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Around the Farm: May 7, 2012

Around the Farm: May 7, 2012
May 8, 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.
Talk about your abbreviated editions of Around the Farm. Columbus and Akron were both rained out, and Carolina had a scheduled off day. Combine that with Lake County getting shut out on two hits, and you have one boring ATF. But what can I say, when there are games, there’s IPI’s Around the Farm.
Felix Sterling: SP, Lake County Captains: L (1-1), 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K:
Sterling has been outstanding so far in his first full season with Lake County. While he has struggled a bit in a couple of starts, and a bit with his control, overall, he has been everything that the Indians have wanted, and more. In his seven starts, he’s 1-1 in 35 1/3 innings pitched. He’s given up 22 hits and 13 earned runs, while walking 15 batters and striking out 26. Sterling has been a top-15 prospect for the Indians here at IPI over the past two years, and it appears as if there is substance to his prospects. He has a low-to-mid 90’s fastball that’s still trying to learn how to pitch the baseball. He has a plus slider to go along with the heater, and is really starting to learn how to throw that changeup. Combine this season’s numbers with last season’s short stint at Low A, and you see a kid that’s learning how to pitch at the age of 19. It should be interesting going forward, as the 6’3”, 200 pounder starts “growing up.” It’s conceivable that with it will come added velocity, which could put him in the mold of a #1 starter. There’s still a lot of work to be done, especially with regards to consistency in his pitches, and hitting the strike zone, but at 19, there’s plenty of time for polish.
  • Luigi Rodriguez: LF, Lake County: 0-for-4, 2 K: Rodriguez has been stuck in a bit of a slump since a stretch of three games in which he had three hits in each game. Since then, he’s gone 2-for-24, dropping his overall average under .300.
  • Bryson Myles: CF, Lake County: 0-for-4, SB (8): With Rodriguez in the lineup, Myles continued his stay at centerfield, which leads me to believe that the Indians are lining up Myles to move up to Carolina once Holt makes his inevitable move to Akron, which I believe will be coming soon. Myles has gone 0-for-8 in his last two games.
  • Alex Monsalve: C, Lake County: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K: Lake County had all of two hits in the game, and Monsalve had the lone extra base hit. He’s seeing the ball better over the past week, and has hits in eight of his last ten games.
  • Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 1-for-3, 1 BB: Other than a stretch at the beginning of the year, Smith has struggled for most of the season. That said, he has a five game hit streak, but don’t overstate it, he’s 7-for-36 over his last ten games.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

User Comments

May 8, 2012 - 2:56 PM EDT
I had them both back to back in the rankings this year, so tough to distinguish between the two. I think both have considerable upside. Sterling may have better stuff, but Araujo a little more powerful and a lefty. I'm not sure either is a future frontline starter, but could be a good 2 or 3, though obviously have a long way to go. But I'm very encouraged by what both are doing this season at Lake County.
May 8, 2012 - 2:16 PM EDT
I actually was interested in the exact same question. Both seem pretty raw, but they also seem to project as front line starters if they can keep pushing forward at the same rate. Tony and Jim, who do you guys like the most out of the two? Sterling is younger, which is a plus, but Araujo is a lefty, which is also a plus.
May 8, 2012 - 12:25 PM EDT
Who are you more impressed by so far, Felix Sterling or Elvis Araujo? Both seem to be pitching really well to this point.

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