Minor League Notebook: 3/29
March 30, 2011
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Minor League Notebook: 3/29
Young Brown is gaining confidence
Indians minor league outfielder Mark Brown is still learning the ropes of professional ball. Fresh out of high school as a 19th round pick last year out
“Spring training is going well,” said Brown in a recent interview for IPI. “There are a ton of dudes out here. Of course everybody is good, but the main thing is just finding a way to separate yourself.”
At 5’9” and 160 pounds, the smallish Brown separates himself from other players with his speed and athleticism. He is very raw and needs some work, but the Indians believe he has the tools to be an impact defensive centerfielder down the road.
Brown, 19, was committed to attend the
“I felt like I did pretty well,” said Brown about his performance in rookie ball and Instructs. “I am getting adjusted to the hitting and the main thing for me is getting stronger and more comfortable. For me it is just seeing more pitching and getting adjusted to the speed of the game.”
Brown played against limited competition in high school, so it may take awhile for him to make some adjustments in his approach and really settle in and become comfortable. Smoothing out his hitting mechanics will be one early area of focus as he has a little bit of a funky hitch with his front leg kick as he begins his swing.
“At the plate I just need to practice relaxing more and being smoother,” said Brown. “I guess that just comes with seeing more pitching and getting used to that velocity. [The hitch] was a bad habit that I developed, and me and [Hitting Coordinator] Bruce [Fields] have been working on it in the offseason to try and fix it. With fielding I can always work on going back on the ball as that is probably my weakest point.”
We are in the final days of spring training where a lot of players are getting ready to break camp for full season destinations in
“My personal goal this year is to hit for average, be a gap to gap hitter, and stay up above .300 all year,” said Brown. “Hopefully I am up to
Phelps ready for role change
Infielder Cord Phelps looks to be in store for an interesting season.
Interesting because even after a nice year last season where he hit .308 with 8 HR, 54 RBI and had a .825 OPS in 119 combined games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, at the outset of the season Phelps looks to be a man without a position.
“I am not really sure,” said Phelps in a recent interview for the IPI about his plan for this season. “I would imagine I’ll play some second base, but I don’t know. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”
Phelps, 24, has had to give way to highly regarded prospect Jason Kipnis as the every day second baseman in
To add to his versatility and create some additional value, the Indians had Phelps play third base in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) last October and November. The reports from the limited game action he had out in the AFL were enough for the Indians to decide to continue with the third base experiment this season.
“It was the first time I played third in three or four years,” said Phelps. “It is a very different position, but I felt like I improved over the course of the fall with getting better at reads and stuff like that. I am just willing to do whatever they need me to do, and if third is the position they need me to play I will play there.”
With another hot shot prospect in Lonnie Chisenhall also in
Beyond his role on the field, Phelps will also look to continue to apply his more aggressive approach at the plate this year, a change in his approach that he made going into last season. In 2009 at High-A Kinston he was one of the league leaders in walks and on-base percentage, but last year he really honed in on being less selective and being more aggressive which helped him become a more productive hitter and have what some would call a breakout season.
“I tried to be more aggressive last year and not let hittable pitches go by and I think that showed,” said Phelps. “In
The Columbus and Cleveland players broke camp on Tuesday and travelled to
“I just want to try and build on the things I learned last year,” said Phelps. “Just try to have a good attitude everyday and try to be consistent mentally and hopefully that will lead to consistent results.”
Goedert returns: Infielder Jared Goedert is working his way back from his oblique injury which has sidelined him the past few weeks. On Tuesday he played third base in an inter-squad game between
Lavisky is en fuego: Ho hum, catcher Alex Lavisky hit another home run yesterday. He is now unofficially up to about five or six homers this spring, which is very impressive for a player fresh out of high school and in his first spring training. I think he is leaving very little doubt – at least in the early going – that so far he is worth everything the Indians have invested in him and that he deserves to open the season at Low-A Lake County.
Kluber back on the hill: Right-hander Corey Kluber made his return to the mound on Tuesday and went 3.0 innings and allowed one hit, no runs, one walk and had three strikeouts. It was his first game back since being hit in the head with a line drive last Monday.
More short for Phelps: For the second straight day infielder Cord Phelps played shortstop for
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