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Expansion Era Minor League All-Star Rosters – Indians

Founded on my research for the “Minors vs Majors” chapter in my book, “Hardball Retroactive” paired with complementary articles “Minors vs. Majors: The Top Minor League Batters in the Expansion Era” and “Minors vs. Majors: The Top Minor League Pitchers in the Expansion Era“, the ensuing series will reveal the Minor League All-Star rosters for every MLB franchise based primarily on single-season statistics in Runs Created / 140 Games (batters) and Fielding Independent Pitching (pitchers).

Selection Criteria

  • individual seasons in the Expansion Era (1961 – 2017)
  • levels A through AAA
  • ages 24 or younger (A and A+)
  • age 25 seasons (AA and AAA)
  • age 26 seasons (AAA)

Terminology

RC – Runs Created – using the basic formula devised by Bill James:

((H + BB) * TB) / (AB + BB)

Note: I utilized the basic formula as opposed to the Technical Version due to incomplete GIDP and IBB data.

RC/140 – Runs Created per 140 Games as Minor League ballplayers

RC / (G / 140)

FIP – Fielding Independent Pitching – “Fielding Independent Pitching converts a pitcher’s three true outcomes into an earned run average-like number. The formula is (13*HR+3*(HBP+BB)-2*K)/IP, plus a constant (usually around 3.2) to put it on the same scale as earned run average.

FIP is a component ERA inspired by the work of Voros McCracken on defense-independent pitching statistics, but has become more widely used because of the ease of computation – it requires only four easily-found box score stats, uses only basic arithmetic operations and has four easily-memorized constants. It was conceived of by both Tom Tango and Clay Dreslough, the latter of who called it Defense-Independent Component ERA.” (definition courtesy of Baseball Prospectus Glossary).

((13*HR+3*(HBP+BB)-2*K)/IP)+3.2)

Assessment

The Cleveland Indians 

Kevin Kouzmanoff (.379/22/75) slugged .656 and recorded the highest RC/140 (146.3) among Indians prospects since the dawn of the Expansion Era. Following a trade in November 2006 to the Padres in exchange for Josh Barfield, the third-sacker averaged 31 doubles spanning four years (2007-2010) in San Diego and Oakland.  Three-time All-Star Sean “The Mayor” Casey registered 12 plate appearances with the Tribe in 1997 after scorching the upper minors with a slash line of .380 / .446 / .613.  Dave Clark (#1, 1983) parlayed 30 jacks and a .340 BA for Buffalo (AAA) into a 13-year big league career. Manny Ramirez (#1, 1991) amassed 12 All-Star invitations and placed runner-up in the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year balloting. “Man-Ram” annihilated Eastern (AA) and International League (AAA) opponents in the prior campaign as he batted at a .333 clip with 44 doubles, 31 round-trippers, 105 runs scored and 115 ribbies. Bob Chance (.343/26/114) claimed the 1963 Eastern League Triple Crown and posted respectable counting stats as a platoon first baseman with the Tribe during his rookie season (1964). Following a trade to Washington in December ’64, Chance’s playing time decreased substantially and he accrued only 305 at-bats over the next 5 MLB campaigns. Victor Martinez (.335/32/103) placed runner-up for 2014 AL MVP honors, more than a decade after making his MLB debut with the Tribe. “V-Mart” drilled 40 two-baggers and 22 circuit clouts while batting at a .336 clip for the Akron Aeros in ’02. Brian S. Giles blossomed as a full-timer in the Pirates outfield after solving triple-A competition with a .310 BA and .905 OPS over 3 seasons (1994-96), producing a .309 BA with 36 doubles, 37 home runs, 109 ribbies, 108 walks and 108 runs scored per season across a four-year stretch (1999-2002). Jhonny Peralta tallied 109 runs, 44 two-base knocks and a .326 BA for the Buffalo Bisons (AAA) in ’04. The three-time All-Star shortstop mashed a career-high 24 taters for Cleveland during the 2005 campaign.

Cleveland’s bench includes Hall of Fame corner infielder Jim Thome, 1980 AL Rookie of the Year “Super” Joe Charboneau along with lumberjacks Russell “The Muscle” Branyan and Richie Sexson. Thome crushed 30+ long balls in 12 campaigns and coaxed 100+ walks nine times. Manning the hot corner for the Charlotte Knights (AAA) in ’93, Thome slashed .332/.441/.585 with 25 jacks and 102 ribbies. Acquired from the Phillies during an exchange of prospects in December ’78, Charboneau notched a .352 BA along with a 1.019 OPS as a member of the Chattanooga Lookouts (AA). Branyan clobbered 39 big-flies and plated 105 baserunners while splitting the ’97 campaign between Kinston (A+) and Akron (A), replicating his results from the preceding year – .268/40/106 at Columbus (A). Sexson supplied 33 dingers and 101 rib-eye steaks per season over an eight-year span (1999-2006) subsequent to dialing 52 long-distance dedications against American Association hurlers in 1997-98.

