Around the Farm: May 27, 2012
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.
Chris Seddon: SP, Columbus Clippers: W (5-3), 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K:
Seddon was a 2001 fifth round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (not putting a dollar in the tip jar for that one…THEY WERE the Devil Rays back then). Clearly, Seddon has never caught on as a top prospect, but has pitched in 21 games of major league baseball for the Florida Marlins in 2007, and the Seattle Mariners in 2010. He was never particularly effective at that level, and to be honest, has never really been all that effective in the minors. His best season was in 2010 in Tacoma with the Pacific Coast League, when he went 10-4, with a 3.39 ERA. Cleveland brought him aboard as another one of those potential major league fill sorta players, as a guy who could start in a pinch, or even relieve some. He’s made eight starts with mixed results…four good, and four bad. This was a good one, but I wouldn’t look into it for anything more than a spot call up, if that. There are several better starters and relievers in Columbus, but it’s good to see a guy like Seddon provide back-bone.
- Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 K: Carrera has had a hum-drum 2012 season thus-far offensively, and these multi-hit games are few and four between. He only has two in the past ten, and is hitting .262 during the same stretch.
- Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI: Phelps blasted his fifth home run of the season, and while he’s only hitting .275 over his past ten games, he is hitting 8-for-21 over his past five games.
- Chad Huffman: RF, Columbus: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB: Huffman had two big two-run hits in Sunday Night’s ball game that drove in four runs. Overall, Huffman is cooling off a bit, and shouldn’t be considered a major leaguer by any standard.
- Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus: 1-for-2, 1 R: Chisenhall is hitting 7-for-22 since his return from the DL, with three runs scored, three doubles and five RBI. There’s a long way to go in this season, but Chisenhall may be called on to replace injured ballplayers if the starting lineup continues to look like a MASH unit.
- Jared Goedert: LF, Columbus: 0-for-5, 3 K: Goedert started off on a six-game hitting streak for the Clippers, but that came to a crashing end on Sunday with this 0h-fer performance. It’s only one game, and certainly doesn’t start a new trend, or buck an old one, but sometimes you just gotta mention the bad, with the good.
- Matt Pagnozzi: C, Columbus: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB: Pagnozzi gets an opportunity to be the primary catcher in Columbus with Luke Carlin getting the call-up to Cleveland. This is the kind of moving and shaking that the Indians really utilize Columbus for. Carlin isn’t a major league catcher, but he’s a veteran, defensive-minded sort, who is a good fill candidate while Santana shakes the cobwebs. Pagnozzi is a similar sort of player, who has played 33 games in the majors. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because his uncle is former all-star catcher, and five-time gold glover, Tom Pagnozzi, who played his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals. At 29, Matt’s not making any major league clubs outta camp, but is another defensive-minded veteran, who can fill in during a small window of opportunity.
- Hector Ambriz: RP, Columbus: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K: There’s a small faction of folks that believe Ambriz is an improvement over a guy like Jairo Ascencio or Jeremy Accardo. If anything, he’s the exact same guy. He rolls out solid performances like this in low-impact scenarios, but always seems to have a bad outing every three or four appearances. Again, don’t count on anything more than fill for Ambriz, as he’s not a long-term answer at the major league level.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: 0-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K: This is the new Tyler Holt. You wouldn’t see many games like this last year for the Mudcats lead-off hitter. He struck out twice, but walked three times, and found home plate twice. This is the approach that the Indians have wanted Holt to take since they drafted him. I’m not sure Holt is anything more than a fourth outfielder, but I can’t get Brett Butler out of my head…the baseball player, not the homeless comedian.
- Tony Wolters: 2B, Carolina: 0-for-2, 3 BB, 1 K: Wolters approach has certainly changed over the course of the season. Wolters has always had a professional approach, and it's finally transferred to High A Carolina. My gut tells me that Wolters is a bit overrated right now as a prospect, as I don't see where he fits with regards to the Indians. He doesn't have power, and while he has a projected plus bat, he doesn't appear to be more than a support player for guys like Jason Kipnis (better power and equal speed) and Lindor (a clear, higher projection). Of course, it never hurts to have depth, and Wolters is one of those guys that every organization loves, a hard worker, and a good kid. Don't get me wrong, he's talented, there just appears to be better long-term prospects.
- Jeremie Tice: 1B, Carolina: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB: Tice took over first base for a resting Jesus Aguilar, and had another solid ballgame. Tice is the best pure hitter on this team, although he's not the best prospect. Tice is 25, closing on 26, and without a projectable position, isn't likely to have an impact going further. Still, the kid is hitting .333 over the past ten, with a .429 OBP, and a .722 slugging.
- Ronnie Rodriguez: SS, Carolina: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, SB: Rodriguez stole his first base of the season, and continued his hot month of May. He's hitting .296 for the month, and has his overall average up to .290. You have to put Rodriguez into the same boat as Wolters, but it appears as though his gap power may be a bit more advanced at this stage. It will be interesting to see where these guys go as they move forward. If they develop, the depth could provide some interesting trade opportunities going forward...but they have to get there first.
- Will Roberts: SP, Carolina: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR: Roberts has done nothing but struggle in Carolina, and has given up 13 earned runs in 25 1/3 innings. Last year's fifth rounder has good intangibles though, so as he gains consistency, his numbers will improve.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: Lindor has struggled since his six-game, two hit streak ended about a week ago. Over the past eight games since, he's gone 4-for-33. Remember, this kid isn't going to turn 19 until November, so you'll have these ups and downs, but the talent is still there. He's still hitting .290 after the slump, with 28 runs, nine doubles, four homers and 19 RBI in 43 games.
- Luigi Rodriguez: DH, Lake County: 1-for-4, 1 K: Rodriguez is hitting .289 on the season, and is currently on an eight-game hitting streak in which he's 11-for-31, with four runs and two RBI.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 1 RBI: Sabourin is one of the hottest players in the system right now. Okay, seriously, say that two or three times and take it in. This kid is nothing but fill, but the fill is really raking right now. He's had four multi-hit games in a row in which he's gone 9-for-15, with three runs, three doubles, three RBI and two walks.
- Shawn Morimando: SP, Lake County: L (1-1), 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R/4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR: Morimando followed his best start of the season, with his worst. Morimando has a lot of upside though, as the 19-year old lefty has been nearly untouchable at times. With any sub-20-year-old in his first full season, you can expect some struggle at times.
- Grant Sides: RP, Lake County: 1 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 K: Sides double his runs on the season in one outing last night, but you'll have that in a game like this.
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