Around The Farm: May 18, 2013
Chisenahll's homer, Merritt's outing headline night on the farm
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.
Lonnie Chisenhall (Columbus, 3B) 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, HBP
On Saturday evening, the Clippers were carried to a 4-3 win by former blue chippers Chisenhall and Matt LaPorta. Of course, with the home run came a strikeout by Chisenhall as his stay with Columbus will continue until he can build confidence and exorcise his demons (plate discipline). Hopefully the swing that had scouts raving for years returns and Chisenhall can become a legitimate major league starter. The Clippers home at Huntington Park, hitter-friendly as it is, will undoubtedly help him build confidence and perhaps make the changes that need to be made.
Ryan Merritt (Lake County, SP) 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 K
Merritt had his longest outing of the season and probably his most dominant to date. While I was not there in person it appears as if Merritt was tremendous. Seven strikeouts combined with no walks and just seven hits makes for a fine performance. Merritt has shown an above-average ability to strike out hitters, averaging 7.5 K/9.
- Matt LaPorta (Columbus, 1B) 1-4, 1 R, 2B: Tough to take any production LaPorta offers at Columbus seriously at this point, but it is hard not to root for him as a player. Sometimes people forget the pressure heaped on guys like LaPorta, and the disappointment he has handled is weighty. Hard not to root for him to get another chance somewhere else, just as a human being Matt deserves it.
- Chris Wallace (Columbus, C) 2-3, RBI, BB: Wallace has performed admirably adding depth to the Indians minor-league system. While he is basically just organizational depth, it is always good to see guys produce and add to a winning/professional culture throughout the system.
- Cord Phelps (Columbus, 2B) 1-3, 2B, BB: Another Clipper who has teetered between Columbus and Cleveland, to this date not reaching staying power in the big leagues. Phelps had one of three extra base hits on the night for the Clippers and raised his overall average slightly to a meager .234.
- T.J. House (Columbus, SP) 6.1 IP, 1R, 4 BB, 5 K: A second consecutive solid outing for T.J. House who is starting to stabilize after his well-earned promotion to Triple-A. While his opponents in Scranton were particularly devoid of talent, his solid start is a sign that he has begun to acclimate himself to Columbus outside of his high walk issuance.
- Preston Guilmet (Columbus, CP) 1 IP, 2 ER, BS, W: Guilmet blew a save and like his major league counterpart in Chris Perez earned a win for his lackluster performance. (If this does not show the irrelevance of wins as a statistic, I don’t know what will).
- Nick Hagadone (Columbus, RP) 1.2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K: A scoreless inning but the flaw remains: Two walks in less than two innings pitched. Hagadone simply has to throw more strikes and gain control of the zone.
- Chun Chen (Akron, DH) 2-4, 2B, R: On a night where the Aeros struggled offensively Chen remained as a lone bright spot as he has been much of the season. It will be interesting to see if he gets an opportunity in Columbus in the near future.
- Matt Packer (Akron, SP/RP) 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB: While not technically the starter Packer covered starter innings and did so effectively and efficiently.
- Austin Adams (Akron, CP) 1 IP, 2 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, BS, L: Hopefully for Adams this was just a minor blip on the road to regaining his feel as an impact bullpen arm.
- Bryce Stowell (Akron, RP) 1 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K: Another Akron reliever with an uncharacteristically ineffective outing which he should shake off without much concern.
- Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) 0-4: An incredibly rare o-fer for Indians mega-prospect Lindor. Even with an empty line the shortstop is hitting .327 on the year.
- Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, LF) 2-3, 1 BB, 1 2B, 1 RBI: A rare bright spot offensively Saturday evening among Indians farmhands. Rodriguez is an intriguing prospect in terms of his tools and athleticism.
- Nick Pasquale (Carolina, SP) 4.2 IP, 7 R, 1 ER, 1 BB: A poor outing aided by an underwhelming defensive effort from the Mudcats. The Mudcats pitching staff was not exactly deceiving either as they did not post a strikeout in the game.
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) 1-4, R: Paulino, who many are high on, has disappointed so far this season. Whether this is mostly because of his youth or just being overmatched, time will tell. Hopefully, Paulino can find some success so as to avoid a demotion to Mahoning Valley when short season begins.
- Jorge Martinez (Lake County, LF) 1-2, BB, 3B, R: Another overtly young member of the Captains had success Saturday night, as Martinez showed the kind of night that has been few and far between for him this season. Martinez enters Sunday hitting .192.
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