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Around the Farm - May 11, 2012

Around the Farm - May 11, 2012
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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.

Carlos Moncrief (RF, Carolina): 3-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB.

Moncrief had his best game of the season on Friday night as he reached base in all four plate appearances. He was his typical stat stuffing self as in addition to getting on base he also racked up a double, drove in a run, and scored a run. Of his 24 hits this season, 12 of those have gone for extra bases, and he has also drawn 16 walks. Even though he is only hitting .240 this season, he draws a good amount of walks and has a .342 on-base%, has a .450 slugging%, and has 15 RBI. He possesses all the tools to be an effective right fielder with a lethal arm, but it is going to be his development as a hitter which determines his prospect standing going forward.

Jake Lowery (C, Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K.

Lowery has been slumping, but he broke out of it with a towering 3-run homer, which was his second homer of the year and the first since the opening weekend of the season. Mired in a 2-for-40 slump, he needed something to get him going, so hopefully his two hit effort helps him out. After the long slump he is only hitting .259/.328/.389 on the season, and has 37 strikeouts in 108 at bats. He possesses the tools to be a solid offensive contributor for a long time, but it really is going to come down to his consistency and how well he controls the strike zone.

  • Cord Phelps (2B, Columbus): 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, K. Phelps is really starting to kick it into gear of late as he has homered twice in the last three games and has three multi-hit games in his last four games.
  • Russ Canzler (1B, Columbus): 1-for-4, K. Canzler continues to scuffle in Columbus as he has just 5 extra base hits in 32 games, and has struck out 39 times in 120 at bats.
  • Ben Copeland (RF, Columbus): 2-for-3, 2B. Copeland has settled in well into his bench role in Columbus. He is only hitting .161 with a .384 OPS in 21 combined games between Double-A Akron and Columbus, but he is on the roster more to be a bench option.
  • Chris Seddon (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 6 K. Seddon continues to do a good job filling into the Columbus starting rotation, but I can’t help but wonder why he is taking starting innings away from someone like Steven Wright or T.J. McFarland, two guys I think should be starting for the Clippers.
  • Scott Barnes (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Barnes looks to be settling into his new pen role as in his last two outings he has gone 2.0 hitless-shutout innings and has 4 strikeouts. He could soon be Cleveland bound.
  • Tim Fedroff (CF, Akron): 2-for-4, K. Fedroff is still hitting a blistering .336/.438/.439 and is just patiently waiting for an opportunity at Triple-A Columbus to arise.
  • Chun Chen (1B, Akron): 1-for-3, R, BB, K. Chen reached base two out of four times he stepped to the plate, but his extra base hit production and his plate discipline are both still lacking.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Akron): 1-for-2, 2B, BB. The good? Perez reached base two out of three times. The bad? Three passed balls, though he was catching the knuckleball.
  • Steven Wright (SP, Akron): 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K. Wright struggled for the first time all season as his knuckleball was all over the place. He was also hit in the foot in the fourth inning by a batted ball, which knocked him out the game. He will be evaluated on Saturday, but he is not expected to be out long,.
  • Jose De La Torre (RP, Akron): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R/3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. De La Torre still appears to be suffering from a Triple-A hangover as he was recently sent down to Akron. In 3 outings since his return to Akron he has allowed 7 runs in 7.2 innings.
  • Loek van Mill (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Van Mil is a project that the Indians are hoping they can turn into Major League depth option. In two appearances with Akron, he has thrown 3.0 innings and allowed no runs and has 5 strikeouts.
  • Tony Wolters (2B, Carolina): 1-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, K. Wolters has reached the 100 at bat mark with the Mudcats and is hitting .170/.252/.200 with 29 strikeouts. He also has yet to steal a base, though to steal a base you have to be on base.
  • Michael Goodnight (SP, Carolina): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Goodnight was cruising until he was hit in the arm in the fourth inning by a line drive up the middle. He was taken out of the game, but after the game he reportedly was okay.
  • Jordan Cooper (RP, Carolina): 2.1 IP, 1 R (1 ER), 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K. Cooper came in for the departed Goodnight and more than held his own and got himself a win.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Lake County): 2-for-5, R. Rodriguez continues to be a tablesetter at the top of the lineup and could soon be on the move to High-A Carolina.
  • Alex Lavisky (C, Lake County): 3-for-5, 2 2B, K. Lavisky had a big night with three hits, two of which went for extra bases. He is still working on some adjustments at the plate, but looks like a more confident hitter out there.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Morimando flew through the first three innings where he was perfect, but once he had to pitch out of the stretch in the fourth inning he was a different pitcher .
  • Cole Cook (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Cook has really strung together a few good outings as he has now been nearly perfect in his last 5 appearances where he has thrown 10.0 shutout innings and allowed 10 H, 1 BB, and has 7 K.

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