Around the Farm: August 31
Jared Goedert: 3B, Columbus: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI:
Goedert has caught fire over the past couple weeks, with five multi-hit games in his last ten. Over the ten-game stretch, the Clippers third baseman is hitting .350, with three doubles, four homers and an impressive 13 RBI. His stat line is .350/.378/.725. I can't imagine he'll be a player in future prospect discussions for the Indians with a few better prospects ahead of him, but he's certainly got ability, and he often has these type of hot streaks that can keep him in the conversation. Overall, Goedert has a more than respectable .271 average, with a seemingly surprising 14 homers and 36 RBI in only 75 games with Columbus. Including his time with Akron this year, he has 17 homers and 45 RBI, with a .272 average. Last year, his breakout season, he hit .283, with 27 homers and 83 RBI, but in 42 games more than he's played this year, and in a more prominent spot in the lineup. Is he back? That remains to be seen, but having a right-handed power option certainly isn't a bad thing.
- Travis Buck: RF, Columbus: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Buck hit only his fourth homer of the season for the Clippers, and really hasn't had much of an impact with an organization that was hoping he could achieve some of his first round ability. He's hitting .263 with the Clippers, and only .228 in his several stints with the Tribe.
- Beau Mills: 1B, Columbus: 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Mills, who had been mired in a six-game hitless streak in which he was 0-for-22, has gone 7-for-13 in his past three games with a double, homer and two RBI. Mills has been stellar for much of the season, and certainly is a factor as a DH or a first baseman with the Indians as Hafner enters the last year of his contract.
- Argenis Reyes: 2B, Columbus: 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, SB (1): Reyes continues to develop as a minor league prospect, and has been as consistent as you can be offensively for the Clippers. He's currently hitting .306 on the season, including a hefty .350 average against right-handed pitchers. He's hitting .324 over his past ten games, including his only two homers of the season.
- Paolo Espino: SP, Columbus: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 6 K, 1 HR: Espino continues to be one of the better pitchers in the organization, with his third straight solid start. In those 15 innings, he's only given up eight hits and two runs without a walk, while striking out 19 batters.
- Zach Putnam: RP, Columbus: W (6-3), 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K: Putnam has now put together back-to-back shutout, two inning performances. He's given up two hits and two walks, while striking out five during the same stretch. He's been inconsistent in August overall, but still remains a top option for the Indians going forward.
- Nick Hagadone: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 K: Hagadone pitched a perfect inning, with a strikeout. He's an absolute lock for the bullpen in 2012, and is a top three arm in the system out of the pen.
- Grady Sizemore: DH, Akron: 0-3, 1 K: Sizemore went 0h-fer in his first appearance with the Clippers since going on the DL. No, it's not a spectacular stat-line, but it is a stat-line. Sizemore may be heading up soon for the Tribe's final month of the regular season.
- John Drennen: LF, Akron: 2-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Drennen's lost season has caught a bit of fire over the last two games, as he's gone 5-for-10, with a run, a double and an RBI. Perhaps he can end the season on a high note, after his 2011 suspension.
- Kyle Bellows: 3B, Akron: 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Bellows has been terrible this season, with a .226 average, and only three homers and 43 RBI. He's taken a step back in his development, and likely will find himself back with the Aeros next year.
- Karexon Sanchez: 2B, Akron: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB: It's no secret that Sanchez is one of my favorite players in the organization. With that said, he's underwhelmed with a .213 average, and hasn't been able to sustain the type of hot hitting that he provided for Kinston last year as an uber-utility player. He needs to showcase his offense next season, or his usefulness to the organization may disappear.
- Bryce Stowell: RP, Akron: 1 1/3, 1 BB: For the first time for the Aeros, Stowell has put together back-to-back solid outings. In the past two, he's gone 4 1/3 IP, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out three.
- Kelvin De La Cruz: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K: DLC has made five appearances as a reliever. How good has he been? He's yet to give up a run in 4 2/3 innings, and only given up two hits and three walks, while striking out seven. He made his first two inning relief appearance last night, and appears to have found his niche in the organization. If he can harness his stuff in a relief role, the Indians have another top arm that could add to the mix by the middle of next season.
- Rob Bryson: RP, Akron: W (1-0), 1 IP, 1 K: Bryson continued his outstanding season by getting the win last night. In his past three games, he's gone 4 1/3 IP, with three hits and a walk, while striking out five. He's had seven of eight shutout appearances.
- Cory Burns: Closer, Akron: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K: Burns didn't get the save, but he pitched two innings in a tie game, and was just as locked and loaded as he's been all season. He dropped his ERA to 2.16.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Kinston: 2-3, 1 K: Aguilar has struggled to a .247 in the pitching heavy Carolina League, but has been hot of late, going 9-for-his-last-24. It's a promising sign from one of the top power hitting prospects in the organization. I have to believe he's going to start the season off in Akron next year, but we'll have to wait and see.
- Casey Frawley: SS, Kinston: 2-3, 1 2B: Frawley continued his hot hitting, and his 3-for-5 in his last two games, and hitting .294 over his last ten. Of course, it's brought his average up to .215.
- Mike Rayl: SP, Kinston: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K: Rayl had his best performance as a K-Triber, and FINALLY looked like the starter that started off the year in Lake County mowing people down. Unfortunately, the weak Kinston hitting kept him from getting the win.
- Preston Guilmet: Closer, Kinston: S (34), 1 IP, 2 K: Guilmet has 16 more saves than the next closest Carolina League closer, which speaks equally of Guilmet's talent, and the depth or relievers in the Tribe organization.
- LeVon Washington: LF, Lake County: 2-5, 1 3B: LeVon's line looks good, until you take into account the fact that Washington was caught stealing, and picked off. That more or less sums up the highly rated outfielder's season.
- Tony Wolters: SS, Mahoning Valley: 1-2, 2 BB, SB (18): Wolters continues to show off his developing five-tool ability, with his 18th stolen base. He's two stolen bases away from 20 on the season.
- Hector Rondon: SP, Mahoning Valley: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 K: Rondon made his first appearance of 2011, and while he wasn't all that great, it's good that he's finally healthy and ready to make an impact in 2012.