Zebulon, N.C. -- Two players from the Carolina Mudcats' 2013 squad took home year-end honors from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday afternoon. Right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson is the Bob Feller Award recipient for top organizational pitcher. Second baseman Joey Wendle was announced the winner of the Lou Boudreau Award for top position player.
Anderson, 23, had a breakout season at Five County Stadium. In 23 starts for Carolina, the California native posted a 9-4 record and owned the Carolina League's best ERA at 2.34. Anderon was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year, in addition to being a midseason and postseason All-Star selection. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound hurler struck out 112 batters and issued only 31 walks. He also allowed just 10.29 baserunners 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 three starts of the season to finish the 2013 campaign with the best ERA (2.65) in the entire Indians farm 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 of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Feather River (Calif.) College.
Wendle, 23, spent the entire season with the Mudcats where he hit .295 with 32 doubles, five triples, 64 RBIs and an .885 OPS (.372 OBP/.513 SLG). Originally from Pennsylvania, Wendle also hit 16 home runs, which was just one shy of tops among Tribe farmhands while his .295 average was thirrd best in the organization. The 5-foot-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 RBIs 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 of the 2012 out of West Chester (Pa.) University.
The Mudcats will host the Potomac Nationals for Opening Day, April 4, 2014. Fans can purchase season tickets now by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com. The Mudcats are also reintroducing the Muddy Unreal-Deal ticket packages for 2014. Call the box office at (919) 269-2287 for more information. The Carolina Mudcats are the A-Advanced affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, beginning their third season in the Carolina League.