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Indy Watch: Assessing a team of resilience ☕


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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — It’s been a rather even-keel season for the Indianapolis Indians, but the Tribe have just over a month to make a final push toward the playoffs.

It’s no secret that the Indians’ lineup this season has been ravaged both by injuries and call-ups, but the squad still managed an even 44-44 record heading into the All-Star break last week.

There have been positives, and there have been negatives — that’s sports. But let’s take some time to review as the final third of the season comes barreling at us.


Will Craig

Heading into the break, Craig had 76 hits in 304 at-bats, giving him a .250 batting average. He has also clubbed 17 home runs and has totaled 50 RBIs, which puts him in the Top 15 in the International League in both categories.

Craig is the only player on the Indians’ roster to have hit double-digit home runs this season. To boot, no other player had more than 42 RBIs heading into Sunday’s game. As of Sunday morning, Craig carried a .244/.323/.449 line.

Craig was selected into the MLB Futures All-Star Game.

Pablo Reyes

Reyes has been a welcome addition since joining the team in mid-May. In 36 games with Indy, the utility man has hit seven home runs to go with 21 RBIs. He’s carrying a .258/.303/.516 line as of Sunday.

Ke’Bryan Hayes

Hayes has been solid and consistent all-around this season, even with a short rehab stint for a finger injury. Known for his defense, Hayes has had just two errors all season. He also has a .250 average and is 14th in the league with 21 doubles this season. He’s slapped five home runs and driven in 34 runs this season.

Kevin Kramer

For a second, it almost seemed as if Kramer was going to let a dry spell ruin his 2019 season, but he’s turned it on recently. The former second-round pick carried a .272/.356/.418 line before Sunday’s game, and has recorded at least one hit in seven of his past 10 games. Kramer is fourth in the league with 24 doubles.

Mitch Keller

Though he struggled in Pittsburgh, Keller has been reliable in Indy this season. He carries a 7-3 record with a league-low 3.07 ERA. His 96 strikeouts are good enough for third in the International League, and he’s walked just 31 batters in 57.0 innings this season.

Keller was named to the International League All-Star team this season.

Montana DuRapau

DuRapau has been nothing but solid for the Tribe this season. He’s appeared in 26 games and converted on all seven of his save opportunities. He carries a 2.67 ERA with a 2-1 record out of the bullpen. He’s totaled 32 strikeouts.

DuRapau was named to the International League All-Star team this season.

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