Around the Farm: July 17, 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.
Tony Wolters: 2B, Carolina Mudcats: 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI:
Since the all-star break ended, Wolters is hitting .356, with 16 runs, seven doubles, two homers, 13 RBI and four walks, while striking out 14 times. He’s fourth in the league in average during that stretch, and second on the team. There’s really no point in discussing Wolters turning around his season, because he’s played so well, for so long at this point, that he’s been more on than off. Overall, Wolters is hitting .262, now in the leadoff role, and should start getting consideration to move up a level. I doubt the Indians will, but you never really know with this organization.
- Vinny Rottino: 1B/LF, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB: Rottino has played 15 games in Columbus, and he’s been THE sparkplug of this team over that span. Today was the epitome of that. Rottino singled in the 10th inning, stole second, then scored on a Jared Goedert single to win the game for the Clippers.
- Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB: Fedroff has been electric in his professional career. No, he’s not a power guy, but you have to like a guy who gets on base a bunch, steals a few bases, and plays hard. No, he’s not a future all-star in the bigs, but he is going to play in the bigs.
- Jared Goedert: PH/3B, Columbus: 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI: Goedert had the game-winning RBI, and his two hits give him a .300 average so far this season in Columbus. Goedert has a 12-game hit streak in which he’s hitting .409, with nine runs, three doubles, a homer and six RBI over that stretch.
- Chad Huffman: RF, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K: Huffman is still with this team, and he celebrated with a three-run bomb. I’m still not sure he should be with the Clipps. There are other players that are both more valuable, and IMO, more MLB ready.
- Gregorio Petit: SS, Columbus: 2-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Since July 3, this kid is hitting .371, with four runs, three doubles and two RBI. He is what he is, a #9 hitter that will never play for the Indians.
- Corey Kluber: SP, Columbus: 8 IP, 6 H, 4 R/2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K: Kluber has had a nice season, and at times, had been dominant. He’s struck out 113 in 104 1/3 innings. I still say this kid would make a fantastic reliever.
- Cody Allen: RP, Columbus: W (3-2), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K: Allen continues to dominate, and needs to get to the bigs…today. No need to look at the numbers today…just call him up.
- Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K: Lawson, who is hitting .310 for Akron, and put an exclamation point on that by belting a double, driving in Jordan Henry and Tyler Holt in the seventh inning.
- Adam Abraham: 1B, Akron: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: That’s a whole lotta ones for Abraham, who belted his 10th homer on the season.
- T.J. House: SP, Akron: W (6-2), 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 4 K, 1 HR: House seems to have come out of his struggle over his last two starts, going 14 2/3 innings, giving up 13 hits, four earned runs and three walks, while striking out 12.
- Shawn Armstrong: RP, Akron: H (1), 1 IP, 1 K: Armstrong is just lining up his arrows toward Columbus. When Allen gets called up to Cleveland, Armstrong should roll right into his place in Triple A. If only things were so easy in the Indians organization.
- Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron: S (15), 1 IP, 2 K: Since June 10th, Guilmet is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 16 games. He’s made eight saves over 17 innings, giving up only nine hits and two walks, while striking out 16. Yeah, make a space for him in Triple A as well. Oh, now wait, they have Wheeler.
- Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Not to be outdone by Wolters, Rodriguez threw out two hits. Since the break though, he’s only hitting .253, with 12 runs, a double, six RBI, 13 RBI, and four walks.
- Anthony Gallas: LF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Gallas is hitting .338 since the break, and has really been smoking the ball. He has an incredible 12 doubles and a triple, and while he doesn’t have a home run, he does have 10 RBI. Like I said, this kid is making himself into a productive offensive player. It all depends on how many levels he can carry it with him.
- Tyler Cannon: DH, Carolina: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K: It’s ironic that Cannon finds himself at the DH, which is more a testament to what management thinks about his offense than anything. Cannon, an infielder by trade, can really play anywhere the Muddies put him defensively, as he proved with his role as a catcher earlier this season.
