As many of you have come to learn, I'm a big fan of Cleveland Indians prospects. I've been following these players for years and there's no better feeling than watching them adapt, flourish and improve along the way.
On top of helping out with the daily minor league recaps, I've decided to bring back the Tribe farm system player of the week voting, as decided by you.
Some of the following Tribe prospects will be extremely familiar to you as we had them ranked high on our preseason prospects list, but don't discount some of the unfamiliar names either.
Without further ado, here are the Tribe's top performers from the past week (May 15-21):
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Clint Frazier (AA, OF) - .542/.593/.917
Clint Frazier was a freaking madman this week. The current #2 ranked prospect in the Tribe system absolutely destroyed opposing pitchers, raising his batting average 41 points in the process while earning three three-hit games. Frazier wasn't just dinking and dunking the ball either, picking up three doubles and two home runs. He's now leading the Eastern League in OPS on the season and he's just 21 years old.
Frazier's strikeout rate continues to drop, only whiffing on 14.8% of his plate appearances this week. Many LGT commenters have been debating whether or not he's surpassed Bradley Zimmer as the Indians' top overall prospect after a torrid month of May.
Connor Marabell (A, OF) - .400/.464/.680
A twenty-fifth round draft pick in last year's 2015 draft, Marabell has been a pleasant surprise for the Lake County Captains this season. The former Jacksonville University standout is batting .319 in his first taste of full season baseball and has solidified the middle of the Lake County batting order behind star catcher Francisco Mejia.
This past week, he had a pair of huge games for the Captains, going 4-5 and 3-4 in a pair of wins while knocking in six runs, scoring six himself, notching four doubles, hitting a home run, stealing three bases and only striking out once in 28 plate appearances.
Francisco Mejia (A, C) - .357/.400/.536
An international free agent signing in 2012, Mejia is having a breakout campaign in his repeat stint with Lake County. The 20-year old catching prospect is hitting .311 thus far in 2016 and has been putting the pressure on the Tribe brass to give him a midseason promotion to Lynchburg.
Mejia had four multi-hit games this week including his first home run of the season, a grand slam in Lake County's huge come-from-behind win against Dayton.
Jarrett Grube (AAA, RHP) - 0.00 ERA, 10.6 K/9, 0.81 WHIP
While he's not much of a prospect, Jarrett Grube had a very good week for the Columbus Clippers pitching staff. The 34-year old returned to the starting rotation this past Monday, pitching four scoreless innings against Indianapolis. He followed that performance up by pitching seven more shutout innings yesterday against Louisville while racking up nine strikeouts.
Overall on the week, Grube had 13 strikeouts, just one walk and allowed zero runs to score. Unfortunately, Grube received exactly zero run support as well as the Clippers lost 2-0 in both games he pitched.
Shawn Morimando (AA, LHP) - 1.54 ERA, 6.9 K/9, 1.37 WHIP
Shawn Morimando continued his extremely impressive 2016 campaign with another pair of strong starts this past week. The 23-year old left-hander notched two more wins to raise his record to 8-0 overall as Akron has won every single time he's started for them this season.
Morimando pitched 6.2 scoreless innings on Monday and followed that up with five innings of two-run baseball in yesterday's win for the Rubberducks. He surrendered a few baserunners along the way and while he hasn't been lighting the world on fire with his strikeout rate, he's been plenty effective on the season.