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Around the Farm: July 6, 2012

Around the Farm: July 6, 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.

Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 3-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, BB.

Fedroff had one of his best games at the Triple-A level, if not in his career as he fell just a single short of hitting for the cycle. He reached base in four of his five plate appearances, drove in runs with extra base hits, and was a run scoring machine. He is hitting .352 with a .973 OPS in 20 games with Columbus, and it makes you wonder why he was not with Columbus all season. The Indians instead had him open at Double-A Akron while they messed around with the likes of Ryan Spilborghs, and in the end Spilborghs was sent packing weeks ago and Fedroff is now doing in Columbus what he probably could have been doing all along. He’s having another good season, but the question remains as to how much the Indians truly value him and if he will ever get a chance in Cleveland.

Leonardo Castillo (3B, Lake County): 4-for-5, R, 2B, RBI.

Castillo finished up with his 14th multi-hit game of the year, but just his second outing with 3 or more hits, and his first with 4 hits this season. The 4-hit night also put to an end a 4 game streak where he went hitless in 13 at bats. The hits have just not fallen for Castillo this season, and a lot of that has to do with the advanced pitching he is seeing right now in the Midwest League. He has yet to get hot this season and his struggles at the plate have been season long and he is showing no signs of getting better. I still think that he may soon find himself on a plane to Arizona where he will play in the Arizona League to help him get back on track, and Jorge Martinez comes up to Lake County.

