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Around the Farm: May 27, 2011

Around the Farm: May 27, 2011
May 28, 2011
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 (photo: Akron Aeros)

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: 7 IP, 4H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K, W (2-5):

There wasn't a better story in the Tribe's system last season than Matt Packer.  Packer went 9-7, with a sparkling 2.04 ERA, and jumped completely through the Tribe's prospect radar.  This year, Packer had come back to earth a bit, until his last three starts.  He's pitched in 20 innings (two starts of seven innings), given up only 15 hits, four earned runs and five walks, while striking out 17 batters.  Welcome back Matt.

  • Corey Kluber-SP, Columbus: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K: Kluber's struggled for consistency this year, so hopefully he can start stringing together outings like this.
  • Luis Valbuena-LF, Columbus: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K: Valbuena continues to plug away while he waits his turn.  He's currently hitting .277, and on a five-game hit streak.
  • Jason Kipnis-2B, Columbus: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (9): Kipnis is closing in on .300 thanks to a nine-game hit streak.
  • Cord Phelps-SS, Columbus: 3-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI: Phelps remains one of the hottest players in the organization.  He's currently hitting .315, and on an 11-game hit streak.
  • Ezequiel Carrera-CF, Columbus: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI: Zeke had his first big game back, after being demoted from the big league Tribe earlier this week.  He clearly enjoyed his cup of coffee.
  • Marty Popham-RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Popham was working the back-end of the ball game, which was interesting to see, since he's been a starter most of his career with the Tribe.  He pitched well, so perhaps the Indians have a vision for Popham down the road.
  • Karexon Sanchez-2B, Akron: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB: The Karexon Chronicles continue, as Sanchez is currently on a five-game hit streak, and is hitting .296 in his last ten games.  He's still batting barely over .200 overall, but when Sanchez streaks, that number can change quickly.
  • Matt McBride-RF/C, Akron: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB: McBride is riding an 8-game hit streak, and currently has back-to-back-to-back 2-hit games.  He's hitting .371, with two homers and 10 RBI in his last ten games.
  • Jared Goedert-1B, Akron: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Goedert is currently still on a rehab assignment for the Tribe, so it's good to see a solid game from him as he "recovers."
  • Juan Diaz-SS, Akron: 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K: The "other guy" in the Branyan deal to Seattle is starting to warm up a bit.  Diaz has a bunch of potential, and if he realizes it, that Branyan trade becomes ridiculous.
  • Tim Fedroff-LF, Akron: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB: Fedroff deserved his name at the top, but I figured variety is the spice of life.  He's currently on a 20-game hit streak, and is hitting .468 during the streak.
  • Kyle Landis-RP, Kinston: 1 IP, 2 K: After missing a season of baseball, Landis gets promoted and is lights out.  He's taking the place of Adam it's good to see another reclamation project look nearly unhittable.
  • Jose Flores-RP, Kinston: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 K: Flores has struggled with consistency this year, but this outing is clearly his longest, and best all season.
  • T.J. House-SP, Kinston: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR: As long as he's getting beat up like this, his prodigious arm doesn't mean a whole lot.  He has a 5.68 ERA, and took his fifth loss.  He's still young, but he needs to start figuring things out.
  • Abner Abreu-CF, Kinston: 1-3, 2 K, SB (9): Abreu is showing slight signs of coming out of this slump.  The K-total stinks, but he's starting to hit the ball a bit better, and the nine stolen bases are an added bonus.
  • Jeremie Tice-1B, Kinston: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB: Tice continues to hit the ball well since his return from a month on the DL.
  • Michael Goodnight-SP, Lake County: 5 IP, 5 H, 1R/ER, 4 BB, 5 K: Goodnight continues to impress with another outstanding outing.  He struggled with control a bit today, but has been one of the most consistently dominant starters for the entire organization this season.
  • Anthony Gallas-LF, Lake County: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: He's hit in 13 straight games, and according to reports, hit a towering home run.  There may be something to this Gallas kid as he moves up.

Follow Tony and the Indians Prospect Insider on Twitter @TonyIPI. Also, his latest book the 2011 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects & More is available for purchase for $20.95 to customers in the US (shipping and handling extra).

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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