- Alex Monsalve: C, Carolina: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Monsalve is going to hit. Anyone that questions the Indians’ system as far as quality catchers go really need to take a close look at this kid. There are a lot of holes, but we’re talking about a 20-year old still learning the position, and he’s doing just fine. He’s currently got a three-game hit streak for the Muddies, and is 4-for-8, with two runs, a double, an RBI, a walk and no strikeouts during the stretch. He has an advanced bat (25 walks to 37 K’s on the season), and as he continues to develop his power bat, will turn into a bona fide prospect, especially as a catcher.
- Rob Nixon: RP, Carolina: W (1-0), 1/3, 2 H, 2 R/ER: Well, Nixon pitches in his first game, blows the lead for Goodnight, steals his win, gets lit up to the tune of 54.00 ERA. I’m sure that’s just how he pictured his promotion.
- Jairo Kelly: SS, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 CS, 1 PO: Kelly’s been playing solid baseball after a rough first week of the season. Since June 25th, Kelly is hitting a respectable .275, with three doubles, a homer and 13 RBI in 18 games.
- Tyler Naquin: CF, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Naquin missed most of Sunday’s doubleheader when he got hit by a pitch, and the umpire missed it. Well, he got hit again on Monday night in a big eighth inning. He would eventually score in a big Mahoning inning. Naquin is hitting .301 on the young season, with four doubles, two triples and 10 RBI in 19 games. In other words, he’s exactly what the scouts were saying. He can hit, but no home run power.
- Joe Wendle: 3B, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI: Joe Wendle may prove to be the best offensive player for the Scrappers, and in this draft class. He’s hitting .337 overall, but since June 29th, Wendle is third in the league in hitting, with a .369 average, rapping out seven doubles, three triples and driving in 12 during that 16 game stretch. He’s also walked seven times, while striking out seven. Like Naquin, there’s not a lot of power, but he sure can hit.
- Charlie Valerio: C, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Valerio hit his third homer of the young season, and has really been hitting the cover off the ball. Since June 30th, Valerio is hitting .321 over that 16-game stretch, scoring 14 runs on two doubles and the three homers. He has 15 RBI and 11 walks. While he’s struck out 15 times, his OBP is a phenomenal .429. The spotlight will likely be on Lucas, but watch out for this Valerio kid…there may be something there.
- Ryan Merritt: SP, Mahoning Valley: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: Merritt, a 20-year old who was drafted in the 16th round last season, has had a bit of a topsy-turvy beginning of the year. In his six starts, he has three in which he’s given up a run or less, and not pitched under five innings. In the other three, he’s given up three or more, and not pitched MORE than 4 2/3. As he gains consistency, Merritt has a chance to move through the system, if not as a starter, than as a reliever.
- Nelson Rodriguez: 1B, AZL Indians: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K: I’m not going to lie, I’ve got high hopes for this kid, and it’ll be fun watching the numbers beneath the numbers. In his first game, he showed the ability to walk. Today, two hits, and three K’s. What’s for sure is his power. Mark Tuesday, July 17th as his first extra base hit.
- Jorge Martinez: DH, AZL Indians: 2-for-5, 2 K: Martinez upped his overall hit streak to five games, and his multi-hit streak to four. During the five-game stretch, he’s 12-for-25, with three runs, two doubles, a triple and six RBI. He’s hitting .415 overall.
- Martin Cervenka: C, AZL Indians: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K: The 19-year-old native of the Czech Republic had his third multi-hit game in the past ten. Seriously though, I never thought I’d be typing “native of the Czech Republic” in this column. The Indians must have scouts under every rock.
- Dillon Howard: SP, AZL Indians: 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 K: So, if I were to guess that Howard was struggling with control, would I be right? I’m still nowhere near concerned about Howard, as this is his first professional season.
- Trey Haley: RP, AZL Indians: W (1-0), 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K: Haley’s clearly right, and should be back in Carolina before the end of the month…if not the week.
- Danny Jimenez: RP, AZL Indians: H (1), 2 IP, 2 K: Two outings for the 22-year-old, and two dominating performances.
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