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Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week: July 28 - August 3

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

Indians 2017 20th round pick Jonathan Teaney ran away with his first POTW award with 75 percent of the vote.

This week, the Columbus Clippers hogged the nominations with four out of six after some seriously impressive offensive performances.

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


Nolan Jones (A-, 3B) - .417/.483/.625

Many expected Nolan Jones to be the Indians first round selection last year, but he slid all the way to the second round where the Tribe gleefully took the talented young third base prospect out of Pennsylvania.

Jones has shown excellent patience at the plate, walking 17 percent of the time and he’s cut down his strikeouts significantly from 36 percent last year to 20 percent this year. Best of all has been the increase in power as Jones didn’t homer in the AZL last year but has already gone deep twice for Mahoning Valley along with eight doubles and a triple.

This past week, Jones collected 10 hits in six games with two doubles and a home run. He also walked four times and stole a base. The 19-year old was very productive, scoring six runs and knocking in seven.

Shao-Ching Chiang (A+/AA, RHP) - 0.00 ERA, 7 K/9, 0.11 WHIP

Shao-Ching Chiang had the best week of any Indians minor league pitcher in several years, throwing a complete game no-hitter this past Saturday against the Winston-Salem Dash, a team loaded with top White Sox prospects Eloy Jimenez and Zack Collins.

In the game, Chiang threw all nine innings, allowing zero hits (obviously), zero runs while walking one, hitting a batter and striking out seven. He did it all while throwing just 106 pitches.

The 23-year old right-handed pitcher out of Taiwan is currently experiencing the best season of his career, holding a 3.67 ERA through 19 starts. He’s not a strikeout guy, preferring to force weak contact, but he stays in the strike zone and forces batters to beat him.

Yandy Diaz (AAA, 3B, OF) - .600/.704/.900

Yandy Diaz has been doing nothing but hit since he was sent back to Triple-A Columbus. At time of publishing this article, he’s batting a ridiculous .350, which would be leading the International League by a whopping 36 points once he qualifies in about a week.

Diaz was on all kinds of fire this past week, going 12-20 at the plate with three doubles and a home run. He also walked seven times compared to just three strikeouts, scored seven runs and drove in five.

The 25-year old Cuban defector doesn’t have much left to prove at the Triple-A level. He just needs to get results in the big leagues at this point.

Jarrett Grube (AAA, RHP) - 0.00 ERA, 3.9 K/9, 0.29 WHIP

You don’t have to be a prospect to qualify for a player of the week nomination, and Jarrett Grube is definitely not a prospect.

The 35-year old was signed to help stabilize the Columbus rotation after several players were brought up to the big leagues for pitching depth and he’s been a pleasant surprise thus far, holding a 2.18 ERA through eight starts.

This past week, he tossed seven shutout innings in a dominant start, giving up just two hits while striking out three and walking zero.

Daniel Robertson (AAA, OF) - .423/.464/.538

Daniel Robertson isn’t a prospect either, but you have to admire how hard he’s hustling both in his brief major league stint with the Indians and ever since he’s been sent back to Columbus.

The 31-year old outfielder has put up a pretty wild .364/.431/.434 slashline during his stint in Triple-A this season, primarily leading off and setting the table for several of the mashers in the heart of the Clippers batting order.

This past week, Robertson led all Indians minor leaguers with 11 hits. Three of those hits were doubles and he managed to walk two times and scored seven runs while stealing two bases

Nellie Rodriguez (AAA, 1B) - .467/.467/.733

Nellie Rodriguez has struggled mightily this season, holding a batting average near .100 through the first two months while striking out nearly 50 percent of the time in his first taste of Triple-A.

It took some time, but the 23-year old slugger has started to show some life at the plate. Over his past 17 games, Rodriguez is batting .309 with three home runs and three doubles, although he’s still whiffing 35 percent of the time.

This past week, Rodriguez collected seven hits in four games including a double and a home run. He knocked in five runs and scored three. Hopefully he can at least finish the season strong.

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Nolan Jones (A- - 6 G, 10-24, 2 2B, HR, 6 R, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K)
    (262 votes)
  • 11%
    Shao-Ching Chiang (A+/AA - 1 GS, 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP)
    (40 votes)
  • 11%
    Yandy Diaz (AAA - 6 G, 12-20 for .600, 3 2B, HR, 7 R, 5 RBI, 7 BB, 3 K)
    (40 votes)
  • 0%
    Jarrett Grube (AAA - 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Daniel Robertson (AAA - 6 G, 11-26 for .423, 3 2B, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 SB)
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Nellie Rodriguez (AAA - 4 G, 7-15 .466, 2B, HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, 4 K)
    (7 votes)
353 votes total Vote Now

Previous Winners

Jonathan Teaney (75%) - Week of 7/14-7/20
Richie Shaffer (56%) - Week of 7/7-7/13
Mitch Longo (77%) - Week of 6/30-7/6
Bobby Bradley (55%) - Week of 6/23-6/29
Shane Bieber (49%) - Week of 6/16-6/22
Aaron Civale (67%) - Week of 6/9-6/15
Francisco Mejia (60%) - Week of 6/2-6/8
Eric Stamets (63%) - Week of 5/26-6/1
Connor Marabell (34%) - Week of 5/19-5/25
Shawn Morimando (34%) - Week of 5/13-5/18
Triston McKenzie (75%) - Week of 5/5-5/12
Thomas Pannone (33%) - Week of 4/28-5/4
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

Triston McKenzie - 5
Willi Castro - 4
Francisco Mejia - 4
Julian Merryweather - 4
Shawn Morimando - 4
Thomas Pannone - 4 (farewell, sweet prince)
Richie Shaffer - 4