Livin' in the future
When your favorite Major League club subjects you to the stylings of Tomo Ohka, Mike Gosling and Winston Abreu on an otherwise splendid Sunday, you probably find yourself more concerned with the Indians’ future, rather than its altogether bleak present.
And I’m right there with you, which is why I’m sitting in the aux box at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium right now, ready to see how Nick Weglarz and Carlos Santana stack up against the game’s premier prospects in the XM All-Star Futures Game.
Unfortunately, all I’m seeing at the moment is a torrential downpour that makes the future look wet. There is a cloud of red hovering over St. Louis on the radar, and, while my Doppler skills might be limited, I am pretty sure you want to be outside under a red radar about as much as you want to eat a red banana (that’s a Mitch Hedberg reference… always cite your sources, kids).
For what it’s worth, I caught up with both Santana and Weglarz before today’s game, and they were pretty excited to be here, even if it meant missing the latest roadie to Erie as the juggernaut that is the Double-A Akron Aeros rolls on. And red radar or not, these guys are going to enjoy themselves.
Santana was hoping to meet up with Victor Martinez tonight, upon the Tribe All-Star’s arrival. Santana, even before he was traded to the Tribe last summer, has long listed Martinez as his favorite Major Leaguer and the player he hopes to emulate. If the fates (or trades or moves to first base) allow, he may be the one to supplant Martinez as the Tribe’s starting catcher, sooner rather than later.
“I would love to play together with my favorite player,” Santana said.
For now, Santana, who is batting .266 with 14 homers, 17 doubles, a triple and 58 RBIs for Akron, is just hoping for a promotion to Triple-A.
Weglarz, meanwhile, appears to have righted himself after a brutal start to the season in which he batted. 056 in April. The Canadian native carried a season average of .247 with 13 homers, 16 doubles, two triples and 59 RBIs into the break.
"I spread my legs apart a bit and was seeing the ball better," he said. "I changed my hands to where I was getting more leverage on the ball and had a more consistent path to the ball. We figured a couple things out, and since then it's been consistent."
I'll have more on Weglarz on Indians.com this afternoon. And I'll keep you updated on all things All-Star week right here on Monday and Tuesday.