Around the Farm: October 8, 2014
Smith’s home run highlights the night on the farm
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Jordan Smith (RF, Arizona Fall League): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO
Things I do not have to tell you but am going to anyway: Jordan Smith is not known for his power. The 24-year-old hit two home runs in 126 games in Akron over the past season. He hit all of five in 134 games while in High-A in 2013. Yet the outfielder has already gone deep in the Arizona Fall League, taking Red Sox starter Keith Couch deep to right field in the second inning. Obviously a league like the Arizona Fall League tends to be offense-friendly and homer-prone -- and Couch has never ranked among Baseball America’s top-30 prospects in the Boston organization -- but this is an encouraging start nonetheless. Smith’s offense improved as the season wore on -- he posted a .721 OPS in the second half compared to a .583 mark in the first half -- and if the power starts to come in too, the outfielder could put together an interesting bounce back season in 2015.
- Grant Sides (RP, Arizona Fall League): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. A nice clean outing for Sides in his Arizona Fall League debut, going three-up, three-down while throwing 11 strikes in his 15 pitches.
- Tony Wolters (2B, Arizona Fall League): 0-for-3, 1 SO. Wolters’ second time in the Arizona Fall League did not get off to a quick start, however. One game does not make or break a season, however, and Wolters will have plenty of opportunities to continue improving his offense.
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