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Around the Farm: June 30

Around the Farm: June 30
July 1, 2011
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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.

Brett Brach - SP, Kinston: 8 IP, 5 H, 3 K.
One of the feel good stories of the season has been the emergence of Brett Brach. He's not an overpowering pitcher who is going to blow batters away and rack up the K count. But in 16 appearances (14 starts), he's pitched a total of 86.1 innings, allowing 63 hits and having an ERA of 2.61 (25 ER/R). He's walked 26 batters and struck out 54, as opposing hitters have an average of .205 against him. Brach has one complete game under his belt, as well.

Mike Rayl - SP, Lake County: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 7 K. The other impressive starter who has been a sleeper has been Mike Rayl. In 13 starts this season, he's pitched a combined 64.2 innings, allowing 40 hits and having an impressive 1.53 ERA (11 ER/13 R). Even more impressive is his strike out to walk ratio of 70 K/10 BB. Opposing hitters are hitting .175 off of him.
  • Ezequiel Carrera - CF, Columbus: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, BB. Night in and night out, Carerra produces and I'm really growing impatient waiting to see him get called up.
  • Jason Kipnis - 2B, Columbus: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K. Kipnis continues to rake and shows no signs of letting up.
  • Luis Valbuena - SS, Columbus: 2-4, R. What more does the kid need to do to get noticed? There's no reason why he doesn't belong in Cleveland.
  • Scott Barnes - SP, Columbus: (W, 7-2) 7.1 IP, 3 H, ER/2 R, BB, 5 K. Barnes has become an intriguing prospect and a potential trade piece if the Indians decided to trade for a bat at the deadline.
  • Nick Hagadone - RP, Columbus: 1.2 IP, 2 K. Nice outing by Hagadone who has rebounded in his past few outings.
  • Jordan Henry - DH, Akron: 3-4, R, RBI, K, SB. Henry is Mr. Consistent and has provided more than the stats can show to the Aeros lineup.
  • Nick Weglarz - LF, Akron: 2-4, R, 2B. Weglarz has been in a deep slump in his last ten games, hitting only .143.
  • Kelvin De La Cruz - SP, Akron: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER/R, 8 K, HR. Just when you thought De La Cruz has turned the corner, he has an outing like this. The one impressive thing that came from this outing is the fact that he didn't walk a batter and struck out 8.
  • Adam Abraham - 3B, Kinston: 2-3, 2B, BB, K, SB. The K-Tribe again struggled to get things going offensively, but Abraham's bat came to play.
  • Jesus Aguilar - 1B, Lake County: 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K. Aguilar's power potential is one of the most promising within our organization in quite some time and it's extremely encouraging that he's also been able to hold a .284 average with the power.
  • Bryson Myles - RF, Mahoning Valley: 1-4, 2 R, SB. Myles and the rest of the Mahoning Valley offense continues to dominate opponents.
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).

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