Around the Farm: Parallel League 9/21
Here is the first game report from Arizona Parallel League (AZPL) action. Note that the recaps from the games will generally be about 48 hours apart due to when the information becomes available.
Note, for those who do not know the Parallel League is considered an advanced Instructional League. The Indians and Reds share a team and it is primarily to get some older players more playing opportunities against like competition.
Parallel League Game #1: September 21 vs. Glendale
- Bo Greenwell (1B): 1-for-3, 2B. Interesting. Greenwell was a first baseman in high school and converted to the outfield upon signing, but it looks like they are experimenting with him some at first base this fall.
- Kyle Bellows (DH): 0-for-1, BB. There is no question that Bellows can pick it. The only question is can he swing it. Hopefully his time out in Arizona this month helps give him something to build upon for next season.
- Tyler Cannon (C): 0-for-1, RBI. More intrigue. We already know that Cannon can play almost anywhere in the infield and some outfield, but it looks like the Indians are experimenting with him behind the plate much like they did with Greg Folgia two years ago.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF): 0-for-2, 2 K, CS. Moncrief has one of the most powerful bats in the Indians system but has always had problems with the strikeouts. He is not off to a good start in game one in rectifying that problem, but thankfully it is only one game.
- Hector Rondon (SP): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. With Carlos Carrasco going down, the silver lining could be the return of Rondon next year as a rotation or pen option in Cleveland at some point. He is back up to the mid-90s with the fastball and pitching well.
- J.D. Reichenbach (RP): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Talk about efficiency. Reichenbach gave up two hits and faced four batters but only threw seven pitches. He doesn’t throw hard as he gets it up to the high 80s, but was pretty effective this year.
- Dale Dickerson (RP): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. The submariner had a nice season at Low-A Lake County this year (2.45 ERA, .243 BAA). He just turned 25 years old and is old for Single-A, so he needs to have a good showing in the AZPL this fall.