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Around the Farm: June 14th, 2012

Around the Farm: June 14th, 2012
June 15, 2012
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Around the Farm is a daily morning column that originated at the IPI and 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.

Corey Kluber (SP, Columbus): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K.

Kluber was on his A-game last night as he threw 62 of his 88 pitches for strikes (70.5%) and he limited Gwinnett to just five total baserunners in his seven innings of work. He looks like he has gotten onto another bit of a roll after a two start hiccup on May 15th and 21st when he combined to go 6.0 innings and allow 12 runs (9 earned) on 13 hits and 5 walks. Since then he has allowed just 6 earned runs in his last four outings covering 25.2 innings (2.10 ERA). Overall this season Kluber has pitched well and has rebounded well from his disappointing 2011 campaign as he has allowed three earned runs or less in 10 of his 13 outings this year and has gone 6.0 or more innings in each of his last four starts.

Bo Greenwell (OF, Carolina): 1-for-3, RBI, BB, K.

This was Greenwell’s first game action of the season as he was just activated from extended spring training yesterday. He had been in Arizona rehabbing from offseason knee surgery after tearing the ACL in his knee at the end of September last year for the second time in his career. It will be interesting to see how he is handled as with outfielder Tim Fedroff being moved up to Triple-A Columbus earlier in the week, there is a vacant starting outfield opening at Double-A Akron. Whether the Indians plan on moving Greenwell up to Akron once he shows he has kicked off the rust, or if they will move up someone like Tyler Holt or Jeremie Tice, that all remains to be seen. No matter what, Greenwell will either be filling in for someone at Akron or someone else will be filling in and then Greenwell will fill in for that player at Carolina.

  • Cord Phelps (2B, Columbus): 2-for-4, R. Phelps continues to play well of late and is currently enjoying a modest 9-game hitting streak where he is 13-for-31 (.419) over that stretch.
  • Jared Goedert (DH, Columbus): 1-for-3, R, BB. A solid night for Goedert as he reached base twice in four plate appearances, but since his Herculean effort on June 5th when he went 4-for-4 with 2 HR and 9 RBI he is just 6-for-29 (.207) at the plate with 1 HR and 1 RBI in 8 games.
  • Russ Canzler (1B, Columbus): 1-for-4, R, HR, 4 RBI, 2 K. Canzler’s two out grand slam home run in the top of the sixth inning accounted for all the offense in the game for both teams. Even with the grand slam he is still hitting a disappointing .256/.307/.386 in 61 games this season.
  • Dan Wheeler (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. I appreciate the long career Wheeler has had, but at this point in time why are the Indians even still bothering with him? There are several relievers at Double-A Akron deserving of a callup and to take Wheeler’s spot (Stowell for one).
  • Akron lineup: 7-for-39, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 14 K. The lineup did not have it last night, though they were facing a pitcher who was pitching at the top of his game. The lineup is littered with guys that have no big league future, but they collectively play well and are finding a way to win on a consistent basis.
  • Nick Weglarz (LF – Akron): 1-for-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 3 K. Weglarz’s 2-run homer in the fourth inning was literally all the offense that Akron could muster and it helped carry them until they broke through for a run in the 12th inning.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, Perez was his customary self by working the count and getting on base in three of five plate appearances. His approach has been much more sound of late, and while his batting average is a poor .224 on the season he also has a very good on-base percentage (.360).
  • Paolo Espino (SP, Akron): 5.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. That was another typical workman-like outing for Espino as he was touched up for 10 hits in his 5.2 innings, but he limited the walks and almost came away with a quality start as he fell one out short.
  • Loek Van Mil (RP, Akron): 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Van Mil has been sensational since being acquired by the Indians a few weeks ago. He has now thrown 19.0 innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits, and 19 strikeouts. He is another guy that deserves a shot in Columbus right now.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Carolina): 2-for-4, R, 2B, K. Wow did Aguilar need a game like last night. Mired in a 3-for-28 slump, he responded well and hopefully has broken out of his funk offensively.
  • Jake Lowery (C, Carolina): 0-for-4, 3 K. Lowery has now struck out in 42 of his 51 games this season, and he has 64 strikeouts in 182 at bats.
  • Francisco Jimenez (SP, Carolina): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Jimenez went out and had a subpar outing, He continues to fill in and pitch well in long relief and be a valuable short term depth option.
  • Tyler Sturdevant (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. It is great to have Sturdevant back as he has now made four appearances and not allowed a run in 6.0 shutout innings. If he can prove healthy he could be a bullpen option for the Indians later in the year.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Lake County): 0-for-7, R, BB, 4 K. That is about as ugly a stat line you will ever see from a player. After a hot start to his season Rodriguez has really scuffled the past four to five weeks.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Lake County): 1-for-2, R, 2B, RBI, 6 BB, 1 K. Getting six walks in one game is pretty damn impressive, and that is exactly what Lindor did. In all he reached base seven of eight times.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Lake County): 4-for-8, 2 R, 2B, K. Smith continues to play well as he is hitting 16-for-42 in his last 10 games, which puts him at a .381 clip during that stretch.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Lake County): 3-for-6, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB. That is now three straight multi-hit games for Sabourin, and it looks like his recent slump may be over.
  • Elvis Araujo (SP, Lake County): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 K. Araujo has been inconsistent all season as he recently put up back-to-back starts where he has allowed 12 total runs in 5.0 innings. In those 5.0 innings he has allowed 10 hits, 5 walks and has 1 strikeouts.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Another dominating performance from Mr. Sides who now has pitched in 18 games and allowed 19 hits, 4 runs, 0 home runs, and 11 walks with 34 strikeouts in 34.1 innings.

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