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Around the Farm: September 5, 2012

Around the Farm: September 5, 2012
September 6, 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.

Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 E:

You know what they say about big-time players. Well, Lindor sure came through in a big way on Wednesday night, rolling out two doubles, and scoring two runs in the Captains game 1 victory. No, it’s not like he hit for the cycle or anything, but it’s just another part of the bigger puzzle that is Francisco Lindor. Everyone always talks about his make-up being special, and this is just another piece of data to add to that column. He did have two errors in the ballgame, but believe me, fielding isn’t an issue with this kid. Hopefully, Lindor can continue this playoff run…continuing his momentum heading to Carolina next year.

Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 K:

Sabourin continued his scintillating play in 2012 with yet another multi-hit ballgame for the Captains. Sure, he only had three singles, but the guy is an on base machine in 2012, and clearly has placed himself on the radar as a guy to watch going forward. There are always players that develop differently than you expect, and clearly Sabourin is in that spectrum. If he can start adding some power to that offense, he’ll become really interesting. Good to see the solid season continue into the playoffs.

Tyler Naquin: CF, Lake County: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K:

Welcome to Low A Mr. Naquin. The 2012 first round pick joined the 2011 first round pick in the Midwest League for the first time, and really had his breakout game in the organization. Naquin doubled in the second inning with a runner on, and scored on a Lindor double. Naquin drew a walk in the third inning, moved over on a Jose Ramirez single, then scored, again on a Lindor double. Naquin had to be frustrated with his year, missing a month with Mahoning Valley with a pesky back injury. Now, with a chance to shine, he’s taking advantage of it. Naquin and Lindor should get familiar with each other, as it’s likely both will be in Carolina in 2013. Talk about a loaded team.

  • Carlos Carrasco: SP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 K: What a promising start for Carlos Carrasco, who is in rehab mode coming off of his Tommy John surgery a year ago. There’s hope that he can make a return to the Indians in 2013, so this rehab work will be critical. It’s still a long road to walk for Carrasco, but solid stuff for sure.
  • Paulo Espino: SP (sorta), Akron: 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 HR: Espino has been solid in 2012, to say the least. With that said, playoff baseball is a different animal altogether, and Espino struggled in a piggyback mode with Carrasco, and it cost the Aeros the game.
  • Kyle Landis: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K: Landis was in lock down mode last night, and really should start the year off in Columbus. He’s not an elite guy at this point, but he has possessed some good runs in the system over his last two seasons, after missing 2010.
  • Rob Bryson: RP, Akron: 2/3 IP: Bryson didn’t walk anyone, which is a great sign. He clearly has saved his best pitching for the end of the season. Heading into the playoffs, he had only given up a walk and five hits, over his last five innings.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 2B: Aguilar is clearly seeing the baseball better than his initial start in the Eastern League, and may be the best hitter for the Aeros right now. The bottom line…more power. When Aguilar gets more aggressive at the plate, and puts together his new approach with that aggression, bad…bad things are going to happen.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Akron: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K: Chiz made it up another rung on the latter, as he moves a step closer to Cleveland.
  • Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K: Lawson scored the first run of the ballgame, with a second inning blast, giving the Aeros a 1-0 lead. Not sure where Lawson is going to be in 2013, but he’s had a fantastic 2012.
  • Adam Abraham: LF/1B, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K: Abraham hit a solo shot in the seventh, getting the Aeros within two. Look, Abraham is never going to blow you away with an abundance of tools, but he sure knows how to play the game of baseball.
  • Cody Anderson: SP, Lake County: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K: Anderson was solid all season long, and continued that stretch in the first game of the playoffs. He went his normal three innings, and with Lake County scoring five in the first three, left with the lead.
  • Nicholas Pasquale: RP, Lake County: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K: Pasquale wasn’t great, but he pitched well when it counted in the eight…his final inning, and ultimately got the win.
  • Enosil Tejeda: Closer, Lake County: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 K: Well, it wasn’t pretty, as Tejeda gave up two singles to start the inning. The lead runner got thrown out in a stolen base attempt, and Tejeda struck out the final two batters to end the inning.
  • Bryson Myles: LF, Lake County: 1-for-1, 3 BB: No, he didn’t score or drive anyone in, but there are many that believe Myles future is as a leadoff hitter. This is why. Add power to that equation, and he’s a top ten prospect, or better…
  • Dorssys Paulino: SS, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K: The Scrappers managed only five hits in their last game, showcasing the struggles they’ve had all season long. Paulino is an exception to the rule, rolling out two hits in his final game with the Captains. Now, can we get him to Lake County for the playoffs?
  • Jeremy Lucas: C, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 1 2B: You do the math…five hits for the Scrappers with two players rolling out two hits each. Jorge Martinez had the other hit…ironically enough…a double as well. So, at least three of the five were extra base hits. Of course, they didn’t score a run.
  • Harold Guerrero: RP, Mahoning Valley: 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K: Guerrero struggled in 2012, but ended the season the right way…striking out the side in the eight inning.

