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Around the Farm: August 24

Around the Farm: August 24
August 25, 2010
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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.  No Kinston, AZL, or DSL games last night, so a shorter piece today.

Zach McAllister-SP, Columbus: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 5 K, BB.
McAllister retired the side in order in innings 3-6 yesterday, taking care of 13 batters in a row without allowing a baserunner. But before that, he gave up 5 ER on 4 hits in the 2nd to take the loss. His peripherals were good, as his WHIP was actually under 1, and was victimized by an error in the 5 run 2nd to add to the damage. McAllister was a top-10 guy in the Yankees system in 2008 between two A levels, and went 7-5 with a 2.23 ERA for Trenton in the Eastern League last year. He's just 22, and for a few months of Austin Kearns, I'd say he's worth the risk.

Rob Bryson-SP, Akron: 2 2/3 IP, K, BB.
No, Bryson isn't being moved to the rotation. He started the 1st game of yesterday's doubleheader though, and we saw a kinder, gentler Rob Bryson with just one K in 9 batters faced. Didn't allow a hit though, so he was still effective. After walking 4 and giving up an earned run without recording an out in his first outing for Akron, Bryson has been nearly untouchable. He's given up just 7 hits, walked 6 and struck out 12 in 11 1/3 innings of work since that first outing, and allowed just one earned run. His ERA is now 1.59 in AA and 2.62 overall on the season.

  • Aaron Laffey-RP, Columbus: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER. Gave up as many hits as McAllister in just 1 1/3 innings of work.
  • Wes Hodges-1B, Columbus: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, 2 K. BABIP of 1.000 last night for Hodges. Hitting .289 overall in his last 10.
  • Josh Rodriguez-SS, Columbus: 2-4, 2B, K. After a good start in AAA, Rodriguez has cooled down, hitting just .194 with 3 XBH in his last 10 games.
  • Kelvin De La Cruz-SP, Akron: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 K, 2 BB. He's back. DLC picked up his 5th win for Akron, and had his best start by far since August 5. When he misses bats, he's great (21 K in 22 IP in his past 4 wins). When he doesn't, he can get lit up.
  • C.C. Lee-RP, Akron: 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 K, BB. Stop the presses! Lee has given up an earned run! Personally, I blame Daz for his messageboard antics (just kidding, buddy). Lee allowed a solo HR for his first ER since late June and was saddled with the loss in a game where the Aeros failed to score a run.
  • Jason Kipnis-2B, Akron: 3-7, RBI, R. As expected, Kip was not going to go 0-fer the rest of the season.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall-3B, Akron: 3-7, HR (16), 3 RBI, R, K. Chizz has been hot lately, throwing up a .429/.488/.743 line over his past 10 with 2 HR and 15 RBI.
  • Tyler Holt-DH, Lake County: 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, R, SB, K. Full stat sheet for the former Seminole, and has hit in his last 4 straight.

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