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Around the Farm: July 21, 2012

Around the Farm: July 21, 2012
July 22, 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.

Thomas Neal: LF, Akron Aeros: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI:

Every year, there’s a guy or two that really stand out to me, and this year, it’s Thomas Neal. This kid can play, and he’s been doing just that. Since June 18th, Neal is hitting .349 over 31 games, with 28 runs, 11 doubles and six homers. His driven in 25 over that stretch, with 15 walks and 22 strikeouts. He’s eighth in batting, fourth in runs, eighth in hits, fourth in doubles, seventh in homers, fifth in RBI, third in OBP, fifth in slugging, and second in OPS. He’s a right-handed hitter, and is just shredding lefties to the tune of .341, but has more power against righties, with five of his seven homers coming against right-handers. Neal currently has a modest four-game hit streak.

  • Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B: On June 2, Carrera was batting .236. After today’s three-hit affair, Carrera is hitting .277. He’s hitting .317 over that stretch of 44 games, with 31 runs, 10 doubles, a triple and even three homers. It seems as though Carrera has made himself back into that potential #4 outfielder for the Indians, going forward.
  • Jason Donald: SS, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Donald has been hot, of late, and is 10-for-28 over his past seven ballgames. He’s not only hitting .357, but scored eight runs, hit three doubles and three homers as well as driven in six runs during that stretch of games. Not sure what it will take to make him relevant again, but this won’t hurt.
  • Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Fedroff has an impressive .347/.420/.554/.975 line on the season in Columbus. Since June 19th, he’s hitting .384 in 20 games, with 16 runs, five doubles, two triples and three homers. I don’t know how you keep this kid out of the bigs hitting like this.
  • Matt Pagnozzi: C, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Pagnozzi will only play for the Indians if something big happens to Carlin in Columbus, as well as Santana and Marson…but on Saturday night, he won the game for the Clippers. Props to Pagnozzi for coming up with the big hit.
  • Gregorio Petit: 3B, Columbus: 1-for-4: Petit got a hit, but his two-game homer streak ended. Here I thought this kid was the right-handed power bat we’ve been looking for all season.
  • Chris Seddon: SP, Columbus: W (10-5), 8 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 6 K, 1 HR: Seddonsational! I just made myself throw up a little bit in my mouth with that one. Seddon has been fantastic since June 21st, going 3-1, with a 2.82 ERA over 38 1/3 innings. He’s given up 26 hits and 12 earned runs, while walking only eight, and striking out 34. His whip during that stretch is a league leading 0.89. This kid may end up in Cleveland for something going forward. Remember, he has major league experience.
  • Frank Herrmann: RP, Columbus: S (2), 1 IP, 1 K: Herrmann has been really, really bad this season. He’s 2-2 with a 4.71 ERA in 33 games, and 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA over his past ten. This was his first game without giving up a run since the fourth.
  • Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Since July 1st, Lawson is third in the league in hitting, rolling in with a .379 average. In the 16 games he’s played in the month, he has six runs, eight doubles and a triple. Everything they get from this kid is icing on the cake.
  • Juan Diaz: SS, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K: Well, Diaz is only hitting .255 on the season in Akron, but he does have back-to-back games with home runs, three in his past seven, and 10 on the season, which represents his season high. There’s always a need for power-hitting shortstops in the bigs, and he’s improved that stat every season, lending credence that the 23-year-old is growing into his 6’4” frame. Remember, there’s over a month yet to play.
  • Paolo Espino: SP, Akron: W (5-2), 8 IP, 9 H, 1 R/ER, 6 K: How good has Espino been this year? Truth be told, he should be in the headliners tonight, but I’m going to make him earn it. Since June 8, Espino is 5-0 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts and 53 innings. He’s given up 61 walks and 19 earned runs, while walking only 13 and striking out 41.
  • Loek Van Mil: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 H: Van Mil has thrown 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in his last four appearances. Overall in Akron, he’s 1-1 with a  2.04 ERA in 21 games. He’s struck out 34 in 35 1/3 innings, against only 10 walks.
  • Tony Wolters: SS, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B: Wolters has the overall average up to an impressive .265 this season. Since June 25th, Wolters is fourth in the league in hitting, with a .368 average in 23 games. He has scored 16 runs, with seven doubles and two homers, while driving in a solid 14 runners. He has a .907 OPS to top that off. Wolters has ensured a trip to Akron next season, and will remain in the IPI top ten.
  • Bo Greenwell: RF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI: Greenwell has been lights out since his return to the Carolina League, and is third in hitting in that 26-game stretch, hitting for a .356 average. He does seem to have a limited ceiling, but boy can he hit. I’m still waiting to see if the stamina holds, especially after the injury issues.
  • Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B: Urshela hasn’t had a particularly outstanding offensive month, but he’s hitting .275 over his past ten games with five extra base hits. He’s terrible against left-handed pitching though, hitting only .213, which could be his downfall in the system.
  • Carlos Moncrief: CF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1K, 1 SB: Moncrief is hitting a solid .314 since July 5. In those 15 games, he’s scored 10 runs on two doubles and three homers, driving in 11. He’s walked a solid 10 times, but struck out 17 times to offset the walks. It is what it is.
  • Mike Rayl: SP, Carolina: W (6-7), 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K: Rayl rebounded from his one bad start in July, and has four out of five starts in which he’s given up two runs or less. He’s 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA over the five starts.
  • Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 1-for-3, 1 R: Smith has “cooled off” over the past three games, going only 2-for-10, with two runs and a double. He’s only hitting .452 over the last ten ballgames, with eight runs and 12 RBI, while walking five times against only two K’s. This kid is liquid offense.
  • Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K: I’m sorry, but I won’t be happy until I’m sitting in Jacobs Progressive Field, wearing my sabour-tooth tiger mask. On a serious note, since June 12th, while everyone’s been busy watching Jordan Smith, Sabourin has been shredding in his own right. He is hitting .347, which is third in the league during that stretch, with 15 runs, seven doubles, a triple and two homers. He’s driven in 20, while walking 18 times, against only 17 K’s. This kid has been raking since May.
  • Jake Lowery: C, Lake County: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K: Lowery hit his first homer for the Captains,  but is still hitting only .190. Perhaps this is the hit that will wake him from his funk.
  • Mahoning Valley Offense: 2-for-30, two runs, one RBI, three walks and seven strikeouts: You aren’t going to win many ballgames hitting like this.
  • Jake Sisco: SP, Mahoning Valley: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: This wasn’t Sisco’s best outing, and actually, it was his worst of the season. He hadn’t given up a run over his last two starts, and this was the first time he’d let up more than two earned runs. If this is the basement for Sisco, he’ll be just fine.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

