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Around the Farm: June 15, 2013

Around the Farm: June 15, 2013
June 16, 2013
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Danny Salazar (Columbus SP)- 5 IP, 2 R(ER), 8 K’s- Perhaps the most electric arm in the system posted a very solid start Saturday night. While limited to 88 pitches Salazar went deep enough to earn a win and show off his special stuff. Only four base runners in five innings and eight strikeouts is a very strong start. Who knows whether injuries will eventually force Salazar to the bullpen but either way he is incredibly interesting to follow.

Cord Phelps (Columbus 1B)- 3-4, 1 R - A second straight big night for the super utility, four-A player. After Cord’s hot spring it looked as if he would finally cement himself as a major-league bench guy but he continues to struggle to establish himself on the Indians roster. Alas, any organizational production is good production.

Lonnie Chisenhall (Columbus 3B)- 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Another player who has struggled to establish himself at the big-league level continues to wreak havoc on International League pitching. With Reynolds' struggles, no doubt Chisenhall will be on his way to Cleveland again sometime soon.

  • Chun Chen (Columbus DH)- 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - Chen seams to continually fill the stat sheet somehow and even on a one hit night, found a way to contribute.
  • Clay Rapada (Columbus LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H - A good outing as the Indians staff will constantly be monitoring how soon the Tribe can replace Rich Hill.
  • Jose Ramirez (Akron SS) 0-3, 1 RBI, BB -Ramirez still snuck his way on base in an empty outing.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron 1B) -1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB - Two things you love to see from Aguilar: hitting for power and taking free passes. Aguilar is an interesting player with some upside but it is clear that his power will dictate whether he can make an impact at the big league level so nights like these are important.
  • Carlos Moncrief (Akron CF) -2-4, 1 2B,1 HR, 1 RBI - Of the multitude of young guys at new levels this season, Moncrief has been one of the most impressive. This trend continued Friday night as his average sits at .289 with 9 homeruns.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Akron 3B) -2-4, 2B - 8 of 9 Akron position players had hits including this strong outing from Urshela.
  • Quincy Latimore (Akron RF)-2-4, 1 R, 2 2B - Latimore like the rest of the lineup was productive on Saturday night.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron SP) - 5.1 IP, 3 H, 7 K’s, 3 BB  - A very good performance from Cooper, someone who was well profiled by the IBI’s Stephanie Metzger.
  • C.C. Lee (Akron RP)- 2 IP, 3 K’s - The best outing out of the many strong relievers throughout the system last night belonged to Lee.
  • Tyler Naquin, Game 1 (Carolina CF)-2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, K - Naquin continued to producedand while his strikeout rate is concerning, his results so far have been positive. One wonders how long it will be before he is called up to Akron.
  • Francisco Lindor, Game 1 (Carolina SS) - 2-4, 2 R, RBI, Lindor has been incredible, there is not much more insight I can add other than to say that he looks like the real deal. A consummate professional, who has the skill and the drive to be an impact major leaguer.
  • Joe Wendle, Game 1 (Carolina 2B) -2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Wendle is one of my favorite prospects to follow because he just continues to hit. He has at points been too old for his level but his production should draw more interest than it does.
  • Mudcat’s Offense, Game 2- 7-27, 1 R.The second game showed the Mudcat’s potent offense go quiet.
  • Francisco Jimenez, Game 2 (Carolina RP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB. Jimenez was solid in terms of run prevention but not particularly dominant. He just managed to work out of trouble.
  • Dorssys Paulino, Game 1 (Lake County SS) -2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI - As highlighted by Jim Piascik, Paulino’s production has continued to increase from month to month as the weather warms. What is more is that he appears to be adjusting and improving something you always like to see when a young player struggles early.
  • Eric Haase, Game 1 (Lake County C)-2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Haase showed the sort of power you like to see behind the dish.
  • Yhoxian Medina, Game 1 (Lake County 2B) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B. Medina has shown good plate discipline and has had success offensively in Lake County since his demotion from Carolina.
  • Jake Sisco, Game 1 (Lake County SP)- 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K’s- While he sneaked out with limited damage, the walks are a huge concern as his control must improve as he continues to develop.
  • Jorge Martinez, Game 2 (Lake County RF)-2-3, 1 R, 1 2B - Martinez has struggled mightily in his exposure to full season but his Saturday night proved to be productive.
  • Jeremy Lucas, Game 2 (Lake County DH) 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Lucas helped provide enough offense for the Captains to steal a doubleheader sweep.

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User Comments

MT88 in WI
June 16, 2013 - 2:36 PM EDT
I believe Luigi Rodriguez is in Carolina at this point so they have CF covered once Naquin gets promoted.
June 16, 2013 - 9:42 AM EDT
I would be shocked if Naquin is not promoted after the All Star break this week. And if not then, if he does not join Akron after their All Star break in 3 weeks. He's moving up very soon.
June 16, 2013 - 9:39 AM EDT
Jordan Smith got his second start in CF yesterday for Carolina. I wonder if that experiment has anything to do with a Naquin promotion? L-Rod and Myles are also on the roster and can both handle CF, so the more interesting situation is probably seeing whether Holt or Hunter loses playing time in Akron.

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