Shane Bieber compiled an 11-5 record in his debut with the Tribe in 2018 after fashioning an ERA of 2.86 and a WHIP of 1.127 as a Cleveland farmhand in the prior campaign. Bartolo Colon furnished a 13-3 mark with a 1.97 ERA along with a 1.014 WHIP as an Indians’ prospect. More than two decades later, “Big Sexy” continues to add to an MLB register encompassing 247 wins, 2535 strikeouts and 2005 AL Cy Young honors. Danny Salazar secured an AL All-Star invitation in 2016, three years after posting a 1.96 FIP, 1.022 WHIP and 12.5 strikeouts per 9 IP in the upper minors. Drew Pomeranz (#1, 2010) likewise punched a ticket to the Mid-Summer Classic in 2016, albeit as a member of the Padres. “Big Smooth” started 18 contests with Cleveland’s minor league affiliates, composing a 1.98 ERA and 11.1 SO/9 before being dealt to Colorado in a 4-player trade for Ubaldo Jimenez.

Starting Lineup Age Year Teams Levels POS RC140 BA HR RBI OBP SLG
Kevin Rhomberg 25 1981 CNG AA 2B 109.4 0.366 1 55 0.457 0.474
Dave Clark* 24 1987 BFL AAA RF 139.7 0.340 30 80 0.412 0.621
Sean Casey* 22 1997 AKR,BFL AA,AAA 1B 143.4 0.380 15 84 0.446 0.613
Manny Ramirez 21 1993 CAK,CHR AA,AAA LF 136.4 0.333 31 115 0.417 0.613
Kevin Kouzmanoff 24 2006 AKR,BFL AA,AAA 3B 146.3 0.379 22 75 0.437 0.656
Bob Chance* 22 1963 CHL AA DH 130.0 0.343 26 114 0.428 0.614
Victor Martinez# 23 2002 AKR AA C 122.0 0.336 22 85 0.417 0.576
Brian S. Giles* 25 1996 BFL AAA CF 125.7 0.314 20 64 0.395 0.594
Jhonny Peralta 22 2004 BFL AAA SS 107.1 0.326 15 86 0.384 0.493
Bench Age Year Teams Levels POS RC140 BA HR RBI OBP SLG
Jim Thome* 22 1993 CHR AAA 3B 127.5 0.332 25 102 0.441 0.585
Luis Medina 23 1986 WLO A OF 125.2 0.317 35 110 0.407 0.594
Ryan Mulhern 24 2005 AKR,KIN AA,A+ 1B 124.7 0.315 32 94 0.390 0.640
Scott Morgan 22 1996 CBS A OF 121.5 0.311 22 80 0.415 0.616
Joe Charboneau 24 1979 CNG AA OF 121.1 0.352 21 78 0.422 0.597
Dan Briggs* 25 1978 POR AAA OF 120.7 0.330 20 109 0.403 0.562
Ryan Garko 23 2004 KIN,AKR A+,AA C 117.3 0.330 22 99 0.412 0.565
Russell Branyan* 21 1997 KIN,AKR A+,AA 3B 117.0 0.272 39 105 0.389 0.620
Kyle Washington 21 1991 CBS,KIN A,A+ OF 116.4 0.342 8 58 0.436 0.525
Bill Davis* 23 1965 POR AAA 1B 116.2 0.311 33 106 0.397 0.577
Milt Harper* 24 1987 KIN A 1B 114.8 0.312 20 97 0.445 0.529
Richie Sexson 23 1998 BFL AAA OF 113.4 0.297 21 74 0.386 0.544
Andy Marte 25 2009 CLB AAA 3B 113.2 0.327 18 66 0.369 0.593
Jeff Manto 25 1990 CSP AAA 1B 112.7 0.297 18 82 0.446 0.560
Cord Phelps# 24 2011 CLB AAA 2B 101.3 0.294 14 63 0.376 0.492

 