User Comments

Tony
July 23, 2012 - 6:53 PM EDT
I don't see it with Greenwell hitting 20 bombs a year. Not that kind of hitter. He's already pretty much filled out and matured, and he doesn't have the swing that is conducive to power. I think 10-12 is more his potential.
Justin
July 23, 2012 - 3:41 PM EDT
I'm more disappointed everytime I check these daily reports and I don't see Matt Laporta listed for Cbus. He was thought to be a key piece of the future for the Indians. What is going to happen with him?
Jim
July 22, 2012 - 11:20 AM EDT
Peripherals in the minors...especially the low minors...are often skewed for players that are above average in ability...so I tend to ignore them until Akron...

Not ignore, but they just aren't the same. You can have some pretty average pitchers with pretty intense peripherals...and they can skew depending on what's being worked on.

With Sisco...he's a guy to me that can go either way. I haven't seen him pitch yet, so it's hard for me to judge, on peripherals or anything else

The main issue with Metrics are that most folks that rely on them do it without having seen the guy play...and taking into account the level....

That said, Sisco's peripherals are good...I still need to see him pitch though.
Jim
July 22, 2012 - 11:16 AM EDT
Never say never on a guy like Greenwell, but I don't see that kind of power developing. He's already 23...

I would be shocked at a season of 15...
troy
July 22, 2012 - 8:41 AM EDT
I wonder if Bo Greenwell will develop 15-20 homer power down the road as power develops later in some players careers.
detdawg
July 22, 2012 - 8:27 AM EDT
With young pitchers like Sisco, peripherals are more important than his results, and 1 BB and 5 K in 6 innings is just fine. Not sure if it means anything, but he gave up 6 xtra-base hits out of a total of 7.

I've been waiting for Greenwell to come back to earth. His BABIP is .420, so an adjustment is due.

Neal's performance has ebbed recently. Maybe he's ready to heat up again.
Willie
July 22, 2012 - 8:22 AM EDT
Stowell has a big time arm, but can't stay on the mound. He's had several elbow strains as well and could blow out his elbow if not used with care. There's no doubt Stowell has the FB for the bigs but he has to get there first. Thats something I'm not so sure happens...the elbow injuries are mounting, he could be an add in to a trade, and could be a rule 5 draft loss. My point: at this point it's increasingly doubtful he sees the mound as a member of the Tribe.
Nathan
July 22, 2012 - 2:27 AM EDT
Shy --

Bryce Stowell is out with a left oblique strain. I wouldn't expect to see him above Akron this year. The Aeros staff was already using him with caution, only letting him pitch every 3-4 games. It seems like they're expecting a catastrophic arm injury...

Nathan
shy
July 22, 2012 - 12:42 AM EDT
I don't see the Indians contending this year with drunk Derek and wild Ubaldo starting, there really is no point in trading for the single missing game piece when the lineup has so many missing pieces Fedroff has hit 300 + everywhere they've played him- no reason he can't do it in Cleveland. He deserves a shot in left. Damon, Duncan may be of interest to a contender- let them go. McCallister looks really good to me- the velocity is 3-4 MPH up from last year and he displays mental toughness regardless of the situation. Give him a drug test, if he passes lock him up for 3 years. Cody Allen looks good- reminds me of Huston Street. I'm not opposed to putting rooks in the fire. I just back from the A's /Yankees game at the Oakland Coliseum- what a pit compared to the Jake. A's won 3 straight one run ballgames w 3 rookie pitchers and tonite a rookie closer -Doolittle? struck out Cano, Texeira and Andruw Jones to end it. Anybody that says you can't field a contender in a small market with a crappy stadium and a low payroll, watch the A's. The Indians look deep in relief pitchers w Armstrong, Haley and Sturdevant assuming no injuries. Then you have the second tier guys like Bryson, Berger, Guilmet, Langwell( where did Stowell go AGAIN?) I think some of these have to end up in the deal pipe, since the Indians relievers are already a major strength. Pestano's numbers are crazy good- I'm sure the Yankees would love him to replace Mariano Rivera. But I would like to see him stay an Indian as long as possible. He's a legacy player, in my view. So's Brantley, Kipnis and Cabrera. Choo, I don't know. Great numbers as a leadoff hitter now after a poor start - but as Billy Bean would say- that's the best time to trade him ---IF you can get a Dylan Bundy type pitching prospect you do it.

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