Indianapolis Indians 2015 All-Star Capsules

Balloting for the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game is officially open and the Indianapolis Indians need your votes to receive an invitation to the 2015 MidSummer Classic at Werner Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

Fans may vote through the online ballot from May 29 to June 26, with voting options including one player for each of the infield positions, three outfielders, a designated hitter and two choices among both starting and relief pitchers.
(Note: write-in votes for players not listed on the ballot WILL be accepted).

Fan balloting will account for one-third of the total All-Star vote along with ballots cast by members of the media and each club’s field manager, coaches and general manager.

The ballots are now open and the Indians encourage fans to vote early, vote often and most importantly — vote Tribe!

1B — Brent Morel

morel Stats (38 Gms) 
Avg: .216
XBH: 10
Runs: 16
RBIs: 19
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Hit safely in 14 of 21 games in May
•Leads team with 27 appearances at first base
•Just 1 error in 240 total chances (.996)
•Batting .417 during his 5-game hit streak

Brent Morel was the Tribe’s 2014 Defensive Infielder of the Year and has continued that success with a solid glove at both corner infield positions for the Indians in 2015. At the plate, the 28 year old recently rebounded from his slow start to produce a season-high six-game hit streak from May 13-19 and his current five-game streak from May 24-28.

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2B — Alen Hanson

Stats (45 Gms) 
Avg: .298
XBH: 13
Runs: 27
RBIs: 20
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Tied for league lead in triples (6)
•Ranks 3rd in IL in hits (54)
•Tied for 3rd in IL in runs scored
•Leads IL with 44 games at 2B

Alen Hanson, the Tribe’s top prospect, burst onto the scene this year to dominate opposing pitching during his debut season at the Triple-A level. The 22 year old currently leads the league in hits and OPS in May, and ranks among the top five in the IL in runs scored (2nd), slugging (2nd), batting (3rd) and extra-base hits (T-3rd) during the second month of the campaign.

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SS — Gustavo Nunez

Stats (35 Gms) 
Avg: .311
XBH: –
Runs: 13
RBIs: 8
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Leads IL in avg in May (.361)
•Hit safely in 15 of 18 games in May
•Batting .412 as leadoff man
•Made all 30 defensive appearances at SS

Gustavo Nunez has excelled in his table-setter role at the top of the Tribe’s lineup. The 27-year-old speedster is hitting .346 when batting second on the lineup card and is currently one of four Indians players with six or more stolen bases through the season.

Nunez Highlight Clip  |  Vote Nunez

3B — Pedro Florimon

Stats (27 Gms) 
Avg: .226
XBH: 6
Runs: 8
RBIs: 9
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Has appeared at 2B, SS and 3B
•Tribe is unbeaten in his starts at 3B
•Is 4-for-9 in 9th and extra innings
•Just 1 error in 94 total chances (.989)

Pedro Florimon began the season on a tear after joining the Indians’ roster and hit safely in nine of his first 11 games with five multi-hit efforts. The 28 year old is a slick-fielding infielder who can slot into (and has) nearly any spot on the diamond.

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C — Elias Diaz

Stats (39 Gms) 
Avg: .269
XBH: 7
Runs: 12
RBIs: 15
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Caught 7 of 19 runners stealing (1st, IL)
•Hit safely in 9 of last 11 games (.324)
•Just 15 strikeouts in 131 at-bats
•Hit 1st Triple-A HR on 4/22 at Columbus

Prized catching prospect Elias Diaz has lived up to his billing by throwing out seven of 19 runners attempting to steal (37 percent), a total which would rank first in the IL if he had appeared in enough games to qualify for the leader board. The 24-year-old Triple-A rookie also has a polished approach at the plate to rank first among league backstops with his .338 on-base percentage (min. 130 plate appearances).

Diaz Highlight Clip  |  Vote Diaz

DH — Tony Sanchez

Stats (31 Gms) 
Avg: .243
XBH: 11
Runs: 17
RBIs: 22
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Has driven 11 of 27 hits for extra bases
•Has 17 runs & 22 RBIs in just 31 games
•Hitting .370 with runners in scoring pos.
•Leads Tribe with 12 starts at DH

All-time Indians great Tony Sanchez makes a strong case for his second IL All-Star selection after contributing to 39 runs for the Tribe in just 31 Triple-A games this season. The 27 year old is a former Top Star of the 2013 MidSummer Classic and has hit .344 with four doubles, two triples and seven RBIs over his most recent nine games leading up to Friday’s ballot announcement.

