Around The Farm: May 30, 2013
Hermida's big day, Akron's long game headline Around The Farm
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.
Jeremy Hermida (DH, Columbus): 4-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Hermida gave Columbus its only run Thursday night with his solo home run, but the importance of his outing goes much deeper than that. The 29-year-old former top prospect is trying to resuscitate his career in Triple-A and is doing a good job so far. He has nine home runs in his first 49 games, owns a .262/.412/.483 line, and is walking a ton (19.9 BB%). Granted, Hermida is also striking out quite a bit (24.5 K%), but it is a tradeoff worth making. The big league roster is pretty flexible right now, but as anyone who reads IBI regularly knows, Hermida has positioned himself as one of the first options for Cleveland should a need arise. He is not flashy, but Hermida seems worthy of a look so far in 2013.
- Danny Salazar (SP, Columbus): L (0-1), 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. Salazar's outing was not good, but he also did not get a chance to straighten it out. The right-hander was held to only 70 pitches as he works back from shoulder soreness that caused him to miss a start recently.
- Paolo Espino (RP, Columbus): 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. No matter what he's doing, Espino just gets the job done. He is great organizational depth and is able to do whatever is necessary to help whatever team he is assigned to.
- Juan Diaz (SS, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 SO. Despite being on the 40-man roster, Diaz is not much of a major league option. His OPS is .601 and he has a 55:14 SO:BB; you do the math.
- Lonnie Chisenhall (3B, Columbus): 1-for-4, 1 SO. A boring night from Chisenhall, but proof that baseball is not easy. Even a red-hot major leaguer like Chisenhall can find himself stymied in Triple-A for a night.
- Matt Packer (SP, Akron): ND, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR. Things went quite smoothly for Packer until he gave up a two-run home run in the seventh. Still, the left-hander's outing was pretty strong all things considered.
- Aeros Bullpen (RPs, Akron): 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 SO. Bryce Stowell, Enosil Tejeda, Rob Nixon, and Jose Flores kept the Aeros in the game even as the offense faltered throughout the 15-inning ordeal. Not bad at all.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB. Aguilar only had one hit in the game, but he really made it count, tying the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth. The home run is Aguilar's sixth on the season.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 3-for-7, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB. Moncrief had the actual walk-off hit, hitting a bases-loaded single back up the middle. The outfielder continues to adjust to the Eastern League as he owns a .264/.331/.415 line in May.
- Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 3-for-7, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Just your typical day from Holt, as the center fielder just seems to hit (.271/.346/.400).
- Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. After missing some time earlier in the season, Wendle is still chugging along on offense. His home run Thursday night gives him four in 22 games and three in his last six.
- Luigi Rodriguez (LF, Carolina): 2-for-3. More hits for Rodriguez as he raises his average to .290. Plus, he did not add to his staggering strikeouts total (55 in 49 games between Lake County and Carolina). He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the ninth after being hurt during his at bat (apparently his lost his grip on his bat and hit himself and the home plate umpire).
- Bo Greenwell (RF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO. When he's healthy, Greenwell produces. Sadly, he just has not found a way to stay on the field in his career.
- Michael Peoples (SP, Carolina): L (0-1), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. Peoples had mixed results in his High-A debut, getting plenty of strikeouts while allowing too many runs. It could have been worse for the 14th round selection in the 2012 draft.
- Grant Sides (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 1 IBB. The good news is that Sides got a few much-needed scoreless innings. The bad news is three walks in two innings brings him up to 19 in 24.1 innings.
- Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO. Home runs on back-to-back days from Haase is very nice to see. Two more strikeouts (running Haase's total to 50 this year)? Not so much.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 2 E. Similar to Haase, two more hits are great to see from Paulino as he tries to climb out of his early season slump. Two more errors (running his total to 18)? Also not so much.
- Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Vick did not come into the season with much fanfare, but he is doing what is expected of him so far. No one is going to argue with a .269/.388/.407 line in a player's first full season.
- Ryan Merritt (SP, Lake County): W (3-4), 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 BK. Nothing wrong with Merritt in 2013 as the left-hander has a 3.11 ERA and 45:13 SO:BB through 10 starts. It is good to see him taking well to his first taste of a full season league.
- Jack Wagoner (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Another two scoreless innings takes Wagoner to 12 straight innings without allowing a run. Wagoner is old for Low-A (he turns 24 next month), so hopefully he will get a chance in Carolina soon.
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