This week’s Akron Aeros/Cleveland Indians questions from Stephanie Storm’s mailbag:
Q) Ms. Storm, Is Carlos Santana headed for the bigs anytime soon? Seems like the Tribe isn't getting much out of the catcher position so far. Wondered what the prognosis was for Santana. His minors stats are impressive! I hope you'll become a follower.
A) Rick, I just wrote a story about Santana for Tuesday’s paper. While Santana continues to hit at Triple-A Columbus (.328 average, 4 doubles, 5 home runs, 18 RBI, .655 slugging and 1.106 OPS), he is still working on smoothing out the rough edges on his defensive skills behind the plate. But keep in mind, no matter how much rookie Lou Marson and veteran Mike Redmond struggle in Cleveland, Santana will not make his debut until the Tribe brass deems him ready to handle the nuances of a major league staff.
Q) Stephanie, People all over the country are wondering when Santana is getting called up. I know this from reading fantasy baseball columns and chats (CBS, ESPN etc.) where the so-called experts are fielding questions about him virtually every day. So I suspect a lot of these people he sees are fantasy geeks (like me). - Fred
A) Fred, your email came Tuesday when the aforementioned Santana story ran, so I assume it’s in response to Santana saying he's inundated with people continually asking when he’s going to make his debut. It’s gotta be tough a kid his age (24) to have to keep telling people to be patient when his lifelong dream has been to get to the Show, and it’s so painfully close. But the Indians decision makers should be proud that he continues to say the right things.
Q) Stephanie, I enjoy your work in the Akron Beacon Journal. I've noticed that Nick Weglarz is getting a lot of days off down in the minors, even though he's raking whenever he plays, but I can't seem to find a story on it anywhere. I figured if anyone would know what was going on with him, it would be you. Is he injured? - Eric
A) Hi Eric. Batting .309 with 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 13 RBI and 11 walks, Weglarz is indeed off to a good start offensively this season. I haven’t heard that the big Canadien isn't healthy after undergoing surgery on his left leg to have a rod inserted in the offseason. My educated guess is that the Tribe is just taking it easy with him, giving him frequent days off for precautionary reasons as he's played in 15 of the team's first 21 games.
Q) Stephanie, Are you running an Aeros blog this year? I enjoyed reading it last year. – Mike
A) Thanks, Mike. Instead of a separate Aeros blog this year, Beacon editors decided to combine it with the Indians. It is called Tribe Matters and can be found on the left-hand side of Ohio.com’s home page.