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Mudcats’ duo Anderson, Wendle receive top Cleveland Indians minor league awards

Cody Anderson, Carolina Mudcats pitcher 2013
Cody Anderson, Carolina Mudcats pitcher 2013 CAROLINA MUDCATS

Two players from the Carolina Mudcats 2013 squad took home year-end honors from the Cleveland Indians recently. Cody Anderson was named the winner of the Bob Feller Award for the top pitcher in the organization. Joey Wendle picked up the Lou Boudreau Award as the top position player.

Anderson, 23, had a breakout season at Five County Stadium. In 23 starts, the Quincy, Calif., native posted a 9-4 record and Carolina League-best ERA of 2.34. Anderon was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year, in addition to being a midseason and postseason All-Star selection.

The 6-4, 220-pound right-handed hurler struck out 112 batters to only 31 walks. He also allowed just 10.29 base runners per nine innings, the second-best rate in the Carolina League. Anderson was promoted to the Double-A Akron Aeros on Aug. 15, where he made his final 3 starts of the season to finish the 2013 campaign with an ERA of 2.65, the best in the entire Indians system.

Anderson was also named the 2013 winner of the Matt Minker Community Service Award, an award that is presented to a Carolina League player who best serves his club’s community during each regular season. He was originally drafted by the Indians in the 14th round (428th overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Feather River (Calif.) College.

Wendle, a 23-year-old second baseman, spent the entire season with the Mudcats where he hit .295 (122-413) with 32 doubles, 5 triples, 64 RBIs and an .885 OPS (.372 OBP/.513 SLG).

Originally from Lincoln University, Pa., Wendle also hit 16 home runs, which was just one shy of tops among Tribe farmhands, while his .295 average was third-best in the organization. The 5-11, 190-pound second baseman also ranked among Carolina League leaders in slugging percentage (2nd, .513), extra-base hits (2nd, 53) and total bases (4th, 212).

The Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team selection recently batted .311 (19-61) with seven extra-base hits, 12 RBI and an .863 OPS (.371 OBP/.492 SLG) for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League. He was originally selected by the Indians in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of West Chester (Pa.) University.