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Around the Farm: May 3, 2012

Around the Farm: May 3, 2012
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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.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K.

Aguilar was the entire offense in the game….for both teams. With Carolina winning 3-0, his two homers accounted for all of the scoring in the entire game. He is now hitting .333 with 5 HR, 14 RBI, and .986 OPS in 25 games, and four of those homers have come in the last five games, so he is starting to heat up with his power stroke. The power is most definitely his best tool and is something that people inside and outside the organization are in agreement on as an impressive tool, it is the defense and plate discipline that you often get a differing opinion on depending on who you talk to. So far in 87 at bats he has 9 walks and 22 strikeouts, so looking strictly at the numbers to date the plate discipline has not changed much since last year.

Mike Rayl (SP, Carolina): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

Rayl is on some kind of roll. After allowing 6 runs (5 earned) in 4.0 innings in his first start of the season, he has since made five starts and allowed 5 runs (all earned) in 29.2 innings. He is really pounding the lower part of the zone and done a good job of feeling for contact to get quick outs but also getting some swing and miss on his fastball and secondary stuff. He is an interesting starting pitching prospect as he does not have a high ceiling and his stuff is only average, but he has the potential to be a solid back of the rotation starting pitcher in the big leagues. That’s still way down the road though as he still has to prove he can continue his success at the High-A level and carry it over to the upper levels, and of course there are still several development opportunities for him to accomplish.

  • Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Carrera is a forgotten man in the outfield when it comes to potential big league options this year, but he has not done much to make himself noticed as he is hitting .262 with an on-base percentage barely above .300.
  • Matt LaPorta (LF, Columbus): 0-for-3, 2 BB, 1 K. You know what, even though he went 0-fer and did not homer, this kind of game is one you still like to see as he walked twice. Approach. It’s all about approach and discipline.
  • Russ Canzler (1B, Columbus): 1-for-5, R, 3 K. Canzler has started every game at first base the past week, which is a sign that the Indians are considering LaPorta for left field. In any case, Canzler now has a whopping 29 strikeouts in 98 at bats.
  • Chad Huffman (DH, Columbus): 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI, K. Huffman is having a solid season as he is hitting .300 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in 15 games. He has normally been in right field, but got the night off as the designated hitter.
  • Andy LaRoche (3B, Columbus): 2-for-5, R, RBI. LaRoche is getting some extended playing time while Lonnie Chisenhall is sidelined. He has to make good use of it and show something, as if he continues to struggle the Indians just may give him his release when Chisenhall returns.
  • Gregorio Petit (SS, Columbus): 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, K. Exhibit-A why the Indians should not have rostered shortstop Juan Diaz. Players like Diaz are all over the place and available on minor league deals much like the Indians did with Petit this winter.
  • Kevin Slowey (SP, Columbus): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR. Slowey is fading quickly as when a starting pitching need comes up I don’t think he will be the first option. He has not been very good at Columbus with a 5.68 ERA and 7 homers allowed in 5 starts.
  • Scott Barnes (RP, Columbus): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K. This was Barnes’ first outing since April 18th, and the rust showed. He is pitching out the bullpen because of a decision made by the organization.
  • Nick Weglarz (LF, Akron): 1-for-4, 2 K. After a horrid start, Weglarz is starting to put things together as he is hitting .281/.425/.438 in his last 10 games. That said he is still only hitting .210/.319/.290 on the season.
  • Tim Fedroff (CF, Akron): 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB. Fedroff has another solid game getting on base two out of four times at the plate. In 23 games he is hitting .308/.438/.423 and is having another solid season.
  • Mason Radeke (SP, Akron): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. Radeke did a nice job this week filling a need in the bullpen and as a spot starter. He was only a temporary callup and should be back down to Lake County (or Carolina) soon.
  • Jose De La Torre (RP, Akron): 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. De La Torre pitched like a pitcher that was hungover from being sent down from Triple-A, and maybe a little upset about the demotion back to Double-A.
  • Rob Bryson (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Bryson continues to perform year in and year out. He has the stuff to pitch in Triple-A, he just needs an opportunity, but probably won’t until the Indians part with some of the veteran depth in Columbus that is taking up space on the roster.
  • Matt Langwell (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Langwell is another guy that is deserving of a callup to Triple-A. He has a 0.71 ERA in 8 appearances and has 15 Ks in 12.2 innings.
  • Tony Wolters (2B, Carolina): 1-for-4, R, 2 K. Wolters’ second game in a row since missing about 5 days with a minor injury, and it looks like the injury may have given him a chance to take a step back and catch his breath as since returning he is 3-for-8 with a walk.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 2 K. Holt has now reached base via a hit or walk in 21 of 23 games this season, including the last 12 in a row. He is 6th in the Carolina League in on-base percentage (.427).
  • Trey Haley (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Since being activated from extended spring training Haley has been dynamite. In three outings he has thrown four shutout innings and has yet to allow a hit while only walking one and striking out three.
  • Dale Dickerson (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Dickerson closed out the 2-hit shutout for the Mudcats pitching staff and earned his first save of the year. He amazingly has 18 walks in 13.0 innings this year…whoah!
  • Alex Monsalve (DH, Lake County): 2-for-5, R, HR, RBI. Monsalve has great strength, it is just a matter of tapping into it and him finding a swing to showcase it.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Lake County): 1-for-5, R, HR, 2 RBI. Smith’s second homer of the season came at the right time as his homer in the 10th inning won the game for Lake County.
  • Robel Garcia (2B, Lake County): 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB. After a very slow start to his season Garcia is starting to heat up a little as he is hitting .300 with 2 HR, 7 RBI and .916 OPS in his last 8 games.
  • Elvis Araujo (SP, Lake County): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Another good start for Araujo. He has been good all year but has nothing to show for it in the win column where in 6 starts he is 0-4 though has a 2.61 ERA.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Lake County): 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Another good outing for Sides where he has now made 6 appearances since being activated from extended spring training and in 10.0 innings has allowed 2 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks, and has 11 strikeouts.
  • Jeff Johnson (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Johnson blew the save, and the first win of the season for Araujo. I wonder is Elvis gave Johnson some dirty looks before he ‘left the building’. (And with that, I have left the building….)

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User Comments

Tony
May 5, 2012 - 9:52 PM EDT
D-Dawg, that's mostly it. He's had some soreness of late, and it looks like they are trying to minimize the injury risk by monitoring innings and at the same time get him into a role where he could be a Major League option right now. For as many solid relief arms in the lower levels they have, they have few true Major League pen guys. I think in a month or two Barnes could be back in the rotation.
DetDawg
May 5, 2012 - 7:35 AM EDT
Tony,

What's with the Barnes decision? I'm assuming the Indians are trying to minimize future probems by reducing arm stress out of the bullpen.
Jim
May 4, 2012 - 5:26 PM EDT
That Spillbourghs trade may be the beginning a bit of a clearing...

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