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Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week: April 28 - May 4

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Who were the top Tribe prospect performers the past seven days?

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Not content with being sent down to the minors again, Tyler Naquin took POTW honors last week, barely beating out Richie Shaffer with 28 percent of the vote.

Naquin was on his way to earning another nomination this week, but a lack of games (three) and extra base hits (zero) despite going 5-9 at the plate just barely kept him from making it this time around.

That being said, for the first time in 2017, some players have remained consistently impressive and earned their second nominations.

Without further ado, here are the Tribe's top minor league performers from the past week:

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Sam Haggerty (A+, Util) - .411/.474/.824

Not content with just one nomination, Haggerty makes the POTW list for the second week in a row as the utility infielder has been downright unbelievable over the past two weeks.

Haggerty still holds the lead across all levels of baseball in triples on the season with six after hitting another last Saturday. He also leads the entire High-A Carolina league in OPS at 1.050 despite having not hit a home run yet this year. That’s because he also is second in the League in doubles with nine.

Haggerty only played four games this past week, but he made the most of them, going 7-17 at the plate with a ridiculous six of those seven hits going for extra bases. He also stole two more bases, moving him up to fifth in the League with eight overall.

Ka’ai Tom (A+, OF) - .474/.600/.789

Perhaps inspired by his interview with me, Tom broke out in a big way this past week.

The 2015 fifth round pick was an on base machine, going 9-19 at the plate and also walking six times for an insane .600 OBP. Of those nine hits, four were for extra bases as he collected two doubles, a triple and his first home run of the season to help lead an offensive explosion for the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats.

Tom only struck out twice compared to those six walks, recorded seven runs batted in and he also managed to steal two bases.

Thomas Pannone (A+, LHP) - 0.00 ERA, 10.3 K/9, 0.42 WHIP

At this point, it’s not even a surprise when Thomas Pannone has a dominant outing.

The 22-year old southpaw has refused to give up a run for the entire season, and if you include his streak at the end of 2016, he’s now gone 45.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

This past week, Pannone threw seven innings of shutout baseball while giving up three hits, walking none and striking out eight. It marked the 10th time in his young career he’s gone at least six innings in a game without giving up a run. He’s currently first in the Carolina League in ERA (0.00), WHIP (0.69) and strikeouts (39)

Considering he spent his first two professional seasons at the rookie level AZL Indians, Pannone has possibly blossomed into a star before our very eyes.

Triston McKenzie (A+, RHP) - 0.00 ERA, 9.0 K/9, 0.85 WHIP

Unlike Pannone, Triston McKenzie has tons of expectations and he’s living up to each and every one of them.

The number one overall Indians pitching prospect is still just 19-years old and he’s blowing away competition that, on average, is four years older than him.

McKenzie added another dandy of a start to his résumé this past Tuesday, throwing a career-long seven innings without giving up an earned run while striking out seven and walking three. He’s currently top 10 in the Carolina League in ERA (2.39), WHIP (1.14) and strikeouts (30).

Yandy Diaz (AAA, 3B/OF) - .450/.560/.650

After being demoted from the big league club a couple weeks ago, Yandy Diaz went right back to work, and he’s been downright terrorizing Triple-A pitchers ever since.

Diaz has recorded a hit in 10 of the 11 games he’s played thus far and has reached base safely in all of them. He’s also walked 10 times while only striking out twice thus far. That’s insane.

This past week, the Cuban defector went 9-20 at the plate with two doubles and his first home run of the season while walking five times compared to just one strikeout. He also collected a ridiculous nine runs batted in. It appears he’s definitely making some nice adjustments which should help him stick around on the big league club the next time they need him.

Erik Gonzalez (AAA, SS) - .407/.429/.667

Erik Gonzalez mostly stuck at shortstop this past week, with one game at second base, and perhaps the consistency of position paid off because he blasted off with two more home runs, and now is tied for second in the Indians minor league organization with five on the season.

The talented 25-year old led all Indians full-season players with 11 hits over the past week, also collecting a double, a walk and stealing a base.

You have to feel for the guy because he’s seemingly blocked by the big league club, but it’s nice to see him continue to produce at the Triple-A level rather than get discouraged and start moping around.

Poll

Who was your minor league player of the week in the Tribe system?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Sam Haggerty (A+ - 4G, 7-17 for .411, 5 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 SB)
    (5 votes)
  • 14%
    Ka'ai Tom (A+ - 6G, 9-19 for .474, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 6 BB, 2 K, 2 SB)
    (9 votes)
  • 32%
    Thomas Pannone (A+ - 1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)
    (21 votes)
  • 6%
    Triston McKenzie (A+ - 1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K)
    (4 votes)
  • 29%
    Yandy Diaz (AAA - 6 G, 9-20 for .450, 2B, HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 1 K)
    (19 votes)
  • 9%
    Erik Gonzalez (AAA - 6 G, 11-27 for .407, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB, 6 K, SB)
    (6 votes)
64 votes total Vote Now

Previous Winners

Tyler Naquin (28%) - Week of 4/21-4/27
Erik Kratz (31%) - Week of 4/14-4/20
Conner Capel (35%) - Week of 4/6-4/13

Most Nominations

Sam Haggerty - 2
Triston McKenzie - 2
Thomas Pannone - 2