Around The Farm: April 25, 2013
Naquin, Lindor headline night in the minor leagues
CF Tyler Naquin, Carolina Mudcats: 2-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB: The doubts about Naquin's power potential are starting to be answered early on. Naquin notched his sixth double and second home run on Thursday night, on top of one triple he has this season as well. He will never be a 20+ home run a year guy, but if he can continue to show good gap power that can turn into doubles and triples and hit the occasional home run, Naquin will be a solid outfielder for many years in Cleveland. If he continues to rake in Carolina, he could be called up to Akron in the near future.
SS Francisco Lindor, Carolina Mudcats: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, K, CS: After receiving a ton of praise in the off-season, Lindor has come out swinging to start the season. He's already has seven stolen bases on the year, as well as four doubles and three triples. His three errors are not a concern and has Gold Glove potential. If all goes well and he continues to demonstrate the hitting and running ability that he has to start the season, we could see him in Cleveland as early as August or September of next season.
- CF Tim Fedroff, Columbus Clippers: 1-4, R, RBI: I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's not much left for Fedroff to prove in the minors. He reminds me a little bit of Jordan Brown; a solid minor league player who may never break the majors. If he does, he'll be nothing more than a fourth outfielder.
- C Yan Gomes, Columbus Clippers: 0-3, R, BB, K: In his first game back since being demoted with the return of Lou Marson, Gomes went hitless, although he managed to get on base with a walk and come around to score.
- LF Cord Phelps, Columbus Clippers: 0-3, BB: After his short call-up stint in Cleveland, Phelps hasn't come out and lit the world on fire in Columbus. In fact, he's struggled mightily this whole season. His average has now dipped to .174.
- 1B Mike McDade, Columbus Clippers: 1-4, R, 2B: Although McDade isn't a flashy guy, he's received some praise. He's still raw and needs some work, but could be a solid bench guy in the future.
- SP Carlos Carrasco, Columbus Clippers: 4.2 IP, 5 H, BB, 4 K: Carrasco has been solid since being demoted, but on Thursday night, he was struck by a line drive on his right elbow and was taken out. Many people there have stated that he was in a considerable amount of pain. Carrasco was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Stay tuned.
- RP Giovanni Soto, Columbus Clippers: 0.2 IP, BB: After relieving the injured Carrasco, word has come down Soto may have come out with a possible injury himself. Soto has been working himself back this season after already being injured, which can't be encouraging for Soto or the Indians organization.
- RP David Huff, Columbus Clippers: (W, 1-1), 2.2 IP, H, 4 K: A forgotten man in the Indians organization, Huff is doing his best to return to Cleveland in some campacity or catch the eyes of another club.
- 1B Jerrud Sabourin, Carolina Mudcats: 2-4, RBI: Sabourin has been one of the hottest hitters, if not the hottest hitter, in the Indians minor league organization to start the season and he continued his mean streak with another two hits. He's upped his average to .418.
- SP Will Roberts, Carolina Mudcats: (W, 1-3), 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 K, HR: After being rocked in his first few starts, Roberts rebounded with a great outing. This is the kind of start the Mudcats needed to get the win on Thursday.
- CF LeVon Washington, Lake County Captains: 1-3, R, 2B, K: After battling another minor injury to start the season, Washington wasted no time and doubled to center in his first at bat in the bottom of the first.
- SS Dorssys Paulino, Lake County Captains: 1-3, BB: After going just 4 for his last 23, Paulino got on base twice, once with a single and once with a walk. One of the top prospects in the organization, Paulino is off to a slow start, but remember, he's still extremely young and adjusting to a league in which pitchers on average are much older than he is.
- SP Mitch Brown, Lake County Captains: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K: Brown struggled with command in his past two starts, issuing eight walks total. The good news from this start is he also struck out six and limited the damage to two earned runs.
- RP Felix Sterling, Lake County Captains: IP, H, K: Sterling continues to be one of my favorite relief pitchers in this organization. He's an unfinished product and still has a long way to go, but I really like what I see from Sterling.