Six Indians prospects are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Shortstop Ernie Clement (No. 25), catcher Gavin Collins, right-handers Manuel Alvarez, Argenis Angulo and Jonathan Teaney and left-hander Kirk McCarty. Indians top prospect (No. 37 overall) Nolan Jones was removed from the roster on Oct. 14 after slashing .200/.294/.433 with four homers and eight RBIs in 15 games.
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Here’s a day-by-day look at how Cleveland's AFL contingent is faring:
Oct. 18: Scottsdale 4, Mesa 0
Ernie Clement is batting .273 in the Fall League after a 1-for-4 performance from the second spot in Mesa’s lineup. But what’s particularly notable is that Clement, a natural middle infielder, started Friday’s game at third base -- something he’s yet to do in 209 Minor League games. Argenis Angulo struck out one batter during a perfect eighth inning out of the bullpen. The 25-year-old right-hander’s scoreless performance was his sixth in seven appearances and follows an outing in which he gave up four runs on two hits and three walks without recording an out.
Oct. 17: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.
Oct 16: Scottsdale 3, Mesa 0
Kirk McCarty struck out five of the first seven batters that he faced on Wednesday. He ultimately retired nine in a row to begin game before things came unraveled a bit in the fourth. The southpaw peppered the strike zone, tossing 33 of his 46 pitches for strikes across his four innings of work, racking up six strikeouts in the process. Manuel Alvarez delivered a scoreless inning of relief, his second out of five AFL appearances. The hard-throwing Dominican right-hander sat at 95-96 mph with fastball and retired all three batters that he faced. Jonathan Teaney followed him out of the ‘pen for Mesa and yielded an unearned run on two hit.
Ernie Clement hit leadoff, but was unable to spark the Mesa bats, finishing 0-for-4. Gavin Collins entered the night with RBIs in each of his past two games, but went 0-for-3 with a strikeout to drop his average to .107. He did lace a ball to left in the sixth, but it was corralled for the second out of the frame.
Oct. 15: Glendale 4, Mesa 3
No Indians prospects played for the Solar Sox on Tuesday.
Oct. 14: Glendale 9, Mesa 5
Gavin Collins was the lone Indians prospect in action Monday. Although he went 0-for-2 at the plate, he did pick up his fourth RBI of the fall via a sacrifice fly.
Oct. 13: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.
Oct. 12: East 4, West 2
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Oct. 11: Mesa 3, Salt River 2
Nolan Jones struggled on Friday as he struck out swinging in each of his three trips to the plate for Mesa. It marked the second straight three-strikeout game for the 21-year-old third baseman, who’s now batting .200 in the Fall League. Ernie Clement is batting .306 after a 1-for-3 performance that included his first AFL double.
Manuel Alvarez entered out of the bullpen in the fourth inning and issued a pair of one-out walks before giving up a two-run double. He also threw two wild pitches. The right-hander went on the complete the frame. Jonathan Teaney tossed a scoreless fifth, pitching around a pair of hits.
Oct. 10: Mesa 9, Salt River 3
Top prospect Nolan Jones doubled and scored in the first inning, but he struck out swinging in his final three at-bats to finish 1-for-5. It was the second AFL double for the Indians’ top prospect, who’s batting .217 through 15 games for Mesa. Ernie Clement, who started at second base on Thursday, recorded his second multihit effort in three games, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Gavin Collins connected on his first AFL homer -- a solo shot to left field in the sixth -- and finished with three RBIs after knocking a sac fly and a run-scoring groundout.
Kirk McCarty allowed two runs over five innings en route to his first win in four outings (three starts) for Mesa. The 23-year-old left-hander scattered four hits, issued one walk and struck out a pair while throwing 35 of 56 pitches for strikes. With the performance, McCarty lowered his ERA to 3.60 through 15 frames in the Fall League.
Oct. 9: Surprise 12, Mesa 10
Argenis Angulo entered for Surprise in the ninth frame, but he exited without recording an out after walking three and allowing a two-run home run. The 25-year-old right-hander’s line was completed after four of his runs came around to score on two hits and the three free passes.
Oct. 8: Surprise 6, Mesa 1
Nolan Jones, Cleveland’s top prospect and No. 37 on the Top 100, hit his fourth home run of the fall in a 1-for-4 day on Tuesday, driving in and scoring the only run for Mesa.
Gavin Collins caught the matchup and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Jonathan Teaney came on in relief for Mesa, and the 23-year-old right-hander finished 1 1/3 scoreless innings, despite allowing one of two inherited runners to score. He walked two and struck out one.
Oct. 7: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.
Oct. 6: Mesa 4, Peoria 2
Top prospect Nolan Jones teed off on his third Fall League homer, hitting a one-out solo shot in the fourth inning in Mesa’s 4-2 win over Peoria. The 20-year-old third baseman finished the game 1-for-4 from the cleanup spot. Ernie Clement swiped a bag and scored a run but was held hitless, going 0-for-3. Right-hander Manuel Alvarez turned in a scoreless inning in relief, pitching around a walk, and Argenis Angulo handled the ninth inning en route to his second AFL save. Angulo has yet to give up a run in five appearances for the Solar Sox after Sunday's one-hit frame.
Oct. 5: Mesa 2, Mexicali 1
Ernie Clement was the only player to record multiple hits for Mesa on Saturday, as he went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles from the leadoff spot, albeit while also making two outs on the basepaths. The Indians’ No. 25 prospect is batting .296 in the Fall League.
Oct. 4: Scottsdale 6, Mesa 5
Top prospect Nolan Jones (MLB No. 37) is batting .205 for Mesa after an 0-for-4 performance on Friday. Gavin Collins reached base via two walks and scored a run from the bottom of the lineup. Jonathan Teany worked a 1-2-3 inning out of Mesa’s bullpen in the ninth, but gave up a run in the 10th to take the loss for Mesa.
