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Around The Farm: August 23, 2012

Around The Farm: August 23, 2012
Luis Dejesus (Photo: Lianna Holub)
August 24, 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.

Tony Wolters (2B, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB

The way that Tony Wolters has grown this season is one of the best stories of the Indians’ minor league system. Wolters went from over-his-head to flourishing prospect in a few short months and has reestablished himself as a top player going forward for the Tribe. None of Wolters’ tools particularly stick out, but by all accounts, there is no other player in the Tribe’s system that can match his “want.” That great makeup is what has gotten him through rough patches this season and will likely propel him through any more rough sailing that he will face in the upper levels of the minors. Wolters definitely seems like a player to bet on going forward, if for no other reason than he won’t allow himself to fail.

Kieran Lovegrove (SP, AZL Indians – Game 2): ND, 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

Now this is the sort of dominance that we all want to see out of the Tribe’s 3rd round pick in this year’s draft. Lovegrove plowed through the AZL Dodgers’ lineup with ease and showed off the stuff that made him a highly-regarded draft pick in the first place. He’s obviously still many steps away from helping at the big league level, but it’s still good to see Lovegrove establishing himself in the system early. Thanks to the new CBA, there is an outside chance that Lovegrove will get a shot at Lake County next year, especially if he keeps pitching like this.

Luis DeJesus (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR

Luis DeJesus was not able to get the decision last night, but it was through no fault of his own. DeJesus only made one mistake in his six innings and that “home run” was of the inside-the-park variety. In 67.2 innings at Mahoning Valley, DeJesus has dominated to the tune of a 2.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 45:14 SO:BB. Overall, DeJesus’ first full season with the organization could not be going better and he has set himself up pretty well heading into 2013.

  • Jared Goedert (DH, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO. Goedert was the only Clipper with more than one hit last night, guaranteeing him a spot in Around The Farm. At risk of repeating what has been written over and over again, why not call Goedert up (and replace the punchless Jack Hannahan) just to see what he is capable of at the Major League level? What do the Indians have to lose?
  • Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Same goes here. I don’t think Ezequiel Carrera is more than a 4th outfielder in the Majors; might as well give Fedroff his shot and see what he can do with it.
  • Eric Berger (SP, Columbus): L (2-5), 2.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR. Berger is what he is: depth that tends to get knocked around when he starts. Personally, I would get Berger out of the starting rotation just to see if he can make himself into a LOOGY-type pitcher at the big league level (2.19 ERA as reliever, 6.71 ERA as starter in Columbus)
  • Matt Langwell (RP, Columbus): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. Langwell had some hiccups last night, but the point still remains that he has 55 strikeouts and only 19 walks in 49.1 AAA innings this year. He is an underrated option for the Indians going forward.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 3 SO. Aguilar has all the power in the world, but there will be days like this where he has one extra base hit and strikes out every other time.
  • Jordan Henry (RF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 SO, 1 PO. Henry was the only Aero that managed more than one hit in the game as he has two of Akron’s anemic five hits on the night.
  • Brett Brach (SP, Akron): L (3-7), 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. Brach isn’t a dominating pitcher, but he pitched well enough to win last night. Too bad his offense got shut out.
  • Bryce Stowell (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. Due to his extreme problems with injuries, every Stowell outing seems very important. He has plenty of stuff – now if he can find a way to stay healthy.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SO. It was just an extra base hit kind of day for Urshela, as he cranked his 28th double and first triple of the season. His season line of .275/.305/.423 leaves something to be desired, but there is no denying his impressive 171 total bases.
  • Todd Hankins (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Hankins matched Urshela’s extra base output last night, continuing his absolutely unsustainable power output since his callup to Carolina (.100 ISO in Lake County, .304 ISO in Carolina).
  • Michael Goodnight (SP, Carolina): L (2-13), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR. Not a good outing for Goodnight, who saw his ERA rise to 4.85. I don’t put much stock into pitcher wins and losses, but you must be doing something wrong to get to 2-13.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Lake County – Game 1): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Rodriguez led the Captains’ attack in the first game with his 11th home run of the season. He has all the tools in the world and has been utilizing them pretty well this season.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Lake County – Game 1): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB. Despite a second-half drop in numbers, Lindor continues to do the little things (walks, stolen bases, getting on base) very well.
  • Elvis Araujo (SP, Lake County – Game 1): W (7-9), 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO. It’s been more down than up for Araujo this season (as is evidenced by his 4.90 ERA on the season), but he was on last night in Eastlake.
  • Manuel Carmona (RP, Lake County – Game 1): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO. Sometimes you’ve just got to move on and put it in the past; that’s what Carmona needs to do with this outing.
  • Leonardo Castillo (3B, Lake County – Game 2): 2-for-2, 1 3B, 1 RBI. Castillo didn’t start the second game, but he certainly made a big impact once he got into the action, launching his fifth triple of the season.
  • Zach MacPhee (LF, Lake County – Game 2): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. MacPhee had the only non-Castillo extra base hit for the Captains in the second game, which was a big part of the reason Lake County dropped the second game of the doubleheader.
  • Cody Anderson (SP, Lake County – Game 2): L (4-7), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 SO. Anderson only had 25 walks in 93.1 innings going into last night, so I’d expect his control (and results) to return in his next outing.
  • Francisco Valera (RP, Lake County – Game 2): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. See Carmona, Manuel. It was a rough outing for Valera last night and is one to forget about.
  • Joey Wendle (3B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4. Wendle continued his great debut season by being the only Scrapper to record more than one hit last night.
  • Robel Garcia (2B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO. On a similar note, Garcia was the only Scrapper to record an extra base hit last night. Overall, it was not a banner night for the Mahoning Valley offense.
  • Luis Encarnacion (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO. With the exception of the walk, this outing could not have been more perfect for Encarnacion. He will need more outings like this one to lower that 4.57 ERA.
  • Jorge Martinez (DH, AZL Indians – Game 1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Martinez’s two-run triple in the 5th inning turned out to be the biggest hit in the AZL Indians’ victory in Game 1.
  • LeVon Washington (CF, AZL Indians – Game 1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO. Words cannot describe how good it is to put #WashTime back into Around The Farm. He wasn’t exceptional last night, but he key right now for Washington is to make up for lost reps.
  • Mitch Brown (SP, AZL Indians – Game 1): ND, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. The runs weren’t very good, but more importantly, it’s good to see Brown mowing down opposing hitters at a high rate.
  • Felix Sterling (RP, AZL Indians – Game 1): W (3-0), 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO. Sterling struggled mightily in Lake County earlier this year but has found his stride in the Arizona League. Unfortunately, Sterling’s success in the Arizona League means nothing. If Sterling wants to really reestablish himself, he will need to get called back up to Lake County and he’ll have to pitch like he did last night there.
  • Jorge Martinez (3B, AZL Indians – Game 2): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Martinez continued hitting in the second game of the doubleheader, raising his impressive season line to .339/.384/.557.
  • Tyler Booth (CF, AZL Indians – Game 2): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 3 SO. The double was very nice; the three strikeouts not so much. Simply more of the same for the Tribe’s 13th round pick this year (.281/.301/.445 slash line, 38:5 SO:BB in 33 games this year).
  • Caleb Hamrick (RP, AZL Indians – Game 2): L (0-1), 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO. Not a good outing for the Tribe’s 8th round pick this year, but those were the first walks of Hamrick’s short career. Hopefully he’ll rebound his next time out.

