Found July 06, 2012 on Death, Taxes, and Rebuilding:
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By: Kevin Friedman

Wannabee Hitter of June

Nick Weglarz - Akron Aeros, Outfield

This was a tough decision. No one guy was head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Weglarz was once considered a top prospect for the Tribe and he may finally be returning to form. In June, Weglarz hit .292 with 8 home runs and 21 RBI’s. He had just 3 home runs and 14 RBI’s for the first two months of the season. Something may be finally clicking here. The left handed hitting outfielder has battled through injuries in recent years, which have derailed his big league chances. If he keeps this up he will find his way to the show sooner rather than later.

Wannabee Pitcher of June

Danny Salazar - Carolina Mudcats, SP

Salazar is on a strict pitch count due to him coming off of Tommy John Surgery just last year. After a rocky start in April, Danny has been lights out since. It seems as he is becoming more comfortable throwing again he is only getting better. In just 14.1 innings in June, Salazar managed to still strike out 16 batters. His ERA was a very good 2.51, but improvement is what has really shown. In April, Salazar had an ERA above 7. With his pitch count being so limited, look for Danny to be a potential break out prospect next season. It is about time the Tribe farm system has a guy looking like he is bouncing back from major injuries.

Lindor Watch
Francisco Lindor had an up and down month of June. He had his worst batting average of any month so far at just .229. However the batting average does not tell the whole story at the plate for Lindor. Francisco walked 17 times in June. In the previous two months combined he walked just 13 times. His approach at the plate is becoming more patient which is a great sign for an 18 year old ball player. Lindor’s On Base Percentage of .393 was the highest of the first three months of the season. He also belted 5 doubles as he continues to show his gap hitting ability. Lindor has been so impressive so far he was selected to the MLB Futures game this month.

Wannabee Power Rankings

1) Jared Goedert- 3B/OF Columbus Clippers
Last month- 1
Nobody has come close to knock Goedert off the top spot.

2) Steven Wright- RHP Akron Aeros
Last Month- 2
More consistency will only lead to future call ups for Wright.

3) Jesus Aguilar- 1B- Carolina Mudcats
Last Month- 5
After being selected to the MLB Futures game, Aguilar went on to hit 6 bombs in June.

4) Matt Laporta- 1B Columbus Clippers
Last month- Not Ranked
Matt is back in the minors after a stint with the Tribe. He is still hitting the ball well and will be back in Cleveland by the end of the year.

5) Francisco Lindor- SS Lake County Captains
Last Month – 5
More patience at the plate will only lead to better numbers in the future.

6) Chun Chen- C/1B Akron Aeros
Last Month- 9
Chen hit .343 in June… Enough said!

7) Loek Van Mil- RHP Akron Aeros
Last Month- 10
12 strikeouts to just 3 weeks as a reliever is a great ratio.

8. TJ McFarland- LHP Columbus Clippers
Last Month- 3
Tough June will bring out his true colors in the coming months.

9) TJ House- LHP Akron Aeros
Last Month- 6
Both TJ’s had a rough go in June. Hope to see them get back on track in July.

10) Tyler Naquin- OF Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Last Month- Not Ranked
Cannot have a power rankings without the Tribes new #1 pick…. Especially since he can mash!

Fell out

1) Tony Wolters
2) David Huff

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