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Around The Farm: May 1, 2013

Valerio's late-inning heroics highlight the night on the farm

Around The Farm: May 1, 2013
Charlie Valerio (Photo: Lianna Holub)
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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.

Charlie Valerio (C, Carolina): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 SO.

The overall line on the night from Valerio may not jump off the screen, but timing is everything. Valerio launched a 10th inning home run to center field, giving the Mudcats a 3-2 lead on the road. Then, in the bottom half of the inning, Valerio threw out a runner attempting to steal second base for the final out of the game. Valerio is not a high profile prospect in the system, but he is one taking advantage of the catching issues throughout the system. You have to stand out when given the opportunity and Valerio did just that.

Chun-Hsiu Chen (1B, Akron): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 HBP

I know that Chen does not have a real position. I also know that his bat is very likely not good enough to carry him to the major leagues. Yet, as he continues to show that the power just make be back, I cannot help but get excited about what Chen is bringing to the table for the Akron Aeros. Even though this is his third time in the Eastern League, he is showing that he can get hits. I do not know how he will handle Triple-A, but it is time to find out.

  • Mike Rayl (SP, Akron): ND, 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. Rayl did not impress in his first Double-A start, but he did keep Akron in the game. That does count for something, if not much.
  • Jordan Cooper (RP, Akron): W (1-0), 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO. Cooper's outing, however, impresses much more. The right-hander's first career action in Double-A saw him shut down Altoona and let the team get the win.
  • Jake Lowery (C, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B. Not bad for Lowery's first action in Double-A (sense a theme?). With the state of catching in the upper levels of the organization, there is an opening for Lowery to try to fill here if he can keep hitting.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 3-for-5, 1 R. Just your run-of-the-mill three-hit game for Holt, who has essentially erased all memories of his slow early season start. His line currently sits at .277/.371/.376
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. As someone who covers the Aeros, I see Lindor's .351/.425/.521 line and want to see what he can do in Double-A. It is too early to make rash judgments, but the organization's #1 prospect is making patience hard.
  • Joseph Colon (SP, Carolina): ND, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR. Colon may have made a mistake giving up a two-run homer in the second inning, but he was dominant past that.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO. Sides did not have a pretty start to the season, but he has pitched better of late. In his last four outings, Sides has only allowed one run in seven innings with a 10:3 SO:BB.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 0-for-4, 3 SO. Offense was down for the Mudcats, but no one was as down as Naquin. The outfielder is human after all, though he still sports a .304/.364/.469 line.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E. Haase may need more work at the catcher position before he can be assured of sticking there, but the power looks good (three home runs and .233 ISO in 22 games). Some plate discipline is needed (27:5 SO:BB), but the start of something is there for the 20-year-old.
  • Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County): 3-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 CS. Step one: be activated to a full season team at 18 years old. Step two: go 5-for-11 in your first three games. Step three: take over the world. Well, not quite, but Santander is off to a great start and should continue to impress in the months and years ahead.
  • LeVon Washington (CF, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 BB. Say it with me: #WashTime. Washington is hitting .550 in the early going now that he is back from injury. What more do you want?
  • Mitch Brown (SP, Lake County): ND, 2.0 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR. As a high school arm, Brown's assignment to Lake County was aggressive. Considering his 11.49 ERA, he may need a little time in Arizona to figure some things out.
  • Felix Sterling (RP, Lake County): BS (3), L (0-4), 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR. More struggles from Sterling, who really does not seem right anymore. His ERA has climbed from 3.16 to 4.12 to 5.65 to 14.40 over the years and he just cannot seem to stop the bleeding once things go wrong, giving up four or more runs in an inning or less three times so far in 2013.

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User Comments

May 2, 2013 - 11:37 AM EDT
I know it's only been a few games in CF for Wash this year, but does his arm look strong enough to stay there long term? There 's been a lot of talk since he was drafted that the shoulder surgery that pushed him from SS would limit him to LF.
May 2, 2013 - 11:19 AM EDT
Howard will probably only go to MV, if even there. As for Myles, I will explain the injury in MH which posts later today.
May 2, 2013 - 11:02 AM EDT
Any chance that Howard would get the call to Lake County to replace Brown if he goes to MV?

Is Myles out with another tweaked hamstring? His move to the 7-day DL isn't on the Carolina League transactions list after he left the game on 4/27 following a play he made in CF. It would be a big boost to the farm system if he and Wash could stay healthy for months at a time.
May 2, 2013 - 9:39 AM EDT
Yes, the way things are going with Brown, he is going to go to Mahoning Valley when they start up in June. It wouldn't necessarily be a demotion as MV might be where he should have started all along but the Indians are so encouraged by him and really wanted to get him out to a full season club in April to begin to learn the routine aspect of pitching all year.
May 2, 2013 - 9:17 AM EDT
Brown has really struggled so far with walks, hits, HRs, wild pitches, and hitting batters. He's striking out 22.5% of the batters he faces, so there's that. I would think if May is anything like April then Brown will be headed to the Scrappers in June.
May 2, 2013 - 8:32 AM EDT
Lots of buzz surrounding Santander right now. Hearing some very interesting things. He's really grown in the past year and gotten a lot bigger and stronger. His all around game is much more complete than Paulino, and who knows, we might be on the verge of seeing a changing of the guard at some point this season as the top prospect not named Lindor.
May 2, 2013 - 6:39 AM EDT
May 2, 2013 - 6:35 AM EDT
Its nice seeing guys like Lindor, Wash, Santander, and Haase do well, but its difficult seeing our high upside arms blow up like they have been early in the year.

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