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Around the Farm: September 11, 2012

Around the Farm: September 11, 2012
September 12, 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 during yesterday’s ballgame.

Paolo Espino: SP, Akron Aeros: (W, 1-1), 7 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K: 

If we wanted to nitpick too much, we could fault Espino for the high number of walks, but again, that would be nitpicking. All in all, Espino was outstanding, and a key reason as to why the Aeros now hold a 1-0 lead in the Eastern League Finals. Espino was the model of consistency for the Aeros this season as he posted a 3.09 ERA in 116 1/3 innings of work. He struggled a bit in his first postseason outing as he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings on Sept. 5 against the Bowie Baysox, but he seemed to be back to his reliable self Tuesday.

Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 2-for-3, 2 R, 3B, BB: 

Holt has been particularly strong during the playoffs as he currently owns a .350 average in postseason play. Holt has only had an average regular season at the plate as he hit .258 with Akron and the Carolina Mudcats, but he has really stepped up as of late. His recent surge is especially welcome given that many of the players expected to help lead Akron this postseason (Jesus Aguilar, Chun Chen, Matt Lawson) have been struggling.

  • Chun-Hsiu Chen: DH, Akron: 2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K: Despite hitting .308 during the regular season, Chen has struggled so far this postseason. However, on Tuesday, he showed signs of breaking out of his slump, which would be great news for Akron as the team pursues the Eastern League title.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 0-for-4, 3 K: When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, and I’ll be the first to admit that so far, I’ve been wrong about Aguilar this postseason. I expected great things, but the big first baseman has been a mighty disappointment. He had arguably his worst game of the playoffs Tuesday, and he is now just hitting .150 since the postseason started.
  • Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 0-for-2, SF, RBI: Lawson went hitless Tuesday but did record a RBI on a sacrifice fly. Like many other Aeros, Lawson has been somewhat uninspiring this postseason, but that could be a good sign for Akron moving forward. The team is still winning while its best hitters are scuffling. So what happens if these hitters start to find their groove over these final days?
  • Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: 1-for-4: In general, the Aeros were somewhat lackluster on offense as the team rolled out just seven total hits and scored three runs. Henry tallied one of the seven hits, a single coming in the eighth inning.
  • Ryan Rohlinger: 3B, Akron: 1-for-3, 2B, K: A long tenured minor leaguer, Rohlinger recorded one of the Akron’s three extra-base hits Tuesday.
  • Roberto Perez: C, Akron: 1-for-2, BB, K: Like Holt, Perez has been one of the Aeros’ overachievers in the playoffs. After hitting just .212 in the regular season, Perez has a .353 average in the postseason.
  • Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron: (S, 3), IP, 1 H, 1 K: Guilmet has still been almost perfect for the Aeros this postseason with his ERA sitting pretty at 0.00. Between the regular season and now the playoffs, Guilmet has been a consistent force for the Aeros. He’s not considered much of a prospect, but one has to believe that he’ll be spending most of next season at the Triple-A level. He’s certainly earned it. 

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User Comments

September 12, 2012 - 7:17 PM EDT
Yeah an era under 3.5 in his first 13 major league games. Guy is a bum, probably just release him soon. I heard he has been terrible in day games where the temperature is over 84 degrees as well.
September 12, 2012 - 6:47 PM EDT
I have seen Burns pitch in San Diego. He is not doing well. In fact, he is terrible. He cannot get LH batters out at Petco which is difficult on Hitters and he does not get anyone out on the road where he does not have the huge size advantage of Petco. Just a mopup fringe pitcher I would say.
September 12, 2012 - 4:47 PM EDT
Dan, I agree on Guilmet. He's a guy or the periphery as a prospect simply because there are so many reliever. I mean, look at Matt Langwell in Columbus. Same situation, just a higher level and also kind of overlooked. But that's part of the prospect game. There are only so many Major League spots. With a 25-man roster and with veterans and proven ML players, it is hard to crack a ML roster. Not everyone gets a chance. It will be interesting to see what happens with Guilmet going forward, and it depends on what happens in the offseason, but it appears a coin flip whether he returns to Akron next season or goes to Columbus.

As for Burns, he actually had some potential as a prospect with the funky delivery and a pretty good changeup. He has a plus pitch in that changeup, so it made him an interesting second level relief prospect. Good to see him doing well with the Padres, although I wish it were with the Indians!
September 12, 2012 - 4:00 PM EDT
Cory Burns is another non prospect who we gave up for Cunningham. One of my favorite lines from Moneyball is when Brad Pitt says, if he's such a great hitter, why doesn't he hit? People get obsessed about how high a guy gets drafted or how much his signing bonus is. Rather than just letting guys hit or pitch their way up through the levels. Guys should earn promotions through performance, not because of name or draft position. But then again what does this putrid organization do right?
September 12, 2012 - 2:08 PM EDT
Dan, I agree with you about Guillmet. He has put up impressive numbers. But according to the 'talking heads", numbers don't mean anything if they have already been labeled a non-prospect. If the scouts think they should be playing then they will get the chance. I am a Matt Lawson fan; he has put up good numbers at every level he has played at; but he is not considered anything but an eternal minor league fill player. Sometimes things just don't add up!!!!
September 12, 2012 - 2:03 PM EDT
Preston Guillmet may not be much of a prospect, but, he's been very successful getting prospects out everywhere he's pitched so far in his minor league career. He keeps doing what he's been doing and this non-prospect will get the chance to prove he can get those same prospects out when they are wearing major league uniforms.
September 12, 2012 - 9:49 AM EDT
You are exactly right about Akron winning games without some of their best offensive players doing much. I look for them to break out tonight with a big offensive game. Lawson is about due for a multi-hit game along with many others.

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