Minor Standings

By: Lindsey Foltin

Class-AAA:

Columbus Clippers – 8-3, .727% (2nd  INT West Division, 1 GB)

Class-AA:

Akron Aeros – 5-4, .556% (1st Eastern League West Division)

Class-A:

Kinston Indians – 2-7, .222% (4th Carolina Southern Division, 4.5 GB)

Lake County Captains – 6-5, .545% (4th MID Eastern Division, tied with Fort Wayne, 1 GB)

Minor Notes:

White Off To Solid Start

Indians Prospect Alex White

Although RHP Alex White has yet to pick up his first win, both no-decisions (April 9th, April 15th) were solid quality starts for the Columbus Clippers. Currently sporting a 1.64 ERA, Cleveland’s 2009 #1 draft pick leads the club in strikeouts, with 13 in 11 innings pitched. In his first start, White gave up two runs from three hits in five innings, and fared even better in his second, allowing only two earned runs over six innings.

After making an impression early last season in Kinston, White was promoted to Double-A Akron in May where he finished the season with 2.45 ERA and a 10-10 record between both clubs.

Captains Have Offensive Leader in Smit

After losing many members of the 2010 Lake County Captains squad to Kinston and Akron right out of Spring Training, Manager Ted Kubiak was looking for some of his returning champs to step up this season. Right fielder Jason Smit has certainly embraced that challenge, as he is currently leading the Midwest League in hits with 20, and has a league-high .455 batting average. Smit has pounded out five doubles, two homeruns, nine RBI and a triple.

The Australian native was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 2007 at age 17, and has steadily progressed from the Arizona League Indians to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers before making his way to Lake County last season where he batted .262 with 20 doubles, eight homeruns and 41 RBI.

Impressive Pomeranz

The Cleveland Indians #1 2010 draft pick Drew Pomeranz is already making the scouts look good. In his first two starts (no decisions) for the K-Tribe, Pomeranz has an ERA of 0.00 with 17 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched. Although Kinston lost Wednesday’s pitchers duel with Wilmington 2-1, Pomeranz was a force to be reckoned with as he went 5 2/3 innings without giving up a single hit.

The 22-year-old left-hander hails from the University of Mississippi where he posted a 2.24 ERA with a 9-2 record his junior year before being drafted by the Indians. He was ranked third in strikeouts (with 139) in NCAA Division I. Look for him to breeze through the Tribe’s farm system quickly, as many consider him one of the most talented pitchers the Indians have seen in years.

Follow Lindsey Foltin on Twitter @LindseyBaseball

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