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Around The Farm: April 10, 2013

Myles, Lindor, Naquin key offensive burst in Carolina

Around The Farm: April 10, 2013
Bryson Myles (Photo: Lianna Holub)
April 11, 2013
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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 in yesterday’s game.

Bryson Myles (LF, Carolina): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB

Now this is everything you could want out of Myles. The power-speed combination has tantalized fans for years to no avail. Coming into 2013, Myles had only hit four home runs in 152 games, well short of his potential. Fully healthy for the first time, though, Myles has come out of the gate strong with the Mudcats, starting the year 8-for-19 with three extra base hits and two steals. The mantra early in the season is "small sample size," but it has to be encouraging to see Myles fulfilling his potential early on in 2013.

Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 3-for-6, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 PO

Through six games, Lindor's doing his best to argue that he does not need to spend any more time in High-A. The 19-year-old is 11-for-24 on the young season, adding a double, two triples, and five steals just for good measure. Also of note is that Lindor has only struck out once while drawing three walks. At the very least, Lindor is on a hot streak that hints at his future upside as a major league contributor. Even though he will cool eventually, Lindor is off to a blazing start and should end up in Akron at some point this season.

Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SO

Speaking of players that are doing their best to get out of Carolina quickly. There were rumblings during Spring Training that the organization was considering starting Naquin at Double-A Akron, though they ultimately sent him to Carolina. Naquin has rewarded that lack of faith with a 9-for-26 start, with plenty of power (.231 ISO) and defense. Now, Naquin has struggled a little more than Lindor, striking out eight times in six games, but Naquin's talents still shine through. He is playing very well and certainly looks like someone worthy of a first round pick.

  • Preston Guilmet (RP, Columbus): S (1), 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Just a typical shutdown Guilmet outing for the save. He will never have the best stuff, but at some point the results will get him a major league chance.
  • Matt Langwell (SP, Columbus): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. The callup of Corey Kluber forced the Clippers to go with a bullpen day, with another all-results no-stuff pitcher in Langwell taking the mound. As usual, he shut down the opposing lineup and should get a shot in the semi-near future, one way or another.
  • Matt Capps (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. Nothing fancy here, but Capps threw two more scoreless innings. With his major league pedigree, Capps will likely be one of the first arms called up to Cleveland when a need arises.
  • Juan Diaz (SS, Columbus): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Every Columbus hitter except Roberto Perez had exactly one hit, but Diaz's two-run double put the game out of reach. Now, he still has only one walk and eight strikeouts through seven games, but that is just what Diaz is: someone with decent power, few walks, and plenty of strikeouts.
  • Jeremy Hermida (LF, Columbus): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB. Hermida continues to hit, with the added bonus of doubling his walks so far in the season. I hope Hermida is not needed in Cleveland -- because the outfield keeps working well as is -- but he is playing himself into a chance.
  • Cody Anderson (SP, Carolina): W (2-0), 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP. The right-hander continued his hot start to the season, going five strong innings and only allowing one run. Anderson is one of the starting pitchers of note in Carolina, so it is great to see him off and running.
  • Tony Wolters (DH, Carolina): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO. Going through a transition from middle infield to catcher has to be weighing on Wolters. These two hits were his first of the year, though being up to eight strikeouts this early is less-than-ideal.
  • Jake Lowery (C, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. I do not know how the new catching situation will play out -- or the sudden catching shortage going on in Cleveland -- but Lowery is helping himself with days like this and more walks (four) than strikeouts (three) so far.
  • Michael Goodnight (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Three innings, three strikeouts, no walks, no runs. After a 4.64 ERA and 101:76 SO:BB in 145.1 innings last year, Goodnight could be reinventing himself as a reliever.

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User Comments

Andy
April 11, 2013 - 7:58 PM EDT
@Justin - just a guess on my part, but I think it's a bit of both. It looks like the Indians want Naquin to play CF everyday in Carolina. L-Rod did play RF in the first Captains game, but Jordan Smith needs a lot of work in the field and has started every game in RF for Carolina. Also, L-Rod continues to strikeout a ton - 25% of his at-bats in 2012 and 35% so far n 2013.
Jwahoo
April 11, 2013 - 3:22 PM EDT
Great to see Lindor and Naquin doing well.

After this years draft we should have some of the best position player prospects this team has had in a long time.

Lindor-Rodriguez-Naquin-Ramirez-Paulino-Washington-Frazier/Meadows. Boy would that be nice.

If Giambi does not have anything left in the tank then Hermida could be a nice option to take his place. Decent lefty bat to protect Stubbs and Reynolds vs tough RH pitching.

Good stuff.
Canadian Joe
April 11, 2013 - 9:21 AM EDT
Good to see Myles starting to pick it up. Hopefully he stays healthy and continues to put up numbers. He could be a nice addition to the high prospect list.
Also good to see some good pitching numbers from the likes of Anderson and Merritt at the lower levels. This organization could use a few good developing starters.
Paulino's start is a bit surprising, however given the early season weather, he could just be getting used to the cold/rain as opposed to sunshine of Arizona/Puerto Rico.
Sad to see Washington having health issues again, and being moved to MV. I know there were high expectations of him when he was signed, but the injuries have sure slowed his progress. He has a lot of talent, and it would be good to see him get straightened out and show what he is capable of. Still young enough.
Justin
April 11, 2013 - 12:48 AM EDT
I'm sorry, late to the party question: why is Luigi in Lake County again? Roster crunch or development?
Andy
April 11, 2013 - 12:45 AM EDT
Two good starts now for Anderson. He'll need to improve his curve and/or changeup to keep going 5+ innings in the smallish Carolina League, and if he does there's no reason he doesn't end 2013 as a top-15 prospect (helped of course by the graduation of 3-4 of the current top-15).

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