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Aeros Notebook: Week 1

Aeros Notebook: Week 1
April 10, 2012
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The Akron Aeros got off to a fast start this past week (or five days, really), going 3-1 in four games over the Binghamton Mets and Altoona Curve. There were obviously things that did not go well, but anytime a team takes three-of-four on the road, it’s a good thing.

The Aeros will play two more games in Altoona before heading home to Canal Park for their home opener on Thursday, April 12. The Aeros will play the Trenton Thunder for the first four games of their homestand and then play the Bowie Baysox for the final three.

A quick, personal note here: this is my first time writing a team notebook anywhere, let alone for Indians Prospect Insider. Some things in this notebook will evolve throughout the season (especially my puns for the start of each section, which need major work), so bear with me for now.

Starting Rotation

Through four games, the Aeros have only allowed four runs. That’s 10 fewer runs than the pitiful Indians offense have managed to score in their first four games. A big part of that success in preventing runs lies with the starting rotation. Paolo Espino, T.J. McFarland, Steven Wright and Giovanni Soto combined to pitch 17.7 innings and only allow 3 earned runs, setting the stage for the bullpen to take it home. It’s still early in the season (meaning the starting pitchers aren’t getting deep into games quite yet), but as the year wears on, the Aeros’ rotation may end up being their major strength in 2012.

Of those four starters, the best of the week was Soto, whose 5 inning, 6 strikeout, 2 hit performance Monday night was truly dominant. The worst outing of the week (if you can even fairly call it that because he got hurt) was Espino, who made it through two scoreless innings.

STATS:

Paolo Espino: 1 G, 0-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 1.50 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 2:2 SO:BB, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP
T.J. McFarland,: 1 G, 1-0 W-L, 1.80 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 1.40 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 2:2 SO:BB, 5 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 HBP
Giovanni Soto: 1 G, 1-0 W-L, 1.80 ERA, 2.00 FIP, 0.80 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 6:2 SO:BB, 2 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP
Steven Wright: 1 G, 0-1 W-L, 1.59 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 0.88 WHIP, 5.7 IP, 5:2 SO:BB, 3 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 HBP

Bullpen

The Aeros’ starting rotation made it through 17.7 elite innings over the past week, but the bullpen raised the ante, going 18.3 innings while only allowing 1 run. For a bullpen that is not filled with high-end prospects, they have certainly impressed as a whole in the early going.

It’s hard to pick out a best performance of the week out of the Aeros’ bullpen, so we’ll split it between the dominant performances from Bryan Price, Matt Langwell, Bryce Stowell and Rob Bryson (even though he gave up the only run the bullpen allowed). Similarly, no one really struggled this week, but it would be nice to see Kyle Landis and Toru Murata work on controlling their walks. Then again, we’re dealing with very small sample sizes here, so they may be just fine this time next week.

STATS:

Rob Bryson: 1 G, 0-0 W-L, 6.75 ERA, -1.42 FIP, 0.75 WHIP, 1.3 IP, 3:0 SO:BB, 1 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP
Jose De La Torre: 2 G, 1-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 5:3 SO:BB, 2 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP
Preston Guilmet: 1 G (1 SV), 0-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 0.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 0:0 SO:BB, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP
Kyle Landis: 1 G, 0-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, 5.20 FIP, 1.50 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 1:2 SO:BB, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP
Matt Langwell: 1 G (1 SV), 0-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, -0.80 FIP, 0.00 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 4:0 SO:BB, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP
Toru Murata: 1 G, 0-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, 9.20 FIP, 2.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 0:2 SO:BB, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP
Bryan Price: 2 G, 0-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, 0.20 FIP, 0.25 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 6:0 SO:BB, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP
Bryce Stowell: 1 G, 0-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, -0.80 FIP, 0.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 2:0 SO:BB, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 HBP

Lineup

It’s a good thing that the Aeros’ pitching staff performed so well in the past week since the offense only contributed the bare minimum. It isn’t often that a team can score 12 runs in 4 games and come away with 3 wins, but Akron pulled it off. This team has some definite holes on the offensive side (and some non-prospects in the starting lineup), but there have been bright spots on the young season.

On the positive side, Juan Diaz, Tim Fedroff, and Ryan Rohlinger have looked good in limited time to start the year. On the other hand, almost every other player on the team is struggling. It is still really early to be drawing conclusions, but such a lack of offense (like a certain team that plays up I-77 in Cleveland) is concerning.

STATS:

Adam Abraham, 1B: 2 G, .000/.000/.000, .000 OPS, 5 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:0 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS
Kyle Bellows, 3B: 3 G, .000/.385/.000, .385 OPS, 8 AB, 2 R, 0 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4:5 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS
Chun Chen 1B: 4 G, .091/.412/.091, .503 OPS, 11 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 6:6 SO:BB, 1 SB, 1 CS
Ben Copeland, RF/CF: 3 G, .143/.250/.143, .393 OPS, 7 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:1 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS
Juan Diaz, SS: 4 G, .357/.421/.429, .850 OPS, 14 AB, 0 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 4:3 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS
Tim Fedroff, CF: 3 G, .500/.563/.571, 1.134 OPS, 14 AB, 2 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5:2 SO:BB, 1 SB, 0 CS
Jared Goedert, 3B/OF: 4 G, .267/.421/.267, .688 OPS, 15 AB, 0 R, 4 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3:4 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS
Michael Hernandez, C: 1 G, .500/.500/.500, 1.000 OPS, 4 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:0 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS
Thomas Neal, RF: 2 G, .222/.222/.222 , .444 OPS, 9 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:0 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS
Roberto Perez, C: 3 G, .182/.250/.455, .705 OPS, 11 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3:1 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS
Ryan Rohlinger, 2B: 3 G, .250/.455/.375, .830 OPS, 8 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:2 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS
Davis Stoneburner, 2B: 2 G, .000/.143/.000, .143 OPS, 6 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:1 SO:BB, 0 SB, 1 CS
Nick Weglarz, LF: 4 G, .000/.125/.000, .125 OPS, 14 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 8:2 SO:BB, 0 SB, 0 CS

M*A*S*H Unit

The only DL move from the past week for the Aeros was placing Paolo Espino on the 7-day DL with a left oblique injury. I have no clue at this point what the severity of the injury is, but oblique injuries can be notoriously slow to heal. I like Espino as a player – even if his future probably isn’t all that bright – and hope to see him back out on the mound soon.

Moves (Like Orbit)

By placing Espino on the DL, the Aeros were able to receive newly DFAed outfielder Thomas Neal. Neal quickly settles in as the highest ranked position player at Akron in IPI’s Top 100 rankings and should help the team tremendously until he is called back up to Columbus. He shouldn’t be in Akron long, so if you want to see a likely future Major Leaguer, go check him out soon. 

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User Comments

Tony
April 11, 2012 - 10:26 AM EDT
Not the kind of start we all wanted for Weglarz. Really concerned about him. Hope it is just a bad start.....otherwise I am starting to think this could be the beginning of the end. Lots more time yet this season, so that is VERY premature. Hoping he starts raking. Indians could use him.
Richard
April 11, 2012 - 7:41 AM EDT
Wegs is 0-for-14 with 8 K's? And he was supposed to be healthy and in the best condition of his life coming into this season. Obviously something is wrong with him physically.

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