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Around the Farm: July 7, 2012

Around the Farm: July 7, 2012
July 8, 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.

Aaron Siliga: LF, Mahoning Valley Scrappers: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B:

Siliga was the 17th rounder by the Tribe in the 2010 draft, and he’s playing his second season at short-season Mahoning Valley after playing 47 games there last season. He really struggled, hitting only .171, but did show some extra base hit prowess, with seven doubles, three triples and two homers in 47 ballgames. This year has been a different animal altogether. While he’s only hitting .258 on the season, he’s really picked it up over the last week. In his last eight ballgames, he’s got four multi-hit games and he’s gone 12-for-35, with six runs, two doubles, a triple and three RBI. No, those aren’t superstar numbers, but the kid is only 19-years old, which a whole bunch of years yet to develop into a better ballplayer. He’s certainly shown the ability to learn, now let’s see if he can get the progression to happen a bit more quickly.

Jacob Lee: RP, Mahoning Valley Scrappers: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K:

Jacob Lee is quickly becoming one of my favorite relievers in the entire system. The kid has been absolutely automatic since making his debut this season. He’s made five appearances going a total of 12 1/3 innings. He’s only given up five hits and two runs (one earned), while walking two times against 18 strikeouts. Lee’s been absolutely lights out, and last night’s outing was his best yet, showcasing the ability to go multiple innings, and still dominate. It looks like the Indians have another one of those ‘elite arms’ on their hands, and one that I wouldn’t be surprised to see standing in Lake County real soon.

