Around the Farm: April 11, 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 in yesterday's game.
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B, Columbus: 2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K.
With a single and his third longball, Chisenhall contributed his fourth multi-hit game of the season. While he has responded after a poor spring, his play is still going to have to answer a few questions before the organization deems him ready and he finds his way back to Cleveland. One, about his plate discipline. Four strikeouts in seven games is acceptable, but he has drawn just one walk. The other, about his defense. He has committed three errors in seven games. Two of them have been on throws, though, and that is easier to correct than not being able to field the ball. Still, he has to be better, and making the throws have been an issue in the past.
Trevor Crowe - CF, Columbus: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, K.
Crowe left Huntington Park for a second consecutive game, and now has an OPS of 1.254. He is certainly pushing for playing time in the Indians' outfield with his early offensive output. If it continues and his health holds up, he could possibly even force Michael Brantley back to left field and Shelley Duncan back to the bench, where they are both better suited. Not the most likely scenario, but his once-elite pedigree wasn't fabricated.
Clayton Cook - SP, Carolina: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R/1 ER, BB, 6 K.
Clayton was perfect after four, and had a no-hitter after five. His sixth included two hits and a walk, compounded by two errors by teammates. Still, he held up and turned in a second consecutive solid start. Between the two, he has allowed just four hits and two earned runs in 10.2 innings. He pitched a full season in the Carolina League last year, so continued outings like this should force the organization to make room for him at Akron in the near future.
Matt LaPorta - LF, Columbus: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, K. LaPorta has hit in seven straight contests to open the season, and his one hit last night was home run number four. All is not positive, however, as he has eight strikeouts to just one walk. After not playing the outfield at all in the first four games, he has been in the left field for each of the last three.
- Kevin Slowey - SP, Columbus: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R/3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, E. Not the domination he showed in his first start, but still an adequate one when you consider that he went almost eight innings. He gave up two runs that were unearned, but one of them were of his own hand due to a throwing error.
- Jesus Aguilar - 1B, Carolina: 2-for-3, R, BB, K. Aguilar continued his torrid start last night, collecting two more hits and drawing a key walk late in the game. He now has 10 hits in six games, including four of the extra base variety. It is also important to note that he is errorless through five games. A small sample size, of course, but still encouraging.
- Jake Lowery - C, Carolina: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K. Before driving in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out single, he also contributed a run-scoring double. Through six games, he has six runs batted in and a four-digit OPS. An impressive start in high-A, especially having never seen Lake County.
- Alex Lavisky - C, Lake County: 2-for-6, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 K. Lavisky was responsible for driving in 100% of Lake County's runs. He has hit in and driven in at least one run in all three games he has played, totalling five knocks and seven ribbies. It may only be three games, but after the start he had in 2011, this early success must be a great feeling for him. He certainly seems more comfortable in his second stint in the Midwest League.
- Bryson Myles - RF, Lake County: 0-for-5, 2 K, E (1). Besides having a tough day at the plate, Myles' throwing error cost the Captains the game in the 14th inning. He is off to a 3-for-20 start.
- Kyle Petter - RP, Lake County: 3.0 IP, H, 5 K. The left-handed Petter now has nine strikeouts to zero walks in five innings of work, while allowing just two singles. He and Mason Radeke both went three scoreless, one-hit innings in the Captains' 14-inning affair.
- Felix Sterling - SP, Lake County: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R/1 ER, BB, 6 K. His defense did him no favors, but Sterling still put together another nice start. In his first two (10.0 innings), he has allowed six hits, three earned runs and three walks, while striking out 10. Continue to expect about a strikeout-per-inning from him this season.
LeVon Washington - CF, Lake County: 2-for-5, R, BB, 3 K, CS (3), PO (1). Not a banner all-around game for Washington, as he punched out three times, was caught stealing (for the third time in three attempts this season) and also picked off. Still, he reached three times, continuing to find ways to produce. A lot of activity, to say the least.
No, it's insane to think he's figuring things out, but he's definitely taken the right steps.
Tony is right though, you need to take some time with him. You can't completely solve your issues in an offseason. I'd be surprised if they called him up prior to May...prior to June even.
But...the Tribe has been willing to make moves early this year...as there has been some shuffling already.
He should be moved up rapidly, and if he hits in Akron, jump him to Cleveland once the Indians are out of contention.
Weglarz might pick up with Aguilar hitting behind him.