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Minor League Players of the Year

Cleveland Indians Minor League Players of the Year

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).


INF Giovanny Urshela

Born: 10/11/1991  |  Cartagena, Colombia  |  Ht: 6' 0"  |  Wt: 215  |  Bats: R  |  Throws: R
2014 Season
Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
COLUMBUS International
(AAA)
.276 104 395 63 109 27 6 13 65 187 30 51 0 2 .331 .473 .804
AKRON Eastern (AA) .300 24 90 15 27 9 0 5 19 51 6 16 1 1 .347 .567 .914
Minors   .280 128 485 78 136 36 6 18 84 238 36 67 1 3 .334 .491 .825

LHP Ryan Merritt

Born: 2/21/1992  |  McKinney, TX  |  McLennan CC, TX  |  Ht: 6' 0"  |  Wt: 170  |  Bats: L  |  Throws: L
2014 Season
Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
CAROLINA Carolina (A-Adv.) 13 3 2.58 25 25 2 0 0 160.1 128 56 46 5 25 127 1.07 .216
Minors   13 3 2.58 25 25 2 0 0 160.1 128 56 46 5 25 127 1.07 .216