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Around the Farm: May 31, 2012

Around the Farm: May 31, 2012
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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.

T.J. McFarland (SP, Columbus): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K.

This was a very good Triple-A debut for McFarland. He worked around some command issues but made the pitches when they counted, and threw 54 of his 91 pitches for strikes (59.3%).  He did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the fifth innings, but he allowed a walk in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings. None of the walks were bunched nor did they come back to haunt him, but as a sinkerball pitcher more times than not those free passes will as some of the balls being put in play will find holes or move runners. That having been said, the walks were probably more the result of him being overamped and nervous in his first career Triple-A start as coming into the game he walked just 12 batters in 60.1 innings for Double-A Akron.  It looks like he is in the Columbus rotation for good as he is a legit prospect that the organization would not bounce back and forth between levels, so someone is coming out (my guess is Seddon). This is a good outing to start and build upon, and it will be interesting to track his progress for the remainder of the season.

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

Aguilar may only have 5 homers this season, but the guy probably leads all of minor league baseball in near misses as he has dented the wall roughly 8-10 times this season. For those familiar with Five County Stadium, the wall is extremely high all the way around the outfield, so you need to get some good loft on a ball to get it out as anything on a line is going to be hard to get it out. The homers will eventually come and are of little concern. What is most impressive is his approach that continues to improve day in and day out as he is now hitting a strong .319 on the season and he is getting better at laying off breaking balls out of the zone. There is still a long way to go, but he is making noticeable progress and is proving to be a legit right-handed power hitting prospect. He is not a future star in the making, but he could be a solid ML bat in the making.

