Urshela, Merritt honored as Indians’ top minor-leaguers

Giovanny Urshela will receive the Lou Boudreau Award, which is given to the top organizational position player.

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The Indians have named Giovanny Urshela and Ryan Merritt as the top minor-league players in their system for last season.

Urshela will receive the Lou Boudreau Award, which is given to the top organizational position player. The 23-year old infielder split last season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, batting .280. He led the organization in runs scored (78), was second in RBI (84), third in hits (136) and fourth in home runs (18).

During winter ball in Venezuela, Urshela sprained the PCL in his left knee. He has been rehabbing at the Indians complex in Goodyear, AZ, and the team is hopeful he will be ready for the start of the upcoming season. Urshela is ninth in Fox Sports Ohio’s Indians consensus prospect rankings.

Merritt is the recipient of the Bob Feller Award as the organization’s top pitcher. The 22-year old left-hander led the organization in ERA (2.58) and was second in wins (13) as he pitched the entire season for High-A Carolina. Merritt led the Carolina League in innings pitched (160 1/3), WHIP (0.95) and was tied for first in complete games (2).

Merritt is one of 13 Indians prospects in Cleveland this week for the team’s Winter Development Program. The week-long program, which is in its 20th year, focuses on honing the players’ physical, mental and fundamental skills for the upcoming season.