Minor Standings

By Lindsey Foltin

Class-AAA:

Columbus Clippers – 65-40, .619% (1st INT West Division)

Class-AA:

Akron Aeros – 54-51, .514% (4th Eastern League West Division, 5 GB)

Class-A:

Kinston Indians – 56-44, .560% (1st Carolina Southern Division, tied with Myrtle Beach)

Lake County Captains – 41-59, .410% (8th MID Eastern Division, 15 GB)

Minor Notes:

 

Germano Throws Perfect Game

On Tuesday, Justin Germano became the first player in Clippers’ history to throw a perfect game. It was the first perfect game thrown in the International League since 2003, and the sixth no-hitter in Columbus Clippers’ history. In Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs, Germano struck out seven batters, and with the help of the Columbus defense, retired the other 20 to record a perfect game.

Germano, who is 1-2 with Columbus, has made nine appearances with the Indians this season. His ERA at Triple-A is 3.65 with 39 hits, 18 earned runs, 35 strikeouts and four walks in 44.1 innings pitched.

 

Minor League Rehab Assignments On The Horizon for White, Choo

Pitcher Alex White threw a two-inning simulated game in Akron this week. The team is expected to announce White’s minor league rehab assignment this weekend. Manager Manny Acta said White will probably pitch three to four relief appearances before he is reactived from the DL. The Indians said last week that they hope to have White back in Cleveland at some point in August, and will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of this season to build his innings up.

Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is said to be ahead of schedule regarding his recovery from a left-thumb injury he suffered in June. Choo had the cast removed from his fractured thumb on Wednesday, and has begun playing catch and will hit off a tee for the first time on Thursday. If all goes according to plan, Choo will most likely begin a minor league rehab assignment in mid-August.

Chen Lee Provides Solid Relief

Relief pitcher Chen Lee has been consistently getting the job done for the Columbus Clippers. Lee was promoted from Double-A Akron last month after a successful first half of the season as a reliever. Since he was moved to Columbus, Lee (2-0) has an ERA of 0.61 with four walks and 22 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched.

Lee was signed to the Indians as a free agent in 2009 after seeing him pitch for the Chinese Taipei in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

The right-handers efficiency in the back-end of the bullpen may earn him a promotion to the big leagues in the near future, where he could definitely contribute to the Tribe’s current “bullpen mafia”.

Popham Named Pitcher Of The Week

Marty Popham has been named the Carolina League’s Pitcher Of The Week after winning his third straight start for the Kinston Indians on Sunday. In his last outing, Popham pitched 5 2/3 innings, striking out a season high eleven batters allowing only three hits and no walks. The right-hander is currently 4-0 with the K-Tribe, and holds a 2.56 ERA 60 strikeouts and only five walks.

Popham has bounced around between Columbus, Akron and Kinston this season and in 2010. His inconsistency in throwing strikes at Double-A and Triple-A sent him down to Kinston where he seems to be benefitting from consistent starts and throwing time. He was drafted by the Indians in the 20th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.

Follow Lindsey Foltin on Twitter @LindseyBaseball

 

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