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Around the Farm: May 24, 2013

Matt Packer strikes out 10 to roundout night's top performances

Around the Farm:  May 24, 2013
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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.

Matt Packer (SP, Akron Aeros): (W, 2-5) 7 IP, 5 H, 10 K.

Wow. What more can be said for Matt Packer’s impressive outing? Packer is really not too much of a prospect anymore, but he’s been really impressive in his last two outings as he’s pitched a total of 12 innings and allowed just one earned run. Packer’s not really known for his strikeout stuff, but it was on display Friday as he racked up double-digit punch outs for the first time this season. Packer was also especially efficient as he needed only 92 pitches to make it through seven innings of work. It’s hard to say what the future holds for Packer, but there is at least a sliver of intrigue because of outings like this and for the simple fact that he is left-handed.

  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B. Ramirez has struggled somewhat in the jump to Double-A, but there is still plenty of time for him to turn it around. He recorded only his second double of the season on Friday, and the switch-hitting infielder has now gone 41-for-161 this season.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 K. The big first baseman has now hit in five straight games after going 1-for-4 on Friday. Strikeouts continue to be an issue though and Aguilar now has struck out 40 times this season while drawing 18 walks.
  • Rob Bryson (RP, Akron): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K. Bryson recovered nicely from his last rough outing where he allowed five earned runs in just an inning of work. Though it’s still going to take a lot of work to improve that ERA, which still sits at 11.25.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 1-for-3. Urshela has gotten off to a nice start so far as he’s made the jump to Double-A, and he’s now hit in three straight games. We’re still waiting to see some offensive fireworks from the right-handed hitting infielder but as long as he continues to stay the course, big nights at the plate could be right around the corner.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 K. Rodriguez managed to get a double in the contest, but he has struggled for the most of this this season. However, one positive is that he’s now hit in five straight games, so perhaps he is starting to come around at the plate.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina Mudcats): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 K. Think it’s time for Naquin to be promoted to Double-A? The left-handed hitting outfielder has now hit in 12 of his last 13 contests, and his average sits at .303. If there is a woe with Naquin, it’s plate discipline as he’s struck out 45 times this season and drawn only 18 walks.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Welcome back Mr. Wendle. Joey Wendle hit his second home run of the season in only his third game back this season. Wendle is currently hitting .367/.452/.550 this season, and his stock has certainly been on the rise thanks to many strong performances just like this one.
  • Tony Wolters (C, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 BB. Wolters is still making the transition to catcher as this was only his fourth game of the season at this position. With his hit on Friday, Wolters has now hit in six straight games, so hopefully the offensive production will continue to get better once he settles in and gets a grasp for the position change.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 RBI. Smith has been slow to get going in the early part of the 2013 season, but after his hit on Friday, Smith’s overall line now sits at a respectable .270/.323/.362.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): (W, 2-5), 5 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K. This was arguably Morimando’s best outing of the season. After allowing a combined total of seven earned runs in last start, Morimando buckled down and pitched five shutout innings. Perhaps the only negative that can be taken from Morimando is the fact that he labored a bit, and it took him 90 pitches to make it through the five innings.
  • Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus Clippers): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K. So much for Tim Fedroff’s early season struggles. The left-handed hitting outfielder has been on a tear as of late and is currently hitting .280/.357/.355. He’s been one of the bright spots of the Clippers’ offense, and if this continues, he could put himself in line for a callup to Cleveland sometime later this year.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall (3B, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI. Oh what a change of scenery can accomplish. Chisenhall hit his third home run of the Triple-A campaign on Friday, and he also brought his RBI total to nine. Now, if only we can see this type of consistency in Cleveland…
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen (1B, Columbus): 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Chen has been a machine as of late, but his numbers took a noticeable slide Friday. The right-handed hitting first baseman/designated hitter had hit in every Clippers’ contest he had played in before Friday.
  • Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): (L, 2-1), 5.2 IP, 4 H, 7 R/5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. This is not necessarily the type of performance that you hope to see from a player who is supposedly Major League ready. Bauer had his worst start of the season and labored throughout thanks to high walk totals. The key is figuring out if this is just a hiccup or if it’s something Indians fans could expect to see more of in the future.
  • Omir Santos (C, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 BB. Santos may be nothing more than organizational depth at this point, but he’s now hit in four straight games and owns a .303/.375/.421 in 24 games. Those numbers are not too shabby for a player who is essentially considered an emergency option at the Major League level.

Steve can be reached via email at orbaneks@gmail.com.

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