CLEVELAND, Ohio – Tuesday would have been a great day to play Game 4 of the ALDS at Progressive Field. The weather was perfect, almost too hot.
That possibility ended when the Indians lost to Houston on Monday, 11-3, as the Astros completed a three-game sweep. Still, there were members of the Indians’ organization playing baseball on Tuesday. It was just a long way from the postseason.
The Glendale Desert Dogs, with seven minor leaguers from the Indians on its roster, played the Peoria Javelinas on opening day in the Arizona Fall League. They lost, 8-7, but outfielder Connors Marabell, drafted in the 25th round in 2015, went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Indians pitchers on Glendale’s roster include right-handers Justin Garza, Jared Robinson and Dalbert Siri and lefty Rob Kaminsky. Rigo Beltran, the Indians pitching coach at Class AA Akron, will serve as Glendale’s pitching coach.
Tribe position players include catcher Li-Jen Chu, infielder Yu Chang and Marabell.
Chen, who was in spring training with the big-league club this past season, hit .256 (117-for-457) with 13 homers and 62 RBI in 127 games in his first year at Class AAA Columbus. He played 94 games at shortstop, 23 at third and nine at second, while striking out 144 times.
Marabell hit .296 (102-for-345) with 23 doubles, 11 homers and 64 RBI in 89 games at Akron. He was promoted to Columbus where he hit .214 (25-for-117) with two homers and nine RBI in 31 games.
Chu spent most of this season at Class A Lynchburg where he hit .278 (82-for-295) with 20 doubles, eight homers and 45 RBI in 81 games. He appeared in 16 games at Akron and two at Columbus.
Siri went 1-5 with 15 saves and a 2.45 ERA in 42 games at Lynchburg. He struck out 71 and walked 29 in 47 2/3 innings.
Robinson, an 11th round pick in 2014, went 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 29 starts at Lynchburg. He struck out 56 and walked 21 in 51 innings.
Kaminsky, the Cardinals No. 1 pick in 2013, moved to the bullpen at Akron and went 1-1 with a 3.08 ERA and four saves in 23 appearances. He struck out 22 and walked 18 in 26 1/3 innings.
Garza, an eighth-round pick in 2015, went 5-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 16 starts at Lynchburg. He struck out 69 and walked 22 in 68 innings.
There are several former Indians managing or coaching in the AFL. Former Tribe catcher Lou Marson is managing the Mesa Solar Sox. Don “The Rock” Schulze is his pitching coach. Shelley Duncan is Salt River’s hitting coach, while Dave Burba is their pitching coach.
Teams send their better prospects to the AFL to continue their path toward the big leagues. The season runs through Nov. 17.