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Around the Farm: June 21, 2012 - Jesus is the "Future"

Around the Farm: June 21, 2012 - Jesus is the "Future"
June 22, 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.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Carolina): 3-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB.

Aguilar kicked off the second half of the High-A season with a very good game and his 8th homer of the season. The home runs are maybe a little lower than some people expected at this point in the season, but that is not much of a concern to me as he has hit at least ten balls off the outfield wall this season and has really put up some consistent at bats the entire season. His approach has been better as well as while he is striking out at about the same clip, he is drawing more walks, making more consistent, hard contact, and most importantly he is not expanding the zone on offspeed pitches to the outer part of the plate as much as he did last season. Those are good strides - albeit small ones - that serve as the building block to an offensive explosion that could soon be coming. Also, congrats to him on his selection yesterday to the Futures Game.

Luis Lugo (SP, AZL Indians): 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K.

Lugo continues to pitch well this season as he has been near lights out all through extended spring training as well. He just turned 18-years old in March, is left-handed, and is already 6’5” and 200 pounds, so there is definitely some intriguing youth and size with which to build upon as a prospect. He was the IPI’s 2nd ranked Latin prospect coming into the season, and I had him pegged as a guy that could really break out this season. He has the stuff to be a high end pitching prospect, and if he has a good, consistent showing in the Arizona Summer League I think there is a great chance he could vault himself into the Indians’ top 20 prospect ranking going into next season. Of course, the key to that usually hinges on health.

