Impressing in the minors for the Indians
Carolina pitcher Ryan Merritt has been named Indians Minor League Player of the Week.
The left-hander pitched a complete game in the nightcap of a doubleheader last Monday against Frederick. The left-hander allowed a run, which was unearned, on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Merritt has allowed just one earned run in 24 1/3 innings this season and leads the Carolina League in ERA (0.37) and WHIP (0.82). Dating back to an April 11 start at Potomac, Merritt has gone 14 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. His ERA is also the lowest among starters in the Indians’ system.
A 16th-round pick by the Indians in 2011, Merritt started 25 games between Lake County and Carolina last season and had the fourth-best ERA (3.52) in the Indians’ system.
Batting average: Jesus Aguilar (Columbus) .361, Erik Gonzalez (Carolina) .341, James Roberts (Carolina) .323, Jose Ramirez (Columbus) .321
RBI: Giovanny Urshela (Akron) 17, Jesus Aguilar (Columbus) 16 , Jose Ramirez (Columbus) 15, Jeremy Lucas (Carolina) 14
ERA: Ryan Merritt (Carolina) 0.37, Trevor Bauer (Columbus) 1.40, Jordan Milbrath (Lake County) 1.52, Shawn Morimando (Carolina) 1.88
Strikeouts: Adam Plutko (Lake County) 31, Trevor Bauer (Columbus) 28, Jordan Milbrath (Lake County) 23, Joseph Colon (Akron) 21, Cole Sulser (Carolina) 20