Around the Farm: September 12, 2012
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.
Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron Aeros: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI:
Lawson had a big 2012 season with the Aeros. The 26-year-old hit .327 in 60 games, with 20 runs, 17 doubles, 3 triples, a homer and 23 RBI. He hasn’t exactly been tearing it up in the playoffs, but the two hits last night gave him a respectable .273 average. I’m not sure if Lawson figures into the Indians future plans, but he certainly has given them a reason to pause this year. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a player that’s going to contend for a spot with the Indians in the near future, and if he does then there’s something really fundamentally wrong with the club. But Lawson can certainly give the team a bit of comfort knowing they have some cushion.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Akron Aeros: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K: Tyler Holt continued his playoff hot streak with another two-hit ballgame. While he isn’t leading off, he’s performing like a lead-off hitter with a .375/.444/.542 slash-line in seven games, with five runs, two doubles, and a triple. As Holt goes right now, so do the Aeros.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K: Aguilar launched his first home run of the playoffs in the first inning of Wednesday night’s ballgame, giving Danny Salazar and the Akron Aeros a 2-0 lead in their best of five series.
- Adam Abraham: LF, Akron: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI: Abraham played a little outfield in this one, and just keeps on hitting the baseball. While he’s one of the streakiest ballplayers in the system, when he’s on…he’s on.
- Ryan Rohlinger: 3B, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RB, K: Even Rohlinger is hitting the ball a ton. With his homer and double, Rohlinger is hitting .292 in the seris.
- Danny Salazar: SP, Akron: W (1-0), 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 2 HR: Salazar is one of the hottest pitchers in the Indians’ organization, and while this wasn’t his best performance, he continues to win games. His nine strikeouts were the most he has had this season.
- Hector Rondon: RP, Akron Aeros: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Rondon made his second one-inning appearance in the last four days, and it was nearly as good. Rondon has certainly looked good in his return, and gives the Indians hope that they have a potential prospect or two with upside who can make a difference in the near future.
- Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron Aeros: S (4), 1 K: Guilmet is just sick at this point, making his fourth appearance in the playoffs, and his second in as many days. He has a save in all four games, covering five innings. He’s been in lock down mode, giving up only two hits, while striking out five. When he’s on, there’s nobody more efficient than Guilmet. He’ll likely be the closer next year in Columbus, and while he’s not on the same level with regards to velocity as some other members of the system’s pen, he’s definitely got better numbers than most. If he does it again in Columbus, he HAS to be a factor in the Tribe’s bullpen going forward. Of course, they could always deal him for an Aaron Freakin’ Cunningham, like they did with Cory Burns.
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