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Around the Farm: April 8, 2012

Around the Farm: April 8, 2012
April 9, 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.

Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina Mudcats: 4-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS (3):

Tyler Holt’s good, and he’s done everything you could possibly do in the first series to prove it. Don’t worry, he’s not trying to prove anything to you personally, but to the Tribe brass who placed Holt back in High A Carolina instead of the more deserving destination in Double A Akron. Holt currently has hits in all three of his games this season, has multi-hit games in two of the three, and is currently hitting .615, with a ridiculous 1.513 OPS. He’s scored four runs, but even more impressively, has driven in four runs as well. Holt continues to impress, and isn’t far away from his promotion.

Scott Barnes: SP, Columbus Clippers: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K:

Barnes was on the fast-track to the Indians last year before he tore his ACL and was shut down for the season in early August. With the knee healthy once again, Barnes has a lot of ground to make up before he can get back into the fray for a potential starting nod should an injury crop up at the major league level. Today’s start showcased just why the Indians were so high on the power-throwing southpaw.

Jeremie Tice: DH, Carolina Mudcats: 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K:

Tice has been treading water in the Carolina League since the 2010 season, but there’s a strong believe from Mudcats management that he can make the move up to Akron soon. Tice has solid power, and hit 11 homers last year in the offense-deprived K-Tribe lineup. Tice put it all together last night, with two doubles, three runs and three RBI. He’s not a splash prospect, but his power numbers could get him a look in Akron soon if he can string a few of these types of games together. The Mudcats have some offense this year, so Tice should see an uptick.

  • Matt LaPorta: DH, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K: The LaPorta watch continues with a double yesterday afternoon. He has hits in all four of his games so far, and an extra-base hit in all but one of them.
  • Matt Pagnozzi: C, Columbus: 2-for-3, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB: Pagnozzi was a minor league pick-up this year to add another veteran presence at the Triple A level at the catcher position, should the Indians need to add a player down the road due to injury. Pagnozzi has major league experience, and could prove to be valuable down the road.
  • Chen Lee: RP, Columbus: BS (1), W (1-0), 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 3 K, 1 HR: Lee gets the win, but got lit up like a Christmas tree. This isn’t the type of appearance that you want from your potential top bullpen arm.
  • Jeremy Accardo: Closer, Columbus: S (2), 1 IP, 1 K: Accardo got his second save in a perfect appearance.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB: Aguilar had another extra-base hit, maintained a .385 average, and didn’t have a strikeout. All-in-All, I’d say that makes this a successful day for the power-hitting first baseman.
  • Jake Lowery: C, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Lowery has power hitter written all over him, and he proved it today by launching the Mudcats first homer of the season. He added a big two-run double in the ninth to tie the game.
  • Delvi Cid: LF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, E: Cid is a hidden gem in the organization if he can maintain this type of average. He has perhaps the best speed in the system, and seems to be healthy for the first time in a year.
  • Michael Goodnight: SP, Carolina: 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K: The line doesn’t show just how good Goodnight was for the first five innings. He had a no-hitter through five, before the floodgates opened in the sixth. Still, this is definitely a good showing for Goodnight, especially if he can continue to build stamina in later innings.

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

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