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Around the Farm: May 19, 2012

Around the Farm: May 19, 2012
May 20, 2012
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Around the Farm was originated here at Indians Prospect Insider, and takes a quick look at some of yesterday's performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. IPI takes pride in the thorough nature of our coverage, but the opinions generated here are just that, opinions. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday's game.
 
Chun-Hsiu Chen: 1B, Akron: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB:
 
Chen is seeing the ball really well now, and has gone 7-for-9 over his past two games, with three runs, two doubles and six RBI. Chen has really started to settle in as a first baseman/DH after struggling a bit in the early part of April. In May, he’s hitting .351 overall, and has been shredding lefties (.319) and righties (.326) alike. Over his last ten games, he’s hitting 16-for-39 with nine runs scored, six doubles, seven RBI, four walks and eight strikeouts. The one struggle that Chen has had this season has been with regards to his power numbers. He only has one homer so far, which isn’t following his trend of the past two seasons that had him hitting 12 homers in 2010 and 16 homers in 2011. Chen likely isn’t going to be moving up any time soon, as I’m sure they want him to learn the position a bit more before sending him up to Columbus. The Clippers still have the LaPorta, Canzler, Mills triumvirate anyways, so there isn’t the space yet. If he keeps hitting, Chen could be a sleeper in the system as a right-handed hitter. If he could just find some power, he could really make some noise as one of the only quality right-handed hitters in the upper minors.
 
Joseph Colon: SP, Lake County: L (4-4), 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R/0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K:
 
I just love it when a guy not really known by the fans starts stringing together outstanding starts, and Colon is one of them. This is his fourth solid start in a row, as it’s actually his first start under seven innings during that stretch. He’s gone 29 1/3 innings, giving up 16 hits and four earned runs, while walking four and striking out 14 in those four games. I’m not saying Colon is a future star by any stretch, but he’s now 4-4 with a 2.92 ERA in a rotation in Lake County that’s stacked with potential future major leaguers. Then, you take into account the fact that he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of tonight game, and you really start to see his potential. Add one more name to the Lake County starting rotation mix in Joseph Colon.
 
  • Matt LaPorta: 1B, Columbus: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K: LaPorta hit yet another home run, which is his second in two games, his third in four, and his fourth in sixth. If this is his swan song, he’s certainly going out in a big way. It’s also interesting that LaPorta played first base today.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus: Chisenall had a successful return after missing three weeks, and picked up right where he left off, with another two hit ball game. Chiz missed an opportunity to move up when Hannahan went down with an injury, but I can’t see him missing another one.
  • Jared Goedert: LF, Columbus: 1-for-4: Goedert has been accustomed to multi-hit games, but today he only managed a single. Send him back down to Akron.
  • Russ Canzler: DH, Columbus: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Canzler has a nice little four game hit streak in which he’s gone 8-for-15, with four runs and two doubles. I doubt he’ll ever play for Cleveland.
  • Chad Huffman: RF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Huffman was mired in a three game slump, having gone 0-for-10 during that stretch.
  • Cody Allen: RP, Columbus: BS (2), 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB: Allen has certainly found some trouble in Columbus. He’s given up at least a run in four of his seven appearances, giving pause to those (like me) calling for a 2012 appearance with the Indians.
  • Ben Copeland: LF, Akron: 3-for-4, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K: Copeland was moved up to Columbus at the beginning of May, ahead of Tim Fedroff and Jared Goedert. Goedert continued to shred Double A pitching, and Copeland finds himself back in Double A-land. This is likely the life that Copeland will find himself in for the rest of his professional career. He had a big game, as well as most of the rest of the Aeros, who dropped 15 runs today.
  • Adam Abraham: DH, Akron: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K: I make no bones about how much I think of Adam Abraham as a player. There are several players in every system that just get it, and Abraham continues to be one of them. Today’s game got the average back up to .275, in a season in which he’s showcasing his offense a bit more than in the tough Carolina league.
  • Juan Diaz: SS, Akron:  3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI: Diaz has been a sleeper favorite of mine since the Indians picked him up in the same deal that brought the Indians Ezequiel Carrera. He’s a big-framed shortstop that always seems to be on the doorstep of doing something, but can never quite put it all together. In 2010, Diaz hit .284 combined in Lake County and Kinston, and I thought it was a leaping off point for him, but the better Eastern League has really put a kibosh to that. He has his moments, like today, but overall, it’s been another struggle for Diaz, who’s only hitting .240 on the year.
  • Thomas Neal: RF, Akron: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 K: Neal’s starting to really heat up with the summer approaching, as he’s starting to put together some big games back-to-back. Over the past two games, Neal’s gone 6-for-10, with three runs, a triple and four RBI. He still can’t find any power whatsoever, but he’s still hitting the ball well, .291 for the season, and .343 over his past ten games.
  • Kyle Bellows: 3B, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB: Bellows has clearly eaten his Wheaties over the past few games, and has hit home runs in back-to-back games, and three in his last five. He’s 6-for-9 in those two games, with three runs, a double, two homers and six RBI, with one walk. If there was just a way for this defensive specialist to continue this type of offense long term.
  • Giovanni Soto: SP, Akron: W (4-2), 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K: Soto had his first good start in his last three, after giving up four runs in back-to-back games. Soto continues to be an intriguing prospect because of that mature make-up, but he’ll need to show more consistency to be taken seriously going forward.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1K, SB (9): Holt’s two hits was the only multiple hit game for the Muddies on Saturday night. Holt’s currently on a five-game hit streak, and has multiple hits in three of the past four games.
  • Kyle Petter: RP, Carolina: H (1), 2 IP, 2 BB, 1 K: You don’t want to see two walks for any pitcher, but Petter hasn’t been very good with Carolina, so I’m sure he’ll take any two innings of shutout baseball. He’d given up six earned runs in his previous two appearances combined.
  • Trey Haley: RP, Carolina: H (2), 1 IP, 1 H: Haley continued his streak of impressive appearances with another shutout performance. In 12 1/3 IP, he’s given up only on earned run over all.
  • Jose Flores: Closer, Carolina: BS (1), L (0-1), 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K: Flores had been lights out as a closer until Saturday Night, when it all came crashing down on him and the Mudcats. Flores has to stop reading my press.
  • Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 K: Smith is hitting .272, which isn’t a bad number, but after hitting .300 last season at Mahoning Valley, his numbers likely could be a bit better offensively. Coming into Saturday Night’s ballgame, Smith was 3-for-19 in his previous five games.
  • Bryson Myles: DH, Lake County: 1-for-2: Myles has been struggling with hamstring issues, and hadn’t played in a few days prior to today. He only had a couple of at bats, so I have to believe that hamstring was bothering him on the basepaths.
  • Alex Monsalve: C, Lake County: 2-for-3, 1 BB: Monsalve had only his second two-hit game in the past ten but did take his first walk in the last ten games. He has a bunch of upside, but is still learning the game, and has a ways to go before a call up to Carolina.
  • Mason Radeke: RP, Lake County: 2 IP, 3 BB, 3 K: Too many walks for Radeke, but after giving up at least one run in his previous five appearances, this has to be a plus for the righty.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

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