Around the Farm: April 27, 2013
Washington's five hit afternoon highlights day's action
LeVon Washington (CF, Lake County Captains): 5-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI.
This was only Washington’s fourth game of the 2013 season as he missed 18 games after pulling his hamstring in the Captains’ home opener on April 4. Judging by this contest, it appears as if Washington is fully healthy and also hopefully ready to make up for lost time. Washington was essentially the Captains’ entire offense Saturday as he recorded half of the team’s 10 hits. Washington missed almost all of the 2012 season after undergoing right hip surgery early last year. He was previously regarded as an upper-tier prospect, and that’s certainly a status that Washington likely hopes to reclaim this year. This performance seems to be a step in the right direction.
Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina Mudcats): 3-for-5, 1 RBI, CS.
After going 0-for-5 on Friday, Lindor comes back with an outstanding performance Saturday. He recorded three hits and is now hitting .317 with four doubles, three triples, six RBI, nine walks and eleven strikeouts this season. A four-game hit streak was snapped with his hitless performance on Friday, but Lindor will likely go on lots of similar streaks this season. This is clearly a very special player, and it will be interesting to see if the Indians ever decide to push him to Double-A Akron if he continues to hit at such an impressive clip.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 E. Paulino is still settling in, but he has now compiled a nice three-game hit streak, which has to be considered a positive. He did, however, record two errors on Saturday, and he now has eight on the young season.
- Luigi Rodriguez (LF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. Rodriguez recorded his second double and eighth and ninth RBIs of the season Saturday. Rodriguez has now gone 20-for-76 (.263) in 22 games.
- Nelson Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 RBI. Rodriguez recorded his eighth RBI, but the big first baseman is still awaiting his first home run of the year. He’s shown some promising signs with his plate discipline so far, but the power has been mysteriously absent thus far.
- Dylan Baker (SP, Lake County): 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Baker was unfortunately unable to build off the six shutout innings that he recorded in his last outing as Clinton was able to notch two runs off him in both the first and fourth innings. In 20 innings, Baker now has a 4.95 ERA this season.
- Felix Sterling (RP, Lake County): (BS, 1), (L, 0-1), 1 IP, 6 H, 5 R/4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. This is probably a game that Sterling wishes he could have back as everything that could go wrong went wrong. The most discouraging thing here is that this is now Sterling’s second awful outing so far this season. The right-hander previously allowed five earned runs back on April 18.
- Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 0-for-5, 1 RBI. Even when he is unable to record a hit, the SABOUR-tooth Tiger still is productive and drives in a run. The unfortunate thing is that Sabourin’s hitless performance snapped his nine-game hit streak.
- Jordan Smith (RF, Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Smith continues to break out of his early season slump. He has now hit in six straight games, and Saturday also marked his third straight multi-hit game. The average is still only at .222, but it won’t stay there for long if this tear continues.
- Charlie Valerio (DH, Carolina): 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. Valerio has been impressive so far as he’s gone 17-for-57 (.298) in 16 games. He also has recorded six doubles and one triple.
- Cody Anderson (SP, Carolina): 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. Anderson recorded a quality start even though the performance was not in line with some of the right-hander’s other recent efforts. Even still, the overall numbers are impressive as Anderson has a 2.25 ERA in five starts and 28 innings of work.
- Matt Packer (SP, Akron Aeros): (L, 0-3), 4.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Packer had not allowed an earned run in either of his past two starts, but he really struggled on Saturday. Control continues has been a persistent issue for Packer so far this season as he has now walked 12 batters this season while striking out only eight.
- Trey Haley (RP, Akron): 1 IP, 1 BB. Haley’s early success continued Saturday as he registered his third straight appearance without allowing a run. The only problem is that Haley was less than efficient as he needed 22 pitches to make it through the inning and only 12 of those pitches were thrown for strikes.
- Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron): 0-for-4, 2 K. Ramirez had a rough day at the plate and struck out twice, which is always a rarity. Ramirez is hitting .253 this season and has managed the jump to the Double-A level. However, the problem is that he has not been able to get consistently hot at the plate. Ramirez has actually not recorded a hit in consecutive games since April 19.
- Chris Wallace (C, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR. Wallace recorded his first home run as a member of the Indians’ organization on Saturday. The right-handed hitting catcher has now gone 11-for-30 since coming over from the Houston Astros in exchange for Eric Berger.
- Ronny Rodriguez (3B, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B. The lone other hit in the contest came from Rodriguez. The intriguing infield prospect is hitting .256 this season, and Saturday’s triple was already his third of the season.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 0-for-4, 2 K. Like the majority of his teammates, Aguilar went hitless on Saturday. With two more strikeouts, Aguilar’s season total now sits at 23.
- Cedric Hunter (RF, Columbus Clippers): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Hunter recorded his second home run of the season for the Clippers Saturday. He’s not much more than organizational depth, but it’s good to see him have a nice night at the plate.
- Mike McDade (1B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI. McDade really got off to a slow start this year, but that seems to be a thing of the past now. The switch-hitting first baseman continued his tear Saturday and has now gone 8-for-16 in his last five games. Hopefully McDade stays on a roll because he could become a potential option in Cleveland at some point later this year.
- Joe Martinez (SP, Columbus): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K. Martinez was signed this season to serve as depth and help fill out the Columbus rotation. He’s done a nice job in that role so far and that continued Saturday. The left-hander now has a 3.25 ERA in 27 2/3 innings this year.
- Matt Langwell (RP, Columbus): (BS, 1), (L, 2-1), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 K. This was a rare poor outing from Langwell as his control seemed to escape him. The three earned runs that Langwell allowed were his first of the season, and the four walked batters was more than his previous season total of three.
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