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User Comments

September 6, 2012 - 6:47 PM EDT
It's actually .236...if you actually count the playoff game...

which doesn't really help my cause, does it...

September 6, 2012 - 5:23 PM EDT
Don't necessarily get the Aguilar power comments. He has a .208 ISO in Akron.
September 6, 2012 - 2:46 PM EDT
Sure agree on Paulino, Tony. Way too early to move this kid off SS. That being said, he sure looks like he might grow into a prototype RF.

I expected Wendle to stay at 2B in LC. He looks a lot more comfortable there defensively to me. But he has little future at 2B in this organization IMO. Decent defender but nowhere near the range of Ramirez much less the guys ahead.

I really like the looks of Paulino's Arizona "backup", Claudio Bautista. I think he will open some eyes and might join Paulino in LC if Wendle is not there. Like you said, looks like an exciting bunch of position players from Akron thru LC. Not nearly as sure about the progression of our young arms but if anyone has a guarantee with young pitching I haven't head about it.
September 6, 2012 - 10:49 AM EDT
Too early to move Paulino. You can't move him off a position based on need right now because so much can change in 1-2 years. Lindor could get hurt/stall, the SS depth could get decimated with injuries/trades, etc. The Indians should (and will) leave Paulino alone at shortstop at least through next season and perhaps through 2014 if he goes to High-A that year and Lindor is in Double-A/Triple-A in 2014. Where a decision would probably have to be made is at the end of 2014 because at that point that is when there would be a potential backup in the upper levels in shortstops. So the Indians have two full seasons to make a decision on him as a shortstop or move him to 3B, 2B or the OF.

As for Jordan Smith, he very likely will stay in the OF. Just too many 3B types in the lower levels that need time, plus I expect Joe Wendle to get a lot of time at 3B at Carolina next year with a guy like Ramirez at 2B. Akron, Carolina and Lake County should be filled with a lot of prospects....should be an exciting year.
September 6, 2012 - 9:02 AM EDT
It will be very interesting to see how the Carolina OF sorts itself out next year if everyone is healthy. Probably not as much ceiling for the college guys but all are prospect worthy. Although Jordan Smith is a solid RF, I wonder if any thought will be given to moving him back to 3B. Unlikely I would guess but if they keep him the OF, the guys in Akron should start worrying by mid season unless they produce more consistently than this year.
September 6, 2012 - 7:11 AM EDT
Paulino has sure rolled out some nice numbers this year. Would like to see him develop in the outfield, and concentrate on his hitting. Lindor looks to be the ss of the future, and with all the good middle infielders in the system, his offence is needed more than his defence.
On Aguilar, maybe he is looking at being too selective at the plate, working for walks,and not showing his power as much. I would take more strikeouts if he could produce 25-30 Hrs., and 100 RBI's. I would venture a guess, and say the 3 mentioned above would be our top 3 prospects.

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