Oct. 3: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams
Oct. 2: Surprise 8, Mesa 7
For the second straight day, Indians top prospect Nolan Jones took a jog around the basepaths after clobbering a ball over the fence. His blast against Surprise was his second of the AFL, as he recorded his second multihit contest with the Solar Sox. After a 1-for-14 start over his first three games, the 21-year-old has rebounded with an extra-base hit in each of his last three appearances and a hit in six of his last seven games. Ernie Clement drew a walk and finished 1-for-4 at the plate.
Manuel Alvarez gave up one run -- an RBI triple from Mason McCoy (Orioles) -- on one hit in his lone inning out of the ‘pen. Alvarez struck out one, but struggled a bit with his command and issued a pair of walks. Argenis Angulo has yet to give up a run over four AFL appearances after spinning a scoreless ninth on Wednesday. Angulo, who threw five of his nine pitches for strikes, walked one and struck out one.
Oct. 1: Mesa 4, Glendale 0
Nolan Jones served as the designated hitter and slugged a three-run home run in the third, his first in the AFL. Despite the power display, the Indians’ top prospect struck out in his other three at-bats. Ernie Clement notched a single in his final at-bat and drew his first two walks since Fall League play began.
Sept. 30: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.
Sept. 29: Mesa 7, Obregon 0
Top prospect Nolan Jones (MLB No. 38) hit an RBI double to left-center field in his first at-bat and finished 1-for-3 with a walk in Mesa’s win over Obregon. He’s batting .188 with two RBIs so far this fall. Right-hander Jonathan Teaney struck out a pair of batters during a scoreless fifth inning out of the bullpen.
Sept. 28: Salt River 10, Mesa 3
Gavin Collins finished 1-for-4 with a run scored, connecting on his first double of the Fall League season. Argenis Angulo pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Solar Sox, allowing a hit and issuing a walk but inducing a double-play ball to get out of the minor jam. Manuel Alvarez only recorded a single out, conceding three earned runs on two walks and a hit -- a two-run homer from Twins prospect Royce Lewis.
Sept. 27: Salt River 6, Mesa 1
It was a slow start to the Fall League season for Cleveland’s top prospect, Nolan Jones, who entered Friday’s action 3-for-21. But he recorded a two-hit game, including an RBI single in the sixth inning that he was able to stretch for two bases after a fielding error. His other two at-bats ended with strikeouts. At second base, Ernie Clement went 0-for-3. Gavin Collins struggled with the bat (0-for-4), but he caught Videl Brujan stealing second base.
Sept. 26: Thursday's game between Surprise and Mesa was rained out and will not be made up.
Sept. 25: Mesa 15, Los Mochis 2
Nolan Jones scored a pair of runs and drew a walk as part of his 1-for-4 night at the plate. Ernie Clement lifted his AFL average up to .286 with his 2-for-5 performance.
Sept. 24: Mesa 8, Scottsdale 4
Serving as Mesa’s designated hitter on Tuesday, Indians No. 25 prospect Ernie Clement went 1-for-4 with a single. Right-hander Jonathan Teaney was tagged for two runs in 1 2/3 innings out of the Solar Sox’s bullpen. He showed a fastball that reached 95 mph but struggled with his control as he issued four walks and allowed two hits while throwing 16 of 37 pitches for strikes. He was relieved by righty Argenis Angulo, who surrendered a bases-loaded single before recording the final out of the game en route to the save.
Sept. 23: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.
Sept. 22: Mesa 7, Glendale 6
Nolan Jones hasn’t been hitting all that well in Arizona, but he showed some patience and plate discipline Sunday night as he drew a pair of walks. Jones, who is batting .118, finished 1-for-3 and scored a run.
Sept. 21: Mesa 4, Peoria 1
Kirk McCarty, a seventh-round pick from the 2017 Draft, put together a strong start for Mesa on the mound. The 23-year-old gave up a run in the first inning, but then put a pair of zeros in his final two frames. McCarty fired 25 of his 38 pitches for strikes, struck out four, walked one and yielded just the one run on three hits. Ernie Clement singled once atop the Mesa lineup, finishing 1-for-5. Gavin Collins had similar success as he went 1-for-3.
Sept. 20: Peoria 5, Mesa 1
Top prospect Nolan Jones started at third base and went hitless in five trips to the plate, striking out twice. He also committed a fielding error. Gavin Collins got the start behind the plate and did not get a hit in four at-bats, whiffing once. He allowed three stolen bases but did nab one would-be basestealer. Argenis Angulo pitched the ninth inning for Mesa, striking out a pair of batters and allowing only a single, and that baserunner would be caught steals to end the frame.
Sept. 19: Salt River 4, Mesa 1
No. 1 prospect Nolan Jones was the lone Cleveland hitter in Mesa’s lineup on Thursday night, when he batted second behind Jo Adell. Major League Baseball’s No. 38 prospect went 1-for-5 with a single and three strikeouts. Over 126 games this season split between Class A Advanced Lynchburg and Double-A Akron, Jones struck out three or more times in a single game 11 times.
Jonathan Teaney, a 20th-round pick from the 2017 Draft, gave up two runs -- via a homer to Royce Lewis -- on two hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Sept. 18: Scottsdale 5, Mesa 4
No. 1 prospect Nolan Jones (No. 38 in MLB) started at third base for Mesa in Wednesday’s opener, but went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. The 21-year-old is coming off a strong season split between Class A Advanced Lynchburg and Double-A Akron, where he hit a combined .272 with 15 home runs and an .851 OPS.