Around the Farm: June 7, 2012
Around the Farm was originated here at Indians Prospect Insider, and 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.
Steven Wright: SP, Akron Aeros: W (5-2), 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 5 BB, 6 K:
Wright was dominant on Thursday night, continued a break-out season in which his knuckleball has gone from a interesting quirk to an effective pitch. Wright took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a double to break it up with one out. Another double ended the shutout. The Aeros would score two runs in the bottom of the inning though, to give Wright the win. Wright really has been the best starter in the system this season. He’s made ten starts, with only one bad one to date. He’s 5-2, with a 1.67 ERA. He’s pitched in 59 1/3 innings, giving up only 38 hits and 14 runs (11 earned runs), with 28 walks and 54 K’s. Now, before you worry too much about the walks, remember, he’s a knuckleball pitcher, that comes with the territory. I really have a feeling that Wright is going to move quickly once he proves he’s healthy. He has a pitch that has proven effective in the bigs over the years when it’s been perfected, and it’s fairly clear that Wright has done just that.
Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Carolina Mudcats: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI:
A lot of attention has been paid to Tony Wolters recovering from his slump, but Ronny Rodriguez may be the one to watch. He currently has a five game hit streak, and has hits in 9-of-10. Over his past ten games, he’s gone 12-for-35, with eight runs, a double, a homer and six RBI. Over his past five games, he’s gone 8-for-17, with six runs scored. There are several scouts that think that Rodriguez is a better prospect up the middle than even Wolters. I still think they are closer to equal, but it should be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Tyler Cannon: C, Carolina Mudcats: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI:
Cannon really has struggled this season, batting .211 in six games in April, and following it up with a .191 average in May in 16 games. Perhaps Cannon is going to really warm up in the summer months. Cannon is primarily playing catcher, and it’s clear that it’s hurt him offensively. But since June 1st, he’s gone 6-for-10, with four runs, two doubles, a homer and six RBI. Cannon can hit, and perhaps this is just a case of in which he’s getting reacquainted to a position before he can take off offensively.
- Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 1-for-3, R, BB, K, SB (9): Carrera is slowly starting to gain resemble the guy that more or less took Columbus by storm last season. Carrera is on a current five-game hit streak in which he’s gone 9-for-17, with six runs, a homer, three RBI, three walks and two stolen bases. While I think we all can agree he isn’t a major league starter, perhaps he’s a better option than Aaron Cunningham.
- Jason Donald: 2B, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 K: Donald may be the best player on the Clippers’ roster right now. Like Carrera, I’m not sure if he’s a legit major leaguer, or just a utility guy, but he really should be on a major league roster. I think many of his ills come with an understanding of his role. Unfortunately, he’s never really done much to garner a role of any sort.
- Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 RBI: Fedroff made his 2012 Triple A debut with a run-scoring single, the only RBI of the game for the Clippers. His move to the Clippers was long overdue.
- Corey Kluber: SP, Columbus: L (4-6), 6 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K: The first thing that stands out is the eleven hits he gave up, and the three walks with it. Still, he managed to only give up three runs, with only one earned. He definitely has control issues (25 walks in 53 innings), and may be best suited to a bullpen role.
- Cody Allen: RP, Columbus: 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K: Allen continued his back-and-forth with good and bad, with his good outing. Allen has done an interesting back and forth since a May sixth shutout performance, followed by back-to-back run scoring appearances. Since then, he’s alternated a shutout game with a game in which he’s given up a run over his next seven appearances, including tonights. Consistency gets him to Cleveland, period.
- Chris Ray: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB: Ray has pitched well this season, and particularly well over his last ten games. He’s gone 0-3, but only given up nine hits and two earned runs over that time period. Of course, he’s walked seven, and struck out nine…so it is what it is.
- Bryan Price: RP, Akron: S (2), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Price has had a solid year all around, but has been particularly effective over his past four outings. He’s gone 7 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Overall, he’s 2-1, with a 2.43 ERA, and two saves.
- Trevor Crowe: CF, Akron: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Crowe has taken over the lead-off and centerfield positions over at Akron, while Tim Fedroff has moved on to Columbus. Tyler Holt must be ready to explode in Carolina. That said, Crowe can play, he just has to stay healthy. He’s 3-for-7 in his two games.
- Chun-Hsiu Chen: DH, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 K: Chen continues to play well offensively, and also continues to not hit for power. He has back-to-back two hit games, but they really aren’t impact at bats. Where is the power Chen?
- Juan Diaz: SS, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Diaz launched a home run in the seventh inning of Thursday night’s ballgame to tie the score at one. He has a three-game hit streak since he returned from Cleveland, in which he’s gone 5-for-13, with three runs, a homer and two RBI. He’s struck out five times without a walk, but you give and you take.
- Ben Copeland: LF, Akron: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 SB (6): Copeland is a non-factor at this point, hitting .189 for the season.
- Anthony Gallas: DH, Carolina: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K: Gallas has been in a free-fall since May started. He hit .326 in April, but really fell into a hole since early May. He could be waking up though, having gone 3-for-6 in his last two games, with two runs and a triple.
- Justin Toole: 1B, Carolina: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Toole has played extremely well for the Mudcats, but really gets no praise whatsoever. He’s gone 8-for-25 over the past ten games, scoring eight runs, with a double, two triples, a homer, four RBI and four walks.
- Delvi Cid: LF, Carolina: 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Cid has mostly been used as a pinch runner over the past ten games, but he has played substantial time in five games, and has gone 6-for-17 during that stretch, with three runs, a triple and a home run.
- Michael Goodnight: SP, Carolina: W (2-6), 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K: Goodnight has really scuffled over his last three starts, giving up 24 hits and 12 runs in 19 innings. He was a different pitcher on Thursday night. Again, it’s all about replication.
- Jordan Cooper: RP, Carolina: 1 IP, 2 K: Cooper has been outstanding over his last seven starts, going 15 2/3 innings, giving up 11 hits and one earned run, while walking only three, and striking out 15 batters. Go figure, another good bullpen arms.
- Shawn Armstrong: RP, Carolina: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K: Armstrong has been less than perfect over the past few appearances. He was perfect in April, really good in May, and has struggled in June. Even in a shut-out appearance, there was still that walk and hit. He’s got to even things out.
- Luigi Rodriguez: CF, Lake County: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K: Rodriguez hasn’t been playing well offensively, so this was a good sign. He’s got hits in eight out of ten game, but this is his first multi-hit game in the streak. The three-hits only upped his ten game average to .233.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 1-for-1, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB (14): Lindor got on base, but he’s still not hitting the ball. He’s only gone 7-for-38 over his past ten games, but has scored six runs. He can still be effective when he’s not playing well…and his defense is insane.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 1-for-5, 1 2B: Sabourin continues to hit the ball. Sure, it was only one hit, but he’s hitting .325, with five runs and four doubles and five RBI. He has four walks as well.
- Bryson Myles: RF, Lake County: 0-for-3, 2 K: There’s nothing much to say about Myles here except that he’s working his way back, and didn’t get hurt on Wednesday.
- Shawn Morimando: SP, Lake County: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K: Morimando has been struggling over his past two starts, but righted the ship on Thursday. It wasn’t perfect, but he absolutely was in command of his pitches, and of the game.
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