Around the Farm: September 3, 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.
Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron Aeros: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI:
I really get the feeling that Aguilar is about to explode. He did it last season in the playoffs for the Mudcats after treading water for a month, and he seems to have gotten an early start while in Akron. Since August 28th, Aguilar has five multi-hit games out of six, and is leading the Eastern League in hitting, with a .478 average. He’s only hit one double and yesterday’s homer, but the stroke is there. While he hasn’t capped off his season just yet, his regular season numbers keep him on the trajectory of the big leagues…and I think his name will start cropping up in 2013. He likely won’t see Cleveland until 2014, but if he has a big season out of the gate next year in Columbus, you just never know.
Jose Ramirez: 2B, Lake County Captains: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SB:
Well, Ramirez ended his regular season with a nine-game hit streak in which his slash line is .475/.500/.675, with nine runs, a double, two triples, a homer, and nine RBI. Overall, he’s hitting .354, and this follows a short season run last year in which he hit .325. I’m not going to say much more here that wasn’t already said time-and-time again throughout the season, but there really isn’t a statistic in this kid’s game that doesn’t translate to being in the discussion with the top prospects. What he does to Carolina pitchers next year will be a big deal though.
Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County Captains: 3-for-5, 4 R, 1 BB:
Smith finishes the regular season with a .316 average, and about his 100th multi-hit game of the season. I’m sure there will be talk around the system next season that he’s got one of the best bats, if not the best. Like Ramirez, it will be interesting to see how he handles the tough Carolina League. He rolled out nine homers, three of which have come over his last ten ballgames. He combined that with seven triples and 23 doubles, and has a .316/.367/.453 slash line. A great season for a guy who’s season and career is pointing up.
- Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1BB, 1 K, 3 SB: Fedroff had a stellar season in both Akron (.305/.396/.443) and Columbus (.325/.393/.517). He ended the International League season with a 12-game hit streak, and a game-winning single, and somehow managed to not get a call-up, as of yet. I’m sure it all comes down to playing time, as it would be hard to find time for the amount of outfielders they have there in Cleveland already, but hard to see Fedroff getting passed over. His time comes in 2013, I guess.
- Jared Goedert: 1B, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI: Goedert ended his season on a high note with two-hits, driving in the first run of the game. Goedert was another guy I thought might get a look, but Vinny Rottino got the nod after the game. Take that for whatever it’s worth.
- Juan Diaz: SS, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R: Diaz just keeps getting better, as I’m sure he never wanted this season to end. Diaz capped off a season in which he saw five games of major league action on a fluke, hit 11 homers in Akron, and hit .306 in a three-week stint in Columbus. The 23-year old put himself on the map in the system as the first in a long line of outstanding shortstop prospects this season has at every level.
- Luke Carlin: C, Columbus: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB: Carlin ended his season playing his best offensive ball of the year. He has a four-game hit streak, and is hitting .333 over the last ten ballgames. If this is his last game with the Tribe system, thanks for the service. I have a feeling they’ll try to bring him back for another season.
- Cole Cook: SP, Columbus: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K: There are some guys that just get the job done, even though their tools aren’t necessarily as good as some flashier guys. That’s Cole Cook in a nutshell. He’s excelled at every level this season, and ended the year with a 2.64 ERA at four different levels. He saved the best for last, as he rounded out his Triple A season with three straight shutout performances, including two starts. His last game was his best, and counting a spot appearance in May, Cook has pitched 12 innings, giving up nine hits and four walks, while striking out 10.
- David Huff: RP/Columbus: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 HR: Huff gets a call-up, pitches an inning, and gives up a homer. He’s not had a good season.
- Dan Wheeler: Closer, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K: Well, Wheeler ends his Indians career doing what he’s done with the Clippers all season…dominate. He hasn’t given up a run since August 23rd, and ended the year with a 2.32 ERA. He was…really…REALLY bad with the Indians though…
- Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B: Henry is finally healthy and making noise in the system as a leadoff spark-plug. He has a nine-game hit streak, and is hitting .400, with four runs, a double, three RBI, three walks and two K’s over the stretch. His OBP is .447 during that time as well.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K: Holt’s season was a mixed bag, as the Aeros head to the playoffs. He started the year off hot for Akron, but got stranded in a league below where he likely needed to be, and started to scuffle. He carried that with him once he got the promotion, and didn’t really start hitting the ball well until the end of the season. It will be interesting to see what they do with Holt and Henry heading into 2013. They may both start in Akron.
- Brett Brach: SP, Akron: W (5-7), 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K: Brach is another one of those guys that can lay at any level, but isn’t really a discussion point with regards to the big leagues. He ended his year with his best performance of the season, but he’ll pepper his stats with games like this all the time. He ended the season with a nice 3.65 ERA with the Aeros.
- Hector Rondon: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K: This is exactly what you want to see from Rondon, who’s still rehabbing from two elbow surgeries in 2010 and 2011. Remember, he’s only 23, so 2013 will be HUGE in his development. They’ll likely limit his innings to start, similar to Danny Salazar, and see where it goes from there.
- Justin Toole: 1B, Carolina: 2-for-4: Toole ended another season as a super utility guy, with a two-hit performance. It doesn’t really matter where he starts the season next year, as he’ll likely play at just about every level that needs him.
- Delvi Cid: LF, Carolina: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI: Well, Cid celebrated his Akron call-up for the play-offs with his fifth homer of the season, driving in the Muddies only two runs of the game.
- Will Roberts: SP, Carolina: L (5-10), 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: Roberts pitched a decent game, but didn’t get any run support and took his 10th loss of the season. He was inconsistent for much of the season, but had enough good starts to think that a big 2013 could cement him as a legit bottom of the rotation innings eater, going forward.
- Fabio Martinez: RP, Carolina: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K: Martinez actually put back-to-back shutouts appearances together. His final ERA with the Muddies was 8.53. He finished the year with an 0-7 record, and a 10.24 ERA. Solid stuff.
- Jerrud Sabourin: DH, Lake County: 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K: The Sabour-tooth tiger ended his regular season with another two-hit game, which he’s made habit of this season. His average finished slightly below .300, but there’s not a negative that you can say about this kid’s breakout season.
- Bryson Myles: LF, Lake County: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 1 K: Myles really should be at the top of ATF today…with his five RBI. He has been on a tear of late, and has a two-hit, three-hit and four-hit game within the past five. Myles was a breakout kind of guy in 2011, but after injuries curtailed his early 2012 season, he’s been mostly under the radar since. Well, he’s back.
- Felix Sterling: SP, Lake County: 3 IP, 11 H, 6 R/ER, 1 K: Well, Sterling dominated the Rookie league, so there’s that.
- Cody Penny: RP, Lake County: W (4-1), 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K: Penny has given up only three runs in his last 17 innings since being promoted to the Captains. He should start the season with Carolina next year, but may spend a month in Lake County, as he’s only made nine appearances with them this season.
- Joe Wendle: 3B, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Wendle will be heading to Lake County for the playoffs, and celebrated with another two-hit ballgame. He was the only Captains’ player with two hits.
- Jorge Martinez: DH, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI: Martinez will likely be sliding right over to third for the last two games, taking over for Wendle. He’s struggled in his few games with the Scrappers, but has a big-time bat, and will likely start the year off in Lake County, depending on what happens above him.
- Luis DeJesus: SP, Mahoning Valley: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR: DeJesus got a no-decision in his last start of the year, and gave up five runs, although only two were earned. I’m not ready to say he’s a breakout guy, but his season did make many take notice. Will it carry to Carolina and beyond? Only time will tell.
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