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Around the Farm: June 17

Around the Farm: June 17
June 18, 2011
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Cole Cook
(Photo: Lake County)

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.

Cole Cook: SP, Lake County Captains: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, L (2-8):

Cook is a big right-hander (6'6", 215 lb) drafted in the fifth round in the 2010 draft. Cook has really struggled in his first full season in the Indians organization out of the starting roll for Lake County.  Last night's start was his best since back-to-back games in early May, and was likely his best start of the season.  While he doesn't live in the land of 95 MPH, he can touch the gun at 95 on occasion, but his fastball generally sits at 89-91, as he uses his height to create his advantages.  It will be curious to see if he can warm up a bit this summer, or if the Tribe will move him, as expected, into a relief role.

  • Ezequeil Carrera: CF, Columbus: 2-5, 2 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 2 K: Carrera has a seven game hit streak, and is hitting .357 over his past ten games.
  • Shelley Duncan: 1B, Columbus: 2-3, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB: Duncan is only batting .231 since his demotion to Columbus, but does have a modest three-game hit streak.
  • Nick Johnson: DH, Columbus:1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K: Johnson has had a hit in six of his seven games in Columbus, but he's yet to have a multi-hit ballgame. While I certainly hope his performance improves, I just don't see the fit on the big league club.
  • Jared Head: LF, Columbus: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K: Head continues his outstanding 2011 campaign with yet another multi-hit game. He's hitting 313 for the year, and .375 over his last seven.
  • Corey Kluber: SP, Columbus: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 5 K, W (4-4): This is about what you'd expect from Kluber at this point.  He rarely dominates, but often puts up a solid performance.
  • Zach Putnam: RP, Columbus: Putnam has given up three runs in his past 1 1/3 innings.
  • Josh Judy: Closer, Columbus: 1 2/3, 1 BB, 3 K, S (9): Judy has only given up two runs since May 13th.
  • Jason Donald: SS, Akron: 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB: Donald has a hit in each of his three games since coming off the disabled list.  It will be interesting to see where he fits in the organization now, with Cord Phelps in Cleveland, and Valbuena and Kipnis playing so well in Columbus.
  • Beau Mills: 1B, Akron: 2-4, 1 R: Every day Mills shows up on ATF is a good day for the Indians' organization,. and this is starting to become a regular deal.  Mills has been nothing short of outstanding with the bat since coming off the DL.  He's currently hitting .295 for the season, and has a .341/.372/.537 line over his last ten games.
  • Austin Adams: SP, Akron: 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K, L (5-6): Adams has had worst performances than this, but he still needs to find more consistency before he's promoted.
  • Chen Lee: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 3K: Lee adds his two perfect innings two a month of June in which he's only given up two hits in his eight innings of relief.
  • Chase Burnette: 1B, Kinston: 2-3: Burnette had two of Kinston three hits last night.
  • Rob Bryson: RP, Kinston: 1 1/3, 2 K: Bryson was absolutely dominating in his second appearance for Kinston, pitching 1 1/3 innings of perfect baseball in some mop-up work.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Lake County: 2-4, 1 K: Aguilar has been one of the hottest hitters in the Indians' organization, with a line of .394/.444/.576 in his past ten games. This kid has been one of the bright spots so far this season, and is a real sleeper as far as prospects go.  He does strike out a bit too much, but there's a boatload of power.
  • Bryson Myles: OF, Mahoning Valley: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB: Barely a week ago, the Indians selected Myles as their sixth round pick.  Four days ago, Myles signed a deal.  Last night, Myles had his first professional hit, and his first professional stolen base.  Many feel that Myles could have been a steal, saying that there's a certain "Kirby Puckett-ness" about him.
  • Alex Lavisky: C, Mahoning Valley: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K: Welcome to Mahoning Valley, Mr. Lavisky.  With Jake Lowery on the roster, Lavisky will likely get pushed to excel at the catcher position, which is exactly what he did last night.  It's good to see the young prospect with .500 next to his name, rather than .200.  It seems as though the fresh start may be good for Lavisky.
  • Anthony Dischler: RP, Mahoning Valley: 2 IP, 2 K: Dischler struggled in April with Lake County, but rebounded nicely in his first appearance for Mahoning Valley, pitching a perfect two innings of relief.

Follow Tony and the Indians Prospect Insider on Twitter @TonyIPI. Also, his latest book the 2011 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects & More is available for purchase for $20.95 to customers in the US (shipping and handling extra).

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

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