Starters Age Year Teams Levels FIP WLSV ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
Shane Bieber 22 2017 LBG,AKR A+,AA 2.14 10-5 2.86 1.127 0.5 8.4
Bartolo Colon 22 1995 KIN A+ 2.55 13-3 1.97 1.014 2.7 10.7
Danny Salazar 23 2013 CLB,AKR AAA,AA 1.96 6-5 2.71 1.022 2.3 12.5
Drew Pomeranz* 22 2011 KIN,AKR A+,AA 2.45 3-3 1.98 1.143 3.8 11.1
Scott E. Lewis* 22 2006 KIN A+ 2.13 3-3 1.48 0.972 2.2 9.6
Relievers Age Year Teams Levels FIP WLSV ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
Cory Burns 22 2010 KIN,LCO A+,A 1.60 42 1.96 1.036 2.3 13.3
Preston Guilmet 22 2010 LCO A 1.60 11 2.25 0.865 1.7 13.7
Kevin Bearse* 22 1988 KIN A 1.73 22 1.31 1.010 2.4 11.1
Marc Deschenes 24 1997 CBS,KIN A,A+ 1.88 29 1.52 1.000 3.5 15.0
Vinnie Pestano 25 2010 CLB,AKR AAA,AA 1.90 17 1.82 1.064 2.4 11.7
Bench Age Year Teams Levels FIP WLSV ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
Thomas Pannone* 23 2017 AKR,LBG AA,A+ 2.45 8-1 1.96 0.955 2.3 9.8
Oscar Zamora 20 1965 DBQ,SLS A 2.42 5-11 2.52 1.147 1.7 8.0
Mike Paul* 22 1967 REN,POR A,AAA 2.60 5-6 2.34 1.135 2.8 12.1
Fernando Cabrera 23 2005 BFL AAA 1.95 3 1.23 0.920 1.9 12.0
Tony Sipp* 22 2006 AKR AA 2.02 3 3.14 1.082 3.1 12.0
Ryan Larson 22 2001 CBS,KIN A,A+ 2.05 6 0.89 0.776 1.4 10.0

Honorable Mention

Francisco Mejia generated a .342 BA with 29 two-base knocks during his age-20 season with the Lake County Captains (A) and Lynchburg Hillcats (A+) in 2016. One of the Indians top prospects heading into 2018, Mejia was shipped to San Diego in exchange for relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber two weeks before the trade deadline. Chris Bando parlayed a .349 BA with the Chattanooga Lookouts (AA) into a 9-year MLB career as a platoon catcher. Vic Davalillo registered a .278 BA over six seasons as the Indians primary center fielder following a 200-hit campaign for the Jacksonville Suns (AAA) in 1962. David Riske managed an ERA of 3.67 through 11 big-league seasons after striking out 12.2 batters per 9 innings and saving 15 contests for Buffalo (AAA) in 2001.

 

Batter Age Year Teams Levels POS RC140 BA HR RBI OBP SLG
Ed Saavedra 21 1981 WLO A OF 111.7 0.336 19 85 0.416 0.530
Matt Whitney 23 2007 LCO,KIN A,A+ 1B 111.2 0.299 32 113 0.364 0.545
Jose Villar 24 1963 GFK A OF 111.1 0.319 19 63 0.402 0.541
Mark Higgins 22 1986 WLO A 1B 110.4 0.317 23 98 0.400 0.551
Pat Osborn 23 2004 KIN A+ 3B 110.4 0.342 10 55 0.422 0.531
Francisco Mejia# 20 2016 LCO,LBG A,A+ C 110.1 0.342 11 80 0.382 0.514
Chris Bando# 24 1980 CNG AA C 109.7 0.349 12 73 0.441 0.530
Alex Ramirez 23 1998 BFL AAA OF 109.3 0.299 34 103 0.324 0.566
George Banks 26 1965 POR AAA 3B 109.2 0.279 35 95 0.405 0.566
Vic Davalillo* 25 1962 JCK AAA OF 108.4 0.346 11 69 0.391 0.512

 

Pitcher Age Year Teams Levels FIP WLSV ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
Greg Roscoe 25 1990 CAK AA 2.61 6-7 3.78 1.311 3.1 8.0
Matt Packer* 22 2010 LCO,AKR A,AA 2.66 9-7 2.04 1.014 1.5 8.4
Jeff Sexton 23 1995 CBS,KIN A,A+ 2.66 11-3 2.33 1.014 1.5 7.2
David Riske 24 2001 BFL AAA 2.05 15 2.37 1.168 2.9 12.2
Neil Wagner 24 2008 KIN,AKR A+,AA 2.09 3 4.38 1.417 3.1 11.5
Alex Herrera* 21 2001 KIN,AKR A+,AA 2.10 5 1.33 0.988 2.8 10.7

 

References and Resources

Baseball-Reference

Bill James Baseball Abstract

Seamheads – Baseball Gauge

About the Author 

I am a New Jersey native with a passion for baseball, statistics, computers and video games who enjoys spending quality time with his family.

Hardball Retroactive”, published in June 2018, is available in paperback and digital (Kindle) format at Amazon.com along with digital eBook format at GooglePlay.com.  

“Hardball Retrospective” is available in digital format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes and KoboBooks. The paperback edition is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace. Supplemental Statistics, Charts and Graphs along with a discussion forum are offered at TuataraSoftware.com.

Don Daglow (Intellivision World Series Major League Baseball, Earl Weaver Baseball, Tony LaRussa Baseball) contributed the foreword for Hardball Retrospective. The foreword and preview of my book are accessible here.

“Hardball Retrospective – Addendum 2014 to 2016” supplements my research for Hardball Retrospective, providing retroactive standings based on Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and Win Shares (WS) for each “original” team over the past three seasons (2014-2016). Team totals from 2010 – 2013 are included for reference purposes. “Addendum” is available in paperback and digital formats through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace.

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