Sanchez Highlight Clip  |  Vote Sanchez

OF — Gorkys Hernandez

Stats (48 Gms) 
Avg: .281
XBH: 16
Runs: 28
RBIs: 17
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Tied for MiLB lead with 48 games played
•Ranks 2nd in IL in runs scored
•Has reached base in 39 of 48 games
•Leads IL OFs in total chances & putouts

Gorkys Hernandez is arguably one of the top defensive outfielders in the International League and has displayed his talent in a Minor League Baseball high-tying 48 games. The 27 year old also recently reminded fans of his power potential with the bat when he belted Indianapolis’ first grand slam in more than a full calendar year on May 26 at Buffalo.

Hernandez Highlight Clip  |  Vote Hernandez

OF — Steve Lombardozzi

Stats (34 Gms) 
Avg: .320
XBH: 10
Runs: 14
RBIs: 18
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Ranks 2nd in IL in OBP (.405)
•Ranks 9th in IL in batting
•Hit safely in 27 of 34 games
•Selected and promoted to Pirates on 5/6

Steve Lombardozzi hits in the heart in the Indians’ lineup – and for good reason – as the slugging outfielder ranked second among all IL batters with a .379 batting average prior to his promotion to Pittsburgh. The 26 year old  rejoined the Triple-A ranks on May 18 and continued his torrid start to the campaign by hitting safely in seven of 10 games since his return.

Lombardozzi Highlight Clip  |  Vote Lombardozzi

OF — Jose Tabata

Stats (28 Gms) 
Avg: .352
XBH: 3
Runs: 14
RBIs: 4
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Ranked 3rd in IL in batting
•Was 2nd in MiLB in batting in May
•Was 3rd in MiLB in OBP in May
•Selected & promoted by Pirates on 5/19

Jose Tabata forced his way back into the Major League conversation by hitting safely in 12 of his final 13 games, including six multi-hit efforts, prior to his promotion to Pittsburgh. The 26 year old was as solid as any outfielder during his Indians tenure, but he truly shined at the plate in his home ballpark by producing a .370 average in 17 games at Victory Field.

Tabata Highlight Clip  |  Vote Tabata

Starting Pitcher — Casey Sadler (RHP)

Stats (8GS) 
W-L: 4-2
ERA: 2.52
WHIP: 0.82
SO: 33
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Leads IL in WHIP
•Ranks 3rd in IL in average against (.186)
•Ranks 6th in IL in ERA
•Earned 1st MLB win with Pirates on 4/12

Casey Sadler, the ace of the Tribe’s pitching staff, has struck out 33 batters and authored quality starts in seven of his eight Triple-A assignments on the season. The 24 year old has pitched a quality start in 22 of his 30 career games with the Indians and led the club to a 22-8 record when he takes the mound.

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Starting Pitcher — Adrian Sampson (RHP)

Stats (10GS) 
W-L: 4-3
ERA: 3.15
WHIP: 1.28
SO: 53
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Leads IL in strikeouts
•Ranks 3rd in IL in innings pitched (60)
•Has won 4 straight decisions
•Has 6+ strikeouts in 5 of 10 starts

In his first full season at the Triple-A level, Adrian Sampson has tossed six quality starts while dominating opposing batters to the tune of a league-high 53  strikeouts.  The 23 year old originally opened the campaign with a 4.35 ERA over his first two starts but has since bounced back to register a 2.90 ERA through his last eight outings.

Sampson Highlight Clip  |  Vote Sampson

Relief Pitcher — Blake Wood (RHP)

Stats (19 G) 
Saves: 12
ERA: 1.83
WHIP: 0.92
SO: 25
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Leads IL in saves
•Tied for IL lead in games finished (16)
•Allowed runs in just 2 of 13 save chances
•Has 1+ strikeouts in 16 of 19 games

Blake Wood serves as one of the premier closers in the entire International League, and along with converting a league-high 12 saves, has also posted the league’s fifth-best ratios of strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio (11.44) and fewest-baserunners-per-nine innings (8.24). The 29 year old has relied on a devastating fastball that tops out near triple digits on the radar gun to record 19 of his 40 outs via strikeout when a save is on the line.

Wood Highlight Clip  |  Vote Wood

Relief Pitcher — Deolis Guerra (RHP)

Stats (16 G) 
SV/Hold: 2/4
ERA: 1.67
WHIP: 0.85
SO: 28
Highlights (at time of ballot release)
•Allowed earned runs in only 2 games
•Is 3rd in IL in fewest runners/9.0 (7.67)
•Has 1+ strikeouts in 15 of 16 games
•Is unscored upon in 10 games at home

Deolis Guerra forms the other half of a lights-out duo with fellow late-innings arm Blake Wood, and has picked up two saves while striking out 28 batters over 27 innings of work this year. The 26 year old has relied on a combination of a low-to-mid 90 MPH fastball and the rare “palm ball” to rank fourth (and one spot ahead of Wood) among league relievers with an average of just 7.67 runners-per-nine innings for Indianapolis.

Guerra Highlight Clip  |  Vote Guerra

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