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Around the Farm: May 22, 2012

Around the Farm: May 22, 2012
May 23, 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. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday's game.
Thomas Neal: RF, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K:
Neal has finally settled in, and started to tear up the baseball diamond. This kid has an abundance of talent, and if he’s finally starting to show it, he could really make things interesting for the crew in Columbus. This kid has as much or more upside than any other player in front of him, and if he starts reaching that potential, he’ll start passing some other names mentioned way too much here. Over his past ten games, his line is a .361/.400/.472, with eight runs, two doubles, a triple, seven RBI and a walk. He’s also stolen two bases on top of that. He’s had four multi-hit games during that stretch, and three of them are three-hit games. Remember, this kid was a top prospect for the San Francisco Giants, and IPI has him ranked as the #19 prospect for the Indians. While he’s off the 40-man and was demoted to Akron, he’s still a guy with significant upside who really could have some impact if he puts it all together.
  • Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: It seems like just yesterday that Phelps was the hottest player in the system, but that time is a month past, but Phelps was the only player on the team on Tuesday afternoon with two hits, and one was a solo shot. Phelps hasn’t been playing badly, but it appears as though his opportunity in the near future is over for now.
  • Jared Goedert: RF, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Goedert belted his first home run for Columbus in 2012, which continued his four-game hit streak since his call up. He’s hitting .333, with three runs, a homer, five RBI, two walks, and one strikeout. He’s not shredding, but he’s certainly continuing to hit the ball at Triple A. I have to admit, it would be interesting to see what would happen in a month if Goedert continues to hit, and LaPorta doesn’t.
  • Chris Seddon: SP, Columbus: L (4-3), 7 IP, 9 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K: Seddon is on notice right after this start, with a pitcher in Akron knocking on the door named T.J. McFarland.
  • Cody Allen: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Allen has had a rough go of it of late, having given up five runs in his eight appearances in Columbus. He rebounded nicely tonight, and you just have to remind yourself that this time last year, he wasn’t even drafted yet. Allen needs time to adjust and figure things out, but when he does, there are some relief pitching in Cleveland that are going to start sweating. This kid is for real.
  • Cole Cook: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 H: Cook needs mentioned, as he was called up for a brief stay with Columbus from Lake County to help fill in. He did a nice job in his first Triple A appearance of his career.
  • Adam Abraham: 1B, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1K: Abraham continued his stellar season with another two hit performance tonight. Abraham is hitting .272 for the season, and over the past ten games, is hitting .282, with eight runs, three doubles, a homer and five RBI. Abraham is the kind of player that just won’t go away, and it will be interesting to see if he can lift his ceiling a little higher over the next couple of years.
  • Bryce Stowell: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Just in case you forgot the name Bryce Stowell, well, here he is, back from a month on the DL, and clearly healthy. In case you forgot his stats, Stowell has been a buzz-saw, and has now gone eight innings in five games, giving up only four hits, without a walk, and striking out 17. If he can stay healthy, he may be the best arm in the minors…it’s just that staying healthy thing.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: 1-for-5, 1 K, SB (11): Holt wasn’t spectacular tonight, but continues to get on base, and do what a lead-off hitter is supposed to. He’s upped his hit streak to eight, and he’s hitting .300 during the streak, with four runs, three triples, two walks and three stolen bases.
  • Tony Wolters: SS, Carolina: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB: With Wolters hit tonight, his average went over .200 for the first time this season, with .201. He’s become a doubles machine, and has five in his last ten games, including eight runs and seven RBI. Wolters is back, and while his average is just over the Mendoza line, he’s been playing much better in May. He hit .130 in April, and is hitting .271 in May.
  • Jeremie Tice: DH, Carolina: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 K: Tice is hitting .297 on the season, and has become an extra-base machine. In his past ten games, he’s had three doubles and four homers, out of his last eight hits, to go along with six runs and 11 RBI. He’s only hitting .211 over his last ten games, so it’s not a perfect season, but this guy can hit.
  • Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Carolina: 2-for-3, 1 R: Urshella is back, and has the potential to be a HUGE prospect if he can hit. He’s got a plus glove, so seeing these two-hit games is a good sign.

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

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