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Around the Farm: September 2, 2012

Around the Farm: September 2, 2012
September 3, 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 in yesterday’s game.

Grant Sides: RP, Carolina: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K:

Sides had run into struggle over the past month or so, but has seemed to right the ship over his last three outings.  Over those three games, he’s pitched in fivd innings, giving up only a hit and two walks, and striking out eight. Sides started off dominating the Carolina League in June, with a 0.00 ERA, but has had a 4.45 ERA since then. I still think that he’s an elite arm in the system, but needs to show consistency at High A before moving on to Akron. I think Sides will likely start the 2012 season right back in Carolina, but should be targeted as a fast mover.

Jake Lowery: DH, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B:

Lowery has a current five-game hit streak. Heading into the streak, Lowery was 0-for-14. Since then, he’s gone 11-for-21, with seven runs, five doubles, a homer and four RBI. In other words, he’s back and ready to do some damage from behind the plate. His slash-line over that stretch is .524/.565/1.000/1.565. That’s not too shabby for a guy that was demoted this season from High A Carolina, and for good reason. He struggled mightily, and is just now starting to warm up to the pitching. Back up to High A for Lowery, who still showcases promise going forward.

  • Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB: Phelps had his third two-hit game in his past four games, and is 6-for-16, with four runs, a double and four RBI during the stretch. You have to wonder if he’ll get the September call-up. He certainly deserves it.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus: 1-for-3:  Chiz played in his first rehab game on his way back to Cleveland. It was non-eventful, other than the fact that he is just some rust away from being back with the big league Indians.
  • Aaron Freakin’ Cunningham: CF, Columbus: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Aaron Roe Ward Cunningham was 1-for-12 heading into Sunday Night’s ballgame, but has bookended that 1-for-12 with two three-hit, homer performances. He’s hitting .197 with the Clippers, with the two homers.
  • Eric Berger: SP, Columbus: L (2-6), 4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 8 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 HR: Here are his past ten outings: July 20th-4.50 ERA/July 25th-16.20 ERA/July 29-0.00 ERA/August 2-15.75 ERA/August 7-1.50 ERA/August 14-10.80 ERA/August 18-2.57 ERA/August 23-20.25 ERA/August 28-0.00 ERA/September 2-15.43 ERA. Talk about your back-and-forth.
  • Columbus bullpen: 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K: The pen was locked down, with Loek Van Mil, newly acquired Scott Maine and Tyler Sturdevant providing solid stuff.
  • Marcus Bradley: LF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K: Bradley had his first multi-hit game with the Muddies, and was the only player with more than one-hit for Carolina on Sunday. He’s hitting a whopping .162 right now.
  • Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Carolina: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Urshela’s ninth inning blast tied the game at one. It was his 14th on the season, which is already five past his previous high.
  • Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K: RRod hit his 20th double in what are his final days at High A Carolina. The only question now is whether or not he’s going to Akron this year, or next.
  • Michael Goodnight: SP, Carolina: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR: Goodnight has back-to-back five-inning gems in the books now, going the ten innings and giving up only seven hits and two runs, while walking four, and striking out six. He’s also hit a couple of batters, so it looks like control may be a bit of an issue.
  • Elvis Araujo: SP, Lake County: L (7-10), 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R/4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K: Araujo has pitched to a giant bell curve, starting the season off with a 2.49 ERA, then moving to a 3.81, before a struggling June and an 8.71 ERA. He started to improve in July with a 6.95 ERA, lowered it again in August with a 4.01 ERA…until this struggling outing.
  • Dorssys Paulino: SS, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI: Paulino’s two-run blast was all the scoring that the Scrappers would get today in a ten game loss, as they only registered two-more hits. It was Paulino’s first home-run in short season Mahoning Valley.
  • Mahoning Valley Hitting: 3-for-29, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 RBI. This is one of the worst hitting teams in the history of the league.
  • Jake Sisco: SP, Mahoning Valley: L (1-6), 3 1/3, 10 H, 9 R/5 ER, 3 BB, 2 KO: Sisco has gone 7 1/3 ip over that last two games, giving up 16 hits and 15 runs, while walking 18, and taking Dirty Romo.
  • Geoffrey Davenport: RP, Mahoning Valley: 4 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Davenport was the star of the show on Sunday night, and has four straight shutout starts this years, covering 15 innings and 10 hits, while striking out

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

User Comments

September 4, 2012 - 9:14 AM EDT
Yeah, heard the gruesome news yesterday on Davenport. Hopefully he is okay and is good to go next season. He gets a long offseason to rehab and be ready, but this is definitely a setback for him considering he is already coming off of Tommy John.
September 3, 2012 - 11:24 PM EDT
Dav broke his elbow throwing a pitch. He was in good spirits after the game and even this morning at the hotel.
September 3, 2012 - 9:28 AM EDT
Hopefully Davenport is okay. He's coming back from injury and you'd hate to see him hurt in what was his last start of the year. I haven't checked in on him any firsthand details you can provide on why he looked hurt would help.

Really pleased with some of the late season performances by some of the Indians higher profile prospects. Like what Urshela is doing, Paulino of course, Lowery's comeback, and lots more.
September 3, 2012 - 8:02 AM EDT
I was at the game in Jamestown. Missed Paulino's blast, but Scrappers were terrible in ever aspect of the game. the worst thing was that Davenport appeared to have a sever arm ibjury in the eighth inning.

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