Around the Farm: August 19
Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Kinston: 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI:
Welcome back, Jesus Aguilar. The big first baseman made his Kinston debut nearly a month ago with the spotlight on him after hitting .292, with 19 homers and 69 RBI in Lake County. He was greeted with a 5-for-28 start (.178), and didn't hit his first homer until August 10th. Since a multi-hit game on August 8th, the tide has started to slowly turn for Aguilar. He's gone 13-for-47 (.277), with three homers, and has regained his prospect luster. If you close your eyes, and listen to his big line from last night, visions of future right-handed power at the big league level should dance in your head. You have to wonder what the brass will do with him to start the season of next year. Will he start off in the sparkling new red, black and white of the Single A Carolina Mudcats, or will they immediately keep him close to home, and start him at Double A. His busy winter season will likely dictate his next developmental step.
Matt Packer: SP, Columbus: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 K, W (7-11):
How good has Matt Packer been since July 7th? He's gone 5-3, with a 1.99 ERA. If you take away his one bad start on August 9th, he's drops that stellar ERA to 1.32. In those nine starts, he's gone eight innings or better five times and seven innings or better three times, with that one lone bad start in the middle. He's definitely back in the mix with regards to starting in the future for the big league club, and may be the best lefty option in the near future. Packer struggled to regain his rhythm as the season starter, but he's definitely back. It will be extremely important for Packer to avoid early season struggles at Columbus next year. Should he start off with the form that he's showcased for all of last season, and the second half of this one, he immediately makes the loss of Drew Pomeranz, Alex White and Joe Gardner more palatable.
- Jared Goedert: 3B, Columbus: 2-4: Goedert's future with the Indians is fairly clear with Chisenhall and Kipnis already called up, and Cord Phelps and Luis Valbuena playing the "next in line" game. He's scuffled this year since coming off the DL, and appears to be a filler option at best. Good to see a multi-hit game. Thanks to a 5-for-5 day on August 13th, Goedert has a nice ten-game line of .353/.421/.588.
- Beau Mills: DH, Columbus: 2-4: Mills had his second two-hit game in as many nights, and continue to showcase a bat that has major league potential. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that he'd be in the majors if he was right-handed. Overall, he's hitting .282 in Columbus, and .296 overall for the 2011 season. In his past ten, he's hitting .371.
- Mitch Talbot: SP, Columbus: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K: Talbot's career really has taken strange paths over the past two seasons, hasn't it? He's toiling in Columbus as a pseudo-starter/reliever, and is likely a fourth or fifth option for both at this point.
- Paulo Espino: RP, Columbus: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K: Espino's eight-game showing in Columbus has been a bit of a mess. He came out of the gate and gave up nine earned runs in three appearance (2 2/3 innings) out of the pen. Since then, he's been much better, with last night's showing his best at the Triple A level this season. He has a rubber arm, and seems likely to pitch in the majors at some point, since he can seeming start on a dime.
- Matt Langwell: RP, Columbus: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K: Langwell has given up a run in five of his seven appearances since being promoted to the Clip Show after dominating at Akron. He's a solid, spectacular-at-times reliever, who should improve as he gets used to the level.
- Ben Copeland: DH, Akron: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K: Copeland continues to be a cog in the Aeros line-up. If he stays with the organization, he seems a shoe-in to start at Columbus next year, and become an injury fill-in for the Tribe.
- Chun Chen: C, Akron: 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K: Talk about a stat-filling night. Chen racked up his 13th homer, which is now a career-high for the big-hitting catcher. It will be interesting watching his development next season in Columbus. With another outstanding offensive season, he immediately becomes a factor in the Santana/Marson catching situation at best, and a nice trade option at worst.
- John Drennen: RF, Akron: 3-4, 3B, 2 RBI: Drennen had a nice night, driving in two with a triple, but he's still found barely any consistency since his 50-game suspension. These are the kinds of games he can provide, now he just needs to regain the day-to-day form.