  • Cord Phelps (2B, Columbus): 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB. Phelps has had a solid season in Columbus and in some ways has become a forgotten man with Jason Kipnis playing like an All Star in Cleveland. In 67 games this season he has 29 extra base hits.
  • Russ Canzler (LF, Columbus): 0-for-4, K. Canzler has been blazing hot of late, but the Knights cooled him off in this one. It will be interesting to see if he is able to maintain his better play of late once his bat cools off.
  • Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 K. Fedroff racked up his third straight multi-hit game and is now 9-for-14 in his last three games. He is now hitting .381/.442/.524 in 12 games with Columbus.
  • Chris Seddon (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. Seddon continues to put up quality start after quality start for Columbus as he has now gone 6.0 innings or more in ten straight starts and has seven quality starts during that span.
  • Frank Herrmann (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. Herrmann blew the save with two outs in the 8th inning and then lost the game in the 10th inning. As the Indians continue to add relievers off the waiver wire and as free agents, it is becoming clear the Indians no longer value him very much.
  • Jordan Henry (CF, Akron): 1-for-5. Henry has had a rough go of it so far in his return from injury as he is just 4-for-25 at the plate in 9 games with no extra base hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts.
  • Adam Abraham (1B, Akron): 2-for-4, R, 2B. After a brutal stretch of games in June where he is hitting .147/.266/.250 in 20 games this month, Abraham is showing signs of coming out of it as he is 4-for-9 with no strikeouts in his last 3 games.
  • Giovanni Soto (SP, Akron): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. Not one of his better outings of the season as he really struggled with his command (42 strikes, 38 balls), but he found a way to survive and get through 5.0 innings and was actually in line for the win when he came out.
  • Kyle Landis (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K, BS. Landis has been on a roll all season and is really having a good year, though he has stumbled a little in his last two outings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk in 3.1 innings.
  • Bryce Stowell (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K. After not allowing a walk in his first 10 outings, Stowell has now allowed at least one walk in three of his last four outings. He is still striking out hitters at a great rate with 29 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.
  • Carolina offense: 18-for-39, 7 R, 6 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. What a balanced showing from the Mudcats lineup as everyone in the lineup recorded a hit, 8 batters had multi-hit games, 7 different players scored a run, and 5 different players recorded a double. That’s what I call a team effort.
  • Tony Wolters (SS, Carolina): 2-for-3, R, 2 2B, BB, K. Wolters got off to a good start in his first game in the second half, something which he needed considering the .130/.231/.159 start he got off to in April.
  • Bo Greenwell (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, RBI, K. This was only Greenwell’s third game back since his return from injury, but he is off to a good start hitting .364 (4-for-11).
  • Danny Salazar (SP, Carolina): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Salazar has had an interesting year and he has now made 7 straight starts where he has gone 2.1 to 3.0 innings an outing. He is under a strict pitch count, but even under such restrictions he has put forth a good season (27.0 IP, 26 H, 0 HR, 11 BB, 25 K).
  • Jordan Cooper (RP, Carolina): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Cooper has really pitched well in his long relief role this year. He had a hiccup right before the All Star break where he allowed 6 runs and 12 hits in 8.0 innings over two outings, but it is good to see him back to form after the break.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, R, 2B, BB, SB. Ramirez is a sleeper prospect in the Indians organization that is small in stature but has some interesting hitting and fielding tools at second base. He was promoted to Low-A Lake County after the game (Robel Garcia is coming down to the Valley).
  • Jeremy Lucas (C, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-4, K. Making his pro debut, Lucas was unable to get a hit or get on base in four at bats. The Indians are still breaking in all of the new 2012 draftees, so he will probably sit out on Friday.
  • Aaron Siliga (CF, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-3, BB. Siliga started in center field in place of 1st round pick Tyler Naquin. Naquin sat because the Indians are still ramping him up to full game activities. Siliga is now 1-for-11 in the young season in 4 games.
  • Ryan Merritt (SP, Mahoning Valley): 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Merritt is an interesting sleeper prospect in the Indians organization and a guy the Indians have been happy with his development to date. He struggled in his Scrappers’ debut, but good things are expected from him going forward.
  • Cody Penny (RP, Mahoning Valley): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K. Penny made his pro debut and did not allow an earned run in his 1.2 innings of work. He gave up a lot of baserunners (4), but was able to limit the damage to 1 unearned run.
  • Tyler Booth (CF, AZL Indians): 1-for-5. Booth made his pro debut and got 1 hit in 5 at bats. He is another player being eased into full game activities, so he may not even play the next game.
  • Jorge Martinez (3B, AZL Indians): 3-for-4, R, 2 2B, 2 BB. This was a monster (and much needed) game from Martinez, a player that is in the AZL for the third straight season. At this point he is expected to produce and force the Indians to move him up to Mahoning Valley or Lake County.
  • Brian Ruiz (RF, AZL Indians): 0-for-4. Even though Ruiz was a 2011 Draft pick and has been in the organization for almost a year, this was his pro debut. There have been a lot of debuts between the AZL and Mahoning Valley the past few days and still more to come.
  • Alexis Paredes (RP, AZL Indians): 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. A nice 2012 debut for the right-handed Paredes who has pitched the previous two seasons in the Dominican Summer League.
  • Isaias Encarnacion (RP, AZL Indians): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 0 K. Encarnacion is like a lot of pitchers at the rookie level that are trying to develop their command. He pitched the previous three seasons in the DSL, a sign of limited prospect value, and his 3 walks in 1.0 inning are an early indicator of control problems.

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User Comments

June 23, 2012 - 3:21 PM EDT
I think Aguilar stays until mid-July...just a hunch...
June 22, 2012 - 6:20 PM EDT
Ambriz and Herrmann are different scenarios. Ambriz was released, so teams simply could just sign him to a minor league contract. If the Indians DFAed him, a team would have to pick him up off waivers and then add him to their 40-man roster (Ambriz wasn't added to his new teams' 40-man roster). If Herrmann clears waivers, then the Indians still own him. I think there is a decent chance if the Indians wanted to DFA Herrmann (I don't think they go that route right now) that he clears.
Buddy O'Toole
June 22, 2012 - 5:56 PM EDT
Ambiz got picked up in a day when the Tribe cut him loose. How long do you think it would take for a team to take a chance on Herrmann if the Tribe has lost interest?
June 22, 2012 - 10:49 AM EDT
Tice was promoted to Akron today, so I would be surprised to see Aguilar pushed up anytime soon. I'm with you on Haase though....lots of athleticism and ways he can impact a game. Hope he is one of those overlooked high school talents because of lack of playing time in midwest.
June 22, 2012 - 9:02 AM EDT
With the trading of Beau Mills, I would expect Aguilar to be promoted to Akron.

I've been hoping for a bit more from Eric Haase. As a northern HS player, I know he might require more development than typical HS players. Maybe he can get to Mahoning before the end of the short season.

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