  • Jason Donald: 2B, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K: Donald had an extra-base hit in his first game back since his demotion. He’s only hitting .252 on the year, but has had stretches of impressive offensive production. Donald should be in the bigs, somewhere.
  • Vinny Rotino: LF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K: Rottino continues to hit the ball a ton with another multi-hit game, his third in seven ballgames. He’s hitting .317 overall, and .353 in Columbus this season.
  • Russ Canzler: DH, Columbus: 0-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K: Canzler managed to get on base three times via the walk, without a hit. He hit .299 in June, and is currently hitting .313 in July.
  • Jared Goedert: 3B, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: While this was Goedert’s first homer in his last ten ballgames, he’s managed five multi-hit games in his last nine, and has his average up to .288. He’s hitting .335 in the minors right now, thanks to a HUGE season in Akron, in which he hit .395 over the first month-plus.
  • Tim Fedroff: CF, Columbus: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB: This was another typical game for Fedroff, as he actually saw his average drop. He’s tearing the ball off the cover, hitting .351 in Columbus so far this season, and you have to wonder if the Indians shouldn’t give this kid a shot as the fourth outfielder at some point. He’s earned it at every level.
  • T.J. McFarland: SP, Columbus: L (3-2), 2 1/3 IP, 10 H, 8 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 K: Um, okay, so McFarland had his second “one of those” starts so far in Columbus. He clearly didn’t have it going on Saturday, throwing 78 pitches in 2 1/3. In two of his seven starts at Columbus, he’s given up 18 runs in 6 2/3 innings. In his other five starts, he’s given up six runs in 34 1/3 innings.
  • Matt Langwell: RP, Columbus: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 K: Langwell continues his solid season with three innings of two-hit, one-run ball. I doubt he’ll see the bigs this year, but there is no doubt he’ll be in the equation next year.
  • Eric Berger: RP, Columbus: 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K: It wasn’t the perfect outing for Berger, but again, it got the team through a tough game, and he only gave up one run in doing it. Not bad. Berger can do a little bit of everything, and does.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K: Holt is 4-for-13 in his three games with Akron, has scored three runs, while walking twice, and striking out three times. It will be interesting watching his approach going forward, as he can strike out in bunches, but saw stretches of improvement in Carolina. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact he can have at the upper levels.
  • Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 3-for-5, 1 K: Lawson currently has a six-game his streak at Akron, with five of the six games of the multi-hit variety. He’s 13-for-27 during that stretch, has a ten-game-line of .452/.500/.677, and is hitting .329 on the season so far.
  • Chun Chen: 1B, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K: Chen saw his two-game home run streak end, but he restarted another multi-hit game that also saw him get on base a third time, with a walk. He’s got a six-game hit streak, and this is his first two-hit game of the bunch. He has hits in seven of his last ten games.
  • Jeremie Tice:  DH, Akron: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K: Tice has played in thirteen games at the Double A level, and he’s had a hit in 12 of those games, and been on base in every game. He’s hitting .333 overall, with five doubles and a homer, and 11 RBI. I’d say it was a good promotion.
  • Juan Diaz: SS, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 K: Diaz has been playing well offensively, of late, and is hitting .289 over the last ten ballgames. His average overall is only .248, so nothing to shout home about.
  • Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: 2-for-3, 1 BB: It will be interesting to see what happens with Henry, going forward, now that Tyler Holt has taken over his position in center, and his spot in the lineup at the leadoff slot. He’s had a rough season, marred by injury, so it will be interesting to see if he can bounce back.
  • Steven Wright: SP, Akron: 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 7 BB, 3 K, 1 HR: When you’re a knuckleball pitcher, you’ll have starts like this. He threw 109 pitches without getting through the fifth, and only 55 were walks. There is some cause for concern though, as Wright has given up at least four earned runs in his last three starts (13 total).
  • Tony Wolters: SS, Carolina: 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB: I’d say this was a decent showing for the new lead-off hitter.  Wolters extended his hit streak to 12 games, and now has multi-hit games in five of his last eight, and upped his average to .252. Wow, there was a time when I didn’t think he’d hit .200, and now, isn’t it just a matter of time before he start creeping up to .300?
  • Alex Monsalve: C, Carolina: 0-for-4, 1 K: Monsalve made his first start for the Mudcats tonight, and was welcomed roughly by the Carolina League pitching. He’ll be fine going forward, and remember, this kid is all of 20, so there’s a bunch of upside.
  • Danny Salazar: SP, Carolina: 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: Salazar had another solid start, going 3 2/3 IP before getting pulled because of pitch count. He made one mistake, but is still throwing up dominating numbers in his limited time.
  • Jordan Cooper: RP, Carolina: 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K: Cooper has pitched well as the handcuff to Salazar, and continued that on Saturday night. He gave up a run on a throwing error by Urshela, and a run on a throwing error by Monsalve. It wasn’t a perfect outing, but still solid.
  • Jose Ramirez: SS, Lake County: 1-for-2, 1 BB: In a game in which the Captains only had two hits, Ramirez was able to get one of them, which shows you why he’s hitting .345 in his brief time with the Captains.
  • Lake County Offense: 2-for-27, 2R, 1 RBI, 6 BB, 6 K: This team has so many offensive weapons, but with Lindor gone to play in the Future’s game, and Monsalve in Carolina, the offense seemed to leave with them.
  • Mason Radeke: SP, Lake County: L (5-3), 6 H, 3 R/2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K: Radeke pitched well, but was no match for Bowling Green’s Ryan Carpenter.  It was Radeke’s second loss in as many outings.
  • Antwonie Hubbard: RP, Lake County:  2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 HR, 1 K: Hubbard has given up a run in three of his last four outings. Ironically enough, he’s given up a run in every appearance in which he’s gone two innings.
  • Jake Lowery: C, Lake County: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB: Lowery had an oh-fer in his second night with the Caps, but showcased some basestealing prowess, with his first professional stolen base.
  • Joseph Wendle: 3B, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Wendle has another hit, and has a modest four-game hit streak. He’s also gotten hits in eight of his last ten games. His overall average is .364, and you have to start wondering when he’ll get the call-up to Lake County.
  • Marcus Bradley: CF, Mahoning Valley: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB: Bradley is affectionately known as ‘the guy who plays center when Naquin doesn’t.’ Now you can call him, ‘the guy who had a perfect night at the plate in Naquin’s place.’
  • Louis Head: RP, Mahoning Valley: S (2), 1 IP, 1 K: Head has already spent some time in Lake County, and dominated in his one four-inning appearance. He’s only given up one run and six hits, while striking out thirteen. He hasn’t given up a walk yet this season. The Indians are certainly acquiring a boatload of solid relievers. Now, if they could just play the outfield.

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User Comments

July 9, 2012 - 4:28 PM EDT
Yep, Fedroff right now is just not a ML option. Not only is he left-handed, but he does not really have that skill set to be a good 4th outfielder because he is not an above average defender. He's a potential starter or platoon guy. Also, his value to the org was shown when he started the season in Akron. He's had a nice year, but I don't think it has changed much.
July 8, 2012 - 11:34 AM EDT
I'm not a Cunningham fan, and would have done ANYTHING prior to get ANY of those guys that play center in there first.

I can safely tell you, Rich, that they don't value Fedroff in the way you would expect. If they did, I think he'd have been at Columbus to start the year, and in Cleveland as we speak.

The kid just rakes, but I think they see him as a guy that needs regular time to do it...and the weigh him as a regular (like LaPorta). As a regular, they don't see him as a key prospect, so he's that guy that's in limbo. He needs Brantley to go down, I think, to get the work at the bigs...

It's one of those strange things about raking in the minors...

Of course...then there's Cunningham...and I think they could find ten guys better than he is on the trash heap...a great mystery to me...
July 8, 2012 - 8:03 AM EDT
You really wonder when they're going to swap out Cunningham for Fedroff. The guy has a .351 BA and .420 OBP in Columbus after putting up a .396 OBP in over 200 AB's at Akron. I'd say he's earned a shot, and Cunningham has shown no evidence that he belongs in the bigs.

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