Around the Farm: August 12
Jason Kipnis-2B, Akron: 3-5, 3B, RBI, R, K
In my eyes at least, Kipnis has passed Lonnie Chisenhall on the Indians prospect ranking list. Not so much because Chisenhall has struggled, but because Kipnis has been that good between Kinston and Akron this year. Kipnis has been remarkably consistent with the Aeros, posting a batting average over .300 and an OPS over .900 every month in AA since being called up in early June. Over his last 10 games, he's hitting .366/.422/.634, just over his AA line of .332/.407/.537.
Kyle Bellows-3B, Kinston: 5-8, 3 2B, 4 RBI, R, K
Big day for Bellows, with 5 combined hits in the rain-induced doubleheader. Bellows now has a 6-game hitting streak going, in which he is 12-26 with 4 2B and 7 RBI. Bellows only has 8 HR this season in the pitcher-friendly Carolina League, but he does have 19 doubles, and some of those doubles will turn into HR's next year in the more friendly confines of Canal Park. He's hitting .323 on the road as opposed to just .205 at home, so maybe getting out of Kinston will be the best thing possible for Bellows.
- Carlos Carrasco-SP, Columbus: 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 8 K. Carrasco pitched well in earning the no-decision, striking out 8 without walking a batter. Since July 10, he's given up 9 ER in 32 innings pitched, with a 31/8 K/BB ratio.
- Zach Putnam-RP, Columbus: 2 IP, 3 K. Two perfect innings for Putnam, his 2nd straight appearance without allowing a baserunner.
- Bryce Stowell-RP, Columbus: IP, H, ER, 2 K. Two more strikeouts to give him 97 across 3 levels, but gave up a solo HR as well.
- Cord Phelps-2B, Columbus: 2-5, HR (5), RBI, R. Phelps just keeps on hitting. Since joining the Clippers, he's produced to the tune of .333/.407/.522.
- Scott Barnes-SP, Akron: 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 5 K, 3 BB. A solo HR was the only damage Barnes allowed, as he gave up just 2 hits for the 2nd straight start.
- Connor Graham-RP, Akron: 2 IP, H, ER, 2 K. The big righty has a 1.17 ERA in his last 10 appearances, with 18 K and just 3 BB in 15 1/3 innings.
- Corey Burns-RP, Kinston: S (22), IP, K. Another day, another clean save for Burns. Baseball America recently ranked him as the top relief prospect in the Carolina League.
- Juan Diaz-SS, Kinston: 4-8, 2B, RBI. Diaz now 11-24 over his 6-game hitting streak.
- Donnie Webb-OF, Kinston: 3-7, 2B, R, K. Webb is hitting just .194 in August, so hopefully this will snap him out of the mini-slump.
- Clayton Cook-SP, Lake County: W, 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K, BB. Cook turned 20 a few weeks ago, and now has a 3.40 ERA in the Midwest League.
- Casey Frawley-SS, Lake County: 2-5, HR (9), RBI, R, K. Another player with crazy home/road splits, Frawley is hitting just .194 at home, and .304 on the road.
- Mike Rayl-SP, Mahoning Valley: 5 2/3 IP, H, ER, 9 K, 3 BB. The former 15th round pick out of Palm Beach CC now has 18 K in his last 14 2/3 innings. His ERA on the season is a solid 3.10.
- Nicholas Bartolone-SS, Mahoning Valley: 1-4, 1B, CS. The 19-year old SS has at least one hit in all 5 of his games with the Scrappers since being called up from the AZL.
- Luigi Rodriguez-OF, DSL Indians: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, CS. 17-year old hitting .298 with 27 stolen bases in 58 games for the DSL Indians. Showing a solid approach for his age, with more walks (34) than strikeouts (33). OPS on the year is .844 thanks to a .399 OBP.