  • Jason Donald (SS, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB. Donald is hitting .315 with a .940 OPS in 14 games (54 ABs) with Columbus. He hit .178 with a .365 OPS in 16 games (45 ABs) with Cleveland before being sent down to Columbus a few weeks back. He’s starting to show he’s a borderline ML player.
  • Matt LaPorta (LF, Columbus): 1-for-4, RBI. LaPorta did not look very good in his at bats yesterday as he tried to hook all four of the balls he put in play. They were on the outside part of the plate and he rolled over on three of them to the shortstop. Was this his final game for Columbus?
  • Jared Goedert (DH, Columbus): 0-for-4. Goedert is running into some tough outs. He smoked two balls yesterday right at the outfielder for outs both times, and in his last 5 games is 1-for-20 at the plate.
  • Beau Mills (1B, Columbus): 1-for-4, HR, RBI, K. Mills now has 7 homers this season and is on pace for about 20 homers this season. The bad news is he is not consistently making good contact and he is hitting just .208 and has a poor 5-24 walk to strikeout ratio in 101 at bats.
  • Frank Herrmann (RP, Columbus): 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Herrmann was perfect as he set down all seven men he faced, and most importantly set down the first man he faced when he came in relief of McFarland with runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs and the score 0-0.
  • Tim Fedroff (CF, Akron): 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, BB. Fedroff reached base in 3 of his 6 plate appearances and maintained his .300+ batting average (.302) and .400+ on-base percentage (.402) on the season. Now 49 games in his is still getting on base at over a .400 clip and has a 30-30 walk to strikeout ratio. Nice.
  • Adam Abraham (DH, Akron): 1-for-5, RBI, 2 K. Abraham is having a solid season, but he has definitely hit a wall of late as he has now struck out 10 times without recording a walk in the last 9 games.
  • Nick Weglarz (LF, Akron): 0-for-6, K. Not to pick on the guy, but Weglarz was the only player in the lineup that did not record a hit in the 14-inning game. Since returning to the lineup from being DFAed, he is 6-for-25 in 8 games.
  • Ben Copeland (RF, Akron): 1-for-3, R, 3 BB, K, 3 SB. Copeland scored the game-winning run in the 14th inning, and reached base in 4 of 6 plate appearances. He even swiped 3 bases.  Even with the good night he is hitting just .189 with a .245 on-base percentage.
  • Brett Brach (SP, Akron): 5.2 IP, 9 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Brach is doing a solid job filling into the rotation. He’s not a high level prospect, but has proven to be a good option to fill a rotation or bullpen need on a moment’s notice.
  • Rob Bryson (RP, Akron): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. This is Bryson’s third year in Akron, and I don’t see him changing his zip code anytime soon until he gets the walks under control. He now has 17 walks in 24.0 innings this season.
  • Loek Van Mil (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. So far Van Mill has been an interesting pickup for the Indians as he has a 1.98 ERA in 8 outings (13.2 IP, 8 H, 0 HR, 4 BB, 14 K). At some point you have to think the Indians will try him out in Columbus to see what he does.
  • Jeremie Tice (LF, Carolina): 2-for-3, R, 2B, K. Tice has played some wall ball of late as well, and is just having a fantastic season hitting .314/.405/.643 with 10 HR and 44 RBI in 40 games. He’s always shown in the past he can produce when healthy, and for once he is healthy.
  • Jake Lowery (C, Carolina): 2-for-4, R, 2B, 3 RBI, K. Lowery ends May just like he came into it: red hot. It was only one game, but hopefully it is a good building block going into June. He’s probably glad to kiss May goodbye as he hit a miserable .195/.275/.293 in 23 games for the month.
  • Tony Wolters (SS, Carolina): 0-for-5, K. Wolters may have gone 0-fer on Thursday night, but he finished off a strong month of May where he hit .291/.360/.408 for the month, which is EXACTLY what people expected of him coming into this season. He proved in May that he belonged in Carolina and that the Indians were right in sending him there.
  • Mike Rayl (SP, Carolina): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. After three straight poor starts where he combined to throw 14.2 innings and allow 15 runs, Rayl came back with his most dominating outing of the season.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Lake County): 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B, 2 K. Smith has been heating up of late going 13-for-37 (.351) at the plate over his last 9 games. He is an intriguing bat, though has not piled up the amount of extra base hits and shown the approach some hoped he would at this point in the season.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Lake County): 3-for-5, 2 RBI. I know that all three of his hits were not hit well and he was fortunate on all of them, but when you are going good those are the breaks you get. He now has multi-hit games in 6 of his last 7 games and is 14-for-27 at the plate over that stretch.
  • Alex Monsalve (DH, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, RBI. Monsalve just turned 20-years old and the Indians love his potential, but it still has yet to consistently show itself in games. In a return trip to Lake County he is performing worse than he did last season.
  • Cody Anderson (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Not the best of outings but even though Anderson was not on top of his game he limited the damage and competed, a sign of a pitcher with some toughness and can battle when he just doesn’t have “it”.
  • Cole Cook (RP, Lake County): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Cook was on a pretty good roll before this game as he came in having allowed 2 runs in 18.2 innings over his last 10 appearances for Lake County. He looks more effective this season, sharper, and his stuff is better, which may be a sign of him being much more healthy since he pitched with a wrist issue for most of last season.
  • Jeff Johnson (RP, Lake County): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 K. Johnson suffered the blown save, though he came into a tough situation as Lake County had a 6-3 lead with no one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd. He only gave up one hit, but allowed three runs thanks to the inherited runners and the one hit being a triple.

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User Comments

June 1, 2012 - 5:44 PM EDT
Really enjoyed your write on two of my favorite prospects, McFarland and Aguilar. Looks like McFarland is the first of the post 40 day moves. Don't imagine Aguilar will be among the moves since Chen is the closest thing to a position prospect the Indians have in Akron.

Your mentioned Cody Anderson. He is not the highest ceiling in LC but looks better prepared for HiA than the others IMO. I have to think that the three high ceiling arms in Arizona won't be spending a lot of time in MV. Should be an interesting month for prospect movement. I see some help on the horizon for the Carolina staff but not much postitional prospect help for Akron other than Holt.

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