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Around the Farm: April 20, 2012

Around the Farm: April 20, 2012
April 20, 2012
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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.

David Huff - SP, Akron: 4.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K.

This was Huff's first regular season start of the year anywhere after being placed on the disabled list out of camp. He was struggling before the injury, allowing 18 hits and nine earned runs in 14 spring innings. He rolled through four innings, but only four innings since this was a rehab start and he was working on a pitch count. He will eventually stick with Columbus and continue to work towards returning to the Majors.

Jared Goedert - DH, Akron: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI.

Goedert extended his hit streak to 10 games, and his multi-hit game to five games. He is 17-36 over that stretch, while also drawing six walks. Somehow, he only has four runs driven in this season, despite 19 hits and six for extra bases. His future is muddy, but he can't be denied a return to Columbus for much longer with this kind of production.

Tony Wolters - 2B, Carolina: 0-for-4, E.

Another hitless game and his fourth error of the season. He now has a two-digit batting average on the season. Not sure how much longer the organization can let him struggle like this. He would never admit it, but it is becoming more and more clear that he was rushed to this level and needs to spend time in Lake County in order to see better results.

  • Bryce Stowell - RP, Akron: 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Another dominating appearance for Stowell, who now has struck out 15 hitters in seven scoreless innings of work. It is save to say that he is probably due to find his way back to the Columbus bullpen soon.
  • Nick Weglarz - LF, Akron: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K. Weglarz provided the only two runs batted in in the game (the other run scored via wild pitch), a tough extra inning loss for the Aeros. He is just 5-33 on the season, but all four of his runs batted in have came in his last four games.
  • Juan Diaz: SS, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K: Diaz is the forgotten man in the deal that sent Russell Branyan to Seattle in 2010, with Ezequiel Carrera. Diaz broke out of a three-game mini-slump, having gone 0-for-11 during the three-game stretch.
  • Kyle Landis: RP, Akron: L (1-1), 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER: Landis had been light’s out prior to this outing, but got hit hard, giving up the winning run, his first of the season.
  • Preston Guilmet: RP, Akron: BS (1), 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K: Guilmet has had a hard transition to Double-A, which may not bode well for his future. Guilmet relies on a crazy delivery, straight out of the Nuke Laloosh handbook. Without a pure out pitch, it’s unknown if he’ll be effective above High-A, where he was dominant.
  • T.J. House - SP, Carolina: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R/2 ER, BB, 5 K, 2 WP, HBP. House was a groundball machine in this one, his "worst" outing of the season. It was the first time in three starts that he allowed any earned runs. He has punched out 22 in 19 innings, while walking just three. After a disappointing campaign in Carolina last season, he seems poised to change his fortune there in 2012.
  • Carlos Moncrief - RF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI. Moncrief's season may not look all that impressive at first glance, but he has done a good job of making his hits count and getting on base. After driving in three runs on Thursday, he came through with another on a go-ahead home run in the eighth. It was his second longball and ninth ribbie of the season.
  • Ronny Rodriguez - SS, Carolina: 1-for-4, K, 3 E. With two outs and a one-run lead in the ninth, Rodriguez's third error of the night tied the game. The next batter doubled home two, and the Mudcats lost by that margin. He is performing well offensively, but this three-miscue contest puts him at six through 13 games.
  • Giovanny Urshela - 3B, Carolina: 3-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI. A big night for Urshela, who had been scuffling. It was his first multi-hit game of the season, and his first two runs batted in.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 K: Holt has scuffled a bit of late, with a ten-game line of .225/.295/.300. He regained a bit of his composure tonight, with a two hit, two-run performance. It’s still hard to believe that he can’t crack a relatively weak Akron line-up.
  • Cody Anderson - SP, Lake County: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K. Anderson rebounded nicely last night after a rough first start of the season. He pitched in relief in his first appearance. Like T.J. House in Carolina, he racked up a ton of groundouts, recording a 10-1 groundout-to-flyout ratio.
  • Alex Lavisky - DH, Lake County: 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI. Another multi-hit performance for Lavisky, who now has six on the season. He has knocked in 12 runs in 12 games.
  • Alex Monsalve - C, Lake County: 4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI. A great display from the young catcher in his second season with the Captains. Through 14 games, he has 15 hits, seven runs batted in and eight walks. The walks are probably most impressive, as he walked only 31 times in 117 games last year.
  • Bryson Myles - RF, Lake County: 1-for-4, R, 3B, 2 RBI, SB. The middle of the Captains' order was living right in this one. Myles, hitting fifth behind Monsalve and Lavisky, added a two-run triple and his fourth stolen base of the season.
  • Kyle Blair: RP, Lake County: 1 IP, 1 K: Blair got absolutely destroyed in his last start, to the tune of 10 hits and 13 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief work on the 15th. Not sure if Blair’s staying in the pen full-time now, but it was a nice return for the former 2010 fourth-rounder.

User Comments

April 21, 2012 - 4:17 PM EDT
Frank thanks for the 411 on Damon. Yep, sounds like at the end of next weekend he will be on the move.

And Jim, I agree.....I am cautiously optimistic about House. I give guys a long leash when they struggle, but I also give a long leash at a guy needing to prove they are back too.
April 21, 2012 - 1:41 PM EDT
Quick up-date from extended. On his first at bat in this mornings game vs a lefty, Johnny Damon hit a lasor shot over that big ditch into the field beyond on a 3-1 pitch on Field 3. He told me he will be here until the end of next week when he makes his next move.
April 21, 2012 - 10:37 AM EDT
I love what I'm seeing from T.J. House. You get the impression that last night's start was a "bad" start for him...and by that, I mean these are the kinds of starts you are going to see from the new House when he's struggling. In past years, he's have streaks of greatness...marred by long periods of games in which he couldn't find the zone. There was clearly some struggle last night, but he still managed to pitch through it, and pitch well. House really could be a comer if this was one of his "bad" games going forward. What a difference an offseason makes.

It's early, but a great reason to remain optimistic

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