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Around the Farm: April 19, 2012

Around the Farm: April 19, 2012
April 20, 2012
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Around the Farm is an IPI original and 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.

Tony Wolters (2B, Carolina): 0-for-5, RBI, 2 K, E.

It’s early. I love Tony. But I am really wondering if the decision to start Wolters at Carolina was the right one for the Indians. He no doubt can handle the mental aspect of the game and his defense is superb, but you have to hope that the constant struggles every night at the plate don’t eventually wear him down. In 12 games he is now just 5-for-50 at the plate (.100) and has struck out 17 times. He is not drawing walks and is not squaring up balls well and driving them like he did in Mahoning Valley last year. Two weeks of struggles are not going to ruin him or his prospect status, but I think at some point the Indians will need to consider shifting him down to Low-A Lake County if the struggles continue as you don’t want to bury such an important young prospect.

Lonnie Chisenhall (3B, Columbus): 3-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, K.

Chisenhall is absolutely raking at Columbus hitting .344/.364/.625 with 4 HR and 9 RBI in 15 games. The power is there as he has 10 extra base hits in those 15 games, and on the surface it looks like he is ready for a call to Cleveland right now. But a deeper look shows he is still having some issues with left-handers, which is one of the main reasons he was sent to Columbus at the outset of the season. In 27 at bats against a lefty this season he is hitting .259/.259/.556 and has not drawn a walk and has struck out 9 times. He is proving he can hit Triple-A pitching, but that once every three at bat strikeout ratio against lefties and inability to draw walks is something he has to hone in on and is where he has to start showing some success before he becomes an option in Cleveland later this season.

  • Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Columbus): 3-for-5, R, 2B, 3B, SB. A little bit of everything from Carrera with a couple of extra base hits and a stolen base. His only hitting .267/.290/.350 in 13 games this season, but is starting to get things going hitting .344/.382/.469 in his last 7 games.
  • Cord Phelps (2B, Columbus): 1-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 K. Phelps reached base three out of the five times he stepped to the plate, and continued his blistering start to the season with a .354/.400/.523 line through 15 games.
  • Trevor Crowe (RF, Columbus): 1-for-4, RBI. After going 15-for-32 in his first ten games (.469), Crowe is starting to cool a little as he is just 2-for-10 in his last three games.
  • Chris Seddon (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5K. That’s about as good a start as you can have as Seddon limited mistakes with no walks or homers and did not yield a run. He was on his A-game as he threw 72% of his 88 pitches for strikes.
  • Hector Ambriz (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. One of the stories not being talked about much is the return Ambriz is making this season. In his first year back after Tommy John he has looked good at least in the box scores going 8.2 innings and allowing 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and has 7 walks in 5 appearances.
  • Jake Lowery (C, Carolina): 2-for-4, R, 2B, K. Lowery is like a machine. Even though the power numbers may be down some, that is more of a byproduct of the pitching dominant Carolina League. Even still he is hitting .333 on the season and putting up some good at bats.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Carolina): 1-for-3, R, 3 RBI, BB. A much needed productive night at the plate for Moncrief as he entered the game just 1-for-17 in his last 5 games.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Carolina): 2-for-4, RBI, 2 K. Rodriguez struck out two times, but made it count the two times he made contact with two singles. He is off to a very encouraging start at Carolina hitting .300/.364/.475 in 12 games.
  • Michael Goodnight (SP, Carolina): 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. After a good beginning to his season with 5 no-hit innings in his first start, he has since allowed 13 runs (10 earned) and 18 hits in his last 9.2 innings.
  • J.D. Reichenbach (RP, Carolina): 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Reichenbach shut the door and let the Mudcats get back into the game. He is still perfect on the year as he has not yielded a run in 8.1 innings covering 6 appearances.
  • Robel Garcia (2B, Lake County): 1-for-3. Garcia is another player that is looking a bit overwhelmed at the level he has been assigned to (.196 AVG, 2 BB, 14 K, 51 AB). I understand the Indians wanting to be aggressive and favor upside, but I can’t help but think he should have opened the year at Mahoning Valley and Wolters in Lake County.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Lake County): 0-for-4. After a hot start, Sabourin has cooled a little going hitless in three of his last four games (2-for-14). He’s gotta hit to stick around.
  • Leonardo Castillo (3B, Lake County): 1-for-3, RBI. Castillo is a guy that has tons of talent and someone the organization is very high on, as evidenced by his placement in Lake County even though he is still just 18-years old. He is hitting just .120/.151/.120 in 13 games, so you hope with his lack of maturity that frustration does not set in.
  • Zach MacPhee (LF, Lake County): 1-for-2, BB. No, that is not a typo. MacPhee is indeed playing left field, a position the Indians experimented him at near the end of spring training and into extended spring training. A solid Captains debut reaching base in two out of his three trips to the plate.
  • Joseph Colon (SP, Lake County): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K. Colon carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning but was touched up for a run on two hits in the sixth inning. This was a much better outing than the one he has on Saturday when he went 2.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks.

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User Comments

April 20, 2012 - 2:53 PM EDT
Do you have the split on Chisenhall vs the breaking ball so far this year?


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