Around the Farm: July 27, 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.
Jared Goedert: 3B, Columbus: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI:
Gosh, I love Goedert. I have seen him play a couple times in person, and I just love the passion for which he plays the game. No, he is not the greatest athlete, but his motor never stops, and he is a hitting machine. Goedert was one of many Clippers to tear the cover off the ball Friday (the team recorded 21 total hits). His average now stands at .326. I have been clamoring for him to get a promotion to Cleveland for quite some time. I know that many disagree and feel as if he is no different than Duncan… but what if he is different than Duncan? No one will ever know until he gets his shot, and I would much rather that shot come while he is still on his tear.
Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B:
I made a major mistake in the column I wrote yesterday by failing to include Fedroff in the list of potential internal options that the Indians could look to promote. No hitter has been more consistent or productive than Fedroff this year. Again, he shows that he is a hitting machine, and his average now sits at .392 in 35 games. That is absolutely incredible. There are still two reasons why I am more behind a Major League promotion for Goedert over Fedroff, however. Fedroff is left-handed and lacks much power. As a right-handed hitter with some pop, I feel as if Goedert might be able to have more of an immediate impact on the club.
- Chad Huffman: RF, Columbus: 4-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI: Like many other Clippers Friday night, Huffman got in on the hit parade. Both Goedert and Fedroff have gotten much of the credit at Columbus this year, but Huffman has been no slouch either. The TCU product is now hitting .284. Is he a Major League option? Probably not, and there are certainly more advanced bats ahead of him in the pecking order, but his 2012 campaign has been a nice one nonetheless.
- Corey Kluber: SP, Columbus: (W, 11-7), 6 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K: What a difference a year can make. Last year, I found myself among one of Kluber’s many critics, but he has changed my mind completely. He has been outstanding all season and posted some pretty impressive strikeout totals. One has to believe that he is on the Major League radar, or perhaps he could be trade bait.
- Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Carrera continues to prove his worth each night for the Clippers. The scrappy center fielder has just hit and hit and hit since June. He got an extended Major League look last season, and if he continues on this tear, he could be on the verge of a second look.
- Vinny Rottino: DH, Columbus: 4-for-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: When the Indians picked up Vinny Rottino, it was quite obvious that he was not a Major League caliber player. With that being said, however, he has shown that he is an absolute beast at the Triple-A level and that remained true Friday. Rottino will likely play a huge role in the Clippers’ ability to earn a playoff berth.
- Thomas Neal: RF, Akron: 2-for-4: Akron only had six hits against Bowie, but Neal accounted for two of them. The toolsy outfielder now holds a .310 average. Another reason why I believe it is imperative that the Indians promote an outfielder from Columbus is because then Neal will finally get an opportunity to move up. Neal has shown why he was once a top prospect with the Giants, and it is imperative that his development continues.
- Juan Diaz: SS, Akron: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Diaz drove in both of Akron’s runs Friday. Outside of Neal and Diaz, the Akron offense was about as stagnant as one could imagine.
- Paolo Espino: SP, Akron: 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K: Espino pitched outstanding on Friday, but unfortunately his team was unable to score enough runs to get him the win. Still, the 25-year-old right-hander now has a 3.14 ERA in 80 1/3 innings with the Aeros. He’s not a Major League prospect, but the important role he plays for the Aeros cannot be understated.
- Delvi Cid: LF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 SB: Because of his speed, Cid really excites me. It’s amazing how much he has improved in the span of a year. His speed was on display Friday as he tallied three stolen bases to bring his season total to 25. By no means is he a star, but as long as he continues to steal at a good clip and make good contact, I have to believe he might eventually develop into a possible Major League fourth outfielder. Though he is 23 years old and still at the High-A level, so he better start making his climb soon.
- Justin Toole: 2B, Carolina: 2-for-3: Nice night for the versatile Toole. It’s been somewhat of a tough season for the former undrafted product from the University of Iowa, so it was nice to see him put together a two-hit night; one of the rare positive Mudcat performances Friday.
- Michael Goodnight: (L, 2-10), SP, Carolina: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K: Goodnight pitched quite well, but it wasn’t good enough as he earned his 10th loss of the season. Goodnight now holds a 4.47 ERA in 110 2/3 innings pitched.
- Lake County hitters: 1-for-21: The game was called for rain in the eighth inning and considering these numbers, I’m sure the Captains dugout was hoping for it to get called much earlier. Yikes.
- Zach McPhee: CF, Lake County: 1-for-2: There was so little to highlight from the Captains’ 4-0 loss, but I figured McPhee does deserve a spot in ATF for collecting his team’s only hit.
- Elvis Araujo: SP, Lake County: 4 IP, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 K: I really like Araujo, and I’m glad to see he did not get too out of control or anything on Friday. Considering that he is left-handed and has some pretty good stuff, he still really has the potential to develop into something special.
- Robel Garcia: SS, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB: Garcia seems to have performed better since going from Lake County to Mahoning Valley. On Friday, he had a nearly flawless performance. Hard to say what kind of future the 19-year-old switch hitter has, but he seems to have improved just about every facet of his game since becoming a Scrapper. Sometimes a demotion can do wonders.
- Jake Sisco: SP, Mahoning Valley: (W, 1-2), 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K: Aside from the low strikeout totals, Sisco has performed well in his starts with the Scrappers. He was not at his best on Friday but still pitched well enough to get the win. In eight starts and 42 2/3 innings, the right-hander now has a 2.95 ERA.
- Hunter Jones: LF, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB: 2010’s 11th round draft pick has gotten off to a slow start with the Scrappers, but after Friday’s two-hit performance, the right-handed hitter got his average over .200 as it now sits at .204.
- Tyler Naquin: CF, Mahoning Valley: 0-for-4: Proving that even the best hitters are allowed an off night, the Tribe’s 2012 first round pick went hitless Friday. In 28 games, Naquin now sports a .278 average.
- Dorssys Paulino: DH, AZL Indians: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B: Paulino is quickly becoming one of the most exciting prospects in the Indians’ system, and it’s easy to see why. Get this, on Friday, he ripped his fifth triple of the season. In 25 games, the 17-year-old has eight doubles, five triples and three homes runs to go along with 17 RBI. Salivating yet?
- Jorge Martinez: 3B, AZL Indians: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K: Martinez has progressed so nicely in each of the last three seasons. The 19-year-old now holds a .377 average in 24 games with the AZL Indians.
- Mitch Brown: SP, AZL Indians: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K: It’s still very early but the Indians have to be pleased with the progress of their 2012 second round pick. In three starts for the AZL Indians, Brown now has a 2.25 ERA.
- Benny Suarez: RP, AZL Indians: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K: The Tribe’s 2012 36th round pick has now made four appearances for the AZL Indians and has yet to allow a run. That, my friends, is what we call value.
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