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Around the Farm: Instructs 9/24

Around the Farm: Instructs 9/24
September 27, 2011
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Ronny Rodriguez
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. This is a special Instructional League version of ATF that recaps each of the 12 Instructional League games the Indians minor leaguers will play this fall as well as games played in the advanced Instructional League (Arizona Parallel League, AZPL). The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.

Here is a review of the third game in the Fall Instructional League played on Saturday.

Instructional League Game #3: September 24 vs. Rangers
  • Tyler Holt (CF): 1-for-3, R, 2B. Holt has four strikeouts in ten at bats.
  • LeVon Washington (CF): 0-for-1. It is pretty clear that Holt for right now is getting most of the playing time in CF.
  • Tony Wolters (2B): 0-for-3, K. Wolters really struggled the last few weeks at Mahoning Valley, and in three games so far in Instructs is just 1-for-8.
  • Robel Garcia (2B): 0-for-1, K, E. Garcia has been limited to just one at bat in each of the first three games.
  • Jake Lowery (DH): 1-for-2, RBI, BB. We are at the half way point for the Instructional League period and Lowery is arguably having the best showing so far. Three hits and four walks in 9 plate appearances.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B): 0-for-3, K. Aguilar’s 4 RBI lead all Indians players so far in Instructs. His 4 strikeouts also are tied for the most among Indians players.
  • Leonardo Castillo (1B): 0-for-1. Just 1-for-7 so far, but has two walks.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B): 1-for-2, R, 2B, RBI, E. Always nice to see when the defensively gifted Urshela has a good offensive game. It brings hope that things may finally click.
  • Jorge Martinez (3B): 0-for-2, K. Martinez continuing to get work in at third base. He is still considered a middle infield option, but third base provides some versatility for him down the road.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS): 2-for-2, R, HR, 2 RBI, CS. Player of the day. Ronny Rod has continued his late season success at Low-A Lake County and brought it to Arizona.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS): 0-for-1, BB, K. A lot of time being split at several positions, and shortstop is no exception as the Indians are working in the talented Lindor with the talented Ronny Rod.
  • Alex Monsalve (C): 0-for-1, BB. Monsalve has yet to record a hit in three at bats so far.
  • Eric Haase (C): 1-for-2. Haase gets himself off the schneid with his first hit in Instructs.
  • Bryson Myles (RF): 2-for-4, R, SB. Myles is now 4-for-10 in Instructs and he swipes his first bag.
  • Alex Lavisky (DH): 0-for-3, BB. Lavisky has one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts in 10 plate appearances.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (LF): 0-for-2, BB, 2 K. Rodriguez is having a strong start to his Instructional League season reaching base in 4 of 8 plate appearances.
  • Dillon Howard (SP): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 K. Howard’s unofficial “official” pro debut. His “official” debut will occur next April, likely in Lake County, but good to see him out there finally.
  • Robbie Aviles (RP): 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. A tough outing for Aviles who is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, though inconsistency with performance is expected.
  • Danny Salazar (RP): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Another quality outing for Salazar who has no walks and 6 strikeouts in two appearances in Instructs.
  • Elvis Araujo (RP): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K. One of Araujo’s poorest outings in all of 2011. He struggled to throw strikes as he threw just 3 first pitch strikes to the 10 batters he faced. The strong velocity was there as normal though.
  • Felix Sterling (RP): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 5 BB, 1 K. In Sterling’s two innings of work he threw 50 pitches facing 14 batters and was strike one to only 8 of them.
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