Around the Farm: September 7, 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.
Danny Salazar: SP, Akron Aeros: 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K:
It really does not get much better than this. Aside from allowing a two-run home run in the third inning, Salazar was dominant Friday and gave just the type of playoff performance a team would hope for from a starting pitcher. The impressive outing was just the latest in what has been a brilliant 2012 campaign for the 22-year-old right-hander. In 87 2/3 innings with Akron and the Carolina Mudcats, Salazar recorded a 2.68 ERA to go along with 76 strikeouts against just 27 walks. Salazar certainly seems to be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery as he was reportedly throwing 94-95 mph consistently with ease Friday. When asked to name the most intriguing or exciting prospects in the Indians’ system, fans will undoubtedly name Francisco Lindor, Dorssys Paulino and Jesus Aguilar. While those three definitely deserve the recognition, a case can be made that Salazar should be right up there next to them. Especially after Friday.
Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, CS:
Holt actually entered the 2012 season with a decent amount of recognition as evidenced by IPI ranking him as the 24th prospect in the Indians’ system. After leading the Carolina League in walks in 2011, it might be fair to say that Holt took a bit of a step back in 2012 as his stats dipped in some important statistical categories (BB, 2B, SB).However, perhaps some of that can be attributed to the change of league as Holt was promoted to Akron midway through the season. Nonetheless, his performance Friday was key as he was one of just two Aeros to collect more than one hit.
- Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: 1-for-4, 2 K: Henry had a solid 2012 season with the Aeros as he hit .278 in 73 games. The two strikeouts was somewhat of an anomaly as the left-handed hitter struck out just 31 times during the regular season.
- Chun-Hsiu Chen: DH, Akron: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K: Chen has still yet to record his first hit with the Aeros during the postseason. His struggles come as somewhat of a surprise as Chen hit .308/.394/.426 in 108 regular season games this year.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 0-for-4: Aguilar has to settle for a big 0-fer Friday night. No worries though. The big right-hander is obviously just waiting to break out. Just wait, I’m smelling two home runs tonight with one being of the walk-off variety.
- Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 1-for-3, 1 RBI: Lawson’s ever-growing IPI fan base will be pleased to see the right-handed hitter come up with his second RBI this postseason. It’s nothing new for Lawson though, who was outstanding all season by posting a .327 average with the Aeros.
- Davis Stoneburner: SS, Akron: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B: The phrase goes: “Big-time players make big-time plays in big games,” yet sometimes, the big plays come from where you least expect them, which was exactly the case with Stoneburner on Friday. The right-handed hitter had a measly .198 average for the regular season but he came up big with two hits.
- Adam Abraham: LF, Akron: 0-for-4, 2 K: After a regular season in which he hit .259 with 13 home runs, Abraham has been somewhat of a disappointment in the playoffs so far as he’s recorded just one hit. He was especially poor Friday as struck out twice and only got on base once because of a Bowie error.
- Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron: (S, 1), 2 IP, 3 K: It gets no more dominant than this. With the Aeros clinging to a narrow one-run lead, Guilmet came on and pitched a perfect two innings and also struck out three in the process. Guilmet was tremendous this season as he finished 2-2 with a 2.39 ERA and 24 saves. However, if Friday was any indication, he may have saved his best for last. Let’s hope that’s the case.
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