Around the Farm: June 30, 2012
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.
Jose Ramirez: 2B, Lake County Captains: 5-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB:
If you don’t know anything about Ramirez, you won’t be the only one, but this kid is not-so-slowly starting to make a name for himself at Lake County. He raked in a three-game stint at Mahoning Valley, and was quickly moved to Lake County in essentially a swap for Robel Garcia. It appears to be the right move, as Ramirez has just shredded Midwest League pitching so far. In his eight games, this will be his fourth multi-hit game. The irony is that other than those four multi-hit games, he has gone hitless, evening out his overall performance. In his last six games, he’s gone 11-for-26, with six runs, two doubles, two RBI, two walks, four K’s and a stolen base. The middle infielder hit .325 last season in the Arizona Rookie League, so it’s distinctly possible he could turn into a solid-if-not-spectacular prospect if he can maintain that consistency, and that outstanding professional bat (7 BB:17 K in 48 rookie league games).
Chun-Hsiu Chen: 1B, Akron Aeros: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K:
Chen is now third in the Eastern league in batting with a .322 average, fourth in OBP, second in doubles, fourth in hits, ninth in runs, and having a season that could very well end up with Chen taking home the league MVP award. Now, I realize that means nothing, but you have to admit that Chen’s hot hitting is starting to get a bit exciting at this stage of the game as he really has started to pick things up. He’s 15-for-40, with 10 runs, four doubles, a homer and ten RBI over his last ten games. He’s struck out ten times over that stretch, with five walks. I find myself doing a home run dance nightly. If power does show up at some point to say hello, Chen becomes really, really important.
- Trevor Crowe: CF, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B: Crowe scored the only run of the night for the Clippers, and had one of only two hits. I really think that Crowe will find himself in Cleveland before the end of the year, for better or for worst.
- Corey Kluber: SP, Columbus: L (7-7), 7 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: Kluber pitched well until the eighth inning, when he gave up back-to-back-to-back lead-off singles, followed by a sacrifice fly, and another single. After another ground out, he walked former Clippers’ outfielder Jerad Head, and was yanked from the game. When it was all said and done, Kluber gave up five runs in the inning.
- Juan Diaz: SS, Akron: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: So, Diaz will always be known as that guy that got called up for a day, and lasted a week and played better for the Tribe than he ever did in the minors. Well, of late, Diaz is actually playing well. He has a seven-game hit streak in which he’s gone 13-for-42, with eight runs scored, three doubles, a homer and three RBI. He’s also struck out nine times without a walk.
- Thomas Neal: RF/CF, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K: Neal is hitting .308, and continues his onslaught in Double A. Of course, he only had one hit tonight. It does continue his seven-game hit streak, but breaks up his insane six-game multi-hit streak in which he’d gone 14-for-23, with 10 runs, five doubles and three homers. Wow…
- Jeremie Tice: LF, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: I just wish this kid would find his offense at some point in his career. He’s struggled to a six-game hit streak in his first six Double A ballgames. He’s only had four multi-hit games in those six, with only three runs, three doubles, a homer and nine RBI. If only these prospects could be consistent.
- Nick Weglarz: DH, Akron: 2-for-5: Weglarz throws up his third two-hit game in his last six. I would love to see the kid really take off in the second half, and force the Indians to do more with him then just let him go. It will take a monumental season though to do it. I’m not sure he has it in him, but we’ll see. If he’d have started off the season like he’s playing now, he’d likely still be on the 40-man.
- T.J. House: SP, Akron: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K: House has given up 16 earned runs in his last three games, but there are still positives to take from all of his starts. He’s managed to continue to throw strikes and maintain his velocity. Trust me, if this is his floor, he’s made a tremendous amount of growth over the past year. Still, it would be nice to see him give up less runs.
- Jose De La Torre: RP, Akron: W (7-0), 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K: He’s had a game here and there, when he’s given up some runs, but when he’s been on, he’s been very good. I don’t think he’s an elite arm, but his solid year has put him on the map so far this season.
- Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron: S (10), 1 IP: Guilmet struggled to open up the season, but has found his 2011 groove in 2012, having not given up a run since June 6, over nine games and 9 2/3 innings. His ERA over the last ten games is 0.84 ERA.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 SB: Holt still stirs this drink, and he’s hopefully returning to early season form with five hits in his last four games, including a Friday night, three-hit performance.
