Minor Standings

By Lindsey Foltin

Class-AAA:

Columbus Clippers – 19-5, .792% (1st INT West Division)

Class-AA:

Akron Aeros – 11-12, .478% (3rd Eastern League West Division, 1.5 GB)

Class-A:

Kinston Indians – 9-14, .391% (3rd Carolina Southern Division, 7.5 GB)

Lake County Captains – 13-11, .542% (5th MID Eastern Division, 2.5 GB)

Minor Notes:

Hot Bats Lead The Way To Clippers’ Eleventh Straight

The Cleveland Indians aren’t the only ones currently riding a winning streak. The Indians’ 13 straight wins at home is surely impressive, but it doesn’t stack up to the Clippers current 11 game winning streak. Not only has the pitching been outstanding, but the offense has been on cruise control, with multiple players contributing.

Jared Head’s consistent offense has been a crucial part of the Clippers current streak. Batting .361 with 22 hits, two doubles, three homeruns and ten RBI, Head has recorded a hit in nine his last ten games. After splitting time between Akron and Columbus last season, Head’s hard work and patience at the plate has begun to pay off, and he continues to build a name for himself within the organization.

Clippers OF Chad Huffman

Chad Huffman, who is batting .378 in his last ten games, currently leads the team in both homeruns (five) and RBI (18). Huffman continues to produce solid offense, and has been working on how to translate his success in Triple-A to the Major Leagues. The right-fielder was signed off waivers last September from the New York Yankees, where he struggled in his short time in the big leagues.

Donald Back On Track

Before being sidelined by a left hand injury in the first week of Spring Training, Jason Donald was considered the favorite for the Indians open third-basemen job. After a successful rehab stint at Double-A Akron, Donald was recently activated from the DL and sent to Columbus. Although he has only played in four games so far, Donald is currently batting .417 with five hits, one double, three RBI and a stolen base. He doesn’t seem to be holding anything back, as he tries to make a big impact as quickly as possible in hopes of getting called back up to the big leagues.

Although he has gotten off to a promising start, Donald will really have to step things up to get noticed again. Unfortunately for him, the Indians current third-basemen Jack Hannahan has been playing at a superior level, and may have made Manny Acta temporarily forget all about Donald.

Power And Promise From Chen

Aeros catcher Chun-Hsiu Chen continues to showcase his power at the plate, most recently hitting two homeruns and driving in three runs during Sunday afternoons 10-1 victory against the Mets in Binghamton. Chen, who was promoted to Kinston from Lake County halfway through last season, has confirmed that he deserved to make the Akron Aeros roster right out of Spring Training.

Chen is batting .324 in his last ten games, and so far this season has ten runs, 21 hits, four homeruns and 12 RBI. Once a pitcher with a fastball timed as high as 42, Chen was noticed by the Indians in the 2006 World Junior Championship as a member of the Taiwan team. They signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2007.


Follow Lindsey Foltin on Twitter @LindseyBaseball


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2 Comments

  1. Looks promising down on the farm…..Hope Jason Donald stays there while Hammerin Jack keeps playing solid 3rd base….Nice report

  2. Huffman the only real righty with punch in the minors ? I am writing off ol’ Beau Mills and Wes Hodges….Great job Lindser ! How about the ratio of K’s to IP for Drew Pomeranz ?! Soon to be in Akron ??


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