CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced that Single-A Lake County RHP ROBBIE AVILES has been named Indians Minor League Player of the Week for May 12-18. The Indians Player of the Week Award recognizes an individual performance from within the Indians Player Development System and is announced each Tuesday through the end of the Minor League season.
Aviles, 22, tossed 6.0 shutout innings without allowing a hit in only his third start of the season on Friday at West Michigan, guiding the Captains to a 3-2 victory over the Whitecaps. Since transitioning to a full-time starter for the Captains, Aviles has allowed just 3 earned runs across 19.0 innings in 3 starts, while notching 8 strikeouts and 5 walks over that span. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound righty began the year in the Captains bullpen and surrendered just 2 earned runs across 17.2 relief frames. Aviles has yet to give up more than 2 runs in an outing this season and currently ranks atop the Midwest League with a 1.23 ERA (5 ER/36.2 IP).
Aviles was originally drafted by the Indians in the 7th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Suffern High School in New York, where he pitched consecutive no hitters including one perfect game for the Mountain Lions during his senior season. A native of Suffern, NY, Aviles had been projected a first or second-round pick, but partially tore the elbow ligament in his right arm and underwent Tommy John surgery weeks before the 2010 draft.