Captains C Jeremy Lucas named Indians Minor League POW
On Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians named Captains catcher Jeremy Lucas was named the Player of the Week for last week (August 12-19). Over the week, Lucas had an average of .389 (7-18) with 2 doubles, a home run, 6 RBI and 4 runs scored. He also posted a 1.227 OPS (.560 OBP/.667 SLG). Against South Bend on Wednesday, Lucas had a three-hit game in the win. He added a two-run, walk-off double against Bowling Green on Monday.
On the season, Lucas has an average of .299 in 65 games. He has 33 RBI’s, 41 BB, 42 K and five homers.
Lucas is leading the team with a eight game hitting streak (current). Lucas was selected in the 12th round of the 2012 First-year Player Draft out of Indiana State University.
Lucas is the fourth Captains player to be named POW. The first three were Ryan Merritt (May 6-13), Joe Sever (May 29-June 4), Dylan Baker (June 19-25).
Matsuzaka released by Indians organization
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka asked for his unconditional release from the Cleveland Indians and on Tuesday, the organization granted him his release. “Dice-K” has pitched the entire 2013 season in Columbus after joining Spring Training with the big-league club.
In Spring Training, Matsuzaka was in the running for the rotation spots. Scott Kazmir won the spot, therefore, sending Dice-K to the minors. He hoped to be the one to earn a call-up but it never happened.
In 19 starts with Columbus, Matsuzaka had a 3.92 ERA and 95/39 K/BB ratio over 103 innings for Columbus.
With his release, Dice-K can sign with any other team.