Around the Farm: April 19, 2013
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.
Note: Both Carolina and Lake County were postponed due to inclement weather.
Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): 7 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 SO.
Bauer’s start against Toledo was one of the most positive so far. Beyond the line itself the most encouraging signs was the seven strikeouts and only one walk. His location looks to have been improved over his last few starts as he threw over 60% of his pitches for strikes. If anything is clear from the first two weeks of this Indians season, it is paramount that Bauer develop, and do so in a rapid manner. Trevor’s ability to continue to improve his fastball control is a major piece of this process, which means that a 60% strike percentage needs to become the floor rather than a positive sign from him.
Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 2-4, 4 RBI
Another big offensive night for Jesus that did not include a homerun, which has been a really positive progression to observe. Aguilar had two hits with runners in scoring position, a single for a run and then a two-run double. Aguilar’s quick start has him at 21 RBI’s in only 14 games; or a staggering one RBI every 2.6 at-bats. While it is sure that it won’t continue at this pace, it is nice to see someone in the system actually driving in runs.
Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron): 1-4, 3 R, 3 SB, 1 BB
It seems like this guy almost never has a bad night. Ramirez is rocketing through the system with a positional player adjusted pace comparable to that of Cody Allen’s recent ascension. Friday night Jose matched his season total in stolen bases, and once again found a way to affect the ballgame. I would like to see his righty/lefty (244/.400) split improve but it is early and so far the step up to Double-A has not fazed him.
- Cedric Hunter (CF, Columbus): 2-4, RBI. The only Clipper with more than one hit on Friday night. While Hunter is really just minor-league depth at this point in his career, continuing production might (best case scenario) provide him with a September call-up.
- Preston Guilmet (RP, Columbus)- 1 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 SO. Guilmet surrendered his first two runs of the season allowing a hit to Ben Guez and bomb to John Lindsey. Just a blip on the radar for the back of the bullpen stud.
- Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R. Holt did not start the season the way one would hope, but his approach seems to be improving. While Tyler did not get a hit he did have his second consecutive two-walk game, so he is still finding a way to get on base for the Aeros middle of the order.
- Chun-Hsiu Chen (DH, Akron): 0-2, 2 BB. Chen followed up his two-homer explosion with a somewhat quiet night but, like Holt, he was able to work two walks and contribute value offensively.
- Tony Murata (SP, Akron): 5.2 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. Murata had an iffy start according to the stat sheet. His WHIP was solid at a sub 1.00, and like the rest of Akron’s staff surrendered a large amount of unearned runs. On this night the staff combined for 10 unearned runs which is a staggering number caused by 5 errors as well as 3 passed balls.
- Shawn Armstrong/Jose Flores (RP, Akron): 2.1 IP, 7 R, 0 ER. Two Akron relievers were afflicted with the torture of a bad defensive effort behind them. Armstrong in particular struggled, surrendering two walks in two-thirds of an inning pitched.
- Austin Adams (RP, Akron): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. In his first outing back from rehabilitation, Adams was wild but also showed how good his stuff can be. The three strikeouts and single hit show that location was really the only issue. In any other situation the three walks would be a concern, however, considering it was his first outing back it is a non-factor. It is just great to see this guy back out on the diamond.
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