  • Vinny Rottino (1B, Columbus): 3-for-5, R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI. Rottino is a 32-year old veteran the Indians picked up off the waiver wire last week that can play first base, left field and also catch. He hits right-handed, and is another fringe Major League depth option stocked away in Columbus.
  • Matt LaPorta (DH, Columbus): 2-for-4, R, 3B, RBI. LaPorta now has multi-hit games in 4 of his last 8 games and is hitting a very good .310/.400/.587 in 66 games.
  • Russ Canzler (RF, Columbus): 1-for-5, R, HR, RBI. Canzler’s extra base tear continued last night. In 22 games in April he had just 3 extra base hits, but since May 1st in 61 games he has 31 extra base hits, good for one every two games.
  • Luke Carlin (C, Columbus): 2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI. Carlin continues to fill his role as a leader and on field coach for the pitching staff, and understands his role as a third catcher that is not on the big league roster.
  • Corey Kluber (SP, Columbus): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 9 K. Another exceptional outing for Kluber who has really inflated his prospect value this season. Yes, he gave up four runs, but that is just baseball as he only allowed the 7 baserunners in 7 innings, did not allow a homer, missed tons of bats with the 9 strikeouts, and threw 66 of his 94 pitches (70.2%) for strikes.
  • Matt Lawson (2B, Akron): 3-for-3, R, 2 2B, BB. A perfect night for Lawson who reached base in all four plate appearances. He has only played in 24 games but he is hitting a very good .309/.395/.441 during that stretch and is making us wonder why the Indians had the likes of Ralph Stoneburner playing second for most of the season at Akron.
  • Chun Chen (DH, Akron): 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI. As I said in yesterday’s ATF, this is exactly what we need to see. Power. He is only 2-for-8 in his last 2 games, but both hits are home runs and doubled his homer total on the season.
  • Adam Abraham (1B, Akron): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, K. Ever the professional, Abraham continues to put up quality performance after quality performance this season. That is two games in a row he has homered and he continues to hit righties well .287/.373/.483.
  • Giovanni Soto (SP, Akron): 6.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 5 K. Soto threw 52 of his 84 pitches (61.9%) for a strike.  He got off to a very good start shutting out Erie through four innings, but fell apart in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings where he allowed all 6 runs.
  • Rob Bryson (RP, Akron): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Bryson looks to be turning the corner with his command. He has all the numbers you want with a 2.56 ERA, .203 BAA, and 11.2 K/9, but his 5.6 BB/9 is less than desirable. After walking 21 batters in his first 26.1 innings this season, he has only walked 3 batters in his last 12.1 innings.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Carolina): 2-for-3, R, BB, K. Aguilar has been a bit inconsistent in the second half, but he is showing more power. He has really had a very good year, and a strong finish could cement him as a Top 7-8 prospect for next season.
  • Delvi Cid (LF, Carolina): 2-for-3, R, 3B, BB, SB. Don’t look now but Cid is having a solid season and is doing his best to show he should still be viewed as a higher profile prospect. He is hitting .282/.358/.415 in 142 at bats this season.
  • Dwight Childs (C, Carolina): With Jake Lowery sent to Lake County, and Alex Monsalve en route from Lake County, Childs got the start in his first game back from the disabled list. He is now hitting just 8-for-49 (.163) on the season.
  • Francisco Jimenez (SP, Carolina): 4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 4 K. A poor outing from Jimenez, and he continues his trend where he lacked command. He now has a 40-45 walk to strikeout ratio in 85.0 innings, a far cry from the 27-91 walk to strikeout ratio he had last season in 88.2 innings.
  • Kyle Blair (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Blair is quickly falling out of the prospect discussion, in fact, he has fallen completely off of the radar. He allowed 10 baserunners and 7 runs in 2 innings last night, and it was yet another outing he struggled mightily in. I don’t know what happened to him, but he needs to turn it around soon so he can have something positive to build off of for next year.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Lake County): 1-for-5, R, HR, RBI. Ramirez was held to just one hit, but that one hit was a biggie as he hit a home run. He is not a player that hits very many home runs, so when he does, it is very notable.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Lake County): 3-for-6, R, HR, RBI. Smith just turned 22 years old this week, and with age hopefully comes the power. He hit a homer last night, only his 4th on the season, so the hope is he can start turning some of his deep fly balls or doubles into homers.
  • Jake Lowery (DH, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, RBI, BB. The Indians reassigned Lowery from Carolina to Lake County yesterday and wasted no time getting him into the Lake County lineup. He responded to the reassignment by reaching base in 3 of 5 plate appearances, so hopefully this was the spark he needed to get him going offensively.
  • Alex Lavisky (C, Lake County): 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB. Lavisky was all deuces last night as he had 2 official at bats, 2 hits, scored 2 runs, had 2 runs batted in, and had 2 walks.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. Morimando was all over the place last night as he walked 4 batters and uncorked 3 wild pitches.  He fought and got through 5.0 innings and allowed just 2 runs, but he has had better outings this year.
  • Joseph Wendle (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, 2 K, SB. “Super Joe” Wendle was at it again on Friday night filling up the stat sheet and collecting more hits. He’s been hitting on all cylinders offensively so far in his pro debut going 19-for-51 (.373) in his first 14 games.
  • Charlie Valerio (1B, Mahoning Valley): 3-for-4, R, RBI, BB, K. Valerio is a guy I have been saying to keep an eye on, and so far he is proving to be someone worthy of the attention as he is hitting .313 with a .793 OPS in 17 games.
  • Ryan Merritt (SP, Mahoning Valley): 3.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K. After two promising starts in a row coming into the game, Merritt had trouble once again and allowed 10 baserunners in his 3.2 innings of work. Consistency is a big thing for him to develop.
  • Cody Penny (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Penny had a perfect stint as a reliever and set down all 7 batters he faced, and in fact was the only Scrappers pitcher to do anything on Friday night. He has been pretty effective so far in his pro debut, and could soon be pushed to Lake County.
  • Jack Wagoner (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.  Wagoner served up a 2-run homer in the 8th that not only blew the Scrappers 5-4 lead, but he also was saddled with the loss. Considering he is a fringe prospect, he can’t afford many outings like last night.
  • Nick Hamilton (3B, Arizona): 2-for-4, R. Hammy now has hits in his first two games as a professional, and logged his first multi-hit game. Over the course of the next week or so it will be a lot of firsts for him.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Arizona): 2-for-4, 3 R, HR, RBI. I wish I could be out in Arizona right now watching this guy because I think he has the entire package in the looks I have seen of him in Instructional League last year and then again this March during spring training. He has massive tools offensively and tons of upside, and this is but a tiny sample of what everyone hopes he can become.
  • Jorge Martinez (DH, Arizona): 1-for-4, R, RBI, K. Whelp, Martinez was not promoted to Lake County as hoped yesterday. In any case, he is certainly in line for one and could be sent to Lake County (or Mahoning Valley) any day.
  • Nicholas Pasquale (SP, Arizona): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K. Not a very good outing for Pasquale, but as a command-control guy that sits in the upper 80s with his fastball, he still needs work.
  • Breily Puerta (RP, Arizona): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Puerta just turned 20-years old and is coming off of a very good pro debut in the DSL where he went 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 11 games (8 GS).

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User Comments

July 7, 2012 - 7:42 PM EDT
Rafael Perez is a good comp for Soto right now, viewed as the same kind of pitcher and probably a lefty reliever in bigs. Still has a chance to start so developing there and likely continues to.

As for the minor league cupboard, it may not have a lot of big names in the upper levels, there are some very interesting guys in the lower levels that will hopefully become staples as high end prospects in the upper levels. System is definitely very weak at the top.
July 7, 2012 - 9:33 AM EDT
I know there are numerous Tribe fans out there who think the cupboard is bare on prospects. That's simply not the case if you really follow this club especially the lower levels there is just a ton interesting prospects, with potentially a few more who could still be signed.
Jesus Aguilar has had such an encouraging season particularly.
July 7, 2012 - 6:15 AM EDT

Regarding Soto, I've seen it mentioned before by somebody in the FO that Soto is projecting to be a en guy ala Raffy Perez. It seems that with an outing like he had last night they might be right in that projection? I wonder how long they'll keep him in the rotation if they do not see him staying as a starter in the MLB?

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