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Around the Farm: May 11, 2013

Carrasco, Baker highlight night's top performances

Around the Farm:  May 11, 2013
May 12, 2013
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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 Carrasco (SP, Columbus Clippers): Game 1, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K.

Carrasco labored a bit in this outing as it did take him 92 pitches to make it through just five innings of work. However, his stuff was clearly working as he allowed only four hits and recorded seven strikeouts across five innings. In six games with the Clippers, Carrasco now has a sparkling 1.88 ERA with 31 strikeouts. He clearly should be a part of the Major League roster, but that he been complicated by his eight-game suspension and by his inability to keep his emotions in check. However, Saturday is just the latest indicator that Carrasco has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues, so hopefully his time comes sooner rather than later.

Dylan Baker (Lake County Captains): (W, 1-2), 6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K. This was about as good of a start as Baker could have hoped for as the right-hander dazzled for six innings. Baker has had some solid outings this season, but Saturday's was definitely his best so far. In his last two outings, Baker has pitched a total of 12 innings and has not allowed an earned run. That’s an encouraging number from Baker, who certainly has a significant amount of upside.

  • Ezequiel Carrera (RF-LF, Columbus): Game 1, 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB. Carrera was back doing what he does best on Saturday. This was just his second game with the Clippers, but the speedy outfielder was able to highlight some of the skills that make him a possible Major League fourth outfielder.
  • Matt LaPorta (1B, Columbus): Game 1, 1-for-3, 1 RBI. LaPorta continued his recent tear with his performance in this contest as he recorded his eight RBI in just his eighth game Saturday. It’s will take a travesty of some sort for him to become a Major League option this year, but at least he’s off to a solid offensive start.
  • Preston Guilmet (CP, Columbus): Game 1, (S, 11) 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K. Aside from two hiccups, Guilmet has been absolute money this season in the closer’s role for the Clippers. He recorded his 11th save Saturday and also his 16th and 17th strikeout.
  • Toru Murata (SP, Columbus): Game 2, 4 IP, 6 H, 1 K. Murata did an outstanding job in the second game of the doubleheader. His ERA now sits at 4.50.
  • Fernando Nieve (RP, Columbus): Game 2, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Murata did an excellent job of starting the contest on Saturday, but Nieve did a great job of finishing it. The right-hander has been brilliant in  24 1/3 innings this season as he owns a 1.11 ERA.
  • Cord Phelps (1B, Columbus): Game 2, 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB. Phelps got off to a very poor start this year in Columbus, but he’s rebounded as of late. He’s now hitting .240, and he’s also had multi-hit contests in three of the last four contests he’s competed in.
  • Bryan Price (RP, Akron Aeros): Game 1, 2 IP, 4 K. Price pitched what two innings in the contest that was suspended from Friday. Price has been outstanding this season as he has 14 strikeouts and has yet to allow a run in 11 innings of work.
  • Quincy Latimore (LF, Akron): Game 2, 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K. The player acquired in exchange forJeanmar Gomez had one of his finest moments Saturday as he hit a three-run home run, which helped ensure the Aeros had a chance at the victory.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): Game 2, 2-for-4, 1 R. Rodriguex has struggled so far this season, but he performed well on Saturday, and his average now sits at .235.
  • Kyle Bellows (3B, Akron): Game 2, 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Bellows is known for his glove more than anything else, but he performed well on Saturday, and he’s now gone 9-for-36 this season.
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen (DH, Akron): Game 2, 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI. Chen continues to impress this season as he collected his ninth double of the season on Saturday.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Carolina Mudcats): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K. Smith’s early season struggles officially seem to be a thing of the past. He’s now hit in five straight contests, and he’s also had multi-hit performances in four of those games.
  • Charlie Valerio (C, Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI. Valerio has been cold in his last couple of contests, but he could be about ready to heat back up as he is now hitting .260 in 27 games this season.
  • Joe Sever (3B, Carolina): 3-for-5, 2 RBI. He may be nothing but organizational depth, but Sever has now hit .333 in five games with the Mudcats. Will it last? Probably not. However, the team might as well ride it while it can.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (DH, Carolina): 0-for-3, 2 BB, 1 K. This was one of the few games where Rodriguez was unable to muster a hit. However, on the positive side of things, he did still manage to get on base twice via the walk, which certainly helps his on-base percentage.
  • Elvis Araujo (SP, Carolina): 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. There was some good and bad about Araujo’s start. He did manage to average exactly a strikeout per inning, but he gave up a lot of hits, and his ERA now stands at 5.59.
  • Nelson Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Rodriguez has gotten off to a slow start to the 2013 season, but he was at his best on Saturday as he recorded two hits, including a double.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB. Vick has gotten off to a great start so far this season, and he is now hitting .323.

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User Comments

May 12, 2013 - 10:24 PM EDT
Lets say Drew Stubbs gets and Giambi gets hurt and Raburn isn't tearing it up. Wouldn't Matt Laporta get a shot then if hes still tearing the cover off the ball?

More importantly.... it would sure be interesting to get Carrasco up here and pitching in the 5th rotation. Now, with Meyers coming back there is really no reason but if Meyers can't get back then a rotation of Masterson-Ubaldo-McCalister-Kazmir-Carrasco sure looks interesting.

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