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Around the Farm: April 22, 2012

Around the Farm: April 22, 2012
April 23, 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.

Elvis Araujo: SP, Lake County Captains: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K:

Elvis Araujo is the 11th ranked prospect in the 2012 Indians Prospect Insider rankings, but the Lake County Captains product is largely an unknown to many outside the Indians’ organization. It’s time to start taking notice. Araujo is a big 6’6” lefty who had Tommy John surgery in 2009. He’s now had two full years since his recovery, and finally figures to be 100%, and has the velocity to prove it. This year, he’s been on in three of his first four games, and his one bad start, really wasn’t all that bad either. Overall, Araujo is 0-3, but has a stellar 2.25 ERA in 20 innings of work. He’s given up 19 hits, five earned runs and six walks, while striking out 19 batters. In his last two games, his ERA drops to 1.0 in 11 innings pitched, having given up 11 hits and an earned run. With any pitcher, you have to be able to carry success to future levels. It’s still early for the 20-year-old, so there’s plenty of time for the Indians to move him up.

  • Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Phelps had his lengthy 14-game hit streak snapped, but the hot second baseman still managed to get on base with a walk, and drive in a run with a sacrifice fly.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus: 0-for-4, 1 K, E (5): Chiz is in a mini-slump right now, going 4-for-22, with one run, two doubles, four RBI and seven strikeouts. The concern are those K’s, as he just has to be more selective going forward to force the Tribe’s hand in the near future. He’s still hitting .338 overall though.
  • Chad Huffman: RF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K: Huffman has kind of come out of nowhere this season, hitting .323 over his last eight games, while scoring seven runs, hitting five doubles, two homers and four RBI.
  • Beau Mills: 1B, Columbus: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB: I still feel like Mills has something to offer the Indians going forward, but I have the distinct impression that the Indians either don’t, or want to give Canzler and LaPorta a chance first. Either way, Mills is hitting .280 as almost an afterthought.
  • Corey Kluber: SP, Columbus: L (3-1), 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R/3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR: Kluber has had moments when he looked like he was the best starter in Columbus, and starts where he looks like he should be demoted. Today, unfortunately, was one of the latter. He’s alternated outstanding starts, with struggle.
  • Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 1-for-4, SB (5):  Lindor has definitively cooled off at the plate over the past several games, becoming the one-hit wonder. He has one hit in five of his past six games, and is hitting .262 over that time period. He’s walked four times over his past ten games, while striking out only five times. You still have to love his approach as an 18-year-old.
  • Alex Monsalve: C, Lake County: 0-for-4, 1 K: Monsalve has massive amounts of talent, but absolutely no consistency at the plate. Over his last six games, he’s gone 5-for-26, with two runs, two RBI and two walks. Four of those hits and all of the runs and RBI came in one game.
  • Kyle Blair: RP, Lake County: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K: It’s been an interesting series of events for Kyle Blair after getting hammered on April 15th. He’s clearly in the pen for now, and came on in the ninth for the second straight appearance, once again looking fairly good. In his two relief appearances, he’s gone two innings, giving up a walk, while striking out two batters. I’m not sure if it’s a full-time gig, but so far so good (I’m sure Tony will have an update on this soon).

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

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