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Joe Wendle and Cody Anderson named Indians top minor leaguers of 2013

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The Indians honor their top minor league position player and pitcher of 2013

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At the end of each season the Indians hand out major honors to two minor leaguers who've had especially good years. The Lou Boudreau Award is given to the farm system's top position player, while the top pitcher is given the Bob Feller Award. This year's winners are 2B Joe Wendle and RHP Cody Anderson.

Joe Wendle (the team's 6th round draft pick in 2012) spent the season with High-A Carolina, where he posted a line of .295/.372/.513 while leading the Mudcats in doubles (32), home runs (16), and OPS (.885). His 53 extra-base hits placed 2nd in the Carolina League and his OPS was 5th. Wendle is 23, somewhat old for High-A, but those are still impressive numbers. Look for Wendle to begin 2014 with Double-A Akron. Given that Jason Kipnis is one of the best 2B in the game, Wendle could end up being dealt to another team at some point, should he prove valuable enough as a prospect.

Cody Anderson also spent (most of) 2013 with Carolina. He made 23 starts with the Mudcats, and led the league with a 2.34 ERA and was 2nd with a 1.10 WHIP. He also had very good per-9-innings stats: 8.2 strikeouts against 2.3 walks, with just 0.4 home runs. Anderson, 22, was the Tribe's 14th round pick in 2011 and was promoted to Double-A Akron just before the end of the minor league season (his ERA there was a less impressive 5.68 in 12.2 innings). Anderson will likely begin 2014 there in Akron. At this point, he may even have passed Trevor Bauer and become the Tribe's pitching prospects.

Both Wendle and Anderson will both appear in the top ten on Indians prospect lists this winter.

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