Around the Farm: June 9, 2013
Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus Clippers: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI:
Psssst. Terry Francona. Have you noticed this kid Chisenhall? He’s a third baseman, and he’s played big league baseball before. It was even this year. He struggled, and got sent down to Columbus. Since that day, Chisenhall has hit in 19 of 21 games, including a 16 game hit streak that was ended on Saturday. He picked right up where he left off, and then some, with his fourth multi-hit game in five, and his sixth multi-hit game in eight games. He has five doubles, two triples, six homers and 22 RBI overall. He’s hitting over.300 against lefties and righties, and he even has two stolen bases. It’s time to bring the kid up, and let him sink or swim. If he’s a Quad A player, let’s get the experiment over. If he’s clicked in though, it could be time for the former top Tribe prospect to make an impact. He’s certainly doing it for the Clippers.
Chun-Hsiu Chen: 1B, Columbus Clippers: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB:
Chen has clearly found his power stroke, hitting his second homer in as many nights, giving him four on the season with Columbus, and 10 overall, including his stop in Akron. Chen has struggled in Columbus this season, but is continuing a power surge that could make him an interesting prospect should the Indians need a power bat this year, or more likely, next. He’s not a clear cut major leaguer, but his near .500 slugging in Double and Triple A make him someone to keep an eye on for first base or for DH. It’s hard to get a gauge on this guy after his five-homer season in 2012, even though he hit 30 doubles. We’ll see if he can continue to hit the long ball, and raise that average along with it.
- Danny Salazar: SP, Columbus: 1 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R/3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K: Salazar has been getting absolutely pounded over his last three starts. He’s gone 10 1/3 innings, giving up 20 hits, 11 earned runs and five walks, while striking out 12. The hope here is that nothing’s wrong with Salazar, who’s dealt with injuries in the past.
- Cole Cook: RP, Columbus: 2 1/3 IP, 1 BB: Cook made his second appearance with the Clippers, and it was a lot better than the first. He certainly isn’t the first…or second…or third…or fourth guy that you think about when you think about Indians relief prospects, but he doesn’t continually put up solid numbers.
- Chris Jakubauskas: RP, Columbus: 2 IP, 1 K: He’s been light’s out for the Clippers so far, but we are talking about a career minor leaguer who has had three cups of coffee in the big leagues, and at 34, certainly can’t be an option, can he? If only he were a lefty.
- Matt Carson: CF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K: Can someone please tell me how Matt Carson has seven home runs this year? Alright, I take that back. Carson has a history of nice home run seasons in the minors, including a year with 24 and another with 25. He had a big game for Columbus, but it paled compared to some others.
- Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: Phelps hit his 12th and his 13th double of the seasons. He’s still only hitting .253 and he’s likely seen his last real look with the Indians, unless there are massive holes in the infield or utility situations.
- Jeremy Hermida: RF, Columbus: 2-for-6, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2K: The former #1 pick for the Rays is crushing the ball for the Clippers, going 16-for-42 over his last ten games, with hits in nine of his last ten games.
- Matt Lawson: SS, Columbus: 2-for-6, 2 R, 1 2B: You know it’s a good day when Lawson rolls out a multi-hit performance. He came into Sunday’s ballgame going 5-for-27 over his last nine games.
- Chris Wallace: C, Columbus: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Wallace has to be feeling a bit of heat. He hadn’t had a hit since May 27 before Sunday’s game.
- Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Akron: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB: Rodriguez has caught fire. He’s now had three two-hit games in a row, and five multiple hit games over the past nine games. He’s 6-for-12 over the past three, with four runs, a double, a triple, an RBI and two stolen bases. There’s a lot to this kid, but I still see it as a struggle for him to get to the majors with the Indians as a starter. Over his career with the Indians, he’s struck out 208 times, while walking only 37 times. That has to get better. His career OBP is .285, and that just won’t cut it as a major leaguer. He doesn’t have enough power, nor does he have enough speed to compensate for that lack of patience at the plate.
