Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cleveland Indians affiliate preview: Akron RubberDucks

Manager: Dave Wallace

Last year: 68-73

What to watch for:  Former Lake County Captains manager Wallace replaces Edwin Rodriguez, whom the Indians promoted to a front-office position. Wallace is managing top prospect Francisco Lindor for a third straight season. Lindor, the heir to Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop, hit .289 in 21 Double-A games last season. Joe Wendle, who cracked 16 homers at High-A Carolina, and 21-year-old Ronny Rodriguez surround Lindor in the infield, and 2012 first-round draft pick Tyler Naquin leads the outfield. ... Right-hander Cody Anderson received 2013 Indians Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors and fast-rising left-handed reliever Kyle Crockett gives the bullpen a prospect. ... Owner Ken Babby made the boldest offseason move: changing the team's name from Aeros to RubberDucks. We'll quack to the change.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy

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