Around the Farm: May 20, 2013
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.
Chun-Hsiu Chen: DH, Columbus Clippers: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K:
Does it really get any better than this for Chen, who was making his second start since his promotion to Columbus? Chen belted his first Triple A homer in the fourth inning, to give the Clippers their first run of the game. He followed that up with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the tenth, to give the Clippers the victory over Scranton in extra innings. Chen had seemingly grown a bit stagnant as a prospect two seasons ago, and seemed lost last year when he was moved away from the catcher position. Fast forward to this year, and Chen is slowly but surely becoming extremely interesting in the big picture of the Indians’ organization. It’s very early yet in his high level career, but if he can maintain this type of power and clutch production, Chen could make a push for the DH/1B role at the big league level as soon as September, but more realistically, in 2014…especially if the Indians don’t re-sign Reynolds.
- Ezequiel Carrera: LF, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB: Zeke sure threw up a lot of ones on Monday, as he had another productive game in the lead-off position. He’s starting to find a bit of his groove after the Indians re-claimed him, and designated him to Columbus.
- Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 K: Chis had his best minor league game of the year, and his first multi-hit game since his demotion. He’s still hit in five of six games so far, and will likely find himself back up with the Indians fairly soon. He’ll have to continue to improve his offense though.
- Matt Carson: RF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 K: Carson came into Monday’s game after going 0-for-7 in his last two games. Of course, the two games before that, he had two hits in each game. He’s now had multi-hit games in three out of his last five.
- Joe Martinez: SP, Columbus: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 K: Things don’t bode well for you when you give up four walks to go along with four K and five earned runs. Martinez got lucky though, when Columbus got him off the hook by sending the game into extra innings.
- Scott Barnes: RP, Columbus: 1 2/3 IP, 3 K: Barnes did something he hadn’t done with consistency in awhile, and that’s dominate. He had given up six runs in his 2 1/3 innings since returning from Cleveland, so it was good to see him return to form. Consistency is the only thing that gets him back to Cleveland.
- Nick Hagadone: RP, Columbus: 1 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K: Hagadone has only made five appearances in Columbus, and has yet to give up much of anything in his sporadic outing in between trips to Cleveland. He’s given up two hits, seven walks and 11 K’s in only 5 2/3 innings. The walks are clearly a concern, and that wildness has really hurt him at the big league level this year.
- Jerry Gil: RP, Columbus: W (5-0), 2/3 IP, 1 K: Gil won his third game out of his last nine, and has only given up one earned run over his last six games and 8 1/3 innings. He’s give up only five hits and four walks during that stretch, while striking out five.
- Thomas Neal: DH, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K: Thomas Neal is tearing up the International League to the tune of .323 for the Yankees top farm club. Might the Yankees call up another Indians’ cast-off to their Major League club? I have to believe it’s going to happen at some point. The Yankees’ Major League roster is fairly thin.
- Roberto Perez: C, Akron: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Look, I don’t care what you think about Perez as a player, the kid can play baseball. He’s fantastic defensively, and always manages to throw out these sporadic solid offensive performances. He’s batting .239, so that tells you how sporadic we’re talking.
- Toru Murata: SP, Akron: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R/2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR: Happy birthday wishes go out to Murata, who was celebrating his birthday after a month off, and it has appeared to have paid off. He didn’t get the win, but he threw out another one of those dominating performances that he tends to have in his bag of tricks. He’s not a legit prospect, but he really does know how to pitch. Of course, we are talking about a 28-year old here.
- Austin Adams: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K: Adams has scuffled a bit here and there in his return, but the focus is making sure that he continues to progress after missing a year of baseball. He wasn’t perfect on Monday, but it’s still another step in his progress.
- Bryan Price: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 1 K: You really can’t argue or ignore just how good Price has been this year. In 12 2/3 innings and ten games in Akron, he has given up four hits and three walks, while striking out 15, and he hasn’t given up a run yet. He’s stagnant as a prospect right now, but if he can manage to keep up these numbers, he can at least be interesting should the need arise to start bumping him up.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 3B: Holt is 5-for-9, with three runs, a triple and a homer over his last two ballgames.
- Quincy Latimore: DH, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 K: Latimore came into the game having gone 1-for-16 over his last five games. Latimore has never really shown the ability on the field that has show he can be a consistent producer.
- Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 RBI: Rodriguez has been under the radar this year, mainly because he’s mired in a major Aeros’ slump right now. This kid can pounce on pitches, and he’s a plus defender as well.
- Bryce Stowell: RP, Akron: L (2-1): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR: Stowell went two innings, and looked pretty good doing it. Unfortunately, the only run he gave up in his two innings pitched was the one that lost the game.
- LeVon Washington: LF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB: I mentioned a mini-slump for Lake County’s #WashTime yesterday, but that’s clearly a thing of the past. Washington is now 4-for-7 in his last two games, with two runs, two doubles, two walks and three stolen bases.
- Nellie Rodriguez: 1B, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K: Rodriguez has found the going rough in his first full season as a professional baseball player. He came into Monday Night’s game going 2-for-23 over his last six games. He’s only hitting .194 on the year.
- Jake Sisco: SP, Lake County: L (1-3), 6 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR: Sisco has really scuffled over his last two outings, giving up nine earned runs over 12 1/3 innings. His ERA is still a solid 3.60 overall, and he did strike out eight against only one walk.
- Erik Gonzalez: SS, Lake County: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, SB, CS: Gonzalez scored two of the Captains four total runs, which gets him mentioned in ATF. He also has a three-game hit streak.
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