Around the Farm: September 14, 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.
Chun-Hsiu Chen: DH, Akron Aeros: 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 1 K:
After hitting .308 during the regular season, it’s safe to say that a Chen was expected to be one of Akron’s central cogs come playoff time. While it took Chen a little bit to heat up, he seems to finally be finding his groove now. On Friday, he had his best performance of the postseason yet, but it unfortunately came in a losing effort. Chen’s solid night was one of a handful Friday that proved to be somewhat irrelevant as the team’s pitching was so poor. After spending his second straight season in Akron, it will be interesting to see where Chen goes next year. His lack of a true position could make things difficult, but his numbers certainly suggest that he seems to have graduated from the Double-A level.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K: Aguilar has been slow to get going this postseason, but he does seem to be settling in. After hitting a home run in Game 2 of the Eastern League Championship Series, Aguilar recorded two more hits Friday, one of which was a double. He also tallied his third and fourth RBI of the postseason.
- Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, K: Like many other Aeros Friday, Henry had an outstanding night at the plate. Despite having a very good season in which he hit .278, Henry seems to get little respect, yet he keeps chugging along.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 1-for-4, R, 2 K: Holt has been the Akron’s top hitter in the postseason so far, but on Friday he had somewhat of an off night. Still, he managed to record one hit and his postseason average sits at .357.
- Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 1-for-4, RBI, 2 K: Lawson’s postseason has not mirrored his regular, but he did manage to get a hit and drive in a run Friday. The 26-year-old now has a playoff average of .269 and has driven in a run in all three games of the Eastern League Championship Series.
- Adam Abraham: LF, Akron: 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K: After hitting 13 home runs in the regular season with Akron, Abraham launched his second home run of the postseason Friday.
- Davis Stoneburner: SS, Akron: 2-for-3, BB, K: Sometimes you just never know what you’re going to get. After hitting posted a futile line of .198/.268/.272 during the regular season, Stoneburner has been one of Akron’s most productive hitters in the playoffs with an average of .294.
- Carlos Carrasco: SP, Akron: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, K, HR: On the positive side of things, it’s nice to see that Carrasco was able to go more than one inning here. Though he did get knocked around a bit as he allowed four hits, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Still, the important is that the Indians trusted him to pitch two innings, which should be a sign that he is definitely coming along nicely in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. On more encouraging sign. Of the 33 pitches that Carrasco threw, 22 of them were strikes. Clearly, he’s able to find the zone, which can also only be considered a positive moving forward.
- T.J. House: RP, Akron: (L, 0-1), 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, WP: House’s line ended up looking quite poor, though some of that can be attributed to the runners he left on base that Bryce Stowell allowed to score. Regardless though, anytime you allow five earned runs, something was not working, and that seemed to be the case for House on Friday.
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