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Around the Farm: April 26, 2012

Around the Farm: April 26, 2012
April 27, 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.

Giovanny Urshela (3B, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI.

Urshela had the big blow of the game on Thursday afternoon with a walkoff three-run jack to win the game for the Mudcats. It was his first homer of the season. After a very slow start where he was hitting .186 with a .483 OPS in his first 11 games, he is starting to put some things together and in his last 6 games is 10-for-23 (.435) at the plate with 7 RBI and 3 of his 5 extra base hits on the season. His mini-surge in his last six games has driven up his batting average 87 points and his OPS 220 points. He is a gifted defender, so if he can ever be more consistent and put it all together offensively, he has a chance to be a successful player in the upper levels of the system and potentially the big leagues.

Kyle Blair (RP, Lake County): 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.

This was easily Blair’s best outing of the season, and maybe his best outing since signing with the Indians. He was perfect as he set down all 10 men he faced and struck out four of them. Since getting manhandled for 13 runs – all earned – on 10 hits and 2 walks in 3.1 innings on April 15th, he has now made 3 appearances out of the bullpen and has thrown 5.1 hitless-shutout innings allowing just 1 walk with 6 strikeouts. The key to his success is him getting back to throwing more quality strikes.

  • Tony Wolters (SS, Carolina): 0-for-1. Wolters started the game, but was oddly removed from the game in the third inning while playing defense. With two outs and a runner on second, he was taken out and Ronny Rodriguez entered the game at shortstop.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Carolina): 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K. Rodriguez has slumped of late and is hitting .216 with a .507 OPS in his last ten games, but his double in the 6th got the Mudcats comeback started.
  • Jeremie Tice (1B, Carolina): 2-for-3, 2 2B, RBI. Tice is on fire with the bat with three consecutive multi-hit games and has 5 doubles, 4 homers, and 12 RBI in his last 10 games.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Carolina): 2-for-4, R, 3B, RBI, K. Moncrief’s batting average (.220) and high strikeout totals (17 K, 50 AB) are much the same as last year at Low-A Lake County, but he still stuffs a stat sheet (10 BB, 6 XBH, 9 R) and has a good .784 OPS.
  • Dwight Childs (C, Carolina): 0-for-4, 2 K. Childs is just 3-for-19 on the season with 0 walks and 7 strikeouts, though two homers early in the season have helped his overall batting line (.632 OPS).
  • Anthony Gallas (LF, Carolina): 2-for-3, R, BB. Gallas is off to another strong April as he is hitting .281/.378/.469 in 10 games. He has just missed on a few home runs, and has 5 extra base hits in those 10 games.
  • Brett Brach (SP, Carolina): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Brach is not off to a good start this season as in 4 games he has a 6.39 ERA and has allowed 20 baserunners in 12.2 innings.
  • Trey Haley (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Welcome back to Trey Haley. He had a minor groin issue pop up late in spring training that delayed the start of his season, and he made his first appearance with Carolina a good one with a shutout inning of work.
  • Kyle Petter (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Petter has struggled in his initial call to Carolina allowing 7 runs (6 earned), 9 hits, and 6 walks in 4.1 innings covering 3 appearances. But the strikeout numbers this year are impressive with 19 in 11.1 total innings.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Lake County): 3-for-6, RBI, 2 K. Anyone concerned with how Lindor would settle into his first pro season can rest easy. His numbers are solid, and even better, his at bats look like that of a seasoned 4-year minor league veteran.
  • Jordan Smith (DH, Lake County): 1-for-5, R, RBI, BB. Smith returned to the lineup for the first time in 8 days after sitting out after being hit in the face while fielding a ball (I received incorrect information that he had jammed his finger).
  • Jordan Casas (CF, Lake County): 3-for-6, R, 2 K. Casas simply was not playing much at all at High-A Carolina as he had just 4 at bats in the three weeks he was there. He has been with Lake County for two days and already has 10 at bats, and looks like he will get a chance to play a lot in the short term.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Lake County): 2-for-5, RBI, K. Sabourin came through with the game-winning sac fly in the 11th inning. He’s hitting .290, but has almost no power with a .333 SLG in 19 games.
  • Zach MacPhee (RF, Lake County): 0-for-1, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K. MacPhee’s experience as a college player is showing in the early going against a lot of young, inexperienced pitchers in the Midwest League. He now has 6 walks in 7 games with a .444 on-base%.
  • Felix Sterling (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. Sterling was not sharp last night, but even without his best stuff he battled and limited the damage. These are signs of a pitcher that is growing mentally, and is good to see.
  • Francisco Valera (RP, Lake County): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. Valera had allowed just 3 runs in 11.2 innings coming into the game, and doubled that run output last night.

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