Goleski Back In Swing With Productive Season

Ryan Goleski

Ryan Goleski is back. He never really went anywhere, but his swing sure did -- until pleasantly popping up again this year. After a tremendous season at Lake County in 2004, Goleski had a very disappointing 2005 at Kinston. He's been better than ever this year, however, in 123 games combined between Class A Kinston and Double A Akron heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

"He's a big, athletic guy and profiles as a right fielder very well," said John Farrell, the Indians' director of player development. "As a later-round guy, he was a great, great sign.

Goleski, 24, but together two good seasons in the Indians' organization after being a 24th-round draft pick in 2003 out of Eastern Michigan. He hit .296 with eight homers and 37 RBI in 64 games at Mahoning Valley in '03, then had an excellent season at Class A Lake County in 2004 -- batting .295 with 28 homers and 104 RBI in 130 games.

But the 6-foot-3, 215-pound outfielder took a giant step backwards in 2005, when he hit only .212 with 17 homers and 67 RBI in 122 games at Kinston. He drew only 39 walks and struck out 134 times.

"That's part of the game, too, failing at times," Goleski said. "My favorite part of the game is just playing. Whether you strike out or you hit a home run, the biggest payoff is when you are challenged and fail -- then come back and meet the challenge. No matter what, I'm going to go out there and play hard."

That's exactly what Goleski did when he was sent back to Kinston this season. Instead of sulking, he made some adjustments, got off to a good start, and has not stopped hitting. In 38 games, he batted .331 with 10 homers and 43 RBI. He really improved his plate discipline, drawing 25 walks against 30 strikeouts.

Moved up to Akron, he's hit .298 with 16 homers and 62 RBI in 85 games, though his strikeouts have gone up. He's fanned 85 times against 36 walks.

Overall, he's hitting .303 with 26 homers and 105 RBI with 61 walks and 115 strikeouts.

Class AAA Buffalo (72-68) lost at Rochester, 3-0. Jason Cooper (.228) and Jake Gautreau (.193) each had two of the Bisons' eight hits. Rob Bell (9-10, 4.25 ERA) allowed three runs over six innings. Jason Stanford (4.01) pitched two perfect innings in his first relief appearance after 21 starts this season. The Bisons finish their season with one more game in Rochester and two in Ottawa.

Class AA Akron (84-55) lost at last-place Erie, 10-4. Nick Pesco (6-8, 5.81 ERA) walked six and gave up 11 hits and eight runs over 3 2/3 innings, striking out five. Bubbie Buzachero (2.72) pitched 1 1/3 perfect, Indians reliever Matt Miller one scoreless on a rehab assignment, and Reid Santos (3.12 ERA) allowed two hits, but struck out three over one scoreless inning. Matt Davis (5.40) gave up two runs over the final inning. Ryan Goleski (.298) went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his 16th for the Aeros and 26th overall including 10 in 38 games earlier this year at Kinston. He has 105 RBI overall. Eider Torres (.273) went 3-for-5 with his 41st stolen base. The Aeros have three more regular-season games remaining at Erie. Then Akron will try to win its third championship in four years. The Aeros took three of four from Portland to win it all last year and swept New Haven to win the title in 2003.

Class A Kinston (35-31, 47-23) split a doubleheader at Winston-Salem. The Indians won the opener, 2-1, as Chuck Lofgren (17-5, 2.32 ERA) worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his final tuneup before pitching the first game of the playoffs next week. The left-hander allowed five hits and one walk, striking out three. Randy Newsom (3.45 ERA) fanned the only batter he faced and Kyle Collins (2.08 ERA) gave up one run over one inning, but earned his sixth save. Argenis Reyes (.266) went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, his first in more than 500 at-bats this season. Stephen Head (.225) also went 2-for-3.

Kinston lost the second game, 2-0. Head and Jose Constanza (.332) got their team's only hits, both singles. Joe Ness (9-6, 3.62 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) over 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Knippschild (3.92) retired the only batter he faced and Cody Bunkelman (6.86) gave up a hit and fanned two over one scoreless inning.

Kinston, which won the first half championship in the Southern Division of the Carolina League, is scheduled to play three games at Myrtle Beach to end the second half before going to the playoffs.

Class A Lake County (33-31, 29-41) had its game at Lakewood (N.J.) postponed by rain. The Captains are still scheduled to finish the season with four games at Lakewood.

