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Around the Farm: August 13, 2012

Around the Farm: August 13, 2012
August 14, 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.

Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Carolina Mudcats: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI:

Rodriguez was 0-for-11 heading into this game, and has really been struggling over the past couple of months, hitting .236 in July, and .256 so far in August. While he hasn’t been piling on the hits, he has been piling on the power. He hit his third homer in his last six ballgames, and he’s now sixth in the Carolina League, tied with teammate Carlos Moncrief. That’s no small feat in the Carolina League, and the scary thing is that Rodriguez has left some homeruns in Carolina, thanks to that 20-foot high wall that wraps around the outfield. It will be interesting to see if they keep him at shortstop going forward, with Lindor behind him. There aren’t any moves planned, but with his power, the Tribe may want to find him a different spot…but that’s for another day.

Dorssys Paulino: SS, AZL Indians: 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 2 SB:

Paulino’s offense had tapered off a bit over the past ten days or so, peppering in a big game here and there, but the AZL shortstop broke out in a big way on Monday, upping his “struggling” average to .336. The kid is special, and gives the Indians three legitimate shortstop candidates for the big league team in their top five or so prospects. If he could play any sort of defense, I wouldn’t hesitate at putting him as the Indians #1 prospect talent-wise, and he may be the best offensive player in the system. Of course, it’s early, and we’ll have to see if it develops through the system.

Felix Sterling: RP, AZL Indians: S (1), 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K:

This is the Sterling that dominated the Midwest League this past April, and the Sterling that could make this kid a top-of-the-rotation starter. What intrigues me the most about Sterling is how short a memory he seems to have. As good as he was at the start of the season doesn’t match how horrid he was over the next two months. I’m not sure if it was a mechanical flaw, or just a change of scenery, but Sterling is back on track. The question is if he can continue this going forward.

  • Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 BB: This wasn’t a special game for Urshela, but he did extend his hit streak to nine ball games. Over that stretch, he’s 17-38, with a .447/.462/.816/1.277 stat line.
  • Tyler Cannon: 1B/LF, Carolina: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B: Cannon continues to rack up interesting numbers, but none more interesting than his positions played. He’s played Catcher, first, second, third, and now left field. His hitting has suffered this season, but as he gets used to this role, don’t be surprised if it starts to creep up, as the hit tool is perhaps his best.
  • Todd Hankins: DH, Carolina: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K: There hasn’t been much discussion about Hankins since his move to Carolina from Lake County, as he’s only hitting .200 in his seven ballgames. What is surprising is that he’s matched his two homers produced in his 78 games in Lake County.
  • Dwight Childs: C, Carolina: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K: Childs is never going to be known for his offense, as he’s another one of those defensive first catchers. He walked into last night’s game with ten RBI and 14 hits, so you can see that this was a huge game for the light-hitting catcher.
  • Delvi Cid: CF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB (29): Cid continues to have an impact this season after struggling for the past two. He has four stolen bases in his last nine games, and hasn’t been caught, and has his average up to .284. He just doesn’t walk enough or he likely would be talked about more going forward, as he only has 18 this season. As it stands, his OBP is .345. Imagine if he could take more pitches.
  • J.D. Reichenbach: RP, Carolina: W (5-5) 2 2/3 IP, 2 K: Reichenbach relieved struggling starter Michael Goodnight, and was perfect. He hasn’t had much of that this season after a solid 2011 campaign.
  • Fabio Martinez: RP, Carolina: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K: The newly acquired harlequin romance model fared much better in his second go around than his first.
  • Kyle Blair: RP, Carolina: 1 IP, 1 BB: Blair continues his road to nowhere in 2012 with one of his few and far between shutout innings. He has to be just as frustrated with his 6.56 ERA as the Indians are.
  • Tyler Booth: RF/CF, AZL Indians: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 SB: Booth upped his hit streak to six games, and he’s gone 12-for-26, with 7 runs, six doubles, a triple and four stolen bases during that stretch.
  • Claudio Bautista: 2B, AZL Indians: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Bautista has a seven-game hit streak in which he’s gone 13-for-27, with nine runs, two doubles, two triples, a homer, six RBI and two stolen bases.
  • Eric Haase: C, AZL Indians: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K:  Haase rolled out his third straight multi-hit game, and his fourth in five, as he’s gone 9-for-18, with four runs, a double, a triple, two homers and six RBI during that stretch. His homers are in back-to-back ballgames. His catch-22 at the plate is his inability to take walks at this stage of his career, as he has a 19/4 K/BB ratio.
  • Luis Lugo: SP, AZL Indians: W (2-3), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K: Lugo has struggled overall this season, but you have to temper concern keeping in mind the offensive nature of the league overall. In 32 2/3 innings, Lugo has 39 K’s vs. 18 walks.

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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