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Around the Farm: June 1, 2013

Around the Farm: June 1, 2013
June 2, 2013
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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.

Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus Clippers: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K:

Chisenhall is just tearing up the International league since he was demoted from the Cleveland Indians. He’s been with the Clippers for 15 games, and he’s now hit in 14 of those games. He’s currently on a 12 game hit streak, and has multi-hit games in five of the past seven, and six of the past nine. His slash since his return is an impressive .371/.444/.694 and his 1.138 OPS is fifth in the league over that stretch. He also has three doubles, a triple and five homers, to go along with 14 RBI. He’s crushing righties to the tune of .392, while he’s hitting a respectable .273 against lefties, which has been his biggest knock. I still say he needs to reclaim his position at third base, more for the mobility it gives Mark Reynolds, but partially because it appears as though the demotion was the wake-up call he needed. Of course, chances will be getting thinner for the third baseman, so he better take advantage when he gets his shot.

Ronny Rodriguez: 2B, Akron Aeros: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI:

Rodriguez is matching Chisenhall’s hit streak, hitting in his 12th game in a row as well. Since the streak has started, RRod is hitting .408, with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 11 RBI. His slash is .408/.431/.633, and perhaps the only surprise from Rodriguez during that stretch is that he hasn’t stolen any bases. I still don’t think that Rodriguez is a lock in the bigs as some others do, but I do think there’s a glimmer of hope that he could provide the Indians with some middle infield help at some point, or perhaps will move to an outfield spot down the road. He has to maintain consistency though.

  • Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 E: I don’t think that Phelps will be a factor with the Indians any time soon, unless there’s an injury to a guy like Kipnis. He’s only hitting .248 on the year with the Clippers, and it appears as though his ship has passed.
  • Matt Carson: CF, Columbus: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI: Carson has been swinging an interesting bat of late. He’s hit two of his six homers in the past four games, and now has three multi-hit games in his last five.
  • Juan Diaz: SS, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Dian hit his fourth home of the year in the second inning, and gave the Clippers a big early lead. They eventually lost, and Diaz is still only hitting .219. Not. Good.
  • Omir Santos: C, Columbus: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B: It always appears that the Indians find a journeyman catcher that finds a way to hit the ball. Santos is hitting .289 on the year. He’s not a prospect at 32, but provides stability to the young pitchers with the Clippers. Of course, Carrasco gave up eight earned runs today, so not sure just how much stability we’re talking.
  • Carlos Carrasco: SP, Columbus: 4 IP, 9 H, 9 R/8 ER, 3 BB, 4 K: There aren’t many ways to spin this one, other than to say it wasn’t good. He’s not given up 11 earned runs in the last eight innings over two starts. He seems to be regressing.
  • Preston Guilmet: Closer, Columbus: 1 1/3 IP, 4 K: Does it get any more perfect than that? It was a lockdown performance, but not a save situation for one of the best relief pitchers in the system.
  • Nate Spears: 3B, Akron: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K: His early double scored three runs, giving the Muddies a short-lived 3-1 lead.
  • Carlos Moncrief: RF, Akron: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K: Moncrief has started to pick things up a bit offensively, with five hits over the last three games, and with a .308/.400/.548 slash during the last ten.
  • Austin Adams: RP, Akron: S (2), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K: Adams has found some consistency over the past three games, giving up only two hits and two walks in those four innings, while striking out seven. His big time arm continues to impress, and he could move quickly as a reliever.
  • Tyler Naquin: CF, Carolina: 3-for-5, 2 2B: Naquin crushed his 16th and 17th double, which is now second in the Carolina League. His .312 average has surpassed Francisco Lindor, and is currently third in the league. Several have questioned this selection, and some consider Naquin a fourth outfielder, but I’m telling you…there’s more than meets the eye with this kid. Folks should see him play before laying judgment.
  • Joe Wendle: DH, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B: Wendle has struggled a bit since coming off the DL, but has started to regain a bit of his offensive mojo, going 4-for-12, with two runs and 2 2B.
  • Jordan Smith: RF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R:  Smith has a four game hit streak, in which he has gone 5-for-11. He can hit, but ne needs to continue to work on them.
  • Cody Anderson: SP, Carolina: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: This wasn’t a bad outing for Anderson, but it is compared to what he’s been doing allseason. This was his first start under six innings since April 16th. He still managed to battle through, showcasing some moxie with all that talent.
  • Erik Gonzalez: 3B, Lake County: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB: Gonzalez has been playing well of late, rolling out four multi-hit games in his last ten.
  • Logan Vick: CF, Lake County: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI: Vick continues to shine at Lake County, and is proving to be a better than expected prospect. He has a three-game hit streak in which he’s gone 5-for-11, with three runs, a homer and three RBI.
  • Joe Sever: 1B, Lake County: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Sever got his first hits since returning to Lake County after three weeks in Carolina. He was hitting over .300 in Carolina, and seems to be continuing that pattern now that he’s back with the Captains.
  • Jake Sisco: SP, Lake County: W (2-4), 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 K: Sisco struggled a bit with his control, but it was a small blip in what is turning into a pretty good season for the righty. Over his past two starts, he’s gone 12 1/3 IP, giving up nine hits and three earned runs, while striking out nine.
  • Feliz Sterling: RP, Lake County: 1 2/3 IP: Well, he didn’t give up anything…and that’s pretty big news for Sterling, who always seems to be giving up something.

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

User Comments

June 2, 2013 - 2:00 PM EDT
As someone noted recently, I forget who, Derek Jeter committed 56 errors in Single A his first season there, and look at what he became. Longterm, I don't see Paulino sticking at short because of Lindor, but let him play there while he can.

Also: Lindor has 10 errors on the year, but we all know he's a great fielder. They are young and just need to get experience at the levels they are at. Both are some of the youngest players at their level.
June 2, 2013 - 11:49 AM EDT
I see that our DSL team has a pair of 17-year-olds at 2b and ss. Born in 1996. Gulp.
Canadian Joe
June 2, 2013 - 8:39 AM EDT
Tony, I see the team's DSL entry started yesterday as well. Are there any prospects there of note to follow ? I know they seem to find a player or two every year that has good upside.
On another note, maybe it's time to look at Paulino's situation. His errors are climbing quickly, so maybe a move to another position might be in the cards. Also, hopefully bring his bat back to life.

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