Paul Hendrix Rocking And Rolling With Lake County Captains
The Wahoos On First Minor League Player of the Day is Lake County Captains super utility infielder Paul Hendrix. The Cleveland Indians drafted Hendrix in the 32nd round of the 2012 draft out of Howard College in Big Spring Texas but failed to sign him. Last year they took him in the 18th round out of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth Texas.
After receiving a $100,000 bonus he spent the end of the 2013 season with the Indians low-A affiliate Mahoning Valley Scrappers appearing in 52 games and posting a triple slash line of .258/.330/.333 while transitioning his position from shortstop to second base.
He begins the 2014 seasons as a member of the Indians A affiliate Lake County Captains and went 4 for 5 with three doubles in the Captains 10-5 loss to the Fort Wayne TinCaps yesterday afternoon to raise his season numbers to .318/.430/.591 with five home runs, seven doubles, and a triple. He has also been playing all over the infield appearing in seven games at second base, 11 games at third base, and nine games at shortstop.
Vinnie Pestano worked a scoreless inning in the Columbus Clippers 5-4 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs striking out two batters.
Cody Anderson had a nice bounce back start in the rain suspended contest between the Akron RubberDucks and Harrisburg Senators. After allowing 10 earned runs in 2.2 innings of work against the Erie Sea Wolves he came back to allow just three earned runs in six innings of work against the Harrisburg Senators.
Jerrud Sabourin went 3 for 5 with a double to raise his average with the Carolina Mudcats to .404 (21 for 52) in the teams loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Minor League Notes:
In case you missed it Adam Miller is back pitching for the Akron RubberDucks: & Lianna Holub provides the proof via Twitter:
— Lianna Holub (@MiLBPhotoLianna) May 12, 2014
Jonathan Mayo talked to Indians Farm Director Ross Atkins about the rebound season thus far from Trevor Bauer:
“I can tell you I haven’t met many pitchers that are as passionate about delivery mechanics, about pitching philosophically and mechanically, as Trevor. It’s been great for us to learn with and from him about him and about pitching. He has incredible toughts about pitching.” – READ MORE HERE
Jordan Gorosh of Baseball Prospectus ($$ Required/Recommended) wrote up a piece on Clint Frazier as part of the sites Monday Morning Ten Pack. Gorosh spoke highly of Frazier but did bring up one area of development that may hold Frazier back.
He has a tendency to slightly open his hips at landing, which costs him all of his ability to go to right field/right-center field with any authority. Pitchers have been trying to exploit that weakness with spin on the outer half of the plate, and succeeded in my viewing. Frazier tracks the spin well, and isn’t fooled, but with this small mechanical flaw he can’t barrel balls on the outer third. If he can fix the hip leak and start driving balls the other way with authority, look out; the ceiling is an all-star. –Jordan Gorosh Baseball Prospectus ($ Required Here)