Class A Mahoning Valley (36-34) won at home over Williamsport, 6-5. Josh Rodriguez (.257) went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his second. Dustin Realini (.246) went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI. Luis Valdez (7-4, 2.28 ERA) gave up two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings. He walked five and gave up five hits while striking out four. Dan Frega (8.02 ERA) allowed four hits and three runs (one earned) over one inning before Hart Hering (2.25) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless and Neil Wagner (1.48) allowed two hits, but struck out two over a scoreless ninth for his 15th save. The Scrappers have two more home games against State College before finishing the New York-Penn League season with two apiece at Williamsport and Auburn.

Rookie League Burlington (34-33) finished in third place place in the East Division of the Appalachian League.

GCL Indians (21-29) finished in fourth place in the Gulf Coast League.

DSL INDIANS (44-27): The DSL Indians finished second in the Bocachica Division of the Dominican Summer League. ... They lost to the DSL Yankees 6-5 in 10 innings, dropping their playoff series 2-1. ... In 58 games for the Indians, 3B Kelvin Diaz batted .382 (78-for-204) with 13 doubles, nine homers and 62 RBI -- all league-leading marks, as were his .476 on-base percentage and .588 slugging percentage. ... LHP Anillins Martinez went 7-0 with a 2.28 ERA in 17 appearances, striking out 75 and allowing only 49 hits in 71 innings. ... LHP Wilfredo Ramirez went 8-1 with a 2.31 ERA in 14 outings, fanning 70 over 81 2/3 innings.

TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (HITTING)

PLAYER

TEAM

AB

H

HR

R

RBI

SB

BB

SO

1. R. Goleski

Akron

3

2

1

1

2

0

1

1

2. J. Rodriguez

Mahoning Valley

4

2

1

1

2

0

0

0

3. E. Torres

Akron

5

3

0

0

0

1

0

1


TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (PITCHING)