- Carlos Moncrief: RF, Akron: 1-for-4: Moncrief had one of the Aeros five hits, but that’s not why he made it into ATF on Sunday. He improved his season best hit streak to ten games, and has a .405/.457/.571 slash over that stretch of games. The kid can rake, especially when he isn’t striking out every other at bat. Over that ten game stretch, he did strike out eight times, but he also walked four times.
- Quincy Latimore: LF, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB: Latimore has settled into mediocrity with the Aeros. The former fourth rounder isn’t an impact bat, and could feel the heat once the crew in Carolina start to knock on Akron’s door.
- Adam Abraham: DH, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K: Okay, so Abraham is hitting .194, and will probably not see another season in Cleveland, but I still respect the guy’s work ethic, and enjoy watching the kid play. He’s not a major leaguer, but he’s pure professional.
- Will Roberts: SP, Akron: L (4-3), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K: Roberts was efficient, throwing 86 pitches, with 55 walks. Over his last five starts, Roberts is 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA over 29 1/3 innings. He’s struck out 21 hitters and walked only seven batters.
- CC Lee: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 K: Lee continued his rehab after two games in Lake County in which he struck out four batters, while walking one and giving up one hit in two innings. He got roughed up in his last outing, but again locked things down in his third outing with Akron. He’s not had four shutout appearances in his first five outings. Welcome back?
- Trey Haley: RP, Akron: 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R/2 ER, 1 K: Haley made his second appearance since returning, and got roughed up for the third time in four appearances. He’s now given up nine runs over his last 2 1/3 innings pitched.
- Austin Adams: RP, Akron: 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K: Since May 26, Adams has made six appearances totaling 7 1/3 innings pitched, giving up five hits and four walks, while striking out 11.
- Bryson Myles: DH, Carolina: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Bryson Myles made his return after spending a month and a half on the DL with a right shoulder strain. The kid knows how to fill up a stat sheet, but he also has a career littered with stints on the DL.
- Jordan Smith: CF, Carolina: 1-for-4: Smith is hitting a respectable .272, and now has a five-game hit streak. He’s struggled early, but been hitting the ball ever since. I have a feeling it’s going to be a scorching summer for Smith in Carolina. In an interesting move, he played in center on Sunday.
- Bo Greenwell: RF, Carolina: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB: Greenwell’s career is stuck in Carolina, but he continues to showcase a ballplayer’s heart. The kid doesn’t give up, and while he doesn’t have the time or the skill at this point to move on, he still figures out ways to get on base, and score.
- Michael Peoples: SP, Carolina: 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR: Peoples was initially used as a bullpen arm, and put together his best start in his last appearance. He’s still figuring things out.
- Michael Goodnight: RP, Carolina: 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 3 BB: Well, he didn’t give up a run, but he did walk a whole bunch. He threw 36 pitches, and only 15 were strikes. I coulda done that.
- Fabio Martinez: RP, Carolina: 1/3 IP: Martinez shouldn’t be a professional, but he did make it through this appearance without doing anything wrong. I know…I know…it was a third of an inning, but for that third…he was…FABIO.
- Eric Haase: C, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 K: Haase has seen a drop in his average in each of his first three months of the 2013 season, which isn’t the direction that the Michigan native wants to go in offensively. Haase seems to have the tools to be a plus player for the Indians in the future, but still has to gain the consistency. He’s only 20, so there’s plenty of time to develop.
- Joe Sever: 1B, Lake County: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB: Sever has really found his groove in the low minors this year, hitting .316 in Carolina before getting demoted to Lake County. Since then, he’s hit .288 at Low A, and is 5-for-9, with two runs over the past two games. Haase and Sever had four of the Captains’ five hits.
- Cody Penny: RP, Lake County: 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 3 K: Penny was a 16th rounder in last season’s June Amateur Draft making his first appearance of 2013, and made it count.
- Dorssys Paulino: SS, Lake County: 0-for-4: Paulino just can’t put anything together at Lake County, and he could be an interesting watch as Mahoning Valley gets set to open their season. His swing is beautiful, but not when the only thing it finds is the air. Here’s hoping he can figure things out.
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