Cleveland Indians minor league report, July: Lake County Captains, High-A
While we’ve predominately talked about hitters, there are pitchers in the minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians as well. There will be plenty more once the draft picks are signed and added, but there’s still solid arms in the farm system now.
One of those is Hunter Gaddis, a 23-year old right-handed starting pitcher for the Lake County Captains. A fifth round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft out of Georgia State, Gaddis had a strong month of July. Logging five starts, Gaddis kept his ERA down at 2.89 with a WHIP of 0.93. He was also able to strikeout 34 while walking just six.
The biggest concern for Gaddis is that he also allowed a team-high eight home runs in July. He gave up a total of 18 runs, but only nine were earned.
At the plate, Lake County had just one player log a batting average north of .300 over 50 or more at-bats. That was No. 24 prospect, catcher Bryan Lavastida. While the .316/.421/.487 slash line in July was promising, his most impressive stat might be his 10 doubles and seven stolen bases, exhibiting a good amount of speed for a catcher.
Lavastida’s defense still needs to improve, he has six errors behind the plate, but the offensive upside is definitely present.