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Around the Farm: September 8, 2012

Around the Farm: September 8, 2012
September 9, 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: Shortstop, Lake County Captains: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K:

The best players play well when the games count the most. It’s not really rocket science. Enter Francisco Lindor, who’s taken a bit of heat over the past couple of months for diminishing numbers. Scouts still rave about the kid, his approach, and his make-up, and now you can see why. His slashline for the playoffs thusfar is .385/.429/.923/1.352. He hit his first playoff homer, has scored four runs in three games, has two doubles, a triple and a homer, and has driven in four. The Captains lost last night, but Lindor continues to “Captain” this team with his play on the field. His eighth inning, one-out blast tied the game at 3.

  • Roberto Perez: C, Akron: 1-for-2, 1 RBI: Fundamentals. If there is one word that describes Robert Perez as a player, it’s the term fundamentals. His numbers rarely scream out as being the best player on the field, but over the past couple of seasons, it’s clear to me that he often he is the most important player on the field. On Saturday night, Perez hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of a must-win, 1-1 ball game that scored pinch-runner Ronny Rodriguez, and gave Akron one more day to fight the good fight. On to Game 5.
  • Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K: When Henry is on he’s one of the most pesky players in the system. The good news for the Aeros is that Henry’s been playing his best baseball of the season, and really, over his past two seasons. Over his last 25 regular season games, Henry hit .330, and became that top of the order threat that he was before injuries brought him down. Henry has been on base in all four games, and is 4-for-13 in games 2, 3 & 4.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Akron: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K: Chisenhall drove in the “other” run for the Aeros, giving the Aeros a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. It’s believed that Chisenhall will be heading to Cleveland in the next few days.
  • Ronny Rodriguez: PR/DH, Akron:  0-for-0, 1 R: Rodriguez got his first taste of Double-A, playoff action by pinch-running for Chun Chen and scoring the game-winning run. It will be interesting to see if he gets into the field if the Aeros advance to the semis.
  • Toru Murata: SP, Akron: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K: Murata was as steady as they come, making his first Double A, playoff start. How good has Murata been for the Aeros? In his last six starts, he’s had the BEST ERA in Eastern League. Yes folks, even better than Danny Salazar. Try this on for size. Salazar is 4-0, with a 1.84 during his six starts over the same stretch. Murata is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA over his six starts. Salazar has pitched in 34 innings, while Murata has pitched in 30 2/3 innings, for those that might think the numbers are skewed. Salazar has given up 25 hits, seven earned runs, one homer and eight walks, while striking out 23. Murata has given up 21 hits, four earned runs and four walks, while striking out 26. Not too shabby.
  • Trey Haley: RP, Akron: W (1-0), 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K: Haley looked solid in vulturing Murata’s win. It wasn’t a perfect appearance for the flame-thrower, but another fairly positive step in his development. He did leave the game with the bases loaded, for Shawn Armstrong.
  • Shawn Armstrong: RP, Akron: 1/3 IP, 1 K: Armstrong faced one batter, with the bases loaded and the game on the line, and struck him out. Job…Well…Done.
  • Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron: S (2):  Guilmet does what he does best, and that’s close out games. He’s not flashy, and he’s not an arm that screams elite, but his numbers sure do. As long as another idiotic “Cory Burns” type trade doesn’t come about, Guilmet should be closing games one level away from Cleveland next year.
  • Jose Ramirez: 2B, Lake County: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Ramirez belted his first home run of the playoffs, and is currently batting .364 for the Captains in the playoffs, which is only ten points above his season average. The kid can play.
  • Shawn Morimando: SP, Lake County: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K: Morimando didn’t have his A game on Saturday night, but did enough to keep the Captains in the game. He left with the Captains down 3-2.
  • Daniel Jimenez: RP, Lake County: L (0-3), 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 K: Jimenez, a starter in his normal life, finished the season strong, after some struggle. In his last three regular season starts, Jimenez went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He followed that up with a fairly brilliant performance on Saturday night. The problem? After Lindor’s eighth inning blast, he gave up a leadoff double and a one-out single, to give Fort Wayne the 4-3 victory.

Check out IPI's new cyber-show, Cleveland Sports Insiders, that hit the airwaves on Saturday, September 8th from 10:30-11:30, and will continue at that same time slot over the next month. The show will deal with the Indians, as all IPI shows will, but also have major Browns, Cavs and other pertinent Cleveland Sports discussion (Ohio State football anyone?). Check out last night's podcast, as Steve Orbanek and I preview the Browns 2012 season, Art Modell's tenure, Jimmy Haslam's purchase, the drafting of Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson, as well as taking a look at the Cavs draft, and the Indians September call-ups. Check out the podcast...RIGHT HERE...

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

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