CLEVELAND -- The Indians not only have three All-Stars heading to San Diego for next week's Midsummer Classic, but they also had a trio of prospects on display at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.Triple-A Columbus third baseman Yandy Diaz was added to the roster on Thursday, started for
CLEVELAND -- The Indians not only have three All-Stars heading to San Diego for next week's Midsummer Classic, but they also had a trio of prospects on display at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.
Triple-A Columbus third baseman Yandy Diaz was added to the roster on Thursday, started for the World team and went 1-for-2. Class A Advanced Lynchburg catcher Francisco Mejia (World) went 1-for-3 with a run and caught four scoreless innings.
Double-A Akron outfielder Clint Frazier shined in the spotlight, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double while batting third for the U.S. in the World squad's 11-3 win at Petco Park.
"I think I struggled with it at first. I didn't know how to handle all the attention," Frazier said. "It was more about an immature approach than 'Look at me! Look at me!' I'm 21 years old now. I'm closer to the big leagues than I was last year. ... I don't care for the spotlight as much as people give it to me, but it's part of being selected where I was and being a prospect. It's fun to be a part of."
"For those three guys," said Carter Hawkins, the Indians' director of player development, "it's really just the result of some really hard work, some good adjustments early in the year."
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Shortstop Francisco Lindor, along with pitchers Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar, will represent the Tribe at the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Petco Park.
Diaz, who is ranked as Cleveland's 13th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com, has enjoyed a strong showing between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this season. Through 76 games, the 24-year-old Cuban-born third baseman has hit .299/.403/.424 with six home runs, 19 extra-base hits, 32 RBIs and nearly as many walks (48) as strikeouts (53).
"Yandy, who's on the cusp of the Major Leagues," Hawkins said, "it's great to see that, obviously, his transition from Cuba to here, his transition to playing multiple different positions, has really worked out well. For all three of those guys, it's a pretty fulfilling thing to see that happen for them."
Frazier -- Cleveland's first-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft -- has hit .287 with 11 homers, 23 doubles, 43 RBIs and 52 runs scored this season for Double-A Akron. MLBPipeline.com has Frazier ranked as the Tribe's second-best prospect, trailing only highly-touted outfielder Brad Zimmer.
"It's a byproduct of just his overall maturation as a player, just the spotlight that's been on him," Hawkins said. "He's a guy who's going to bring attention to himself, whether he wants to or not. Red hair. He can hit the ball 500 feet. There's a lot of things that point towards Clint Frazier. He's just starting to understand the things he needs to do to stay within himself."
Mejia, who is a native of the Dominican Republic, extended an impressive hitting streak to 32 games on Wednesday. On the season, the catcher was batting .344 with seven homers, 20 doubles, 57 RBIs and an .898 OPS through 68 games between stops with Class A Lake County and Lynchburg. Mejia had also thrown out 42 percent (22-of-53) would-be basestealers in that span. He is the Tribe's No. 8 prospect.
"I think it's just a maturation for him," Hawkins said of Mejia's success this year. "With his approach, with the way he just goes about his routines, the preparation before every game, the understanding of how pitchers are going to attack him and just the focus from pitch to pitch."
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