- Anthony Gallas: RF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 K: Gallas doubled for the 16th and 17th time on Saturday night. His average is up to .265, and now has a four game doubles streak in which he has six total. The most underrated player in the system continues to reclaim his 2011 form.
- Delvi Cid: DH, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 SB: Cid’s 20 stolen bases finds him only two behind league leader Blake Kelso’s 20. Of course, Cid has 20 in only 49 games, while Kelso has 22 in 67. Nobody ever said Cid couldn’t steal bases. His .277 average this season has been a plus, as has his .400 OBP.
- Michael Goodnight: SP, Carolina: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2K: Goodnight pitched a solid game last night, and should have gotten the win, but Jose Flores blew it in relief. In Goodnight’s last two games, he’s gone 14 innings, giving up 15 hits, three runs (all earned), four walks and striking out nine. He’s 0-1 in those two starts. He’s been very, very good this season, but has a 2-8 record to show for it.
- Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Smith is absolutely on fire over his past week of baseball. He is currently on a seven-game hit streak, and has five two-hit games during that stretch. He’s 12-for-27, with five runs, three doubles, five RBI and a couple of walks. He doesn’t have a strikeout during the stretch. Boy, if this kid had any power to speak of, he’d be a top five prospect.
- Alex Monsalve: C, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI: Monsalve’s nine-game hit streak was broken on Friday night, but he picked up right where he left off on Saturday with his fifth two-hit game out of his last nine. He’s hitting .333 over his last ten games, has his overall average up to .260, and now has his career high in homers with six, and it’s not even July yet. Monsalve has that professional bat that so many talk about (33 K:22 BB this year, 1 K/2 BB in the past ten), and he WILL develop into a power hitter. It’s inevitable. I’m saying it now, if he stays healthy, Alex Monsalve will be a sure-fire major leaguer, and an all-star. You heard it here first.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 2-for-4: The Jim Pete Sabourin watch continues. Folks may pay more attention to Matt LaPorta, but not me. I’m all about Sabourin. BRING HIM UP! He has back-to-back multi-hit games, has four in his last ten ballgames, is hitting .308 during the stretch, and has a .289 average overall.
- Jordan Casas: LF, Lake County: 2-for-3, 2 R: Casas is the old man on the team at 24, and has struggled overall this season to a .234 average, and a .255 average at Lake county.
- Jeff Johnson: Closer, Lake County: S (12), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K: Johnson has an electric arm, and has finally started to show it with some consistency over his last four appearances. He still needs to maintain that over long stretches before the Indians take him seriously going forward.
- Luis DeJesus: SP, Mahoning Valley: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K: DeJesus has been dominant since his “demotion” from Lake County to Mahoning Valley. He’s made three starts, and has only given up one earned run, and two total. He’s struck out 13 batters against only two walks, and could be an interesting watch going forward after the Indians drafted him in the 11th round of the 2011 draft.
- Jack Wagoner: RP, Mahoning Valley: H (2), 2 IP, 3 K: Wagoner had struggled in his two previous appearances, but had none of that on Saturday night in his perfect two innings. Wagoner dominated, with three K’s in his two innings.
- Enosil Tejada: Closer, Mahoning Valley: S (2), 1 IP, 1 K: Tejada got busted up in his last appearance, but other than that, has been dominant. He is an interesting pitcher going forward, as he really had a nice season last year in Mahoning. I don’t think he is a plus pitcher in the system, but another one of those interesting guys that could get some movement with added consistency. Yeah, you’ve never heard that before with a minor league guy…
- Joseph Wendle: 3B, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB: Wendle is pretty much having his way with the youth in the New York Penn League. Wendle isn’t going to set anyone on fire with regards to prospect lists, but he’s a guy that plays hard, and has some skills.
- Charlie Valerio: C, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K: Valerio blasted his first home run of his professional career, and has really performed well in his first season above a rookie league. He has four multi-hit games out of his first ten games, and has four extra base hits.
- Juan Romero: DH, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-4, 2 K: I’d hate to say Romero is all or nothing, but, well, he’s all or nothing. He has four homers out of his eight hits, and has struck out 17 times in ten ballgames.
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