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Around the Farm: June 12, 2012

Around the Farm: June 12, 2012
June 13, 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.
Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County Captains: 3-for-5, 2 R, 12B, 3 RBI:
Let’s face facts folks, this is Jerrud Sabourin’s world, and we are all just living in it. Sabourin has been one of the most consistent players for the Captains this season, which is saying a lot with the talent level that this team boasts. To say that Sabourin is one of those major prospects would be more than a stretch, but he’s certainly beginning to make a bit of a name for himself with games like Tuesday night’s, in which he managed three hits. Since May 24th, Sabourin has played 16 games, and he has multiple hits in nine of them. He has no power to speak of (one homer/12 doubles in 58 games), but he can put the bat to the ball, and while I don’t think many Tribe fans will ever be clamoring for a Sabourin sighting in Cleveland, he’ll be fun to watch over the next couple of seasons, just to see if he can keep this going a bit, and turn himself into a prospect.
Bryson Myles: RF, Lake County Captains: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K:
There’s so much time between playing for Lake County, and making the Indians starting line-up (unless you are currently Jack Hannahan), but it’s not very hard to envision Myles suiting up for the big club someday. The only thing that’s stopped him from advancing a bit quicker (keeping in mind he’s only been in the Indians system for just under a year) are the injuries. Myles has missed over 20 games this season after having the same issues in Mahoning Valley last season. But, when he’s healthy and got it right, he showcases talent that’s really unmatched in the outfield in the system. He’s got blazing speed, a solid bat, and what I believe to be an untapped power potential that he showed a bit of last night with his second homer. If Myles can find a stretching program and get his body right, I firmly believe he’s got “star” written all over him. There’s just a lot of time between Lake County and Cleveland…let’s hope he can make the journey without many more injuries.
  • Trevor Crowe: CF, Columbus: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, SB (3): Crowe played In his first game with Columbus since May 1st. It was nothing special, but Crowe is a player that will likely find himself in position to take that fourth outfielder slot if he can stay healthy, and continue his consistent play. He was hitting .333 in Akron during his short stint there, and is hitting .299 on the season in Columbus.
  • Cord Phelps: Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B: Phelps is hitting .268 on the season, but has found the stroke again at the plate, and is hitting .344 over the past ten games. His hit during Tuesday afternoon’s ball game extended his streak to eight games, and he’s gone 11-for-27, with five runs, five doubles a homer and three RBI. He’s walked five times during the stretch, vs. only one strikeout.
  • Jason Donald: 3B, Columbus: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 K: Donald continues to be the most consistently good player. His overall average in the minors is .315, and he’s hitting .314 over the past ten games, with a .400 OBP, and a .371 slugging. If they got a .771 OPS from him in the bigs, he’d still be there. He’s killing left-handed pitching, to the tune of .478.
  • Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K: Fedroff really is a poor man’s Trevor Crowe, but he stays much healthier. He’s another fourth outfielder candidate, that like Crowe, can play all three spots. He’s hitting .305 on the season in the minors, and .294 in Columbus.
  • Luke Carlin: C, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K: Carlin has a three-game hit streak since his return from Cleveland, and all three hits are extra-base. Carlin’s a nice backstop to have at Triple A, as he’s solid defensively, and can start at a moment’s notice.
  • T.J. McFarland: SP, Columbus: L (1-1), 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 10 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR: Just about everything that could go wrong, did, for T.J. in this start, as he got hit, struggled with control, and gave up the long-ball. McFarland had been dominant in both Akron and Columbus prior to Tuesday’s start, but one bad one doesn’t make a season. He’ll struggle to get that ERA back down to respectability, so it stops being a meaningful stat as a season-long venture, but this really is his first bad start of 2012.
  • Matt Langwell: RP, Columbus: 2 2/3, 2 H, 3 K: There’s nothing harder to do for a relief pitcher than come into a game that’s gotten away from the starter. Langwell, who’s been one of the better relievers in the system this year, did the job on Tuesday, and has been stellar in his last three appearances. In that stretch, he’s gone seven innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out six.
  • Frank Herrmann: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 1 K, 1 HR: Every time Herrmann looks to have things figured out, he gives up runs like today. After a stretch of four shutout appearances, he got lit up on Tuesday. There are way too many good arms in the upper levels for Herrmann to ever advance to the next level.
