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No. 81 Rob Alcombrack Born: June 10, 1988 in Grass Valley, CA Position: Catcher B/T: R/R HT/WT: 6-0/220 Acquired: Seventh-round draft pick in 2006 from Bear River (CA) HS Strengths: Loves to hit and has power (seven homers in 127 ABs in Gulf Coast League in '07). Has catcher's body and tools, but his offense is ahead of his defense. That sounds like Ryan Garko. Weaknesses: He trounced the home-run derby field at the 2005 Aflac High School Baseball Classic and now tries to send every pitch into stratosphere. "We'd like to see him work on catching as much as he does hitting," farm director Ross Atkins said. That sounds like Jerry Willard. 2008 Projection: Sharing time behind the plate at Lake County. 2007 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER Team G AB H AVG HR RBI SB BB SO 2007 GCL Indians 38 127 31 .244 7 23 2 14 41 2007 Lake County 2 7 1 .143 0 0 0 0 3 Minor Totals 75 242 54 .223 7 32 0 19 78 No. 82 Christopher Archer Born: Sept. 26, 1988 in Raleigh, NC Position: Starting pitcher B/T: R/R HT/WT: 6-2/165 Acquired: Fifth-round draft pick in 2006 from Clayton (NC) HS Strengths: He's got a very live fastball and developing other pitches. "He's got some of the best stuff in the system," farm director Ross Atkins said. Weaknesses: Command issues, stemming from inexperience and poor mechanics has led to a 1-10 record and 6.19 ERA in two years as a pro. "His delivery is not as consistent as it needs to be," Atkins said. 2008 Projection: Likely to be No. 5 starter in Lake County's young rotation. 2007 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER Team W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO 2007 GCL Indians 1 7 5.64 12 11 52.6 56 21 48 2007 Lake County 0 0 9.00 1 0 4.0 5 3 5 Minor Totals 1 10 6.19 21 17 77.0 79 43 74 CLEVELAND INDIANS' TOP PROSPECTS NOS. 81-90 81. Rob Alcombrack, C 82. Chris Archer, RHP 83. Travis Turek, RHP 84. Mark Thompson, SS 85. Kevin Rucker, OF 86. Nick Pesco, RHP 87. Scott Sumner, RHP 88. Michael Pontius, RHP 89. Chris Jones, LHP 90. Jansy Infante, INF Pesco, ranked as high as No. 10 in 2005, has dropped because of injuries but still has promise if healthy. He needs to show some durability this year. Turek, Sumner and Pontius all have big fastballs and bullpen potential. Pontius already has the look of a bulldog reliever. Jones is a raw skills lefty who looks good one minute and out of kilter the next. He'll get instruction on refining his delivery. Thompson and Infante are smooth-fielding infielders who need to pick up the pace at the plate. Rucker emerged as one of the most exciting "finds" from the 2007 draft. A 47th-round pick out of high school in California, his athleticism made an impression. During the fall instructional league, he began putting in the work he needs to develop into a steady baseball player.
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