Around the Farm, September 10, 2012
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians’ prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing during yesterday’s ballgame.
Jose Ramirez: 2B, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI:
Ramirez just hasn’t stopped hitting all season, and he did everything he could to carry the Captains today. It didn’t pan out, but what did pan out was Ramirez becoming a player in the prospect pool. If he can continue at this level, he goes from being a question mark, to being a star. Ramirez went 7-for-18 in the playoffs, with three runs, two doubles, a homer and seven RBI in only five ballgames. Boy, I can’t wait to see what he does as he moves forward. I get the feeling that this kid is no fluke. He drove in the first Captains’ run of the game, with a double to score Alex Lavisky.
Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K:
Lindor saved his best play of the season for the playoffs, and there’s really no question about it. He went 7-for-21 in the playoffs, with five runs, two doubles, a triple, a homer and four RBI. When you take into account that this kid is still only 18-years old, and doesn’t turn 19 until November, just boggles the mind. I know, it’s a bit of hyperbole, but I really believe that this playoff series shows you what kind of player he will be as the games get more important. When this kid gets to the majors, they’re all important, and as his stamina improves, I think he hasn’t even touched how good he will be. His offense is so raw right now, but so good. I really…really believe he’s going to be an all-around giant if he stays healthy.
Jake Lowery: DH, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K:
Lowery’s a great kid, and came into this season as a potential power hitter. After starting off the season in Carolina hitting the ball fairly well, he began to struggle, and ended up getting demoted to Lake County. After struggling there initially, things began to pick up during the summer. He ended his season on a positive not, with two extra base hits. That’s the type of power we were looking for when the Indians drafted him. Now, if it can just get consisten.
- Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB: Smith “only” had one hit, but got on base three times, and in typical fashion, showcased a keen eye for offense. On a team like this, you can really say that Smith may be the best pure offensive player.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Sabourin actually tied Smith with a .286 playoff average, and you have to believe that he’s sad to see this season end. Sabourin broke out this year, and whether it was because he figured things out, or whether it was because he had a bunch of protection, it doesn’t really matter. The Sabour-tooth tigers will be waiting for his entrance into the Carolina League next season.
- Bryson Myles: LF, Lake County: 1-for-5, 2 K: Myles ended up hitting .474 during the playoffs, and welcomed himself back into interesting, as he finished strong in a season that could have been marred by injury.
- Tyler Naquin: CF, Lake County: 1-for-4, 1 R, 3 K: Naquin ended up hitting .353 for the Captains during their playoff run, and may have put himself a back on the map after missing a month at Mahoning Valley thanks to back issues. Well, he can hit, and should find himself in Carolina with the Lake County crew next season.
- Alex Lavisky: C, Lake County: So, Lavisky was pretty solid this season. No, he didn’t hit .320, but he didn’t hit .200 either. He has good power, can defend, and played better as the year progressed. Could Lavisky be on the radar?
- Joshua Nervis: RP, Lake County: 1 IP, 1 K: Nervis was the only Captains pitcher to not give up a run. Anderson got shelled. Pasquale did too. Jimenez was okay, and Valera gave up two. In between, Nervis…well…wasn’t. Unfortunately for the Captains offense, ti wasn’t good enough. Not even close.
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While I'm being Debbie Downer, Nervis is going to be 24 next month; shouldn't he be dominating Low A ball guys?
He's the highest priority OF in the system; they will make room for him wherever they want him to play.
Obviously injuries and other moves (trades) could alter this setup.
I really don't see a lot of potential TOR starting pitching in LC but some of the staff might have ML upsides in varying degrees. Nearly everyone is in serious need of command improvement and they are not as young as the position players.
Fine year all around for the players and the staff.