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Around the Farm: April 5, 2012

Around the Farm: April 5, 2012
April 6, 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.

Tim Fedroff: CF, Akron Aeros: 3-for-5, 1R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Do you think Timmy Fedroff is sick and tired of playing in Akron? Last season, Fedroff owned Akron, hitting .338, with two homers, 35 RBI, 42 runs, 13 doubles, five triples and seven home runs in 70 games. Included in that hot season was a 20-game hit streak. After Fedroff was bumped up to Columbus where he hit a solid .272, he finds himself back in Akron in what can only feel like a demotion for the former 7th rounder out of UNC. Well, he's clearly trying to show the Tribe brass that they made a mistake by throwing up a three-hit performance in the first game of the season. I can't imagine there's much more Fedroff needs to prove at Double A, do you?

Matt Langwell: RP, Akron Aeros: 2 IP, 4 K, S (1)

Langwell may be getting sick and tired of having to prove himself, much like headliner Tim Fedroff. Sure, his ERA has gone up in three straight seasons, but I’m not sure you can complain about your ERA going from 1.97 in 2009, to 2.41 in 2010 to 3.01 in 2011. In all three seasons, Langwell had pitched in at least 56 innings and had streaks of dominance at all levels. After ending last season in Columbus, Langwell finds himself back in Akron this season, biding his time. If this first outing is any indication, Langwell should find himself working on his fledgling membership to the Bullpen Mafia sometime soon.

LeVon Washington: LF, Lake County Captains: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Easily one of the biggest “busts” of the 2011 season was the performance of second round pick, LeVon Washington. He was heralded as a steal in the second round, and the Indians felt that they had received two first rounders for the price of one. Of course, Washington came out and hit .218 in his first full season at Lake County, and while he showed some flashes of solid play, many were left wondering if Washington was nothing but hype. There has been a lot of talk about Washington’s performance this spring, and that he’s a completely different player. If today’s game is any indication, they may be right. Washington has certainly served notice with his multi-hit opener that the “bust” talk is just that…talk.

  • Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 K, SB (1): This wasn’t a massive performance by the Tribe’s #1 prospect, but he managed to steal a base and score a run. Not a bad start for the 18-year-old’s first full season.
  • Luigi Rodriguez: CF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Rodriguez is a bit of a sleeper in this organization, although with performances like this, he may be a little bit more than that going forward. It’s interesting to note that Rodriguez played center tonight, while Washington was in left. Many felt it would be the opposite.
  • Felix Sterling: SP, Lake County: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K: Sterling is a top prospect with a high ceiling, so starts like this have to be deemed successful. It wasn’t perfect, but these are the types of foundational outings that set up a prospect for better things in years to come.
  • Mason Radeke: RP, Lake County: W (1-0) 2 IP, 2 K: Radeke was a 35th rounder in 2011, and started nine games, going 2-0 with a 4.53 ERA. Radeke will be working out of the bullpen in 2012, and it appears as though the Indians are making the right decision.
  • Jared Goedert: LF, Akron: 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K: Talk about a forgotten soul in the Indians’ system. Goedert was once talked about as a potential starter for the Tribe, before dropping off the face of the earth last season. Here is is, stuck in Akron, with two baseknocks.
  • Ryan Rohlinger: 2B, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B: Rohlinger was signed as a minor league free agent in January for some upper system help up the middle and doesn’t figure into the future plans. He could get some spot time if injuries become an issue in Columbus or Cleveland.
  • Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI: Carrera still remains a fringe prospect in the system as a potential fourth outfielder, and seems to have Columbus figured out. He’ll be making some appearances in Cleveland this year.
  • Matt LaPorta: 1B, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K: As long as I’m working on ATF, Matt LaPorta will be making an appearance, whether he hits or not. If LaPorta doesn’t perform everywhere in 2012, he’ll be done with the Tribe in the future. A modest start for the former top prospect.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus: 2-4, 1 RBI: A nice start for Chiz, who could really apply pressure to the offense-deprived Indians’ offense. There’s a lot of talk that he’s far from being ready, and I say ridiculous.
  • Chen Lee: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 2 K: Lee may truly be the best reliever in the system, his stuff is that good, and has translated to every level he’s pitched in. If he’s not up by May, I’ll be shocked.
  • Chris Ray: RP, Columbus: L (0-1), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 HR: Tick…tick…tick…BOOM. I like Ray, but in a system with strength in the pen, this has to be better.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

User Comments

Jim
April 6, 2012 - 11:56 PM EDT
Steve-Thanks for the comment. Putting a date on when a guy is ready is a mistake. Most in the organization figured Chiz was a lock last year by August 1st, and that Kip wasnt to get a look until 2012. If Chiz proves he's ready prior to August 1, you bring him up, period. If not, don't rush him...

As of now, Donald will get the first look, but if Chiz is clubbin', I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets called up by the break, or right after.
Steve
April 6, 2012 - 8:58 PM EDT
Chisenhall should not be looked on as an answer in Cleveland until around August 1st.

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