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Around the Farm: July 29, 2012

Around the Farm: July 29, 2012
July 30, 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.

Joseph Wendle: DH, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K.

All Joey Wendle does is hit. Since he joined the Indians this year as a 6th round draft pick he has jumped right into the pro ranks and hit out of the gates compiling a .325/.388/.517 line in 31 games for the Scrappers. On top of the hitting, he is also showing some pop with the ability to drive the ball (16 XBH, .517 SLG) and a good approach at the plate (11 BB, 13 K, 120 AB). He was a college senior from a small college, so he came in with little fanfare, but so far he has lived up to the Indians belief that he was a good offensive oriented infielder. There are a lot of similiarities with his game offensively to Cord Phelps, but he may have more upside not only with the bat, but defensively as well when Phelps was playing for Mahoning Valley in 2008. 

Tim Fedroff: DH, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

It’s almost ridiculous at this point to talk about Fedroff not being a real prospect. Well, how about we find out. He didn’t have a hit on Saturday, but including last night's two-hit performance, Fedroff has eight multi-hit games in the past ten games. To top it all off, he has six homers in his last 23 ballgames. Is this power I see? Russ Canzler is the only Columbus player with more homers than Fedroff during that stretch. Right now he has played himself into a possible trade chip, and at worst, he should be a September callup for the Indians. Heck, if they pull the plug on the season and clear house before the trade deadline, he could be up before then. Give this kid a chance.

  • Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K: Carrera continued his 19-game hit streak. The only upset here was that he ONLY had a double. He broke his streak of multi-hit games at four, and has had multi-hit games in 9-of-11.  Carrera is hitting .439 over the past 19 games, and surprisingly enough, he’s not leading the team in hitting over that stretch. As a matter of fact, Clippers’ players hold the top three slots (Carrera is second), and four of the top six.
  • Jason Donald: LF, Columbus: 2-for-5, 1 R: Donald has hits in nine of his last ten ballgames. He’s also playing everywhere in the field. Perhaps the Indians will place him in a deal for help for 2013. It’s clear Donald isn’t in their plans going forward.
  • Jared Goedert: 3B, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 K: Goedert is another Clipper on a hit streak. He’s at nine-games right now, and has hits in 21 of his last 22 games.
  • David Huff: SP, Columbus: L (5-5), 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R/4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR: David Huff has had a bad season. The bottom line is that he was a Major League pitcher, and now, he does not even look close to being an option for the Indians. His time has passed with the Indians.
  • Eric Berger: RP, Columbus: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 K: Eric Berger got lit up in his last game, but the best thing you can say about a relief pitcher is that they have a short memory. Eric Berger has a short memory.
  • Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 K: A couple of years ago, it appeared as though the sky was the limit. He hit .312 with 29 stolen bases and a .411 OBP. Now, he’s struggling to hit .250 after injuries ruined his year.
  • Adam Abraham: 1B, Akron: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI: Abraham  has three multi-hit games in his last four, and is hitting .333 in his last ten ballgames, with six runs, four doubles, three homers and eight RBI. This is what Abraham does…he’s as streaky as it gets. Now, if he could just find some consistency...
  • Matt Packer: SP, Akron: L (2-1), 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R/3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR: Packer didn’t have a bad game, but he clearly wasn’t as sharp as he has been. Still, if this is his floor, Packer is immediately relevant again.
  • Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Carolina: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Urshela’s .263 average seems to be the norm for the third baseman.  The 20-year-old has a long way to go to shorten that swing and average out his streaks. He has moments when that happens, but needs that consistency.
  • Anthony Gallas: LF, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: Gallas hit his first grand slam on Saturday, and followed that up with a big, two-run double. He's old for Single-A, but he has firmly established himself this season and should be an option at Double-A Akron next year.
  • Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB: Rodriguez has had a bad July after tearing up the league in May and June. He had gone 1-for-12 in his last four ballgames, and in 19 games this month he is hitting .217/.247/.406.
  • Delvi Cid: CF, Carolina: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB. Cid is hitting .287 on the season, and a whopping .326 since June. He’s dangerous because of his speed, and while he’s not a top prospect, he does provide an interesting skillset.
  • Joseph Colon: SP, Carolina: W (1-2), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 5 K: Colon had his best outing since joining the Mudcats, and has two solid starts out of three since his promotion. He’s a sleeper prospect as a pitcher, but has to have solid outings at advanced levels before he’s taken seriously.
  • Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Sabourin has been in a bit of a slump, going 1-for-13 over his past five ballgames, but is still hitting .317 in July. He’s gone from a no-name prospect into a lower level one, though the lack of power at first base still hurts him.
  • Jake Lowery: C, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI: Lowery is only hitting .196 on the year in Lake County, after struggling in Carolina. He hit his second homer of the season with Lake County on Sunday, but this has been nothing but a disappointing season for the power-hitting catcher.
  • Shawn Morimando: SP, Lake County: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K: It wasn’t a perfect start for Morimando, but he’s been really good in June and July, going 3-2 in 11 starts, with a 3.04 ERA in 59 innings. Here’s the problem: He has 30 walks and 30 K’s during that stretch.
  • Kyle Petter: RP, Lake County: W (2-0), 2 1/3 IP, 3 BB: Petter hasn’t given up a run in his last three games, but he’s walked eight batters against only two K’s during that same stretch. The walks have been his downfall and why he has not been able to permanently leave Low-A.
  • Tyler Naquin: CF, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K: Naquin has had an up-and-down season, which isn’t out of the ordinary for a new professional. He’s only hitting .258 in July, and is 1-for-12 in his last three ballgames.
  • Evan Frazar: 1B, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K. Frazar is a super utility option for the Scrappers and got off to an awful start in June hitting .154/.214/.154, but in July he is settling in and playing much better hitting .324/.405/.486 for the month.
  • Andrew Campbell: RF, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. Campbell is an interesting 20-year old prospect out of Australia. He's only played in four games with the Scrappers, but has 4 hits in 13 at bats and been productive in limited action.
  • Ryan Merritt: SP, Mahoning Valley: L (3-3), 0.2 IP, 3 R/ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. Merritt started the game but was removed after just five batters. The first three batters reached and scored on a three-run homer, and then Merritt got the next two out before having to leave the game because of a wrist injury.
  • Josh Martin: RP, Mahoning Valley: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR. Martin had his worse outing as a pro and doubled his home run allowance on the season to four homers. He has been in and out of the rotation and has filled the swing/piggyback role well on the Scrappers pitching staff.
  • Jimmy Stokes: RP, Mahoning Valley: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. It has not been pretty so far for Stokes in the early going of his pro career. In 7 appearances he has an 8.31 ERA and in 8.2 innings has allowed 11 hits and 7 walks.

