Tribe sends six prospects to AFL

Tribe sends six prospects to AFL

CLEVELAND -- Adam Miller, the 31st pick of the 2003 draft, has never pitched above Class A ball.

But now he's getting the chance to step up and prove he belongs with the game's best prospects in the Arizona Fall League, which began Tuesday night.

The Indians are sending Miller and six other players to the AFL's Mesa Solar Sox this year. They include:

RHP Travis Foley: After an up-and-down 2004 campaign in which he played for three different teams in the Indians' farm system, Foley came into his own in 2005 with Double-A Akron. The 22-year-old righty, selected out of high school in the fourth round of the 2001 draft, went 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA and one save over 36 relief appearances.

C Ryan Garko: A backstop who hits for average and power, Garko was a reliable presence behind the plate for Triple-A Buffalo in 2005. Over 127 games, the Stanford University product batted .303 with 19 homers and 77 RBIs.

C Javi Herrera: The 24-year-old, drafted in the second round of 2003, is considered to be the best defensive catcher in Cleveland's farm system. Over 98 games with Akron in 2005, the former Tennessee Volunteer batted .226 with six homers and 36 RBIs.

RHP Adam Miller: The 20-year-old former first-round draft choice (2003) missed the first two-and-a-half months of the season with an elbow injury. Over 15 starts split between Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley and Class A Advanced Kinston, Miller went 2-4 with a 4.86 ERA.

3B Pat Osborn: A second-round draft pick in 2002, Osborn put up solid numbers for Akron in 2005 after tearing up the Carolina League in 2004. The former Florida Gator hit .287 with 10 homers and 63 RBIs over 129 games for the Aeros.

RHP Brian Slocum: After spending two full seasons with Kinston, Slocum made the leap to Double-A in 2005 and didn't miss a beat. The 24-year-old went 7-5 with a 4.40 ERA over 21 appearances (18 of them starts) with Akron, striking out 95 batters over 102 1/3 innings of work.

OF Brad Snyder: Another 2003 first-round draft choice, Snyder combined to hit .279 with 22 homers and 82 RBIs over 133 games with Kinston and Akron. The 23-year-old Ohio native needs to cut down on his strikeout total, as he whiffed 158 times during the season.

Ben Hill is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.