Around the Farm: July 25, 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.
Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus Clippers: 5-for-5, 4 R, 1 2B:
It’s funny how things can change so quickly in a season. For Carrera, he’s really turned around a season that was dreadful at the beginning of the year. Carrera has his average up to .290. That’s good, but in-and-of itself, it’s nothing special. What is special is the fact that he was hitting .236 on June 2nd. Since then, he’s hitting .339 in 48 games, with 38 runs, 11 doubles, two triples, and incredibly, five homers and 20 RBI. He’s walked 17 times against 21 K’s, and stolen 16 bases against only three CS. Since July 19th, he has a .548/.576/.935 line, for a crazy 1.511 OPS. No, he’s not an everyday major league guy, as he proved last year, but there’s no doubt that he could provide a big league club with a burst as a fourth outfielder, or even as a guy who comes up when he’s streaking like this. We shall see. Perhaps his current numbers will get someone interested in him as a potential trade want.
- Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus: Game 1: 2-for-2: The fleet-footed outfielder continued his hit barrage with his third straight multi-hit game, and his fifth in the past six. During that stretch, Fedroff is leading the hitting with a whopping .609/.635/.826 line for a 1.451 OPS. He has six runs, two doubles a homer, three RBI and a walk.
- Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: Game 1: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Phelps hit his 11th homer of the season, and his second in his last six ballgames. He is on pace to pass his career high of 14, hit last season.
- Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: Game 1: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: You know it’s going good for the lead-off hitter when he hits a home run. What’s surprising is that it’s his sixth long fly of the season, and his second in consecutive nights. He hit his first homer on May 16th, and has hit five of his six since June 5th. He would save his best for game two.
- Bryan Price: RP, Columbus Clippers: Game 1: 2 IP, 1 H, 5 K: Price has some misleading numbers in his four-game stint with the Clippers, thanks to a four run implosion without getting an out on July 19th. He was lights out in game one of their doubleheader on Wednesday, and has seven K’s in his last 3 2/3 innings.
- Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: Game 2: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI: Phelps followed up his home run performance with a three-hit, triple, two-RBI game. It’s his third three hit game in his last eight. He has value as a moderate prospect should Kipnis go down, but other than that, Phelps is a throw-in for a trade, or minor league, upper level filler.
- Vinny Rottino: 1B, Columbus: Game 2: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB: Rottino’s pick-up has had a direct result in the Clippers run over the past month from mediocrity to a run at first place Indianapolis. They are 8-2 over their last ten games, and Rottino is hitting .319, with two homers and 16 RBI over his last 12.
- Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus: Game 2: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI: In a game full of offense, Fedroff came through again, going 5-for-6 on the day, and continuing to make a mad dash for the majors.
- Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Lawson continued a ten-game hit streak, and has hits in 19-of-20 games. During that stretch since July first, he’s hitting .383, with eight runs, nine doubles and seven RBI. This was his first blast of the season.
- Thomas Neal: LF, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB: Neal continued to break out of a mid-season swoon with his third multi-hit game in his past five, and fourth in his past eight. He now has a ten-game line that reads .350/.409/.525.
- Nick Weglarz: DH, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K: Weglarz continues to toss in performances like this in what has generally been a middling year. He has had his moments, and I’m still rooting for the kid to make it to the bigs, but injuries have sapped him of his prospect status.
- Juan Diaz: SS, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Diaz continues to roll out a hot bat with his third two-hit performance in his last five game. He upped his hit streak to seven, going 10-for-24 during that stretch.
- Davis Stoneburner: 1B, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 3 K: In a night of offense for Akron, Stoneburner doesn’t stand out, unless you count his 11th inning game-winner that scored Jordan Henry.
- Loek van Mil: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 K: Van Mil dropped his ERA below two with this performance, and is really starting to make me wonder if he couldn’t get a bump in the next couple of weeks. He’s been really good getting outs, and while his numbers aren’t overpowering in the K department, he has been locking out runs, which is the point.
