Minor Standings

By Lindsey Foltin

Class-AAA:

Columbus Clippers – 58-33, .637% (1st INT West Division)

Class-AA:

Akron Aeros – 47-44, .516% (4th  Eastern League West Division, 7 GB)

Class-A:

Kinston Indians – 50-37, .575% (1st Carolina Southern Division, tied with Myrtle Beach)

Lake County Captains – 35-53, .398% (8th MID Eastern Division, 15 GB)

Minor Notes:

Pomeranz Promoted To Akron

Lefty Drew Pomeranz is on the fast track through the Indians farm system. Halfway through his first season with the club, Pomeranz has been promoted to Double-A Akron. After being named to the Carolina League All-Star Team and the MLB XM Radio Futures Team, Pomeranz topped the All-Star break off by being named the Indians Minor League Player Of The Week. During the week of July 3rd, Pomeranz picked up win number three of the season after he threw seven shutout innings. He struck out seven batters, giving up only three hits and walking two.

Pomeranz will have no problem at Double-A Akron, as many feel he was pitching way out of his league at Advanced A-Kinston. He leaves the K-Tribe with a 1.97 ERA (77.0IP, 56H, 22/R/16ER, 32BB, 95K). His first start with the Aeros is yet to be determined. If he continues to dominate the way he did in the first half of the season, he won’t remain in Akron for long. With multiple call-ups from Triple-A Columbus to the big leagues expected, Columbus will be in need of a dominant starting pitcher, and Pomeranz is on the right track to fill the spot.

 

Free Agent Catchers Picked Up Due To Injuries

The Indians farm teams have caught a bad break with many of their catchers this season. At Triple-A Columbus, Luke Carlin and Dwight Childs have both suffered injuries that sent them to the DL. Currently at Double-A Akron, Chun Chen has been spent most of the season battling injuries, and his recent DL stint made him unable to participate in the Eastern League All-Star Game. Juan Apodaca (Double A-Akron) recently suffered a toe injury which sent him to the DL.

Needless to say, the Indians would have a serious problem if anything were to happen to Carlos Santana or Lou Marson. Hopefully, that’s not a road we’ll have to cross – but it’s always good to have options. Last month, the Indians signed free agent catchers Michel Hernandez and Raul Padron to minor league deals.

Hernandez, a 32 year-old journeyman minor-leaguer, was once a star catcher in his native country Cuba. He was signed by the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 1998, with whom he made his big league debut in 2003. Hernandez was released shortly after, and has been with eight nine different teams at the Triple-A level since then. He played eight games in Akron, where he went 10 for 22, including three doubles and seven RBI before being promoted to Triple-A Columbus.

Padron spent his entire career with the Oakland A’s farm system after being signed as a free agent in 2004. He was sent down to Oakland’s Double-A affiliate, the Midland Rockhounds in 2009, and was released later that season. In 2010, Padron began playing in the Independent Atlantic League for the Camden Riversharks. He is being used as a catcher/first baseman/designated hitter in Akron, where he’s currently hitting .333 with 12 hits, three doubles, one homerun and ten doubles in the eleven games he’s played.

Gallas Struggling In Kinston

Strongsville native Anthony Gallas was off to a hot start in his first season with the club. At Single-A Lake County, Gallas was leading the team in doubles and RBI before he was promoted to High-A Kinston last month. Since his time in Kinston, Gallas’ offense has slowed down, in fact, it has come to a complete halt. In 23 games, he’s hitting a skimpy .161 with only 14 hits, four doubles, 13 RBI and 18 strikeouts. In his last ten games, he’s four-for-forty (4-40) with eight strikeouts.

Follow Lindsey Foltin on Twitter @LindseyBaseball

 

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3 Comments

  1. Lavisky demoted from Lake Cty to Scrapper Valley !? Great sign there ! Shift Kipnis back to OF instead of getting cute ! Juan Diaz acquired in the Branyan trade can switch to 2B rather than a freakin’ CF !! Draft correctly !!!!!!!

  2. Good to hear about Pomeranz. Hopefully he can dominate at AA and AAA as well, and we’ll see him up here soon. I don’t really trust our rotation past Masterson and Tomlin.

  3. Sign any catcher now…A lot of teams are desperate…Even Lou Marson is looking good…


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