Around the Farm: May 12, 2012
Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 3-for-4, 1 BB, CS (4): Last season, it seemed like Carrera owned the International League and ATF, as he was up in the primo spot with games like this all the time. This year, not so much. He’s hitting .256, with only six stolen bases. It’s almost hard to believe that he was a factor in the bigs last year.
Russ Canzler: 1B, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Canzler has tapered off over the past couple of weeks, and has a ten-game line of .125/.222.250, so he’s certainly not trying to grab a spot in Cleveland any time soon. He’s nothing more than minor league fill at this point, and that’s all he’ll ever be. He’ll have his minor league streaks, but he doesn’t have anything that can be a plus at the big league level for very long.
Jared Goedert: LF, Akron: 2-for-4: Goedert upped his current hit streak to seven games, and has hit in eight of the last ten ballgames. He’s “only” hitting .343 over the past ten games, but has an impressive .380/.469/.519 line on the season. Please tell me that Columbus has better major league fill than this guy. Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Michel Hernandez: C, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 4 RBI: Hernandez hit a three-run double in the second inning that got the Aeros rolling, and drove in their fifth run in the ninth inning. This guy can surely fill in some numbers, even though he’s minor league fill.
Bryan Price: RP, Akron: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K: Price has had some bad outings on occasion over the past three seasons, but when he’s good, he’s been very good. This season, he has a 2.53 ERA in ten appearances, has struck out 25, and walked only eight. He’s not in that top tier of arms, but he’s definitely got a major league arm.
Kyle Landis: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 K: Landis has been really, really good this season in Akron. How good? In ten appearances over 18 2/3 innings with the Aeros, he’s given up one earned run, and has a 0.48 ERA, while striking out 16, and walking only four. He’s in the same tier as Price.
Tony Wolters: 2B, Carolina: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB: Wolters isn’t exactly heating it up over the last ten games (.257/.316/.314), but he’s hitting a whole lot better than he started (.130 in April, vs. .265 in May).
Jeremie Tice: 1B, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB: There isn’t a player in the system hitting better than Tice is right now. Overall, his hitting .342 on the season, but over the past ten, he’s just exploded. He has five multi-hit games in the past ten, and has a sick line of .455/.525/.939. His flipping OPS is 1.464, with four homers and 14 RBI during that stretch.
Kyle Blair: SP, Carolina: W (1-0), 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: I’m not really sure what the Indians are planning on doing with Kyle Blair, but he’s been really, really good since being moved to the pen in Lake County. He’s made two starts, sandwiching a one-inning relief appearance to get some work in, and he’s been lights out. He’s gone ten innings, giving up five hits and an earned run, while walking three walks and eight K’s. Perhaps this fourth rounder is ready to be heard.
Trey Haley: RP, Carolina: S (1): 2 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 2 K: I’m starting to get the impression that Haley is finally starting to meet all those expectations that you would have of a kid that can throw close to 100. He’s healthy and finding the strike zone. If he can carry this up to Double A, then he’s going to surely enter that top tier of arms in the system. In 9 1/3 IP, he’s only given up one hit and two unearned runs, while walking three and striking out seven.
Bryson Myles: RF, Lake County: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 SB (10): Myles is in a free-fall at the plate, hitting only .212 in the past ten, and going 0-for-19 in his last six games. With the struggles at the plate, he’s still managed a .325 OBP over that time period. No, not great overall, but fairly interesting with the bad average. Still, I’d like to see Myles force the Indians to bump him up when Holt makes his move.
Todd Hankins: 2B, Lake County: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB: Hankins is a non-factor going forward as a prospect, but has been playing well over the past three, going 5-for-12, with three runs, a triple and an RBI.
Felix Sterling: SP, Lake County: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR: Sterling continues to pitch well for Lake County, and has six outstanding starts, one so-so, and one moderately bad start overall this year. His past three have been on the outstanding side, as he’s gone 16 2/3 innings in the past three games, giving up 13 hits, three earned runs and five walks, while striking out 14. Overall, he’s got a 2.81 ERA.
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Blair is very interesting....he recently completely overhauled his delivery and has a Luis Tiant style where he really rotates and shows his back and hides the ball well. Interesting change.
Great description Matthew...I talk weekly to a friend of mine who has season tickets, and he describes Myles in a similar fashion...and can't get over his size in connection to the fast and aggressive style of play...
And that body type is interesting. I've seen the term "linebacker" used to describe him so I was somewhat expecting it, but still, seeing it in person was impressive.
In addition to being raw and inexperienced, Myles has missed quite a bit of time due to injuries, both in '11 and '12. He also has been consistently inconsistent both in rookie league and the Midwest League. At his best, he appears ready to be promoted. But, his best seems to last 7-10 days, then he goes into a slump, or seems to get injured.
Myles needs to smooth out his performance before he is moved to a more advanced league.
If it comes down to Luigi or Bryson, I think Luigi is more ready and capable of handling the promotion.
I know what Myles was described as, and while he clearly has things he needs to work through, he's more than ready to apply his wares against Carolina League pitching.
As soon as Holt moves up...Myles will likely move up, unless they feel Luigi is more ready...
Goedert is hitting great and getting on base at a high rate, but where has his power gone?
Blair is a great story. I thought he was a failed draft choice, but the Indians move him to the BP and all of a sudden the light goes on.
I think Landis needs to be moved to Columbus and kept there.
There's nothing more for him to prove at Akron.
Wolters isn't tearing up the league, but he's proved that he belongs at Carolina, and shouldn't be demoted. That fact will probably make promoting Lindor more difficult.