INF GIOVANNY URSHELA received the 2014 Lou Boudreau Award for top organizational position player and LHP RYAN MERRITT was honored with the 2014 Bob Feller Award top pitcher for the 2014 Minor League season.
Urshela, 23, split the 2014 campaign between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, batting a combined .280 (136-485) with 36 doubles, 6 triples, 18 homeruns, 84 RBI and 78 runs scored. On the season, Urshela led all Tribe minor leaguers with 78 runs scored and ranked 2nd in the system in RBI, 3rd in hits and 4th in home runs. He also compiled a .977 fielding percentage (5 E/220 TC) in 98 games at third base for the Clippers.
Merritt, 22, finished the 2014 season with Carolina League-best 13 victories, while holding down a 2.58 ERA (46ER/160.1IP) in a career-high 25 starts. Merritt's 160.1 innings led all Carolina League hurlers, while hits 2.58 ERA (3rd), 2 complete games (T1st), 127 strikeouts (4th) and 0.95 WHIP (1st) all ranked in the top 5. Named to the Carolina League and organizational postseason All-Star teams, Merritt led all Tribe Minor League pitchers in ERA and ranked second in wins (13).