28 Jul

stealing the show

Silento Sayles is starting to get on base with more regularity. That’s bad news for catchers in the Arizona League. The former Port Gibson High star, who set a national high school stolen base record in 2013, swiped seven bags in seven tries in a recent four-game stretch for the AZL Indians, Cleveland’s rookie club. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Sayles is batting .295 (.413 on-base percentage) with 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts and 16 runs through 17 games. Though he still has a long way to go, the 19-year-old Sayles is certainly an intriguing prospect. He has shown improvement in his second pro season; he batted just .186 in 31 games in the AZL last season and was 5-for-8 in steals. Cleveland picked Sayles, an outfielder, in the 14th round in 2013 after his amazing senior year at Port Gibson. He batted .541 and stole 103 bases, including a hard-to-imagine 12 in one game. Even Billy Hamilton didn’t do that.

07 Jul

razing arizona

Mississippians Bobby Bradley and Silento Sayles could be a Thunder and Lightning act for the Arizona League Indians. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Bradley, a third-round pick by Cleveland out of Harrison Central High last month, is batting .351 with a home run, four doubles, nine RBIs and a .541 slugging percentage in nine games. The 5-9, 185-pound Sayles, a 14th-round pick out of Port Gibson High in 2013, is hitting .290 with four stolen bases in five tries and six runs in 10 games. Bradley, a third-team prep All-America selection by Baseball America, is a left-handed power hitter who belted six homers for Harrison Central this season. Sayles, a second-team All-America pick by BA last year, is a burner who set a high school record with 103 stolen bases as a senior. This is his second tour in the rookie level AZL; he hit just .186 with five steals in 31 games in 2013. The AZL Indians are off to an 8-6 start.