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2014 Tribe Minors in Review: AZL Indians

A statistical look at how the organization's Arizona League club fared.

Christian Petersen

The Arizona League is where graduates of the Dominican Summer League and high school draft picks go, with some international free agents as well.

This year's club was by far the best since the Indians began play in Arizona, with talent up and down the roster. The Indians had the best record in the 13-team league, and were playoff champions. And was not a club full of older college players, either, as you'll see in a bit.

I've expanded the stats from you're used to seeing in the weekly updates. For the hitters, I've included Batting Average, 2B, 3B, HR, SB, and SB%, and for the pitchers, I've added G, GS (Games Started), and HR/9. In addition, I've added the league average for rate stats at the bottom of each section so that you can mentally compare the performance of a player to his league peers.

I have also highlighted any statistics that ranked among the top 10 in the league. This will be adjusted to the number of teams in each league (for the Carolina League, I'll probably highlight only a top 5 placement).


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Bobby Bradley took home AZL MVP honors, and for good reason: he led the league in OPS and home runs. Infield Yu-Cheng Chang wasn't far behind Bradley in many offensive categories. DSL grad Emmanuel Tapia showcased excellent power in his US debut. And catcher Li-Jen Chu gives the Indians yet another intriguing prospect behind the plate.


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The pitching wasn't quite as good as the hitting, but that's not really a knock on the pitching staff. Casey Shane made nice strides in his second pro season (and was promoted to Mahoning Valley shortly before the end of the season), Shao-Ching Chiang, who missed virtually all of 2012 and 2013 due to injury, had a decent first full season. Top prospects Justus Sheffield and Grant Hockin made their pro debuts, with some mixed results, but their stuff certainly seems to play at the professional level.

Players eligible for the Rule 5 Draft: None

Minor-League free agents: None