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User Comments

September 12, 2012 - 3:58 PM EDT
August 24, 2012 - 12:28 PM EDT
Thanks for the info John and good luck to those guys. In reality, their chances are minimal and they would likely just be filler types and have low priority with a team, but any chance is a chance. I don't think the Indians are missing the boat though on these guys. There is a reason they are in indy ball and were not drafted or were released by their teams. But, as many know, I'm always a fan of the underdogs and hope they get a shot and can make good on any opportunity they get.
August 24, 2012 - 9:02 AM EDT
Chances are about 99% that two former area stars will be picked up by an affiliate soon.

Former Akron Firestone RHP Jonathan Kountis is the closer for the Lake Erie Crushers after being released last year from affiliate baseball. His numbers are dominating. Kountis works in the 91-95 range on his fastball and has touched 96 mph with solid secondary pitches.

Kountis stats as of this posting:
IP 53.66
K's 61 vs. 19W
ERA of 1.01
oBA of .163
WHIP 0.89
BABIP .174
oSLG .218

He misses a lot of bats.

The next guy is former Kent State slugger Ben Klafczynski who is also a RHP for the Lake Erie Crushers. He has steadily been making the conversion to the bump in 2012 and had his 14.66 consecutive NO HIT innings streak stopped, this from a kid who hasn't pitched since 2007 in high school at Medina Highland.

Klafczynski, where the scouts have said plus plus arm at 70, works 92-94 and has hit 97 mph with a relaxed delivery(no max effort) and uses a 12-6 curveball, a mini-cutter, and a developing changeup.

Both these guys have electric arms and are in the area, and are solid.

Klafczynski has one stat that you can say comes fom not pitching for 5 years, walks issued. Other than that, here are some stats:

ERA of 2.52 in 39.33 IP
oBA .191
K's 33
BABIP .178
oSLG .228

Both are worthy of further development as they dont allow opposing hitters many pitches that are driveable.

Wake up Antonetti

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