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Around the Farm: July 31, 2012

Around the Farm: July 31, 2012
August 1, 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.

Jason Donald: 2B/SS, Columbus: 5-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB:

It doesn’t get any better than this performance for Donald, who perhaps was pissed that he didn’t get traded during the deadline to a team that could better utilize his services. Since July 14th, Donald is hitting .373 over 16 ballgames, with 17 runs, nine doubles, three homers and 11 RBI.  Donald isn’t flashy, and he probably isn’t a regular major league starter, but it’s hard for me to believe that he’s not the kind of guy that can be a solid fill-in for a big-league club. Funny that it’s not the Indians.

Giovanni Soto: SP, Akron Aeros: L (6-8), 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R/0 ER, 5 K:

Soto is very quietly becoming to best pitching prospect in the upper levels. He does have an occasional start like his last one in Erie, in which he gave up six runs in four innings, but overall, most of his starts resemble the one from Tuesday Night. The key here is that Soto’s ups continue to get better and better, and as he eliminates the downs, he will become a viable, middle-of-the-rotation starter, and sooner than you think. Of course, in this organization, who knows.

  • Tim Fedroff: CF, Columbus: 2-for-7, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB: This guy doesn’t get hits unless they are in bunches. He has seven multi-hit games in his last nine, and nine in his last 12. Over that 12-game stretch, he’s hitting a massive .490, with 16 runs, three doubles, four homers and ten RBI.
  • Matt LaPorta: 1B, Columbus: 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI: Over the past 19 ballgames, LaPorta is hitting .167, which isn’t the mark of a guy that’s getting ready to move up to Cleveland. It was his first homer since July 3.
  • Chad Huffman: RF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B: Huffman has the average up to .282 after his fourth multi-hit game in the last seven ballgames.
  • Roberto Hernandez: SP, Columbus: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K: This probably isn’t the outing that the Indians or Hernandez were looking for. He still has 11 days until his suspension, but it may take more than a couple of starts to get him right.
  • Thomas Neal: OF, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 2B: Neal has a .412/.455/.569 line over the past 13 games, with 10 runs, two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI. He’s also struck out twice, against four walks, but still can’t find his way to Columbus or Cleveland.
  • Shawn Armstrong: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 H: Armstrong has gone 9 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and three walks without a run, while striking out 12. He’s the next bigger bullpen arm to move up through the system.
  • Tony Wolters: 2B, Carolina: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB: Wolters had a fantastic July, hitting .343 for the month, with six doubles, two triples and two homers. He is definitely on pace to start the year off in Akron next season.
  • Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Carolina: 2-for-3: Rodriguez had been struggling, over the past week, but now has back-to-back ballgames in which he has two hits in each.
  • Danny Salazar: SP, Carolina: W (1-2), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K: It’s time to really pay attention to Salazar, who has been on a limited pitch-count over the season. This was his first five-inning start of the season, and he dominated, which is par for the course for the season. This was his first win, but he’s really been pitching well, giving up 31 hits in the past 35 2/3 innings, with only 11 walks and 36 K’s.
  • Jordan Cooper: RP, Carolina: 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K: Cooper has been up and down this season in Carolina, but he does pepper in some outings like this one.
  • Trey Haley: RP, Carolina: S (2), 1 IP, 1 K: Haley made his second appearance since returning from injury. If only he could overcome these injury issues, he could really be something special moving forward. He does have a big arm.
  • Jose Ramirez: 2B, Lake County: 3-for-5, 1 SB: Ramirez has six multi-hit games over the past ten, and is hitting .405 over that stretch.
  • Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K: Lindor has really struggled with the stick overall over the past two months. He hit .229 in June, and .250 in July.
  • Bryson Myles: LF, Lake County: 3-for-4, 1 RBI: Myles continued his hot hitting, with a back-to-back three-hit game. He’s gone 6-for-8 over the past two ballgames. Now, if he could just up the power.
  • Nicholas Pasquale: RP, Lake County: W (1-0), 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K: Pasquale made his second appearance since his call up from Mahoning, and dominated. Overall, he’s gone five innings, giving up two hits and a run, with four K’s.
  • Enosil Tejeda: RP, Lake County: S (1): 1 IP:  Tejeda has been outstanding since getting rocked in his first outing at Lake County. Since then, in five appearances, he’s pitched in seven innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out five.
  • Jorge Martinez: 3B, AZL Indians: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 K: Martinez continued his big summer with a couple more hits, and he’s now hitting .368 on the season.
  • Nelson Rodriguez: 1B, AZL Indians: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K: Rodriguez hit his third homer on the season, a three-run job in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game.
  • Dillon Howard: SP, AZL Indians: L (0-5), 1 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER: Howard just isn’t very good. Now, he’s young, and certainly has a lot of upside, but there is a lot wrong with the former #2 prospect.

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.

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