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Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week (8/28-9/5)

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Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Shawn Haviland took home the second to last POTW award last week with a whopping 61% of the vote following a week where he helped lead the strong Clippers rotation as a veteran free agent, but now it's time for some new nominees.

This week's list is actually over more than a week, including the extra two games from the regular season which was completed on September 5th this past Monday. Players had to be even more consistent over the course of potentially nine games overall and several delivered, including a huge power surge from a prospect some have forgotten about.

Without further ado, here are the Tribe's top performers from the past week (August 28-September 5):

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Tanner Tully (A-, LHP) - 0.00 ER, 6.3 K/9, 0.60 WHIP

The Indians scored quite the coup when they were able to sign Tully for $100,000 after drafting him in the 26th round this year out of Ohio State. Tully provides some nice depth in the left-handed starting pitching department and his experience showed for Mahoning Valley, immediately slotting into the starting rotation and consistently giving the Scrappers quality innings.

Tully made six relief appearances and seven starts overall in 2016 with an impressive ERA of 1.17. In his final two starts of the year, he earned his POTW nomination by pitching five innings each time and giving up zero runs on two walks and four hits in total while striking out seven. Tully isn't going to overpower hitters but he has great command of his full arsenal and joins the list of top college arms who all performed extremely well for Cleveland this year straight out of the draft.

Conner Marabell (A+, OF) - .462/.481/.769

Conner Marabell started his 2016 campaign off red hot for Single-A Lake County, earning a pair of POTW nominations before the All-Star break. He led all Indians prospects this season in doubles with 45, earning a promotion to High-A Lynchburg just before the trade deadline. He cooled off after the promotion but heated up at just the right time near the end of the regular season.

This past week, while Lynchburg's offense was on a tailspin, Marabell was on fire, collecting 12 hits in seven games including five more doubles and a home run. He came around to score five times and picked up five runs batted in as well. While he only walked once, he also kept his strikeouts down with just four.

Not bad for a 25th round pick if I say so myself.

Thomas Pannone (A+, LHP) - 0.00 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 0.85 WHIP

Thomas Pannone earns his second POTW nomination, this time as a member of the Lynchburg Hillcats. Pannone has a solid season with Lake County, earning a promotion in mid-July. The 2013 ninth round pick pitched well but was sidelined by a blister for about two weeks.

Once he returned from the DL, Pannone became the best pitcher for Lynchburg by a country mile, only giving up five earned runs over his final five starts. This past week he was unstoppable, pitching twice and giving up zero runs over six and seven innings respectively while striking out 14 batters. Still just 22 years old, Pannone looks like he might be a serious gem in the organization at this point.

Mike Papi (AA, OF) - .364/.432/.758

Mike Papi started his 2016 campaign very strong, earning Carolina League Player of the Week right out of the gate, but then he really started struggling, basically slumping for about four months. The organization hoped a mid-season promotion to Double-A Akron might help, but he hit just as poorly there as he was in Lynchurg. While Papi has elite ability to draw walks, he has not been able to hit for even a decent average consistently.

The one positive for Papi this year was his ability to hit home runs, which finally spiked. Papi began crushing bombs early and often in 2016, holding a career high by about June. The home runs hit a drought as well, however, until this past week.

Papi began mashing again in the final week of the season, crushing four bombs over the final six games of the regular season (and also hitting one in the first playoff game). He batted .364 overall, collecting 12 hits in his final nine games, adding a double to that four-homer total while also scoring nine runs and walking four times. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for those who have given up on the 2014 CBA pick.

Nick Pasquale (AA, RHP) - 1.32 ERA, 5.3 K/9, 1.02 WHIP

Nick Pasquale has quietly had a very good 2016 season. The 20th round selection in the 2012 draft held a 3.39 ERA overall while pitching across three different levels, including a spot start for Columbus where he tossed 6.2 shutout innings.

Pasquale primarily pitched for Akron this year, and while his numbers weren't amazing overall for the RubberDucks, he sure kicked it up a notch in the final week as the team made their playoff push. The 25-year old gave up one run in both of his final two starts, pitching 6.2 and 7.0 innings respectively and earning a win on both occasions. He did his best Houdini act in his second start, giving up just one run despite nine hits.

Pasquale isn't a huge strikeout guy, but as long a she can force poor contact, he'll continue to have success.

Jesus Aguilar (AAA, 1B) - .406/.441/.875

While overall, Jesus Aguilar didn't have the best season, batting just .247 for Columbus this year, he did some things very well. The 26-year old slugger bashed a career-high 30 home runs while collecting 92 RBI as the clean-up hitter for the Clippers.

This past week, Aguilar was on fire, slugging four home runs to overtake Bobby Bradley for the organization lead and leading all affiliates with 13 total hits spread across eight games. Aguilar also added three doubles to boost his slugging percentage over his final eight games to an incredibly impressive .875.

He may not have a home in the Tribe organization next year as younger first baseman are on the way, but if this was his last regular season appearance for the Indians minor league system, he went out with one hell of a bang.

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Previous Winners

Shawn Haviland (61%) - Week of 8/21-8/27
Tyler Krieger (64%) - Week of 8/14-8/20
Ryan Merritt (32%) - Week of 8/7-8/13
Giovanny Urshela (43%) - Week of 7/31-8/6
Anthony Santander (31%) - Week of 7/24-7/30
Yandy Diaz (74%) - Week of 7/17-7/23
Juan Hillman (38%) - Week of 7/10-7/16
Triston McKenzie (63%) - Week of 7/3-7/9
Francisco Mejia (41%) - Week of 6/26-7/2
Argenis Angulo (69%) - Week of 6/19-6/25
Taylor Murphy (47%) - Week of 6/12-6/18
Francisco Mejia (71%) - Week of 6/5-6/11
Brock Hartson (64%) - Week of 5/29-6/4
Nathan Lukes (60%) - Week of 5/22-5/28 (goodbye)
Clint Frazier (89%) - Week of 5/15-5/21 (farewell)
Ryan Merritt (52%) - Week of 5/14-5/20

Most Nominations

Francisco Mejia - 5
Anthony Santander - 5
Tyler Krieger - 4
Andrew Calica - 4
Greg Allen - 3
Bradley Zimmer - 3
Yandy Diaz - 3
Bobby Bradley - 3
Ryan Merritt - 3
Matt Esparza - 3
Triston McKenzie - 3
Conner Marabell - 3