Around the Farm: September 9, 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.
Adam Abraham: LF, Akron Aeros: 3-for-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI:
Abraham is everything that’s good about minor league baseball. He’s not a real prospect in the system, but he sure does play as hard as anyone, and he ALWAYS figures his way out of slumps. Abraham’s biggest hit came in the first inning when Abraham hit a two-out single, scoring Chen and Jesus Aguilar to give the Aeros a big 3-0 lead. Hit also hit a triple in the third, but didn’t score. He led off the 6th inning with a single, and was taken out for speedster, Delvi Cid.
Bryson Myles: LF, Lake County Captains: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB:
Anyone who follows ATF knows that I think very highly of Bryson Myles, and he hasn’t done much to disappoint. He has struggled with injury, and struggled coming back from it this season. But he’s back. On Sunday, Myles went 3-for-4, and is now hitting .571 in the playoffs. While that number is just crazy to begin with, but believe it or not, it’s not what’s got me so excited. What’s got me pumped are Myles two stolen bases. Why? He’s clearly 100%, and showing what he can do when it’s all clicking. When he gets up to Columbus, if he’s not a top two or three prospect, I’ll be shocked.
- Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB: Henry got the ball rolling in the first inning, getting on base with a walk, stealing second, getting to third on a ground out, and easily coming home on a Chen single. Henry continues to stir the drink for this team.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB: Holt is another guy that’s playing well, getting on base, and shaking things up. He drove in Davis Stoneburner in the second inning on a single. In the seventh, Holt walked with one out, stole second and scored on a Chen single.
- Chun Chen: DH, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K: Chen had been really scuffling until Sunday evening, and really, had been struggling for a month. He picked the right game to break out of the slump.
- Carlos Carrasco: SP, Akron: 1 IP, 2 K: Carrasco threw 15 pitches and struck out two of his three batters. He’s dominated in his two innings.
- Brett Brach: RP, Akron: W (1-0), 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 4 K, 1 HR: Brach is an unheralded pitcher in this system, but he’s sure been pitching well. He didn’t disappoint on Sunday, backing up Carlos Carrasco. He was knocked out of the game by former Tribe middle infielder Josh Barfield, who hit a solo shot in the eighth inning.
- Hector Rondon: RP, Akron: S (1), 1 IP, 1 K: In a game that was started by Carrasco, was finished by Rondon, and he may have been more dominant. He threw 12 pitches, struck out the last batter, and threw nine strikes.
- Jose Ramirez: 2B, Lake County: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB: Ramirez just keeps hitting, and keeps getting on base. I have to believe he is making himself into a top prospect right now. He clearly doesn’t have the size or stature, but he just keeps playing well. He’s now hitting .385 in the playoffs.
- Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI: Smith showed off his versatility, hitting another triple. He had seven during the regular season. Ramirez and Smith drove in four of the Captains eight runs.
- Tyler Naquin: CF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB: If you were wondering whether or not Naquin could hit, this should allay our fears. Naquin is hitting .385 in the playoffs, heading to the finals. He has some good momentum heading to Carolina next season.
- Joe Wendle: 3B, Lake County: 1-for-3, 1R, 13B, 1 RBI: Wendle has scuffled in Low A, but rolled out a triple in this one.
- Louis Head: RP, Lake County: W (1-0), 3 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Head came in after Araujo struggled and shut the door. He’s had an up and down year, but this is certainly an up.
- Enosil Tejeda: Closer, Lake County: S (3), 1 IP, 1 H: Tejeda has been a lock-down reliever. Yeah, he has three saves, but he’s also got a perfect 0.00 ERA.
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