First ATF in a while due to a little draft-related hiatus. But we're back to give you the rundown of yesterday's performances throughout the Indians minor league system; the good, the bad and the ugly. Columbus won 3-1 on the back some strong pitching performances, while Akron and Kinston saw their offenses explode in blowout victories. Lake County was on the recieving end of a 14-2 beatdown that saw them burn through 5 pitchers.
Roberto Perez, C-KIN: 2-4, 3B, 3 RBI, R, K.
Not sure I've mentioned this before, but I love Roberto Perez. One of the best defensive catchers in minor league baseball, Perez is suddenly a force with the bat as well. He smoked a bases-loaded triple last night to plate three runs, and has been scorching hot in the month of June. I know we're only 9 days into the month, but Perez has put up a .526/.609/.789 line so far. After a miserable April in which he hit just .160, Perez has worked his season line up to a respectable .254/.401/.344. He's been on base in 10 straight games including a 0-0 game with 4 walks back on May 26. The on base skills are there, he just needs to get a little more of his power to translate to games.
Kelvin De La Cruz, SP-AKR: W (4-3), 6 IP, H, 3 K, 3 BB
We saw a different Kelvin De La Cruz than we are used to last night. Usually KDLC strikes out a lot of hitters and walks a lot of hitters, and is done after the 5th inning due to his pitch count. But last night he let the defense do the work for him and it paid off, as he gave up just one hit and pitched through the 6th inning for only the second time this season. De La Cruz has been one of the better starting pitchers in the system this year, posting a 4-3 record with at 3.42 ERA, 67 K and 40 BB in 55 1/3 IP. The walks are a concern, but if it weren't for his arm troubles two years ago he would likely be in Columbus by now. He's on the 40-man roster already, and could be a rotation option next year.
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