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Around the Farm: April 30th

May 1, 2011
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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.

Toru Murata-SP, Kinston: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

The first professional start in America was a good one for Toru Murata. In fact, he was pretty much perfect. Murata only went four innings, but was brilliant, giving up just a single hit and striking out seven. The Japanese import had made two appearances out of the pen, giving up one and four runs respectively, but also showing the ability to strike hitters out. That continued and Murata put it all together by not walking a hitter and giving up just the one hit as a starter. He's now struck out 17 in just three games (nine innings), with two walks. Murata wouldn't have earned a win with run-support, but the effort was still wasted by the offense being shutout against Lynchburg.
  • Chad Huffman-1B, Columbus: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K: First base, outfield, it doesn't matter where Huffman is, he just knocks in runs. Huffman knocked in his team-leading 18th run, which is good enough for third in the International League.
  • Travis Buck-RF, Columbus: 2-for-4, R, RBI, BB, K: Since being demoted to Columbus, Travis Buck has is 10-for-29 with 10 RBI. He started by knocking in a run in his first five games. After going 1-for-8 in the final two games against Gwinnett, Buck rediscovered his stroke.
  • Jason Kipnis-2B, Columbus: 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI: Jason Kipnis had a quiet night until he hit this third triple off Jordan Danks to knock in a pair of runs.
  • Luis Valbuena-SS, Columbus: 1-for-6, R, HR, RBI, K: The Clippers got an early run off Luis Valbuena, who hit a solo shot. The middle infielder is hitting .300 on the season for Columbus.
  • Wes Hodges-DH, Columbus: 1-for-5, 4 K: A rough season continues for Wes Hodges, who may no longer have much of a place in the organization. Hodges struck out four times against Charlotte, doubling his total for the season. He continues to play sparingly for the club and when he does, doesn't do very good.
  • Joe Martinez-SP, Columbus: W (1), 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K: With Alex White up in Cleveland, the Clippers turned to Joe Martinez for the start and he was great. Martinez pitched five scoreless innings before giving way to the bullpen. He was rewarded with his first win of the season.
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen- C, Akron: 1-for-4, 2B, K:A night after scoring ten runs, the Aeros got shutout and Chen had the only hit worth anything, a double. Chen also struck out, something all but one Aero did.
  • Jordan Henry-CF, Akron: 1-for-4, K, SB: Jordan Henry had one of the four hits and also stole his sixth base on the season.
  • Tim Fedroff-DH, Akron: 0-for-3, 2 K: Hitting .314 couldn't prevent Fedroff from going 0-for. Fedroff also struck out twice, which is rare for him as he only struck out nine times coming into last night's game.
  • Joe Gardner-SP, Akron: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K: Joe Gardner didn't have many of these days in Kinston last year, but he couldn't get out of the third inning on Saturday. Gardner gave up just one run, but threw a lot of pitches, giving up six hits and two walks in just less than three frames. It is his first loss of the year.
  • Paolo Espino-RP, Akron: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 9 K: Quite the odd relief effort from Paolo Espino. The offense was non-existent so it didn't matter much that he gave up three runs, but Espino gave the club five innings. He also didn't walk a hitter and struck out nine, which is pretty impressive.
  • Adam Abraham-3B, Kinston: 0-2, 2 BB, K:Unlike most of the lineup, Abraham went without a hit, but he was on bae more than anyone but Casey Frawley with a pair of walks.
  • Delvi Cid-CF, Kinston: 1-for-4, 2 K: Delvi Cid made his Kinston debut after starting the season on the disabled list. Cid had been with Lake County the past two seasons, stealing 71 bases last season. He only had one opportunity in his Kinston debut and didn't make an attempt.
  • Justin Toole-2B, Kinston: 1-for-5, K, SB: Justin Toole stole his sixth base of the season, but like most of the lineup, had just one hit.
  • Adam Miller-RP, Kinston: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, K: You are not imagining this. That is the Adam Miller you think it is. Miller made his much anticipated return to professional baseball by striking out his first hitter. Then reality set in and he scuffled, giving up three earned. This one wasn't about the numbers though, it was about the fact he was actually out there.
  • Chris Jones-RP, Kinston: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K: Quite an appearance for Chris Jones, who needed one. He didn't allow a base-runner in three perfect frames.
  • Tyler Cannon-SS, Lake County: 3-for-4, 2B: Cannon continues to inch closer to a .400 average. He's on an absolute rip this early on.
  • Jason Smit-DH, Lake County: 3-for-4, R, K: Speaking of absolute rips... Jason Smit had gone three games hitless and was cooling off from a early hot start, but got a lot of momentum back last night with a three-hit night.
  • Brian Heere-LF, Lake County: 1-for-3, 3R HR: The reserve outfielder hasn't seen much many at-bats thanks to the trio in the outfield, but Heere came up with the biggest hit of the night, a three-run home run, his first of the year.
  • Kyle Blair-SP, Lake County: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K: Kyle Blair couldn't get the support early enough and aside from a solo home run, one of the two hits off Blair, he was nearly flawless. Blair struck out a pair and went five innings. It was his third straight start going at least five and giving up just one run, but it was his fourth game in a row surrendering a home run.
  • J.D. Reichenbach-RP, Lake County: W (2), 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K: Reichenbach got his second win of the season after some good luck with the Captains offense. He went three scoreless, giving up just a single hit and striking out four to lower his ERA to 2.41 on the season.
  • Clayton Ehlert-Closer, Lake County: S (6), IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB: Clayton Ehlert continues to shut it down at the end, picking up his sixth save of the season.
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