Indians Minor League Player Of The Day: Ryan Merritt
The Wahoos On First Minor League Player of the Day for Sunday May 11th is Ryan Merritt of the Carolina Mudcats who received a no-decision against the Salem Red Sox in the Mudcats 7-6 victory. He delivered 6.2 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits striking out four and walking none.
Including today outing against Salem he has an ERA of 1.43 (6ER/37.1IP) and has 30 strikeout and only seven walks while holding the opposition to a .176 (24×136) average.
The 22 year old lefty was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 16th round of the 2011 draft out of McClennan Community College in Waco Texas. According to Jim Callis of Baseball America (Twitter) he received a signing bonus of $150K with the Tribe.
In 2012 he made 14 starts for the Indians low-A affiliate Mahoning Valley Scrappers posting a record of 3-4 with a 4.09 ERA.
In 2013 he was began the season with the Indians A affiliate Lake County Captains and finished the season with their High-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats. Overall he appeared in 24 games (23 starts) and finished the season with a mark of 6-9 with a 3.25 ERA over 135.1 innings of work.
Adam Miller returned to the mound for the Akron RubberDucks and delivered two scoreless innings in the Ducks 7-4 loss to the Altoona Curve.
Kyle Davies worked 6 innings for the Columbus Clippers and was allowed four runs but only one earned striking out a pair and walking one. It was his second consecutive quality start for the Clippers as he continues to battle back from shoulder surgery performed in 2012. In seven starts between Akron and Columbus he is 3-2 with a 2.74 ERA spanning 42.2 innings of work.