Around The Farm: July 14, 2013
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.
Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, CF) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - Carrera seems to be on a role as of late. Sunday was his second straight multi-hit game and his fourth in his last five games (a stretch in which he is 9-for-26 with four RBI). Hopefully this is the beginning of something good for Carrera, who could be helpful to the Big Club either as a piece in a trade or as the fourth outfielder.
Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 #B, 1 RBI, 1 SB - Naquin is beginning to hit like Tyler Naquin once again. While his last-ten slash line is "only" .261/.320/.435, he is 7-for-21 with six runs, two stolen bases, and three multi-hit days in his last four ballgames. The "slump" appears to be officially over.
- Tim Fedroff (Columbus, LF) - 1-4, 2 RBI - Anytime someone puts up a multi-RBI night without the benefit of an extra-base hit of any kind, it is most definitly of note.
- Juan Diaz (Columbus, SS) - 2-4, 1 R - This multi-hit day continues a strong recent stretch for Juan (.297/.341/.378 in his last ten).
- T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - W (3-9), 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 6 K - T.J. may just be figuring out this Triple-A thing for real this time. Two straight outings. Two straight wins. I like what I'm seeing out of him recently.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. 1 K - The RBI Machine picks up his 73rd of the season.
- Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 1 K, 1 SB - Tyler is just rolling in his last ten games (.381/.447/.405). This guy is pushing for a promotion big time.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Bunt - Urshela's hitting streak extends to seven games.
- Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - L (3-5), 4.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed - Murata continues to struggle with his third straight poor outing. If nothing else, it wasn't as bad as his last one (admittedly, though, that's not saying much).
- Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 CS - Jordan Smith puts up his fourth multi-hit night in his last ten games. The problem, however, is the games in between (hasn't had a single-hit night since July 3rd against Lynchburg).
- Joe Colon (Carolina, SP) - W (1-2), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K - Joe Colon's second staright solid outing nets him his first Advanced Single-A-level win. Hopefully this is a sign of him finally turning the corner at this level.
- Rob Nixon (Carolina, CP) - S (1), 1.1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Rob extends his scoreless streak to five outings and seven innings while picking up his first save of the season at any level and the third of his career.
- Logan Vick (Lake County, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B - Vick continues a stretch of ten games in which he has put up a slash line of .394/.533/.455. While he obviously can't keep up these kind of numbers on a long-term basis, they are a very good sign and may be enough to get him a bus ticket to Zebulon, North Carolina.
- Jeremy Lucas (Lake County, DH) - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Lucas remains strong as he gets more playing time and has been especially strong as of late (.364/.462/.576 in his last ten games).
- Robbie Aviles (Lake County, SP) - ND, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR allowed - After a couple of solid outings, Aviles reverts to earlier form with this outing. Only a late comeback kept him from taking the loss.
- James Stokes (Lake County, RP) - 2.1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Stokes continues to pitch well at the Full-Season level, with Sunday's outing keeping the Captains in the game long enough to mount their top-of-the-ninth comeback.
- Benny Suarez (Lake County, RP) - W (2-2), 2 IP, 1 H - Benny Suarez picks up his second win of the season by being in the right place (the pitching mound) at the the right time (the last two innings).
- Manuel Boscan (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 1-4, 1 R - Not much of an offensive night for the Scrappers on Sunday. Boscan gets mentioned here in ATF for scoring the team's only run of the evening.
- Brian Ruiz (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 0-1, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt, 1 Sac Fly - Drove in Ruiz for the aforementioned run on a second-inning sacrifice fly to right field.
- Robert Whitenack (Mahoning Valley, SP) - L (1-4), 5 IP, 5 H , 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk - Unfortunatley, this counts as a good outing for Whitenack this season. Hopefully, he can get it together, but I don't know if it will be in this org.
- Alexis Paredes (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR allowed - Whitenack may have picked up the loss, but Paredes' ugly eighth inning put the game away for the Vermont Lake Monsters (By the way, I firmly believe that MiLB should have let them keep the Expos name).
- Manuel Carmona (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1.1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Too bad this outing had to come in garbage time.
The Robbie Aviles outing was better than you suggest, many ground balls and weak tappers. I suspect a blister issue as the long balls and his removal mid batter all happened in the same inning.