Around the Farm: June 17, 2013
Chun Hsiu Chen: 1B, Columbus Clippers: 2-for-4, 1 2B:
Chen was the only member of the Indians’ minor league organization with multiple hits on Monday night, and that alone nabs him the top ATF spot all by himself. Chen’s been playing extremely well of late, and he’s been buoyed by a power surge that saw him launch three homers in consecutive nights last week. Ironically enough though, Chen hit his first double since June 3, and only his third double since joining the Clippers on May 19. Chen had 30 doubles with Akron last year, and has 13 overall this year after hitting ten for the Aeros to start the year off.
- Jeremy Hermida: DH, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K: If you’re looking at Hermida’s stat line trying to figure out why he made ATF on Monday night, it’s because only two players for the Clippers had hits. He was one of them.
- Clay Rapada: RP, Columbus: 1 IP: Rapada is a lefty. That is good. Rapada made 70 appearances for the Yankees in 2012, covering 38 1/3 innings, striking out 38 and walking 17, with a 2.82 ERA. That is also good. He has been a fairly solid LOOGY over his career, and that’s what the Indians need. We’ll see if and when he gets called up, and he will.
- Chris Jakubauskas: RP, Columbus: 2/3 IP, 1 H: Since the Indians acquired him in June, he’s made six appearances covering a total of seven innings, and he’s given up four hits and a walk, while he’s struck out six.
- Jerry Gil: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 K: Gil was dominant. He threw eight pitches, six of which were strikes. There’s not a whole lot of mystery to his game. He throws hard, and while his pitches tend to be flat, he can throw it by slow bats.
- Luis Lugo: SP, Mahoning Valley: L (0-1), 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 K, 1 HR: Lugo, the 25th ranked prospect here at IBI, was the hard luck loser in the Scrappers debut. The 19-year old should be an interesting watch this year because of his age, the fact that he’s a southpaw, and his nice upside.
- James Stokes: RP, Mahoning Valley: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 K: Stokes starts his second season at short season Mahoning with a nice start. The tall, 6’6” righty isn’t a top prospect, but could be interesting over the course of the season. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011, so perhaps there’s some upside heading into 2013.
- Nellie Rodriguez: 1B, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-3, 1 K: Rodriguez is definitely an intriguing prospect, but 2013 has been a struggle for the big first baseman. After playing 47 games at Lake County and hitting .194 with a homer and 53 K’s, he was sent to short season Mahoning Valley to hopefully regroup. We’ll see if he can improve his contact. Remember, he just turned 19.
- Martin Cervenka: C, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 K: Cervenka, a prospect born in the Czech Republic started the year off in Lake County and struggled in a 15-game sample size, striking out 17 times vs. only 7 walks.
- Organizational Offense: 8-for-59, 3 2B, 6 BB, 18 K: On a night in which Mahoning Valley debuted, and only two affiliates played overall, there wasn’t much to give with regards to offense. Not a good night for ATF.
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It is concerning to see Dillon Howard still on the AZL team roster. Maybe it's an injury / attitude... I haven't heard a thing about him - he is definately an enigma. But he will soon be 21 and time (development) is quickly slipping away.
Definitely wonder what's going on with Howard. Pitching in rookie ball in his age-20 season is not a good sign, whether it be attitude/development or injury related.