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Around the Farm: Instructs & AZPL 9/28

Around the Farm: Instructs & AZPL 9/28
September 30, 2011
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Jake Lowery
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 13 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 are the game reports for both the Fall Instructional League and Arizona Parallel League (AZPL) teams played on Wednesday.

For those who do not know the AZPL is considered advanced Instructional League. The Indians and Reds share a team and it is primarily to get some older players more playing opportunities against like competition.

Instructional League Game #5: September 28 vs. Rangers
  • Tyler Holt (CF): 1-for-2, R, RBI, BB, K. Holt surprisingly has 7 strikeouts in 16 at bats this fall.
  • Bryson Myles (CF): 0-for-2. Myles has been steady going 4-for-13 so far this fall and has played both RF and CF.
  • Giovanny Urshela (DH): 1-for-4. Urshela will probably return to Low-A Lake County to start next season in order to help develop his offense.
  • Jorge Martinez (3B): 0-for-4, K, E. Martinez continues to get work in at third base to see if it is an option for him next year.
  • Leonardo Castillo (1B): 1-for-3, RBI. Castillo has some corner infield versatility and could factor into the mix next year at Lake County or Mahoning Valley.
  • Jake Lowery (C): 1-for-2, 2 BB, K. The on-base machine was at it again reaching base in 3 of 4 plate appearances. He has now reached base in 11 of 15 plate appearances this fall.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS): 0-for-4, K, E. R-Rod is still working to find that consistency at the plate and in the field.
  • Tony Wolters (2B): 0-for-2, R. Wolters continues his work at second base, but is now just 1-for-14 at the plate in five games.
  • Robel Garcia (2B): 0-for-2, K. Garcia had a nice regular season, but has struggled so far in limited action in Instructs.
  • Alex Monsalve (DH): 1-for-2, 2B, BB. One of the nice surprises this year in Lake County, but he still has a long way to go.
  • LeVon Washington (LF): 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, 2 K. Two walks….good. Two strikeouts….bad.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (RF): 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, E. One of the best young, raw Latin American position player talents the Indians have had come up in some time. He has the goods to be an impact player, but has a long way to go still.
  • Dillon Howard (SP): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Howard’s second appearance this fall and 100% better than the first outing. He threw just 23 pitches in his two innings and first pitch strikes to all 7 batters he faced.
  • Elvis Araujo (RP): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 K. Araujo definitely did not have it in this game as it was a struggle to command the zone with 3 walks and 59 pitches in just two innings.
  • Felix Sterling (RP): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 K. Ditto for Sterling who also needed 59 pitches to get through his two innings.
  • Robbie Aviles (RP): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K. In contrast to Araujo and Sterling, Aviles was efficient in throwing just 20 pitches in his two innings.
Parallel League Game #5: September 28 vs. Glendale
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B): 1-for-4, 2B, K, E.  Aguilar moved over from Instructional League games to Parallel League games to fill a need at first base. Bo Greenwell had been playing first base but left yesterday’s game likely to some sort of injury.
  • Kyle Bellows (DH): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K. Bellows has had a solid showing so far with 3 extra base hits and 2 walks in five games.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF/LF): 0-for-3, K. A tough game, but in 5 games he is still 5-for-14 at the plate with 4 RBI.
  • Alex Lavisky (C): 0-for-2, K. Tyler Cannon has now not played for two straight games, so it appears he is dinged up and Lavisky has replaced him for the time being.
  • Danny Salazar (SP): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 K. After a few outings in Instructional League, Salazar moved over to the more advanced Parallel League and shined.
  • Dale Dickerson (RP): 1.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K. Not a good inning for Dickerson who needed 28 pitches to get through it and threw first pitch strikes to just 3 of 8 batters.
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