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Around the Farm: May 26, 2013

Around the Farm: May 26, 2013
May 27, 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.

Cord Phelps: LF, Columbus Clippers: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI:

Phelps really hasn’t played all that well with the Clippers this year, but has been given a couple of opportunities with the big league club. None of them were considered long-term, but he didn’t exactly give the Tribe a ringing endorsement to keep him up. Today, his sixth home run scored three of the five Clippers runs, but you have to wonder if Phelps number is up with the Tribe going forward. HE certainly can cover a need this year should injuries arise, but he’s just not a big-time player, and is too much of a tweener defensively.

Cody Anderson: SP, Carolina Mudcats: 6 IP, 6 GH, 2  R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K:

Anderson has far-and-away been the best pitcher for the Carolina Mudcats this season, and he continued that trend today, although the Muddies couldn’t support him with any offense to speak of. He has been awesome of late, going 24 innings over the last four starts, giving up only four earned runs. He’s good, and while I think that Anderson will be with the club for the rest of the year, he is starting to give me a pause. I could see him move up to Akron if a slot presents itself.

  • Tim Fedroff: DH, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB: Fedroff laced his ninth double of the year, and is currently on a five game hit streak. Fedroff is hitting .333 in his 23 games in May, and has really began to look like that player that has hit everyone he’s played in the system.
  • Chun Chen: 1B, Columbus: 0-for-5, 1 K: Chen went 7-for-14 in his first three games with the Clippers, but he has only gone 2-for-19 over his past four ballgames.
  • Jeremy Hermida: RF, Columbus: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 K: Hermida has been in a major slump, and has gone 3-for-26 over his past nine games heading into Sunday.
  • Matt Carson: CF, Columbus: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K: Carson came into the game in a 1-for-10 slump over his past three games before his two hits on Sunday. There just isn’t any power to speak of recently.
  • Joe Martinez: SP, Columbus: 6 2/3 IP, 13 H, 8 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 HR: Martinez must have made someone mad, as he was left in the game in a shellacking. He’s been struggling in a major way of late, giving up 26 earned over his last four starts, covering 22 innings.
  • Francisco Valera: RP, Columbus: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Valera’s now gone 5 1/3 IP with the Clippers after a call-up from Lake County, and has only given up two hits during that stretch, while striking out five.
  • Jose Ramirez: 2B, Akron: Ramirez has shown signs of late of finding his bat once again. He’s had four multi-hit games in his past ten, including a four-hit game, and while he’s only hitting .253 on the year, he has plenty of time to showcase his plus offensive skills. He’s hitting .372 against lefties, but only .213 against righties, which is a bit of a concern.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 1-for-2, 3 BB: So, a whole bunch of walks shouldn’t be what Aguilar gets into ATF for, but unfortunately, the big first baseman hasn’t been doing much else of late. He’s only hitting .235 over his past ten, and .250 on the year, but he has walked eight times against only three K’s, and his OBP is an impressive .381 over that ten game stretch. Of course, his OBP should never be more than his slugging, which it has been in his last ten.
  • Roberto Perez: C, Akron: 0-0, 1 R, 3 BB: Three walks is a bigger deal for my man, Roberto Perez, than it is for Aguilar. It still shows just how inept Akron’s offense was on Sunday afternoon.
  • Jordan Cooper: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K: Cooper was light’s out for Carolina, but has been lit up in Akron. He’s given up 12 runs over his last 12 2/3 IP. It’s interesting to note that he came in as a reliever on Sunday, when he’d previously been used as a starter.
  • Austin Adams: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 2 K: Adams has been alternating good with bad over the past six starts, giving up 1, 0, 2, 0, 2 and 0 runs over his last six appearances covering eight innings.
  • Charlie Valerio: C, Carolina: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB: Valerio has proven to be extremely valuable this season for the Mudcats, and was perhaps a bit of a surprise. He’s not dominating, by any stretch, but he has decent power, and has had games in which he’s carried the team.
  • Luigi Rodriguez: LF, Carolina: 1-for-1, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB: Rodriguez is such an enigmatic player at times. He’s struck out 51 times already this season, and walked 23 times, but he’ll have stretches in which he’ll reverse that trend. For example, he has six walks and one strikeout over his last two games.
  • Joe Sever: 1B, Carolina: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 K: Sever has hits in eight of his last ten games, but in seven of those eight games, he’s only had one hit.
  • Fabio Martinez: RP, Carolina: BS (1), L (0-1): Fabio is such a good re-addition to the Muddies. He gave up two hits, five earned runs, and two walks, and recorded one out. His overall ERA is a wonderful 135. PUT HIM IN THE CLOSER’S ROLE! I joke…I joke.
  • Erik Gonzalez: 3B, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Gonzalez did everything you need to do as a lead-off hitter, but the Captains couldn’t find the offense to get him home.
  • Anthony Santander: RF, Lake County: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K: Santander upped his hit streak to seven games, and has hits in nine of his last ten. He has a .361/.410/.528 slash during that ten-game stretch.
  • Jorge Martinez: LF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 RBI: Martinez appeared to have a someone interesting bat last season, but that really hasn’t materialized this year with any consistency.
  • Felix Sterling: RP, Lake County: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 HR: Sterling has given up only two earned runs over his past seven appearances, but has given up six runs altogether.

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

User Comments

May 27, 2013 - 10:56 AM EDT
You know Perez took one off the hand last night, he went to first, but was lifted for a pitch runner. I was at the Akron game in Erie last night. It was fun to see Aguilar bat, because you could see the pitchers throwing everything down and away. Didn't really want anything to do with him
May 27, 2013 - 9:39 AM EDT
Cody Anderson is certainly ready for AA. I'm not sure who loses a spot in the rotation but Anderson appears ready for a jump to AA.

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