Around The Farm: July 12, 2012
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.
Dorssys Paulino (SS, AZL Indians): 3-for-4, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
I know that Arizona league stats should also be taken with about a shaker’s worth of salt, but it’s hard not to get excited about what Dorssys Paulino is doing in the Arizona League right now. In 16 games so far this season, Paulino has a .333 batting average, 22 hits, 5 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, and a 13:10 SO:BB. Paulino is obviously more than a few steps away from the Majors, but the 17-year-old has the stats and the raving from scouts. He could easily be the next big thing in the Tribe’s system, and I for one cannot wait.
Jordan Smith (DH, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Countless times this year, I’ve read the phrase “If only Jordan Smith had some power” in many different forms. Well, maybe we are starting to see that power poke through. You never want to make too much of one or two games, but it was nice to see Smith belt his fifth home run of the season Thursday night. That 1st inning blast gave Smith home runs in back-to-back games. Granted, those games were on July 6 and July 12, but it still could be the start of something more from Smith.
T.J. House (SP, Akron): ND, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO
Things have been more down than up recently for T.J. House, who had given up four or more earned runs in four of his previous five starts heading into Thursday night’s tilt. So of course, House turned in a beauty of a performance, keeping the Aeros in the game despite a pathetic performance from their offense. I was there in person to watch House and while he struggled at times to find the zone, overall, he seemed like a man in control of the game. His stuff was on and he was fooling hitters in every count. I would expect House to finish out the season in AA as this is his first experience at that level, but as long as he keeps working hard in the offseason, the sky should be the limit for House in 2013.
- Matt Pagnozzi (C, Columbus, Game 1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. There’s not much to say about Pagnozzi’s home run other than it provided enough offense to give Tribe affiliates one win last night. Thank goodness.
- Cord Phelps (2B, Columbus Game 1): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Phelps was the only Clippers hitter to have two hits in the first game of the doubleheader and supplied an insurance run with his double in the 5th.
- Corey Kluber (SP, Columbus Game 1): W (9-7), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO. Nothing to see here but another quality outing from Kluber. There’s not really room for him in Cleveland right now, but I can’t wait to see what he can do at the Major League level. It shouldn’t be too much longer, one way or another.
- Cody Allen (RP, Columbus Game 1): SV (2), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. It was three-up, three-down for everyone’s favorite fast-rising reliever. Like Kluber, I can’t wait to see Allen in a Major League uniform. With how bad non Perez/Pestano/Smith elements of the bullpen have been, in theory, Allen could get a call anytime.
- Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Columbus Game 2): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Columbus only mustered one run in the second game of their doubleheader and Carrera drove it in while being the only player with two hits. Carrera stole his 21st base on the season and launched a double, but his OBP is still .316 on the season. That’s not what you’re looking for from a table-setter with little to no power.
- Chris Seddon (SP, Columbus Game 2): ND, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO. Seddon gave Columbus a chance to win by only allowing one hit through four innings but was pulled after 67 pitches. I don’t know if he was hurt or if it was a planned exit, but regardless, Seddon has still put together a very strong season (3.52 ERA, 90:25 SO:BB in 102.1 IP).
- Matt Langwell (RP, Columbus Game 2): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. Langwell may not be a high profile relief prospect, but he’s been dominant all year (1.97 ERA, 44:14 SO:BB in 45.2 innings between Akron and Columbus) and kept the Clippers in the game last night with his four strikeout performance. I doubt Langwell’s above Allen in the big league pecking order, but he should get a chance by 2013 at the latest.
- Akron Offense: 3-for-43, 0 XBH, 5 BB, 16 SO, 2 R. Akron only managed a .070/..184/.070 slash line against the Altoona Curve last night. If it hadn’t been for outstanding pitching, this one would not have been close.
- Rob Bryson (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. It was disappointing to see Bryson add another walk to his massive total (25 in 40.2 IP), but he’s been much better of late (3 in his last 13.1 IP). The strikeouts are there (49 in 40.2 IP), so if Bryson can limit his walks for good, he would be a fast-riser up to Cleveland.
- Michael Goodnight (SP, Carolina): ND, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO. Goodnight did a good job to limit the damage in his five innings, but allowing five walks is a problem. Free passes have been an issue all year for Goodnight (4.45 BB/9 on season, 61:47 SO:BB in 95.0 IP) and he will have to control them before he can expect a callup to Akron.
- Bo Greenwell (RF, Carolina): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 SO. It’s really too bad that there is a major logjam in the Akron outfield, because Greenwell is really deserving of a callup. While it’s fine for him to spend time in Carolina proving he is healthy, and 17 games is a small sample size, Greenwell’s .344/.420/.541 slash line is an early indicator that the 23-year-old is ready for the next level.
- Anthony Gallas (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO. If you’re not rooting for Anthony Gallas, then I don’t believe you have a heart. The Strongsville native is working his way up from undrafted free agent to someone with some potential. He’s obviously worked hard to get where he is and he could see AA late this year or early next year if he keeps progressing as he has over the past two years.
- Carlos Moncrief (CF, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 SO. Would you look at that, no strikeouts for Moncrief and two walks. It hardly erases the fact that he has 97 strikeouts and only 36 walks on the season, but any time Moncrief draws two walks while not striking out in a game, it’s very noteworthy.
- Shawn Morimando (SP, Lake County): ND, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 2 SO. Like Michael Goodnight, Morimando had some issues with walks but still turned in a strong outing. His 33:30 SO:BB on the season needs to improve, but he’s still only 19 years old.
- Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Lake County): 0-for-1, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS. Continuing with comparing Lake County players to Carolina players, Rodriguez has had issues with strikeouts like Carlos Moncrief this year (90 in 78 games), so seeing him draw three walks and score one of the Captains’ three runs off of it is a good start.
- Enosil Tejeda (RP, Lake County): L (0-1), BS (1), 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. After a dominant stay at Mahoning Valley, Tejeda really imploded in his first outing for the Captains. He is still a talented pitcher who will look to rebound his next time out there.
- Tyler Naquin (CF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Naquin had the only extra base hit for the Scrappers last night and drove in their only run. Just par of the course for the Tribe’s 2012 1st round pick.
- Richard Stock (C, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, 1 SB. The Tribe’s 23rd round pick in this year’s draft had the only multi-hit game for the Scrappers and added their only stolen base just for fun.
- Jacob Lee (RP, Mahoning Valley): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. After 12.1 innings of allowing just two runs (one earned), it’s not surprising to see Lee roughed up once. The key for Lee now will be learning from what went wrong and coming back stronger. He still has an impressive 2.63 ERA and 18:3 SO:BB in 13.2 innings.
- Luis Encarnacion (RP, Mahoning Valley): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. That’s two bad outings for Encarnacion in a row, who has allowed five earned runs in his last 1.2 innings pitched. Encarnacion has seven walks and just four strikeouts in his 5.2 innings, something that needs to be addressed going forward.
- Dylan Baker (SP, AZL Indians): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. It was a night of twos for the Tribe’s 5th round pick in his professional debut. More important than the numbers is what impressions scouts and people on hand had of Baker’s start. Those accounts will post on IPI later in the day.
- Jorge Martinez (DH, AZL Indians): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI. It was another dominant day at the plate for Martinez, who now owns a .394/.423/.682 slash line in 15 games. I can’t wait to see what Martinez can do when he makes it to one of the A-ball teams and faces better pitching.
- Eric Haase (C, AZL Indians): 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO. The season’s still young, but the Tribe’s 7th round pick in last year’s draft, is showing some good signs. He has six doubles and one triple in his first ten games this year, a precursor to the power potential he has.
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