- Jordan Casas: LF, Kinston: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B: Casas continues his stellar offense at Kinston with his fourth multi-hit games in his past six. His .304 average leads the K-Tribe in his short stint, and he's perhaps breaking the Lake County-to-Kinston offensive jinx.
- Adam Abraham: 3B, Kinston: 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B: These were the kinds of games that Abraham, a doubles-machine when he's on, should produce at a more consistent level. The problem with the Kinston third baseman is that he can never maintain his high level of play for a substantial amount of time. Still, he has 13 homers, 29 doubles and 60 RBI, so they'll still be keeping an eye on him.
- Tyler Cannon: 2B, Kinston: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K: Cannon has broken out of a minor slump with a four-game hit streak in which he has three multi-hit games, and gone 7-17, with three runs scored. Cannon's future is murky with the middle-infield situation seemingly filled up for the foreseeable future at the top level, but he should provide some options in a couple of years.
- Casey Frawley: SS, Kinston: 2-5, 2 K: Frawley has been hotter than a firecracker over the last week, hitting in six-of-seven games, with four of the multi-hit variety (10-27). Of course, with Frawley, that means that his overall average has leaped up to .211 on the season. He's scrappy, but needs get out of the no-offense most of the time/hot streaks some of the time, and into something a bit more consistent.
- Roberto Perez: C, Kinston: 2-5, 1 K: Perez is just a solid defensive catcher. He has no offense to speak of, so these multi-hit games are icing on the cake. He'll play in the majors at some point as a defensive specialist. I could definitely see him latching on to an ace, and becoming someone's personal catcher...he's that good.
- T.J. House: SP, Kinston: 2 IP, 6 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K: The clock is ticking on House as a starter. In his second full-season with the K-Tribe, the electric arm just isn't doing anything starting games. Will they continue the experiment, or move him to the bullpen? Whatever they do, he hasn't earned a promotion to Akron, other than longevity.
- Jose Flores: RP, Kinston: 1 IP, 7 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, L (4-4): When your starter comes out and give up six runs in two innings, it's tough to be worse. Enter Flores, who gives up seven in one inning. Ugh.
- Kyle Landis: RP, Kinston: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: Some of House's and Flores' stink must have washed off on Landis. He did give up his two runs on a homer, and aside from that mistake, was awesome, striking out five of his six outs. Landis has now given up five runs in his last two appearances though, showing the first chink in his armor this year. How good has he been? His ERA, after five runs in his last four innings pitched, is still only 1.91.
- Trey Haley: RP, Kinston: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K: Haley's another one of those power-potential arms who just hasn't learned how to harness it yet. With that said, he had his best outing with Kinston last night, pitching three shutout innings to close the game out. He's an interesting watch over the next couple of seasons.
- Cody Allen: RP, Lake County: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 4 K: Allen has just pummeled the Midwest League hitters in his four games since being promoted. In his four appearances, his pitched in 10 1/3 innings, giving up only eight hits and three walks, while striking out 16. Yeah, welcome to the radar Cody.
- Bryson Myles: RF, Mahoning Valley: 2-2, 1 R, 2 BB, SB (16): This team is loaded with potential, and Myles is at the top of the list. He has an incredible blend of offense and defense, to go along with blazing speed. The sixth round pick is really starting to heat up after a month-long stint on the DL, and has a ten game line of .324/.444/.405, with six runs and six stolen bases. He's raw, but could really develop quickly. Don't be surprised if Myles is a quick-mover through the system.
- Tony Wolters: SS, Mahoning Valley: 2-3, 1 BB: Clearly, Wolters is already being groomed as Asdrubal Cabrera's replacement in the coming years, especially if they can't sign their current shortstop to a long-term deal before he becomes a free agent. Wolters is a long ways off at the ripe-old-age of 19, but his offensive and defensive potential has the Tribe brass salivating. You combine that with on of the best work-ethics in the system, and you may just have a special ballplayer in the making.