Day-by-Day 9/12: W 7-5 vs. Dayton; W: Ocker; L: Ghyzel; SV: Draper 9/14: W 8-2 vs. Beloit; W: Coulter; L: Simpson 9/15: W 8-6 vs. Beloit; W: Kelly; L: Villalobos; […]
9/12: W 7-5 vs. Dayton; W: Ocker; L: Ghyzel; SV: Draper
9/14: W 8-2 vs. Beloit; W: Coulter; L: Simpson
9/15: W 8-6 vs. Beloit; W: Kelly; L: Villalobos; SV: Gallagher
9/16: W 6-3 vs. Beloit; W: Misiaszek; L: Rose; SV: Smith
9/17: L 3-8 vs. Beloit; W: Hoeing; L: Gaddis
9/18: W 4-0 vs. Beloit; W: Espino; L: Perez
9/19: L 3-5 vs. Beloit; W: Soriano; L: Hickman; SV: Mitzel
Player of the Year
INF José Tena: 281/.331/.467 in 107 games at Lake County
While he has been called up to Double-A Akron for the MiLB playoffs, José Tena has been one of the biggest risers in the Cleveland Indians farm system this year. Amongst a large swath of infield prospects with tools and skills to potentially be major leaguers, Tena stood out. A whippy and loose lefty swing, the above-average foot speed with solid baserunning instincts, and solid defense at 2B/3B/SS is valuable.
Picher of the Year
Xzavion Curry: 2.66 ERA, 13 GS, 67.2 IP, 80 Ks, 12 BBs, 0.96 WHIP
The former eighth-round pick out of Georgia Tech jumped three levels in his first year of professional baseball. Displaying elite control that he credited due to a background as a starting high school quarterback and shortstop, Curry has made exponential progress since becoming a full-time pitcher when he started college.
Reliever of the Year
Tim Herrin: 2.57 ERA, 36 G, 73.2 IP, 85 Ks, 32 BBs
A lanky 6’5” lefty, Herrin was Lake County’s best reliever this year. He struck out batters and performed in a variety of roles and leverage spots. There’s is not much special about the stuff, but he has deception and funk in his delivery.
Surprise of the Year
C Bryan Lavastida: .303/.399/.467 in 48 games played at Lake County
Bryan Lavastida has been one of the biggest risers in the Cleveland farm system if not the biggest, as everyone took his early statical performance in the lower minors with a grain of salt. Because he was a catcher who was a relative unknown until his breakout performance this year, he has taken many by surprise who do not follow the minors closely. Lavastida has performed on both sides of the ball at every level he has played at, and he has logged time at High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A this season. He and Bo Naylor is an extremely talented and youthful MiLB backstop duo to have in one system who will be ready in a similar time frame.
INF Aaron Bracho: .174/.269/.299 in 70 games at Lake County
The centerpiece prospect in the heralded 2017 J2 signing class that included top prospects George Valera, Brayan Rocchio, José Tena, and Jhonkensy Noel struggled mightily this year, putting up the worse wRC+ by a Lake County hitter with a minimum of100 plate appearances. What makes Bracho’s struggles so puzzling is the success he had in the AZL and NYPL, and how bad he has been statistically. One of the Venezuelan farmhands who was stuck in his some country during the lockdown in 2020 due to the pandemic, this was an important year for Bracho based on a myriad of factors, including the impending forty man logjam and wave of infield prospects who deserve a cup of coffee or two.