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Around The Farm: May 3, 2013

LaPorta continues his grand return, Urshela, Lindor impress

Around The Farm:  May 3, 2013
Giovanny Urshela (Photo: Lianna Holub)
May 4, 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 LaPorta (Columbus, 1B) – 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K – Matt LaPorta remains hot in his return to meaningful baseball.  He followed up Thursday’s 3-for-5 season debut with a 2-for-3 effort in which he picked up his second home run and third, fourth, and fifth RBI of the season.  While this pace obviously will not be sustained for the full season, it is nice to see him doing well at the plate and a September call-up to the Big Club cannot be ruled out entirely.

Giovanny Urshela (Akron, SS) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB – With his second multi-hit night in three games, Urshela appears to be on another hot streak.  The key will be transitioning from a streaky hitter to one who can perform consistently at the Double-A level.  Given what he has done so far at lower levels, there is no reason to expect him to not do so before the season is completed.

Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) – 4-6, 1 R, 1 RBI – Nights like tonight are why Francisco Lindor is so highly regarded both within the organization and by prospect trackers all over baseball.  Lindor’s slash line (.365/,431/.538) is the mark of a man who has adapted quickly to his new level.  While the Indians have thus far progressed Lindor though the system at the pace of a team per year, it seems that it would be difficult for the Tribe not to give Lindor a chance at the Double-A level this year (especially if Urshela remains inconsistent at the plate).

  • Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus, 3B) – 3-4, 2 R – A good night at the plate for Ryan.  It would be nice to see more such nights.
  • Tim Fedroff (Columbus, CF) – 2-4, 1 R – Fedroff’s first multi-hit game in nine days.
  • Matt Carson (Columbus, RF) – 3-4, 1 K – Another big showing tonight from a Clipper who could benefit from a few more such outings.
  • Joe Martinez (Columbus, SP) – 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K – Martinez’s solid season finally yields him a win.
  • Chun Chen (Akron, DH) – 0-4, 2 K – A rare rough night at bat for Chen.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 0-3, 1 BB, 1 E – A really tough night for the first base prospect.  Don’t expect too many hitless nights paired with a fielding error from him.  This guy is a major part of the Tribe’s future, and with good reason.
  • Kyle Bellows (Akron, 3B) – 1-4, 1 RBI, 1K – Not a good night offensively for the Aeros, so an RBI single (which Bellows hit in the second inning) qualifies as ATF-worthy in this contest.
  • Matt Packer (Akron, SP) – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, (all earned), 2 BB, 8 K – Matt Packer’s rough season continues with his fouth loss of the season (no wins).  Tonight’s outing proves that a pitcher does not live by K/BB ratio alone, as he posted a single-game K/BB of 4.00 but an ERA of 7.20 and WHIP of 1.80.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) – 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K – The Undrafted Wonder continues to impress at the Advanced Single-A level.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, DH) – 2-5, 1 K – Luigi’s first multi-hit night in the Carolina League.  Hopefully, this is a sign of him beginning to acclimate to his new level.
  • Zach MacPhee (Carolina, 2B) – 1-4, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 Pick Off, 1 E – While he got on base twice, he failed to do much once he got there, getting picked off once and caught stealing the other time.
  • Jacob Lee (Carolina, SP) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 E – One of the good outings of Lee’s inconsistent season is wasted on a losing effort.

User Comments

May 5, 2013 - 9:36 AM EDT
Lindor is not going to be rushed; however, if he keeps this up into mid-June, the Indians will have to consider a change to move him up. The thing is, they have a kid in Jose Ramirez they love almost as much at Akron who is playing well and they are giving shortstop time to. Also another kid they like a lot in Ronny Rodriguez who is getting a lot of shortstop time to. Lindor is going to spend all or most of the season at Carolina.

Roger, the AAA record is meaningless and not indicative of talent. The Indians batch of players at AAA right now might be the worst they have had in some time. Outside of a few pitchers, there is not much long term and short term value there.
May 4, 2013 - 5:35 PM EDT
and oh yea turn Packer into a bullpen guy if they haven't already.
May 4, 2013 - 5:34 PM EDT
As much as I love Ascab if we could package him and Perez and turn them into a young Bauer like starter or better I am all for it.

Would love to see something like Masterson-Carrasco-McCalister-Bauer-Zach Lee next season.

Turn Salazar into a dominate back of the bullpen arm.

Also would love to see us draft Clint Frazier. Lindor-Frazier-Paulino would give us a nice young core to build off for the future.
May 4, 2013 - 11:42 AM EDT
for the record of the 5 teams in the AL central the other 3 teams with a AAA team in the IL they have the three worst records in the league by a sizeable margin so even though i have no idea what Omaha's record is in the PCL obviously the C-bus tribe farmhands are quite a bit better than the other teams so that bodes well for the future. That is my two cents worth.
May 4, 2013 - 9:10 AM EDT
i agree alan ,363 thru 100+ at bat is a pretty good sample size. Whereas rushing him to the bigs isnt real urgent at this point either. It is kinda nice to be able to see the system develop versus rushing to bring anyone up to plug a hole. Even though just 2 games it wasnt that long ago that matt LaPorta was averaging nearly an rbi a game in the minors for the brewer system. although he was several yrs older than lindor when he was doing that. It is nice to be able to leave the talent mature or in the case of Matt to make sure he is finally 100% healthy. if only we had this kind of depth in the rotation that we have in everydy players and bullpen arms.
May 4, 2013 - 8:37 AM EDT
Well Arthur, expect the Tribe to increase speed on Lindor starting soon. The sooner Lindor is ready the better, as Cabrera is a FA after 2014 and I'm sure the Tribe brass would love to trade for more value than a sandwich pick.

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