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 30, 2012 - 4:47 PM EDT
Steve, I am a believer in Fedroff and Goedert in that they deserve a shot. I am not certain either will have a lot of success at the ML level, but you also don't know until given a chance. The problem with Goedert is Duncan is in Cleveland as if not for him then Goedert is prob there. Duncan is also an Acta favorite, so that is a tough relationship to split....though likely will come to an end after this season as that roster spot is valuable for others. The problem with Fedroff is he is left-handed....and with an all-lefty hitting outfield he just doesn't fit. If he were right-handed he would have been in Cleveland and replaced Cunningham a month ago.
Steve
July 30, 2012 - 1:48 PM EDT
Tony, I know you have been watching most of these guys for years. The numbers of Fedroff and Goedert are impressive, even if it is at the Triple-A level. Do you think these two could possibly perform any worse than the duo of Duncan and Damon? Doesn't Goedert have a little more upside then Duncan too because of his ability to play third base?
Tom
July 30, 2012 - 12:17 PM EDT
Jordan has actually been hitting the ball fairly well the past few weeks. A lot of line drives, however, he is going to have to burn the outfielders a few times to keep them honest. He has not had very many of his patent cheap hits to boost his average. He has hit in 13 of last 14 games batting .317 and .417 OBA over the span. His knees are not exactly a 100% but he is battling. His defense has been stellar with a couple of game saving catches recently. He got off to a slow start, which was expected after rehab, but he should be back or close to 2010 performance and ready for a comeback year in 2013.
Tony
July 30, 2012 - 11:42 AM EDT
Yeah, Jim had a power outage yesterday and Saturday that prevented him from being able to do it for Sunday morning (and I was on road traveling home).
nubballguy
July 30, 2012 - 11:14 AM EDT
+1
Willie
July 30, 2012 - 10:56 AM EDT
I missed ATF yesterday, as always thanks for the good work.

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