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Around the Farm: August 27, 2012

Around the Farm: August 27, 2012
August 28, 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.

Danny Salazar: SP, Akron Aeros: Game 1: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K:

Salazar has been dominant over his last four starts in the Eastern League, and really is becoming a factor in future discussions about starters. He certainly possesses the type of velocity that can get you excited, and continues to represent the Indians top option in the next year or two at the big league level. In his last four Double-A starts, Salazar is 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA in 23 1/3 innings. He’s given up only 16 hits and four runs (three earned), with seven walks and 19 K’s. While there’s a possibility that his arm struggles could send him to the bullpen at some point, with the few starters at the upper level even close to ready to make a major league difference, my guess is they’ll see what Salazar can continue to do as a starter, as long as he stays healthy.

Jose Ramirez: 2B, Lake County Captains: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI:

I’ve used up the superlatives on Ramirez this year. He was an unknown commodity last season that has certainly played his way into the spotlight as a prospect in 2012. Sure, he had another multiple-hit ballgame last night, but his last hit was the special one. With the Captains trailing 3-2, Ramirez stepped up to the plate with two one and two outs. It’s the dream scenario for any player, and Ramirez didn’t fail to provide in the clutch, driving in both runs with a game-winning double. Oh yeah, he’s 5-for-10 in his last two ballgames.

  • Vinny Rottino: LF, Columbus: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K: Rottino’s overall average on the season jumped over .300 with his fifth multi-hit game over the past nine games. Over that stretch he has a slash-line of .389/.450/.500, with 10 runs, four doubles and three RBI.
  • Juan Diaz: SS, Columbus: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI: Diaz was 2-for-13 in his previous four games before rolling out his two-double night on Monday. He’s really made himself an interesting prospect heading into 2013. He’s probably the least valuable shortstop in the system right now though, which shows you the quality of players that are at the position below him (Rodriguez, Lindor, Paulino, and even Wolters—there’s four top ten guys right there…three top five and you could even make a case that all four are top five).
  • Luke Carlin: C, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Carlin’s five-game hit streak was snapped on Sunday, but he’s back on the hit parade with Monday’s performance. He’s hitting .306 over the last ten.
  • Matt Packer: SP, Columbus: 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 HR: Packer had serviceable starts over his last two, going 10 1/3, with 13 hits and four earned runs, but his overall stint back in Triple-A has been a disaster. While it’s good that he’s back and healthy, at this point, the season is more or less a wash. He’ll need to really make his move in 2013 to get to the bigs.
  • Bryan Price: RP, Columbus: 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K: Five baserunners in less than two innings pitched is nothing to shout home about. After a solid Double-A season, his call up to Triple-A has produced a 7.00 ERA.
  • Tyler Sturdevant: RP, Columbus: 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K: Sturdevant had given up six runs in his previous two outings covering 1 2/3 IP, but rebounded with 2+ innings of shutout ball. It was a rare 2+ inning stint for Sturdevant.
  • Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: Game 1: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB: Henry continued his resurgence in game one of the Aeros doubleheader last night with his fourth two-hit game in his previous seven games. He would follow this up with a 1-for-3 performance in game 2. This is probably the best his played offensively in two seasons. He was the only Aero with multiple hits in their game 1 victory.
  • Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron: Game 1: (S, 23), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K: The ‘Ice-Man’ has nine shutout appearances in a row, going 9 1/3 innings, giving up only five hits and a walk, while striking out seven.
  • Jesus Aguilar: DH, Akron: Game 2: 0-0, 3 BB: Well, to say this was an odd stat line for the big first baseman would be the understatement of the century. Can’t say that Aguilar has had many three-walk games in his career.
  • Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: Game 2: 2-for-3, 1 2B: Lawson had been in a week-long slump heading into Monday Night’s doubleheader, going 4-for-25, but had his first two-hit game since August 18. This ought to make the large IPI Lawson contingent happy. He was the only two-hit game by an Aero in Game 2’s 7-1 loss.
  • Mike Rayl: SP, Akron: Game 2: 3 IP, 8 H, 7 R/5 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR: Well, Rayl had been pitching extremely well in Carolina over the past month, so got this well deserved doubleheader call-up to Akron, but didn’t fare too well in his debut. I firmly believe he’s seen his last days in Carolina, but we’ll see what the end of the season holds heading into 2013.
  • Kyle Landis: RP, Akron: Game 2: 3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K: Landis has had a topsy-turvy season, and had given up three runs in his previous two games before bouncing back with three shutout innings last night.
  • Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Smith has three home runs in his last four games, providing a bit of a power surge, which is the one area that has been “lacking” in his early development. He DOES have nine homers now, to go along with 74 RBI, and while I still don’t see the Jim Thome comparisons, I still believe his 6’4” frame will produce 20+ homers a season as he develops. He doesn’t have that Thome-like, lumberjack strength, but think he can naturally develop power because of his size. His past week certainly backs that up a bit. We’ll see next season in Carolina. That said, you can really start saying that he was the best offensive player in Lake County this season, and that’s saying something.
  • Bryson Myles: DH, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 K: Myles is no doubt getting on base again at a high rate, as his .420 OBP should suggest over the past ten games, but there’s still a lack of power and lack of the base-stealer that he was before the leg injuries in May. This offseason will be an important one for Myles in getting healthy, and utilizing all his tools going forward.
  • Luigi Rodriguez: CF, Lake County: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB: Rodriguez is closing out his season the same way he started, hitting the baseball. He’s hitting .314 over his last ten ballgames, and is 5-for-11 over his past three.
  • Mason Radeke: SP, Lake County: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 5 K, 1 HR: Radeke was outstanding again, giving up only one mistake, a first inning, two-run homer. He would give up only two more hits over the next six innings, and has really pitched well for the Captains this season.

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 jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

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