The Indians have a pair of short-season teams, one in Mahoning Valley and one in Arizona. Mahoning Valley had a mediocre season this summer, but the Arizona Indians have been tremendous, posting a record of 37-16, best in the league. They posted a combined ERA of 3.51, second best in the league. Justus Sheffield (the #31 overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft) didn't have a good ERA, but did strike out 29 batters in 20.2 innings. It was the offense though, that truly stood out, with an OPS of .745, which was 42 points higher than any other team. They also led the league in hits, home runs, and runs scored.
They were led by 3rd round pick Bobby Bradley, who batted .361/.426/.652, leading the league in all three splits. He also led the league with 8 home runs and 50 RBI, which means he won the Triple Crown. Teammate Yu-Cheng Chang was right behind Bradley with a .986 OPS and 6 home runs. We shouldn't get too carried away with excitement about these numbers, because the Arizona League is such a far way from the American League. Still, it's fun to see guys in the system doing that well at any level.
Sunday night at 10:00 ET, the Indians will face off against the Rangers in the Arizona League semifinals.