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Around the Farm: July 1, 2012

Around the Farm: July 1, 2012
July 2, 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.

Please check back in the morning for an update on the AZL Indians, which will be added to Monday Morning’s ATF! Big things are happening offensively for the Indians, with Paulino and Martinez rolling out another multi-hit night…and there’s still nearly half a game to go!

Anthony Gallas: DH, Carolina Mudcats: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K:

Gallas is seeing the ball really well right now, and has back-to-back-to-back multi-hit ballgames this weekend. During that stretch, the overachiever has gone 7-for-13, 2ith two runs, four doubles, two RBI and a walk. Gallas has been the DH since Jeremie Tice went to Akron, and he’s followed in the slugger’s footsteps without missing a beat. He hit a spectacular .337 in June after hitting only .147 in May, and really righted a ship that was ready to sink. Now, it looks like Gallas will live another year, and make another move up the rungs of the Tribe’s prospect ladder. Can he possibly keep this up for the remainder of 2012 as he did last year, and perhaps even find himself in Akron? Should be an interesting watch with so many outfielders ahead of him.

Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina Mudcats: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB:

Holt was probably the best offensive player in April when the season kicked off, hitting .333 on the month. He didn’t drop off much in May, but fell of the table in June, hitting only .198 for the entire month. There’s some speculation that Holt may be frustrated at his stalled time in the Carolina League. I don’t buy it. If it is, it doesn’t explain why he’s all the sudden found his stroke again, garnering his second three-hit ballgame in the past three. Even more telling is that he has four walks against only three K’s in the past ten, which is completely against the grain for the free-swinging centerfielder.

Tyler Naquin: CF, Mahoning Valley: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K:

Naquin got picked off stealing tonight. Sorry, just wanted to get the bad out of the way while I rave a bit about this kid. The Indians are handling him with kid-gloves for some reason, keeping him off the field every night. Even so, this was his third three-hit game in his first seven professional games, and he’s 11-for-28 overall, with three runs, three doubles, two RBI and three walks. He has K’ed seven times, which is the one stat that shows professional struggle, but overall, his bat has to make people smile. Too bad he didn’t have much power, or we’d likely have a cannon going off here at the IPI home offices every time he walked up to the plate. He’s leading the team in hitting, with a .393 average.

Ryan Merritt: SP, Mahoning Valley: W (2-1), 6 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K:

Merritt was the 16th round pick of the Indians in 2011, and proceeded to look really good with the Arizona League Indians last season in limited playing time. He’s getting his first taste of Single A ball in the short season NY-Penn league, and he’s making the most of it. After getting torched in the season opener, he’s been lights out since, going 11 innings, giving up 12 hits and a run, while walking only two batters and striking out seven. Merritt is a nice-looking lefty with a long way to go to prove himself. Still, if he can maintain what he’s doing now, he should be okay going forward.

  • Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 2-for-5: Lawson was dealt to Seattle from Texas in the deal for Cliff Lee back in 2010. He’s not really a prospect at this point, but just added to give the Indians some middle-infield experience at the upper levels, while the guys at Carolina and below catch up.
  • Thomas Neal: CF, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 K: Neal is really mired in a slump right now, with his second one-hit game in a row. His overall hit streak is at eight games, although his six game multi-hit streak ended on Friday. He’s got a .436/.522/.821 line over his past ten games, and is hitting .307 overall.
  • Jeremie Tice: RF, Akron: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K: Tice went hitless and RBI-less for the first time at the Double A level over his past seven games. He still managed to get on base twice.
  • Adam Abraham: 1B, Akron: 2-for-3: A couple of singles for Abraham, who’s only hitting .242 on the season, and like nearly every professional year, he just can’t seem to maintain any kind of momentum.
  • Giovanni Soto: SP, Akron: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R/2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K: Soto really scuffled in Sunday’s tilt, having a hard time getting the ball over the plate. Soto stillhas a solid 3.98 ERA, but is still hunting for that elusive control.
  • Loek Van Mil: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 K: Van Mil gave up four hits, but still managed to not walk a batter, and strike out two. It wasn’t his best outing, but he still is commanding the strike zone.
  • Tony Wolters: SS, Carolina: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI: Wolters continues his up-and-down season, and now has four two-hit games in his last ten, and three in his last five games. He’s hitting .300 in his last ten games. He only hit .247 in June, so perhaps he can pick it up in July with the warm weather.
  • Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Urshela hit .278 in June, and has a ten game line of .286/.308/.543. The bat continues to be a plus in the hot summer months, which makes Urshela an extremely interesting prospect, as I’ve mentioned several times in both ATF and in my weekly Muddies piece.
  • Delvi Cid: LF/RF, Carolina: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 PO: Cid’s baserunning left a little to be desired today, but overall, this has been a resurgent year for the speedy outfielder.
  • Francisco Jimenez: SP, Carolina: W (7-5), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K: Jimenez struggled in his lone start in Akron, but in his second start back with the Muddies, was outstanding in both. In 13 innings, he’s given up eight hits and three earned runs, while walking five and striking out seven.
  • Cole Cook: RP, Carolina: S (1), 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K: Cole has gotten jacked in his two previous Carolina appearances, so it was nice to see him notch a save in his first effective High A appearance.
  • Lake County offense: 2-for-20, 6 K: It was a rain-shortened affair, but the Captains really struggled while it wasn’t raining. Ugly offensive stuff in this one.
  • Shawn Morimando: L (2-2), 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R/3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR: Morimando didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he still deserved better than this loss. His offense rolled up and died.
  • Jairo Kelly: SS, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Kelly was signed as a free agent in 2009, and hasn’t really done a whole lot since. He played in the Dominican League in 2010, then played in the Arizona League in 2011. He made his short season debut this year, and it’s been a bit of a mixed bag, although he’s played much better of late. He’s gone 6-for-17, with five runs, a homer and four RBI in the last four games.
  • Joseph Wendle: 3B, Mahoning Valley: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI: Are you kidding me with Wendle? The “non-prospect” continues to make mince-meat out of NY-P league pitching. His overall average is up to .355, and he’s 7-for-13 in his past three games. Welcome to professional baseball, Mr. Wendle.
  • Charlie Valerio: 1B, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K: So, he only gets a hit, but adds two runs and three walks to the equation. He’s hitting a solid .286 in his role-playing so far, and is showing ability at more than one position.

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User Comments

July 2, 2012 - 9:11 AM EDT
Notwithstanding Naquin's power/weight, everything I've read indicates that he doesn't have the frame to add much additional power to his game. Additionally, his swing is a deterrent, maybe like Brantley's swing is an impediment to adding power to his game.
July 2, 2012 - 8:18 AM EDT
as per power of tyler naquin' ' if his size 6/3 180 or so he could very easiely fill out too about 200#'s and the added size and bulk may add the power dimention to his allready complete game. Grady sizemore and many other home run 'hitters did exemplify power in A ball'' or at age 21 so there is a chance that the 5th tool may be there and hasnt shown itself yet plus college bats 'organic composition has changed and the homers havn't been as prevelent in the NCAA the last couple years. so even though he grades out off the charts so far in a very short' ' ''sample' ' he may become 5 tool player and they are rare.

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