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Around the Farm: May 11

Around the Farm: May 11
May 12, 2011
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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.

Jason Kipnis - 2B, Columbus: 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, K.
After a somewhat slow start to the season, Kipnis has been steadily re-adjusting and swinging a hot bat. In his past ten games, he's hitting .286, with three doubles, a triple, and a home run, while driving in eleven. I don't expect to see Kipnis in Cleveland this season, largely due to the fact his glove still has work to be done.
  • Cord Phelps - SS, Columbus: 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI. Free this guy from AAA already. You've slowly seen the decline of Orlando Cabrera and I've been calling for Adam Everett to be cut or moved by mid-season. Phelps has all but earned a promotion to this point.
  • Ezequiel Carrera - CF, Columbus: 2-5, 2 R, 2 K. Another potential steal for the Tribe given to them by the Mariners.
  • Wes Hodges - 1B, Columbus: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, K. Hodges days may become numbered in the organization and the writing is beginning to show on the wall, especially with Nick Johnson coming around the corner.
  • Jeanmar Gomez - SP, Columbus: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER/R, 3 BB, 7 K. Another unimpressive start by Gomez, who has really come down to Earth this season and is slowly becoming an unreliable option, at least, in my opinion.
  • Zach Putnam - RP, Columbus: IP, 2 H. If the Indians don't look outside the organization for relief help, Putnam may be on the top of their list to promote.
  • Matt McBride - DH, Akron: 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, K. Has hit five home runs in the past eight games and is hitting .317/.349/.707 in his last ten games.
  • John Drennan - RF, Akron: 2-4, 2B, 3B, K. I'll be interested to see if and when Drennan does get promoted how he performs at the next level.
  • Kelvin De La Cruz - SP, Akron: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER/R, 4 BB, 7 K. As Tony has tweeted, it's amazing how wildly effective De La Cruz has been. His walks continue to be a concern, but somehow he manages to get out of a lot of trouble. He picked up his second win on the season, moving his record to 2-3.
  • Cory Burns - CP, Akron: 2 IP, 2 K. Now this is the Cory Burns we've come accustomed to and love. He picked up his tenth save on the season.
  • T.J. House - SP, Kinston: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER/6 R, 4 BB, 2 K. House's struggles continue and it's amazing to see how quick he's unraveled.
  • Kinston Hitting: Managed five hits combined in their double header, not scoring a run in either game. They're desperately searching for a spark to their offense.
  • LeVon Washington - CF, Lake County: 0-4, 3 K. After getting out of the gate running (literally), Washington has struggled at the plate adjusting to professional pitching.
Follow Tony and the Indians Prospect Insider on Twitter @TonyIPI. Also, his latest book the 2011 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects & More is available for purchase for $20.95 to customers in the US (shipping and handling extra).

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