The Cleveland Indians today announced that Single-A Carolina INF Joe Wendle has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for June 24-30.
Wendle, 23, hit .400 (12-30) with 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 3 doubles and a triple, while posting a 1.191 OPS (.424 OBP/.767 SLG) in 7 games throughout the week. He recorded 5 multi-hit games, including a 3-hit performance on June 27 vs. Frederick. In 11 second "half" games since the All-Star Break, the left-handed hitting second baseman is batting .340 (16-47) with 4 home runs and 9 RBI with a 1.096 OPS (.373OB/.723 SLG). On the season he is batting at a .314 clip (60-191,) including a .359 average (52-145) against right-handed pitching. Wendle leads the Mudcats with 9HR and 35 RBI thus far and his .968 OPS (.392 OBP/.576 SLG) is second in the Carolina League.
The 6'0", 200-pound second baseman was originally drafted by the Indians in the 6th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The Lincoln University, PA native ranked 3rd in the New York-Penn League in batting last season (.327) and was named to the NY-Penn League All-Star team.