Carlos Santana ... earns more honors.
Carlos Santana and Nick Weglarz of the Eastern League champion Akron Aeros are the Cleveland Indians' organizational winners in the team's annual Minor League On-Base Program “On-Base-Where Careers Take Off”, sponsored by Continental Airlines. The on-base program stresses pitch recognition and patience at the plate for all position players within the organization’s player edvelopment system.
Players are rewarded with a cash prize for their performances based on three different non-traditional hitting categories at each of the Indians' six minor league affiliates (Class AAA Buffalo, AA Akron, A Kinston, A Lake County, A Mahoning Valley, Rookie Arizona Indians). The three hitting categories are: on-base percentage, percentage of hard hit at-bats and walk percentage based on total plate appearances. These categories represent the ability to make solid contact, the best approach to hitting and the best overall ability to hit.
For their efforts, the winners receive a round trip voucher for anywhere in the continental United States from Continental Airlines.
Hard Hit Percentage
Akron catcher CARLOS SANTANA - 51%
Akron outfielder NICK WEGLARZ – 17.6%
Akron catcher CARLOS SANTANA - .413
In addition to leading the entire system in those two categories, Santana hit .290 (124-for-428) with 88 runs, 30 doubles, two triples, 23 home runs and 97 RBI in 130 games and was named the Eastern League Most Valuable Player.
It was the second consecutive season he was named a league MVP as he also was the 2008 Class A Carolina Legaue MVP.
In 2009, Santana led the Eastern League in slugging percentage (.530) and walks (90) while ranking second in homers (23), RBI (97) and on-base percentage (.413) and third in runs (91). His 90 walks set an Aeros club record.
Santana was selected to the Eastern League All-Star game and played for the World Team at the Futures Game in St. Louis. Acquired with right-hander John Meloan from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 26, 2008, for veteran Casey Blake, Santana has career totals of .287 (456-for-1,591) batting average with 309 runs, 108 doubles, 12 triples, 62 homers and 309 RBI in 469 minor-league games.
Weglarz led the Indians' system in walk percentage, reaching by base on balls 17.6 percent of his plate appearances (75 walks in 427 PA). His walks total ranked second in the Eastern League.
In 2009, Weglarz hit .227 (77-for-339) with 69 runs scored, 17 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 65 RBI in 105 games. His season was cut short in mid-August due to shin splints.
Weglarz was the Indians' third-round selection in the 2005 draft. In five professional seasons he owns a .256 (335-1,309) average with 235 runs, 76 doubles, seven triples, 52 homers, 202 RBI and 246 walks in 380 games.