Around the Farm: April 4, 2013
Ramirez impresses in debut, Hagadone still dominant
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.
Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron) 2-4, RBI: One of the fasest rising and most intriguing prospects currently in the Indians farm system is Jose Ramirez. After coming off a stellar season last year, he picked up right where he left off during spring training and didn't look back. In his first start in AA, he didn't disappoint going 2-4 and driving in one. Even though it's one game, it's encouraging to see that early on the big jump isn't affecting Ramirez.
Nick Hagadone (RP, Columbus) IP, BB, 3 K: One of the more surprising moves was when prior to Opening Day, the Tribe brass elected to demote Hagadone. Yes, Kazmir suffered an injury and moves needed to be made accordingly, but I was still a little surprised. The bullpen could use another guy to rely on in the next couple of days, especially with the workload they've been given. I wouldn't be surprised to see Hagadone back in an Indians uniform very shortly. This outing further cements the fact he needs to be at the big league level.
- Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 2-4, R, K: Fedroff really doesn't have much left to prove in the minors. At this point, he's a bit of a tweener, but should continue seeing success in Columbus.
- Jeremy Hermida (DH, Columbus) 1-4, R, HR, 4 RBI, 2 K: Hermida proved to be the difference in this game with his big knock. The former top prospect still has something to prove and could have a big year in Columbus.
- Yan Gomes (C, Columbus) 2-4, 2B: If it weren't for Carlos Santana and Lou Marson, Gomes would be with the Indians. Gomes is an intruiging player who will be in Cleveland before season's end, but really needs every day at-bats.
- Joe Martinez (SP, Columbus): 5.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K: Martinez kept the Clippers in the ballgame and delivered a quality outing that they needed.
- Matt Capps (RP, Columbus) IP, BB: Capps wasn't sexy in his appearance, but got the job done. He'll be an assest this season and will more than likely be one of the first arms called up if someone in the bullpen falters or gets injured.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 0-4, K, E: This is a big year for Aguilar to establish himself and prove that he deserves the hype he's been receiving. He has big time power potential which is exciting, but he still has a lot to work on before he can be an impact player, especially at the big league level. I love his potential, though.
- Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron) 1-3, K, E: Rodriguez is sometimes lost in all of the elite talent that the Indians have up the middle in their system, but he's still a top 10 prospect in my mind and a guy to watch this season.
- Danny Salazar (SP, Akron) (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K: Salazar didn't make a ton of mistakes, but the ones he did make came back to hurt him. Salazar is one of the most exciting arms in the farm system and will be a guy to watch all season long.
- Cole Cook (RP, Akron) 2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, K, HR: Out of the pen, I like Cook. He'll never be an elite talent, but I really like his potential. His lone mistake was a long bomb and he seemed to struggle with command a little bit as well.
- LeVon Washington (CF, Lake County) 0-3, R, BB, K: His fall from fame has been hard. Once considered by some the second best prospect in the system he has fought off injuries for the past few years. This year will be a make or break one for Washington.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County) 0-4, BB, K: Aside from Lindor, Paulino is the most exciting prospect in the whole farm system with a lethal bat. The big question is whether he'll stay at shortstop, but it seems as if they'll give him every opportunity to prove himself there.
- Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Lake County) 2-4, 2 R, RBI, K: He was able to get on base throughout the game and was a key factor in their win.
- Eric Haase (C, Lake County) 1-4, R, 3B, RBI: Out of all the catchers in the farm system, I'm probably most excited about Haase, although Wolters might give him a run for his money now. Although Haase is still young and somewhat raw, I'm really excited to see the numbers Haase can put up in his first full professional season.
- Luis DeJesus (SP, Lake County) 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K, HR: DeJeus was able to dominate at short-season Mahoning Valley last year, but will need to be able to make adjustments at this level in order to be successful.
- Felix Sterling (CP, Lake County) (S, 1) IP, H, 3 K: Sterling was a guy who popped up on some radars last season and was considered by some a top ten talent. He's a guy worth watching as the season progresses.
Cook gave up that 430 ft bomb to former Aero Josh Rodriguez.