- Rob Bryson: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 5 K: Bryson was absolutely dominating on Wednesday night, rolling out a 32 pitch, 21 strike outing, which is the type of pitching the Indians wanted when they included him in the Sabathia deal. Now, if he can maintain this high level, he could move into the elite status of relievers. We shall see.
- Tyler Cannon: 1B, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K: Cannon continues to gain value as a mid-level prospect, as he seemingly can play any infield position, including catcher. He can hit the ball, but the Indians have moved him to this uber-utility role this season, so it will be interesting if he can regain that hitting prowess he had last year in Lake County.
- Alex Monsalve: C, Carolina: 2-for-4: It was the big catcher’s second two-hit game of his run in the Carolina League. It has been a tough road for the big, 20-year-old backstop, but keep watching this kid. He’s got big power if he can refine that swing.
- Danny Salazar: SP, Carolina: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 4 K: Salazar dropped his overall ERA under 3.00, and I maintain that this kid is a top 20 talent in the organization, or better, once they unleash the hounds. They are keeping him on a pitch-count, but that should change later this year, or in the winter leagues.
- Kyle Blair: RP, Carolina: 1 IP, 1 H: Blair returned off the DL and had a nice outing in one inning of work. Blair’s psyche has to be wacked after a rough year of getting torched. It will be interesting to see if they leave him in these short outings as a reliever, or if they work him back into the rotation.
- Lake County Offense: 4-for-29, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K: Lake County’s big offense got shut down on Wednesday night, with the exception of Leonardo Castillo, who’s triple scored Bryson Myles for the only run of the Captains’ night. Lindor did manage to get his 20th stolen base, and Myles showed some selectivity with two walks, but other than that, a bad offensive night for perhaps the best offensive team north of Arizona.
- Mason Radeke: SP, Lake County: L (5-5), 6 H, 2 R/ER, 7 K, 1 HR: Radeke should have had better results with last night’s dominating performance, but didn’t get the win when the bullpen melted down and the offense dropped the ball. He rebounded from a 7 run game on July 19th, but it’s interesting to look at his K totals in his past three starts. He’s K’ed 23 batters in 15 1/3 innings. Perhaps there’s more to this 35th rounder than meets the eye.
- Tyler Naquin: CF, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B: Naquin has a modest four-game hit streak, and also has a not-so-modest four-game doubles streak. He’s starting to figure things out offensively, and could see a bump to Lake County before too long.
- Joe Sever: 3B, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB: Sever continues to hit the ball well for the Scrappers, and while he’s a modest prospect, he does seem to carry an advanced bat for this level. The real test will be what happens when the .313 hitter moves up to the full-season leagues.
- Jacob Lee: SP, Mahoning Valley: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R/2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K: Lee only went three innings in his second start in a row after coming out of the pen exclusively to start the year. He’s pitched very well overall, and has a nice 29/5 K to BB ratio right now, in only 24 1/3 innings.
- Tyler Booth: RF, AZL Indians: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI: Booth exploded with his first two-homer performance of his career, as he upped his average to .292 on the season. He could be a nice sleeper in the system going forward, as he’s got plus speed, and better power than advertised. While many think he’s another in a line of speedy, light-hitting outfielders, he may be more than that.
- Doryssys Paulino: SS, AZL Indians: 4-for-5: Paulino had another error on the night, and has 12 on the season so far. He’s raking at the plate, to the tune of .359, but there’s no way he’s going to advance as a shortstop flopping around as he is right now. He’s averaging an error every other game.
- Nelson Rodriguez: 1B, AZL Indians: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB: Your homework tonight is to check out some of the video on Rodriguez that’s on Youtube. Sure, it’s against moderate competition, but his blasts are legendary, and the pundits are raving about this kid as the sleeper of the draft (good call, Jeff Ellis). He may be the big hitter out of a very good draft.
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