Around the Farm: April 29, 2013
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.
#Washtime: CF, Lake County Captains: Game 1: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, SB:
Break out much? LeVon Washington is 8-for-9 over his last two games, with six runs, two doubles, a triple and a stolen base. There really is no question about this kid’s talent. He has it all, and has even shown some interesting pop with the bat earlier on in the 2013 season. He still needs to show that he can be durable, which could be a long road for a player hat has never played in more than 79 games in any season since 2010.
Joe Sever: 1B, Lake County Captains: Game 2: 3-for-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI:
Sever hasn’t done much with the Indians since joining the team as the 21st round pick out of Pepperdine last year, but he has shown off some gap power, hitting 10 doubles for Mahoning Valley last year in only 46 games. He already has four this year in his first 15 games. It’s certainly not anything to write home about, but you never know when a kid is going to really start to figure things out. Sever is likely a career minor leaguer, but he could become a nice minor league stick in the future.
- Jeremy Hermida: RF, Columbus: 3-4: Hermida was the only Clippers’ player to have multiple hits on a night in which they were only able to plate one-run. The former Marlins #1 draft pick came into Monday night’s ballgame having gone 0-for-11 over his past four ballgames.
- Cord Phelps: 0-for-4 , 1 BB. 3 K: Phelps is 2-for-23 since April 22nd. He’s struck out eight times in his last 12 at bats. It’s been a real struggle for Phelps in 2013, and he may have seen any chance at regular time in Cleveland slip away.
- Toru Murata: SP, Columbus: L (0-1), 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3 HR: Murata returned to Columbus after making his debut there in 2012, but couldn’t continue his winning ways as a coach with the Clippers.
- Jose Ramirez: 2B, Akron: 3-for-3, 1 BB, SB, CS: Ramirez is slowly but surely returning to form with the Aeros after a rough early stretch had his average and peripherals way down. He’s gone 8-for -22 over the last six ballgames.
- Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Akron: 2-for-4: RonRod had had his fifth two-hit game over his last nine ballgames.
- Brett Brach: SP, Akron: L (1-2), 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 K: Brach made his third straight appearance without giving up an earned runs, and now has a fairly impressive 3.12 ERA so far this season.
- Austin Adams: RP, Akron: RP, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR: I’m not sure on his velocity, but Adams had another nice outing in his return after missing much of the 2012 season. He has two straight games having gone two innings, and it will be interesting to see when they begin to lengthen him out.
- Logan Vick: RF, Lake County: Game 1: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: This former Indians 11th round selection is putting together a nice start to his 2013 season. He’s hitting .300 so far on the year, and while he’s far from being a top prospect in the system, he does play with the type of scrappiness you like to see in minor league players.
- Jack Wagoner: RP, Lake County: Game 1: W (2-0): 1 IP, 2 K: It doesn’t get much easier than this, does it? Wagoner was perfect in his only inning of the game, striking out two batters, and forcing a groundout on the third. He’s had a back-and-forth year overall thought, having given up four earned runs already, in his six total innings pitched.
- Logan Vick: CF, Lake County: Game 2: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B: Vick scored half the Captains runs in the second game, and upped his average to .306 on the year. His slash-line reads an impressive .306/.429/.452, and he continues to show an advanced bat, walking and striking out 13 times each.
- Josh Martin: RP, Lake County: Game 2: W (2-2), 2 2/3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K: Martin has given up nine runs already on the young season, but has peppered in good outings like this one in the middle of the rough games. There’s potential there with this kid based on his size, but he has to gain some consistency before he can be taken seriously.
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