Around the Farm: April 18, 2013
Chen's two home runs top the night on the farm
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.
Chun Chen (Akron, 1B) - 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E
Chun Chen has hit well all season, but tonight represents his first major power hitting night of the season. While two homer, three RBI nights are rare, Chen needs some more flashes of the power that he displayed tonight if he wants to remain a legit corner infield option. With Nick Swisher signed long-term at the big-league level and Jesus Aguilarhaving already caught up to him, his shot to make it as a utility/DH option is now.
Chris Wallace (Akron, C) - 4-6, 2 R, 1 RBI
Yes, I realize he's a minor league veteran, but a four-hit night cannot be ignored so easily, regardless of who achieves it. If he can keep this up (okay, not the four-hit nights, but the good hitting in general), he can serve a few purposes. First, with the rate of injury to Indians catchers, he could be up with the Big Club before season's end. Second, he can provide a stable catching option at Akron that allows the Indians to not have to promote any of their A-ball prospects before they're truly ready for the opportunity to play AA ball. Third, he can help the Aeros win. While winning is not the most important thing in the minors, it a) is always a good thing (better than losing) and b) creates a winning mentality in the prospects that carries over to when they get called up to the Big Club.
Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) - 6 IP, 4 H, 3 K
This was sheer donminance, pure and simple. Morimando owned the Five County Stadium mound tonight. While this was by far the best of his three outings thus far this season, he has been putting up some good numbers all season (1.29 ERA, .188 BA against). The one transformation in his game that will hopefully continue was in his control. Tonight's three strikeout, no walk outing comes off the heels of a combined 0.38 K/BB ration in his first two outings of the season. If the solid command he showed tonight can prove to be more than a flash in the pan, Morimando could be a starter to look out for in Carolina this season.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka (Columbus, SP) - 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 8 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - The big concern with this outing is the continuance of Matsuzaka's control issues. The suspension of this game (due to rain) may be a blessing in disguise at it gets Dice-K off the mound with no further damage caused and allows him to work on his control away from the glare fo the crowd.
- Jose Ramirez (Akron, 2B) - 2-6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB - Just Jose Ramirez being Jose Ramirez. If you were at Canal Park tonight, you saw why he's so highly regarded within the system.
- Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - On most nights, this would be a top-of-the-article performance. Tonight, just another stellar Aeros offensive performance.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI. 1 K - Gio Urshela continues to get more comfortable at the AA level
- Paolo Espino (Akron, SP) - 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R (all earned), 7 K - Not a solid outing, but should have held up the way the Aeros hit tonight.
- Cole Cook (Akron, RP) - 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP, Hold - Second rough outing in a row for Cook. The fact that this performance merited a hold is a testament to the Aeros offense.
- Edward Paredes (Akron, RP) - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed, Blown Save - Paredes has had two bad outings out of his six so far this year, both against the Baysox. This man must be kept off the mound against the Orioles org at all costs.
- Brett Brach (Akron, RP) - 3 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP, 1 HBP, Blown Save - Same issue as Paredes with facing Bowie, but he's only had one good outing this year (his first), so it may be a recent form issue for him.
- Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SB - Lindor not only got on base regularly tonight, but also into scoring position.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS - A solid night for Jerrud, even with the caught stealing.
- Logan Vick (Lake County, CF) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K - No Captains managed a multi-hit game tonight, but Vick made the most of his with a fourth inning homer off of the Dragons' Drew Cisco.
- Joe Colon (Lake County, SP) - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 2 K - Not the smoothest start to Colon's 2013 regular season, but hardly disastrous.
- Felix Sterling (Lake County, RP) - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP, Loss - The only good thing I can say about this outing is that it will provide the otherwise-solid Sterling with a test of his ability to put a bad outing behind him (a necessary skill for relievers).