  • Cody Allen: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 K: A nice, smooth outing for Allen, who made 14 pitches, ten of which were strikes. Allen race to the big leagues has hit a bit of a snag in Columbus, as his ERA is a still solid 3.20. Clearly, he’s nowhere near his ceiling yet as a ballplayer, and I almost think the “struggles” are a good thing for Allen as he learns the trade. Remember, he hasn’t even played professional ball for a full year yet. He clearly has the stuff, now just needs to gain the experience.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: Game 1: 1-for-3: Holt has certainly bottomed out a bit with regards to his offense, as he’s hitting right at .200 over the past ten games, and only .208 in June. He’s dropped from .333 in April, to .273 in May, to his current struggles. Some of this may just be the frustration of staying in Carolina. He has a six game hit streak after Tuesday’s game, but they are all one-hit games.
  • Anthony Gallas: RF, Carolina: Game 1: 2-for-3: Gallas was the only Mudcat with multiple hits on Tuesday night, and is hitting .292 over his last ten games. He’s struggled this year, but he always seems to rebound.
  • Will Roberts: SP, Carolina: Game 1: L (3-3), 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K: Roberts was the hard luck starter in this one, as the Mudcats only had one extra base hit during the game, and just couldn’t string anything together to get the needed run. Roberts has been a mixed bag since coming to Carolina, but Tuesday Night’s start represented the first time that Roberts has put together two good ones in a row.
  • Tony Wolters: SS, Carolina: Game 2: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K: Wolters went 1-for-3 in both games of the doubleheader, and continues with his solid play offensively. He’s only hitting .250 in June after tailing off at the start of the month, but over his past ten games, he’s got a .324/.361/.529 line.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Carolina: Game 2: 1-for-2, 1RBI, 1 BB, 1 K:  Game 2: Aguilar is scuffling at the plate again, and after a torrid month of May in which he hit .348, has cooled off to a .154 average in June, and is hitting only .161 over his last ten. He doesn’t have an extra base hit over that stretch, which is a bit alarming for a power hitter….even if they have him working on something. Sometimes, a slump is just that, a slump.
  • Ronnie Rodriguez: 2B, Carolina: Game 2: 1-for-3, 1 2B: Offensively, Rodriguez is showing a lot since the start of May. After hitting only .203 in his debut month, he backed that up with .278 in May, and is hitting .325 in June. He’s hitting lefties and righties nearly equally, with a .261 average vs. lefties, and a .259 average vs. righties, and while all his power seems to be against right-handed pitching (four of his five homers, and 20 of his 28 RBI), but that could just be a product of three times the at bats.
  • Anthony Gallas: RF: Carolina: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 K: Game 2: Gallas went 3-for-6 in Tuesday’s doubleheader, and has a ten game line of .310/.355/.517.
  • Michael Goodnight: SP, Carolina: Game 2: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R/2 ER, 4 K, 1 HR: Goodnight wasn’t terrible in his start. His first run came in the third inning of Wednesday Night’s game when a player he had struck out made it to first on a wild pitch, and eventually scored. In the fifth, a Ronny Rodriguez error with one out likely cost Goodnight two more runs, as there was a chance at a double play. Goodnight would give up two more runs that inning.
  • Luigi Rodriguez: CF, Lake County: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB: We might as well call Rodriguez Mr. Streaky, as he seems to be playing in streaks of good and bad. He’s currently in one of those streaks of good, and has an eight game hitting streak in which he’s gone12-for-33, with seven runs, four doubles and a triple. He still needs to improve his approach (13 K/1 BB over his last ten), but is improving by leaps and bounds on a daily basis.
  • Jack Hannahan: 3B, Lake County: 0-for-3, 1 K: Hannahan continued his Indians’ minor league tour last night, and again went Oh-fer, now having gone 0-for-7 since his dl stint began. I wouldn’t be too concerned about it yet.
  • Zach MacPhee: LF, Lake County: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K: MacPhee hasn’t shown any consistency this year after the Indians picked him in the 13th round last season. He only played in six games with Mahoning last season, sporting a .143 average, and has backed that up with a .215 average this year in 29 games. He only has one double, one triple, and after Tuesday, two homers, so he’s not exactly the power punch you want in a corner outfielder.
  • Shawn Morimando: SP, Lake County: W (2-1), 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 4 K: Morimondo has put together two outstanding starts together in which he’s gone 10 innings (five each), giving up nine hits, two earned runs, a walk and five K’s. Last season’s 19th round selection was a high school selection, and he’s playing his first full season in professional baseball, so it will be interesting to see if he can maintain this level of play through the end of the season. He’s a marginal prospect right now, but is certainly someone to keep an eye on.

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