The Cleveland Indians today announced Columbus RHP Paolo Espino has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the week of August 21-27. The Player of the Week award recognizes an individual performance from within the Indians Player Development System and will be announced each Tuesday thru the end of the minor league baseball season. All players from the Tribe's minor league affiliates are eligible for the weekly award.
This past week, Espino went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 2 starts as he did not allow a run or walk in 11.0 innings and yielded just 3 hits while striking out 13, as he made both of the starts on just three days rest. On August 27th, he tossed 7.0 shutout innings as the Clippers defeated Buffalo 5-0 to clinch the International League West Division Championship. Espino has not allowed a run in his last 13.1 innings covering 3 games/2 starts and over his last combined 9 games/6 starts since July 16 between AA Akron and Columbus is 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA (38.2IP, 24H, 4R/3ER, 5BB, 42K). On the year between Akron and Columbus he is 8-1 with a save and a 2.72 ERA (112.1IP, 92H, 35R/34ER, 25BB, 109K) in 32 games/9 starts. His 2.72 ERA ranks 4th best of all Indians minor league players. Yesterday, Espino was named the International League Pitcher of the Week.
A Panama native, Espino attended IMG Academy (FL) and was selected by the Indians in the 10th round of the 2006 June Draft. Last year he went a combined 12-7 w/a 4.46 ERA (143.0IP, 138H, 75R/71ER, 47BB, 124K) in 28 games/22 starts between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. He finished the year 2nd in the Indians Player Development System in wins (12), was 4th in strikeouts (124) and 5th in innings pitched (143.0).