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Around the Farm: August 6, 2012

Around the Farm: August 6, 2012
August 7, 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.

Jordan Smith: DH, Lake County Captains: 2-for-7, 2 RBI, 1 K:

Smith wasn’t the most impressive offensive weapon for the Captains on Monday night, but he did have the biggest hit. Smith hit a two-out, infield single, driving in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning of the Captains game against the Silver Hawks. Smith is automatic offense, and he is becoming an extremely valuable a commodity. He’s added a bit of power, throwing in some big hits on occasion. If the offense continues, Smith becomes a player to really watch.

  • Columbus Offense: 4-for-26, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 7 K: The Clippers’ offense was stymied for a night, as they couldn’t manage to get anything going for Matt Packer in a rain-shortened ballgame.
  • Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Phelps had the long firework for the Clippers on Monday night, hitting his 13th homer of the season.
  • Matt Packer: SP, Columbus: 5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: Packer gets his first start in Columbus, and it was a rough one. Packer has been a quick mover since returning from his injury, as the Indians have moved him to where he likely would have been had he been healthy from the start.
  • J.C. Romero: RP, Columbus: 1 1/3, 1 H, 2 K: The Indians have until August 15th to get him to the majors, or the risk losing him. There is so much sarcasm in that statement on so many levels, I can’t even begin to start.
  • Jose Ramirez: 2B, Lake County: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K: Since June 22nd, Ramirez’s first game in Lake County, he’s leading the Midwest league with a .347 average, and has 30 runs in his 40 games.
  • Bryson Myles: RF, Lake County: 3-for-6, 1 2B, 1 K: Myles has his average up to .282, and he has three, three-hit ballgames in his last eight, and four multi-hit games overall. This kid has some incredible raw ability, and over time, he plays extremely well. The key going forward is his health.
  • Luigi Rodriguez: CF, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K: Rodriguez seems to have monumental highs and lows throughout the season, which really showcases how far he has to go to become major league material. In his last ten ballgames, he has 17 strikeouts against only three walks, and is sixth in the league in K’s overall, with 116.
  • Alex Lavisky: C, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 K: Lavisky has really become a forgotten man in the system. The hope was that he could showcase a breakthrough with his hitting over the past couple of seasons, but it hasn’t happened yet. He is definitely having a better season than his first two, but a .673 OPS just isn’t good enough.
  • Mason Radeke: SP, Lake County: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K: In Radeke’s last three starts, he’s gone 16 innings, giving up 12 hits, five runs, five walks, while striking out 17. Overall this season, he has 90 strikeouts in 87 total innings, walking only 23. This kid is a sleeper.
  • Nicholas Pasquale: RP, Lake County: W (2-0), 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K: After moving quickly through AZL and the NYP league, and to be quite frank, struggling in both leagues, he’s really found his groove in Low A. This is his four appearance, going 10 total innings, while giving up four hits without a walk, and striking out six.
  • Evan Frazer: 1B, Mahoning Valley: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Frazer had half of the Scrappers six total hits, driving in their only run of the game. He’s 7-for-16 in August, after hitting .324 in July, and is one of the hottest hitters in the system over that stretch.
  • Jacob Lee: SP, Mahoning Valley: 4 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K: Lee has had some dominating outings in his short tenure with the Tribe organization, and has had only two outings that are sub-par out of his 12 total. Since being moved into the rotation as a starter, while the Indians are monitoring his pitch count, he’s gone 10 innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs, while walking four and striking out 11.
  • Nelson Rodriguez: C, AZL Indians: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 2 K: Rodriguez hit his first professional triple, and while his average has certainly come down a bit, his OBP is a fantastic .438, with a .574 slugging. In 17 games, the Tribe has to be happy that the big first baseman/Catcher has only struck out 19 times, while walking 17. This kid is definitely turning heads.
  • Anthony Santander: LF, AZL Indians: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 SB: Santander is hitting .324 over his last ten ballgames, and has an eight game hitting streak on top of that.
  • Ryan Battaglia: 1B, AZL Indians: 1-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Battaglia managed to score three runs in the game, and has 20 runs overall, in his first 22 games. The Australian isn’t a bigtime prospect, but is having a nice first full AZL season.
  • Claudio Bautista: 2B, AZL Indians: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI: Bautista is 7-for-15 over his last four ballgames, with a triple, a homer and six RBI.
  • Joshua McAdams: DH, AZL Indians: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB: McAdams has really free-falled offensively over the past month or so, but may be slowly coming out of it, having hits in three of his last four games. He also had his first professional stolen base.
  • Breily Puerta: RP, AZL Indians: W (3-1), 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 K: Puerta got lit up in his last two outings after starting off the season strong, but rebounded nicely with this shutout performance.
  • Alexis Paredes: RP, AZL Indians: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, BB, 4 K: Paredes has an interesting arm, and has 30 strikeouts in his 29 1/3 innings, while walking only 11.

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

User Comments

August 7, 2012 - 12:58 PM EDT
No idea yet. Typically the rosters get announced near the end of August. I'd have to assume that someone like Packer definitely goes to the AFL. Another guy could be Jordan Henry and even Bo Greenwell.
August 7, 2012 - 12:27 PM EDT
Tony, any idea when the Indians will decide who they will be sending to the Arizona Fall League this year? I have to believe Matt Packer will be one of the pitchers just to get him some more innings this season. Also, do they know if they will still be with the Phoenix team this year? I do enjoy the AFL!

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