PLAYER

Team

W

L

SV

IP

ER

H

BB

SO

1. C. Lofgren

Kinston

1

0

0

5.2

0

5

1

3

2. N. Wagner

Mahoning Valley

0

0

1

1.0

0

2

0

2

3. J. Stanford

Buffalo

0

0

0

2.0

0

0

0

1


Three-star points through Sept. 1
HITTER			1ST	2ND	3RD	TOTAL
Kevin Kouzmanoff		14	5	3	86
Brian Barton		9	5	9	69
Brad Snyder		5	7	10	56
Ben Francisco		6	7	3	54
Trevor Crowe		6	5	1	46
Jordan Brown		6	3	2	41
Jason Dubois		6	2	5	41
Ryan Goleski		4	4	9	41
Ryan Mulhern		6	3	2	41
** Ryan Garko		5	3	4	38
** Joe Inglett		5	4		37
Jose Constanza		3	5	5	35
** Franklin Gutierrez	3	4	4	34
Jon Van Every		4	4	2	34
Rodney Choy Foo		4	2	3	29
P.J. Hiser		4	2	2	28
** Andy Marte		2	4	3	25
Lou Merloni		3	3	1	25
Eider Torres		1	5	4	24
Argenis Reyes		3	1	4	22
Wyatt Toregas		1	5	2	22
Jerad Head		3	1	1	19
Josh Noviskey		3	1	1	19
Chris Gimenez		2	2	2	18
Matt McBride		2	2	2	18
Pat Osborn		2	2	2	18
John Drennen		2	1	4	17
Josh Rodriguez		2	2		16
Dave Wallace		2	1	3	16
Mike Conroy		1	2	3	14
Matt Fornasiere			4	2	14
Josh Roberts		2	1	1	14
Jason Cooper		2		3	13
Einar Diaz		2		3	13
Lucas Montero		2	1		13
Jason Alfaro		1	2	1	12
Roman Pena			3	3	12
Matt Whitney			3	3	12
Juan Valdes		1	2		11
Corteze Armstrong		1	1	2	10
Mike Butia		1	1	1	9
Brian Finegan			1	6	9
Andy Lytle		1		4	9
Chris De La Cruz		1	1	1	9
Fernando Pacheco		1	1	1	9
Brandon Pinckney		1	1	1	9
Alfred Ard		1	1		8
Boodle Clark		1	1		8
Stephen Head			2	2	8
Javier Herrera		1		3	8
Nick Petrucci		1		3	8
** Kelly Shoppach		1	1		8
Felipe Garcia			1	4	7
Jake Gautreau			2	1	7
Brett Kinning			2	1	7
Shaun Larkin			2	1	7
Cristo Arnal		1		1	6
Jay Nilsson		1		1	6
Max Ramirez			1	3	6
Dustin Realini		1		1	6
Ramon Alvarado		1			5
Ivan Ochoa			1	2	5
Nate Panther		1			5
Michael Aubrey			1	1	4
Jason Denham			1	1	4
Trevor Mortensen			1	1	4
Micah Schilling			1	1	4
* Marshall Szabo			1	1	4
Aregenis Tavarez			1	1	4
Ramon Vazquez			1	1	4
Jose Chavez			1		3
Kelly Edmundson			1		3
* Jose Flores			1		3
Jared Goedert				3	3
Daryl King			1		3
Collin Martin			1		3
Omar Casillas				2	2
Ramon Hernandez				2	2
Carlos Rivero				2	2
Niuman Romero				2	2
Janel Arias				1	1
Adam Davis				1	1
Jansy Infante				1	1
Luis Rincon				1	1
PITCHER			1ST	2ND	3RD	TOTAL
Adam Miller		12	3	1	70
Scott Lewis		7	6	4	57
Sean Smith		10	2		56
** Jeremy Guthrie		7	3	1	45
Chuck Lofgren		6	4		42
Aaron Laffey		7	1	2	40
** Jeremy Sowers		6	2	1	37
Reid Santos		4	3	3	32
Hyang-Nam Choi		2	5	6	31
Josh Tomlin		5	1	1	29
Jensen Lewis		5	1		28
Tom Cowley		3	3	3	27
Rafael Perez		4	2	1	27
Kevin Dixon		3	2	4	25
Edward Mujica		2	4	3	25
Brian Slocum		4	1	2	25
** Tom Mastny		2	3	5	24
Luis Valdez		3	3		24
Jason Stanford		1	5	3	23
Matt Davis		1	4	5	22
Nick Pesco		3	2	1	22
Bear Bay			3	1	3	21
Joe Ness			1	4	4	21
Tony Sipp			1	4	4	21
Frank Herrmann		3	1	2	20
Osiris Perez		2	3	1	20
Rick Fairchild		3	1	1	19
Jim Deters		1	2	7	18
Alan Brech		1	3	2	16
Scott Roehl			5	1	16
Julio Pinto		3			15
Matt Loberg		1	3	1	15
Jake Dittler		1	3		14
Mark Jecmen			4	2	14
Carlton Smith		1	3		14
Jeff Stevens		1	3		14
Albert Vargas			4	1	13
Jim Ed Warden			3	4	13
* Andrew Brown		1		7	12
Bubbie Buzachero		1	2	1	12
* Ben Howard		1	2	1	12
Travis Foley			3	2	11
Erik Stiller		2		1	11
Michael Storey		1	2		11
Dan Denham		1	1	2	10
Jeanmar Gomez		2			10
Scott Sumner		1	1	2	10
Rob Bell			1		4	9
Doodle Hicks		1	1	1	9
J.D. Martin			2	3	9
Brandt Sanders			2	3	9
Neil Wagner			2	3	9
Cody Bunkelman			2	2	8
Ryan Knippschild			1	5	8
Joanniel Montero		1	1		8
** Jason Davis		1		2	7
Mariano Gomez			2	1	7
Chris Niesel			2	1	7
Jorge Riera		1		2	7
** Fernando Cabrera	1		1	6
Mike Eisenberg		1		1	6
Dan Frega			1		1	6
Derrick Loop		1		1	6
Matt Meyer			1	3	6
Matt Robinson			2		6
Michael Finocchi			1	2	5
Jimmy Brettl			1	2	5
William Delage		1			5
Brady Halverson		1			5
Ryan Morris		1			5
Hector Rondon		1			5
Jason Schutt			1	2	5
T.J. Burton			1	1	4
Vic Darensbourg			1	1	4
Angel Claudio			1		3
Kyle Collina			1		3
Kyle Collins				3	3
Chris Cooper			1		3
Kelvin N. Diaz			1		3
Danny Graves				3	3
Jesus Soto			1		3
Nate Bunton				2	2
Ryan Edell				2	2
Hart Hering				2	2
Juan Lara					2	2
Dustin Roddy				2	2
* Mike Adams				1	1
* Wyatt Allen				1	1
Brett Andrade				1	1
Brett Carlin				1	1
** Fausto Carmona				1	1
Dan Eisentrager				1	1
Felix Heredia				1	1
David Huff				1	1
* Steve Karsay				1	1
Tim Laker					1	1
Luis Perdomo				1	1
* - no longer in organization
** - promoted to majors

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