Around the Farm: April 12, 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.
Alex Lavisky - C, Lake County: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Lavisky has been outstanding so far this season as he currently posts a .389 average. The Lakewood, Ohio native was an 8th round draft pick out of high school back in 2010 and spent last season with both Lake County and Mahoning Valley where he hit .203 win 117 combined games. He’s been doing well defensively behind the dish and showing a good arm, so if the offense begins to consistently show then he will jump back onto the scene as a legit catching prospect.
T.J. McFarland - SP, Akron: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
McFarland earned his second victory of the year on Thursday night in the Aeros’ home opener. The 6’3” lefty pitched in Akron last season as well, going 9-9 with a 3.87 ERA. As a reputed ground ball pitcher, McFarland uses a pitch to contact approach and relies heavily on the defense behind him. So far this season he has been unhittable as he is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts for Akron, and in 11.0 innings pitched has allowed 8 hits, 3 walks and has 6 strikeouts.
Chad Huffman - RF, Columbus: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Huffman isn’t far behind team leader Trevor Crowe in batting average, as he is currently hitting .364 through five games. On Thursday, he jacked his second home run of the season after hitting his first homer on Wednesday. Also, Huffman has only struck out once in his 11 at-bats. Huffman has a history of posting a solid OPS, which he continues to do this season as his current OPS sits at 1.417.
- Francisco Lindor - SS, Lake County: 3-for-4, 1 2B: As expected, Lindor continues his offensive tear to start the season. Now hitting, .353, Lindor has hit in six of his first seven games and has struck out just four times in 34 at-bats.
- Francisco Valera - RP, Lake County: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 K: Valera strung together three solid innings of relief on Thursday evening. The right-hander has allowed just one run in three appearances while fanning six.
- Elvis Araujo - SP, Lake County: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 7 K. The line score is not pretty with 4 runs (3 earned) in his 5 innings of work, but the important thing from the outing is the 0 walks and 7 strikeouts.
- Kyle Bellows - 3B, Akron: 2-for-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB: Bellows was one of the keys to Akron’s victory over Trenton on Thursday. In the second inning, Bellows sent a three-run blast over the left field fence while also putting together some quality at-bats.
- Tim Fedroff - LF, Akron: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB: Fedroff’s work to get on base paid off on Thursday as he scored two of the Aeros six runs.
- Nick Weglarz - RF, Akron: 1-for-4, 2 K. Weglarz is supposedly healthy, but he is off to a horrid start as he is 1-for-15 (.056) in 5 games and has 10 strikeouts in 18 at bats.
- Cord Phelps - 2B, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B: Phelps kicked off the Clippers’ game with a first inning triple, from which he eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. He also kept the Clippers’ rally going in the fifth inning with a base-hit to load the bases.
- Russ Canzler - 1B, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 RBI: Canzler has not been meeting the offensive expectations he’d like, but on Thursday he came through with a big two-out RBI in the fifth inning that gave the Clippers the go-ahead run, which eventually was the winning run.
- Luke Carlin - C, Columbus: 1-for-2, RBI. Carlin had to exit the game during the Clippers' rally in the fifth inning with a an in injury to the upper area of his right leg.
- Corey Kluber - SP, Columbus: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. Kluber ran into a little trouble with his command late in the game as he walked and hit a batter in the fifth and then served up a 3-run homer. It is hard not to like the strikeout numbers though as in 10.0 innings this year he has 18 strikeouts.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.