Indians Minor Standings

By: Lindsey Foltin

  • Class-AAA: Columbus Clippers – 79 – 63 .556% (1st INT West Division – clinched playoff spot)
  • Class-AA: Akron Aeros – 70-70 – .500% (4th Eastern League West Division – 11 GB)
  • Class-A: Kinston Indians – 73-66 – .525% (3rd Carolina Southern Division – 7.5 GB)
  • Class-A (Low) Lake County Captains – 76-60 – .559% (2nd MID Eastern Division – 12.5 GB)

Minor Notes:

Three Out Of Four Ain’t Bad: The 2010 minor league season will come to a close next week, and three of the four Indians minor league teams will see postseason play.

The Columbus Clippers, who are currently battling for the first place spot in the International Division, clinched a playoff spot last week. Their regular season concludes on Friday.

Kinston Indians will wrap up their regular season tomorrow as they come off a 10-inning no-hitter win over Potomac. They will take on Winston-Salem in the Southern Division Champion Series starting Wednesday. The K-Tribe will make their first playoff run since 2007.

Indians Minor League Infielder Argenis Reyes

The Lake County Captains will host the West Michigan Whitecaps in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs on Wednesday.

The reigning Eastern League champs, the Akron Aeros, were eliminated from playoff contention after their 10-5 loss to Erie on Friday. This will be the first time in five years the Aeros will not move on (and win) the RL South Division.

Argenis Reyes Is Back, With A Bat: It’s been nearly ten years since the Indians first signed second baseman Argenis Reyes as an amateur free agent in January of 2001. He must have made an impression on someone with the Tribe, considering they reacquired him last month from the Boston Red Sox.

Reyes was assigned to AAA Columbus in early August, and since then, has hit .340 with 18 hits, two doubles and four RBI in 16 games.

Before the trade, Reyes played 14 games at AAA Pawtucket, where he was batting .256. He had two stints in the majors with the New York Mets, once in 2008 where he batted .218 in 49 games played, and again in ’09 where he hit .118 in nine games played. He has been a career minor-leaguer who spent six seasons in the Indians system from 2001-2007 where he made it as far as AA Akron. Reyes, along with catcher Juan Apodaca (who was assigned to AA Akron), come to the club in a trade for cash.

The Indians don’t often “buy” players; they’re usually the ones selling them off, which leaves something to wonder about this deal…

Clippers Second Baseman Cord Phelps

Phelps Is Key for Clippers In Playoffs: Many were surprised not to see second baseman Cord Phelps get looked over for an early September call-up to the big leagues.

After spending the second half of the season at AAA Columbus where he put up outstanding numbers, it seems as if the Tribe would like to take their time developing Phelps as a quality second baseman, rather than throw him into the mix prematurely.

Since his promotion from AA in June, Phelps has batted .322 with 75 RBI, 20 doubles, four triples and six homeruns in 65 games played. Phelps is a well-groomed player, and very disciplined both defensively and at the plate, and has been dominating offensively down in Columbus.

There’s no doubt that Phelps will be a huge contributor to the team as they prepare for battle in the Governor’s Cup playoffs.

Gardner Ends Season On A High Note: Right handed pitcher Joseph Gardner has left some lasting impressions as the Class A Advanced Kinston Indians wrap up their regular season this Labor Day Weekend.

Although Gardner struggled a bit with his command on Saturday against Potomac, he managed to retire 13 in row and only gave up two runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Gardner finished 12-6 with an ERA of 2.65 with the K-Tribe this season, striking out 104 in 122 innings pitched.

In his last ten starts, Gardner went 6-2 with 40 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched. Drafted by the Indians in the third round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, expect to see Gardner starting the 2011 season at AA Akron.

Follow Lindsey Foltin on Twitter @LindseyBaseball

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1 Comment

  1. After reading your notes. I feel good about the Tribe, then I read the game day story and get depressed….I hope they consider THome and Omar for next year…With the team going nowhere fast, it would create fan interest and would not cost them much…Besides, The Tribe could market Thome going for #600…No brainer, but then again, maybe they would rather have Shelly Duncan and Andy Marte instead..ugh…..


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