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Around the Farm: August 10, 2012

Around the Farm: August 10, 2012
August 11, 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.

Roberto Hernandez: SP, Columbus Clippers: W (1-0), 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K:
This was an interesting start for Hernandez, who will be eligible to rejoin the Indians after coming off of his suspension today, Saturday, August 11th. Manny Acta said that Hernandez would rejoin the Tribe this coming week, and that was prior to Friday night’s tilt. This was far and away his best start of his now four appearances, overall going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in Columbus in 12 total innings, and 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in 12 1/3 innings at Lake County. Put it all together, and he pitched in 24 1/3 innings, going 2-1 and giving up 25 hits, 13 runs (all earned) and four walks, while striking out 20 batters. They’re actually fairly solid numbers for a guy who hadn’t pitched in meaningful games since last September. How will it translate to the big leagues? It’s Hernandez, so your guess is as good as mine, but it can’t be worse than some of the other guys up there right now, can it?
Nick Weglarz: LF, Akron Aeros: Game 1: 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB: Game 2: 1-for-1, 1 2B
I still believe that Weglarz will be in another organization next season, unless he really rips the ball over the next month. The funny thing…he’s done just that over the past six-game stretch. He has five two-hit games, going 10-for-17, with six runs, six doubles, two homers and 10 RBI. He’s walked six times, while striking out only twice. In other words, he’s playing exactly as many folks felt he would play moving up through the system, prior to injuries dismantling his career. Is all of this enough to make Weglarz a factor in this system? You would hope so, especially considering the utter lack of talent that this organization has in Akron and Columbus overall. The big question though is whether or not this small window is a return to form for a kid that hasn’t put up numbers like this with any consistency in a couple of years, or whether it is just another snapshot of what could have been. Let’s hope for the former.
  • Vinny Rottino: RF, Clippers: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K: Rottino broke out of a seven-game, 3-for-26 slump over the past four games, with three two-hit games in which he’s gone 6-for-17. He has back-to-back, multi-hit games.
  • Gregorio Petit: SS, Clippers: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K: Petit has been scorching hot offensively over the past two months. Since July 3rd, Petit is hitting .355 (fourth in the league during that stretch), with a .355/.417/.505/.921 stat line during that stretch, which may be the best in his seven-year minor league career.
  • Scott Barnes: RP, Columbus: 2 IP, 3 K: Barnes has been lights out over his last three appearances, going five total innings, giving up two unearned runs without a walk, while striking out seven. He’s definitely a cheaper version of Rafael Perez in 2013, should the Indians choose to keep him in the pen long term.
  • Jordan Henry: RF, Akron Aeros: 2-for-3, 3 R: For those of you not familiar with Henry, these are the types of games that he would roll out daily. He beat out a bunt single which was a sacrifice attempt that turned into bigger things. He worked his way to third on a sac bunt and a ground out, then scored on a passed ball. His next at bat was another infield single, this time to the pitcher. He advanced to third on a throwing error on the next batter, then scored on a wild pitch this time. His final run came after getting on a sac bunt error, and ultimately coming home on a Nick Weglarz homer. This kid can create a mess on the base paths, so it appears as though he may finally be healthy after starting the year off with injury issues.
  • Trey Haley: RP, Akron: 2 1/3 IP, 3 BB, 4 K: Well, this looks like the Haley of old, whose biggest knock was his lack of control. He threw 32 pitches, with only 14 strikes.
  • Shawn Armstrong: RP, Akron: S (1), 2 IP, 1 H: Armstrong continues his outstanding Double A pitching, with his third save in his past six games. He’s only given up one earned run in his ten Akron appearances.
  • Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Carolina: 2-for-5: Urshela has a six-game hit streak, with four of them being of the multi-hit variety. During that stretch, Urshela has a stat-line that reads like a video game: .500/.500/.945/1.455, and is leading the Carolina League in hitting during that stretch. He also has four doubles and two homers to go along with it.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R: Aguilar is slowly starting to regain some of his mojo. His homer on Wednesday was his first since July 2nd, and his two-hit game on Friday night was his first multi-hit game since July 28th.
  • Fabio Martinez: RP, Carolina: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/1ER, 1 K: Fabio is in the Carolina house. It wasn't a stellar outing by any stretch, but it's a first take it for what it's worth.
  • Edward Salcedo: 3B, Lynchburg: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB: For those that remember, Salcedo was offered a $2.7 million dollar deal from the Indians in 2007, but they backed off when an investigation was launched into his age (I know, the irony). Three years later, Salcedo signed with the Braves, and is their third baseman of the future. Salcedo has 24 doubles, 13 homers and 21 stolen a legit 21-year old.
  • Luigi Rodriguez: CF, Lake County: 2-for-2, 1 R: Rodriguez had a two game oh-fer stretch, but rebounding in typical multi-hit fashion, and now has three two-hit games in his last five ball games.
  • Jerrod Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K: Sabourin continues to be the backbone of a team with much flashier player. He continues to get the job done, hitting .302 on the year, and he found himself batting clean-up in Friday night’s rain-shortened affair. The Sabour-tooth fan club lives on…
  • Jake Lowery: C, Lake County: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: Lowery’s only hitting .213 right now with Lake County, but continues to showcase meaningful at bats over the past eight game stretch. He’s 8-for-27, with four runs, two doubles, four homers and ten RBI.
  • Joe Wendle: DH, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-5, 1 RBI: Wendle has a .351/.373/.509 stat line over his last thirteen ballgames, and is currently sixth in the league in hitting at .325. He’s the only regular with qualifying at bats hitting above .300.
  • Jeremy Lucas: C, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Lucas is starting to creep out of a slump that saw him go 0-for-9 over a four game stretch. Still, Lucas has one of those advanced bats that the Indians love so much, as he has 11 walks against only 10 strikeouts in his 20-game professional stint.
  • Robel Garcia: 2B, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B: Garcia isn’t turning into something more than he really is, but what he really IS doing is salvaging something from a season that was going very badly for much of the first 3 ½ months.
  • James Stokes: RP, Mahoning Valley: 2 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 3 K: Stokes has been horrid in his organizational debut, as Friday night’s appearances was perhaps his third good outing in 11 so far. Hopefully this is the beginning of a turnaround.
  • Rafael Homblert: RP, Mahoning Valley: 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K: Homblert has been devastatingly good over his last four appearances, going 4 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out seven.
  • Kieran Lovegrove: SP, AZL Indians: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K: Well, now this was a promising start for the 18-year-old, who put together his first solid outing as a professional baseball player. Lovegrove, who just turned 18 on July 28th, was a kid that Keith Law loved in the draft, and could turn into a top-end sort of starter if all goes well. This was a promising sign.
  • Claudio Bautista: DH, AZL Indians: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Bautista launched his fourth homer over the season, and is now entering the offense zone that so many for the AZL Indians seem to be in at one point or another. This was his fourth straight multi-hit game, and his fifth in seven. Over that four-game stretch, he’s 9-for-16, with six runs, a double, a triple, a homer and five RBI. He’s also stolen two bases for posterity. He’s all of 5’11”, and 170 pounds.
  • Nelson Rodriguez: 1B, AZL Indians: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K: Rodriguez roped his second triple of the young season, and while I haven’t seen this kid play in living color, that is an interesting stat. He’s a big kid, so what kind of speed does he have?

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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