Around The Farm: May 10, 2013
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.
NOTE: All performances from the Akron Aeros game are through seven innings. The game was suspended at that point due to rain tied at 3-3.
Chun Chen (Akron, DH) – 1-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HR – While an incomplete performance (see note above), it is still the best in a short night of baseball in the Indians farm system. In his three plate appearances thus far in the contest, he has picked up a walk (from which he later scored on a Carlos Moncrief sacrifice fly) and a solo home run. This performance continues a strong start to the season for Chen who, while maybe not Major League material, is definitely deserving of a shot to DH at Triple-A Columbus and may have the makings of someone who can make a decent living for several years as a “AAAA” guy.
Jacob Lee (Carolina, SP) – L (0-3), 5.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HBP, 2 HR allowed – It was a rat fiesta out there on the Five County Stadium mound Friday night. There’s no nicer way to put it, folks. While Jacob Lee has had some decent outings this season, his bad ones are really bad. It’s sort of like watching a High A-ball version of Ubaldo Jimenez: You don’t know if he’s going to pitch the lights out or pitch like the lights are out. If Lee wants to make it to Double-A Akron, he is going to have to learn how to be more consistent in having those good nights on the mound.
Francisco Jimenez (Carolina, RP) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR allowed – Amazingly, the Mudcats were still in the game when Lee was pulled. Francisco Jimenez took care of that, however, surrendering a pair of runs in each of the last two innings. Unlike in the case of Lee, however, this outing is a little easier to overlook as Jimenez has generally been dependable this season and also gave up the runs at a point in the game when he had pitched more innings than is usual for him. He is versatile and can pitch in short or long relief, but chalk this one up to a guy being asked to go longer than his arm may be built up for at the moment.
- Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) – 0-2, 1 BB, 1 SB – Friday’s game would likely already be over in favor of the Aeros had Holt had a better night in the clutch. He left three runners on base to lead the team in the seven innings played.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 0-3, 2 K – A rough night at the plate for the first base prospect. While his season numbers aren’t terrible, a few less nights like Friday night would be nice.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) – 2-3, 1 3B – The recent uptick in Gio’s offensive numbers continues. Definitely a welcome sign.
- Jordan Cooper (Akron, SP) – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 2 HBP, 1 HR allowed – While this was the worst of his three Double-A outings, it was still not all that bad. The no decision he will receive when this game is all said and done seems fair for the effort put out by Jordan.
- Austin Adams (Akron, RP) – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K – Not the greatest inning of Adams’ season. The suspension may be a blessing in disguise as it takes him out of the game for the eighth inning for sure.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) – 2-4, 2 2B – The Undrafted Wonder continues to roll. I can’t wait to see him at Canal Park.
- Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) – 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K – Jordan’s third straight two-hit night. Hopefully, these keep being common occurrences for him.
- Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, LF) – 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K – Not a great offensive night for Carolina, so picking up the other RBI (besides Smith’s two), merits ATF inclusion on the night.
.256/.319/.368 is most definitely terrible.