Indians release group of minor-leaguers

The Cleveland Indians began to clean out the minor league system last Wednesday. They released six minor league players from the organization. The players featured former prospects that lost their sparkle in the system while others were not as well known. I wish them the best of luck in the future and hope they can find another organization to continue playing in. A few of the names on the list were players that were in Lake County at some point and I saw them play.

For each player, I will give a quick summary of his stats in the organization and a short scouting report if available. Parts of the scouting reports are from Tony Lastoria’s Top Prospect book.

RHP Owen Dew

  • 6-15 with a 3.78 ERA in 58 games, 96:34 K:BB in 152.1 IP
  • 3 seasons across 3 levels (SS/A-/A+)

Dew was selected in the 21st round of the 2010 Amateur Draft from the University of Central Florida. Prior to his injury troubles, Dew threw a 4-seam fastball within the range of 88-91 MPH to go along with a plus changeup. He is able to throw strikes  as well as he pitches to contact against hitters. Dew hurt his elbow in May 2011 and then he opted to have Tommy John Surgery in April of 2012.

RHP Kyle Blair

  • 10-9 with a 5.68 ERA in 60 games, 143:84 K:BB in 166.1 IP
  • 3 seasons across 5 levels (Rk/SS/A-/A+/AA)

Blair signed with the Indians after being selected in the 4th round of the 2010 Amateur Draft from the University of San Diego. Blair’s pitches are a two-seam fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. His fastball ranges from 90-92 but has low command of it. His slider has a lot of bite to it and it is his best pitch. The other two pitches are below-average at best. He has suffered a few injuries that have hempered his development and taken away his prospect status. Blair began the 2013 season ranked #93rd in Tony Lastoria’s Top 100.

OF Victor Dejesus

  • .213 average in 164 games, 93 hits, 3 home runs and 33 RBI’s, 152:52 K:BB
  • 4 seasons across 1 level (Rk-DSL/AZL)

Dejesus was a Latin free agent signed in 2010. Dejesus has only a few tools: plus speed and arm but he lacks in power and in contact.

INF Manuel Boscan

  • .218 average in 112 games, 75 hits, 0 home runs, 31 RBI’s , 37:22 K:BB
  • 4 seasons across 2 levels (Rk-DSL & AZL/SS)

Boscan was a Latin free agent that signed with the Indians in 2010. He was suspended for 50 games due to testing positive for PED’s. He has a couple of tools but does not jump off the page. He has a good eye at the plate as well as average speed, good defense and a plus arm.

RHP Michael Goodnight

  • 9-28 with a 4.45 ERA in 89 games, 280:193 K:BB in 347.2 IP
  • 4 seasons across 3 levels (SS/A-/A+)

Goodnight was drafted in the 13th round of the 2010 Amateur Draft from the University of Houston. Goodnight possesses a sturdy frame to make him a physical pitcher. He has a four pitch repertoire: a 90-94 MPH fastball, a low-80’s slider, a curveball and changeup. With all of the pitches, he has struggled command at times and he has been unable to make mechanical adjustments. Goodnight started the 2013 season ranked #70.

P Rafael Homblert

  • 5-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 71 games, 100:54 K:BB in 126.2 IP
  • 4 seasons across 2 levels (Rk-DSL & AZL/SS)

Homblert was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2009. Homblert throws a fastball in the high 80’s along with a good breaking ball. He has a slender frame that could develop power in the future.

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About tstotsky

I am a graduate of Lake Erie College and a huge baseball fan. I am a beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider, covering the Lake County Captains, Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
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