, four triples and nine home runs. One of the Indians most promising prospects, Kipnis started his career with the Indians as an outfielder, but was moved to second base – which is where it looks like he’ll stay, after impressing the club with his fielding skills. Kipnis was drafted by the Indians out of Arizona State in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Chun-Hsiu Chen

Chen Making An Impact: Catcher Chun-Hsiu Chen is turning some heads with his impressive offense at Class A Advanced Kinston. Currently the second best hitter on the K-Tribe with a .313 average since he was promoted from Class A Lake County in July, Chen has 66 RBI, 114 hits, 34 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs so far this season (both teams combined). In 2010, Chen was selected as a MID All-Star, MID Player of the Week for the week of May 17th, and played in the minor league Futures Game. If Chen continues to put up big numbers and stay consistent, he should start the 2011 season at AA Akron.

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1 Comment

  1. Wow…I have never heard of these people with all the changes this year at all the levels in the minors….It almost gives you some hope…At least there are some names we can follow for hope…Keep us posted on 3rd base because what we have seen on the big league club (if you can call it that) leaves NO HOPE….

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