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Launching Off With The Aeros: 4/10/12 - 4/16/12

Launching Off With The Aeros: 4/10/12 - 4/16/12
April 17, 2012
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The Akron Aeros, much like this notebook (I hope), continued to find their stride over the past week, going 4-3.  The Aeros lost their game last Tuesday against the Altoona Curve, but then headed home to open their season at Canal Park with 3 straight wins over the Trenton Thunder. They stumbled on Sunday to miss out on a 4-game sweep of the Thunder, but rebounded with a 6-3 win over the Bowie Baysox on Monday. The team is currently 7-3 and in 1st place in the Eastern League’s Western Division.

The Aeros continue to win games mostly on the shoulders of their pitching staff, which has only allowed 22 runs in 10 games. That sort of rate is unsustainable, however, so if the Aeros expect to continue winning, they’ll need the offense to start coming through. Players like Tim Fedroff, Jared Goedert, and Kyle Bellows have been pulling their weight on offense, but the Aeros will need more players to pick up some of the slack (Nick Weglarz, Chun Chen, and Roberto Perez would be a good place to start).

The Aeros will continue their homestand against the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday and Wednesday night before headed out to Reading to play the Phillies in a 3-game set Friday the 20th through Sunday the 22nd. After that, the Aeros will head to Bowie for a 3-game series Monday the 24th through Wednesday the 26th.

In Orbit

Tim Fedroff: More like Fedr-on. OF Tim Fedroff may have cooled from his torrid opening to the season this past week, “only” going 5 for 18 with 2 doubles, but he added 8 walks and only 2 strikeouts, getting on base half the time he went to the plate. On an offense that has struggled at times to produce runs, Fedroff has been a constant force at the top of the lineup and has been very impressive in the early going. He deserves a shot in Columbus soon, so if you want to see Fedroff play in Akron, you’d better go check him out soon.

(In case you missed it, Fedroff also sat down for an interview with me last week to talk about his hot start, how he feels to be back in Akron again, and his general approach to the game. Check it out.)

T.J. McFarland: SP T.J. McFarland was dominant in his start Thursday night, getting the win for going 6 scoreless innings with 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, and only 3 hits allowed. McFarland has been very good this year in his first two starts, only allowing 1 earned run in 11 innings pitched. He could still use some improvement in his strikeout rate, but if McFarland continues pitching this well, he will quickly find himself in Columbus. From there, if McFarland keeps getting his sinker to induce groundballs (like Indians starter Justin Masterson), he could feasibly start pushing for a spot in Cleveland in the semi-near future.

Jared Goedert: OF/3B Jared Goedert’s big moment in the past week was his pinch-hit, 3-run home run that put the Aeros ahead for good in Saturday’s 8-5 win over the Thunder. He also posted a very strong week as a whole, going 9 for 20 with 1 home run, 3 doubles, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Goedert is another guy who really has nothing left to prove in AA and should be up in Columbus before too long. Hopefully he can continue to tear the cover off of the ball and can make himself an option in the outfield for the Tribe in 2012.

(Honorable Mentions: Cody Allen, Kyle Bellows, Rob Bryson, Kyle Landis, Bryce Stowell, Ryan Rohlinger, Steven Wright)

Temporarily Grounded

Juan Diaz: SS Juan Diaz’s defense is what got him added to the Indians’ 40-man roster in the offseason and it is still his calling card early in 2012. Diaz’s bat on the other hand? It’s still not there yet. Over the past week, Diaz struggled, going 3 for 19 with 1 double, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks and 1 steal. Diaz doesn’t need to be the next Matt Kemp, but he does need to hit at least a little better than he has been. Much like the next person on this list, Diaz will have a long minor league career with his defensive ability, but if he wants to get to the majors, he needs to get much better at the plate.

Roberto Perez: The book on C Roberto Perez coming into the year was an elite defensive catcher who still needed to learn how to hit. After week 2 of the Aeros’ season, the book remains the save. Perez is still everything you could ask for defensively, but his difficulties at the plate continue. He only went 5 for 19 with 0 extra base hits, 8 strikeouts and no walks in the past week and has really disappointed in the early going. If he doesn’t get it going really soon, he will soon find himself in non-prospect territory – another defense-first catcher that can’t cut it.

Eric Berger: SP Eric Berger pitched pretty well in his start on Sunday (5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 0 BB), but it wasn’t quite enough to make up for his first start of the year last Tuesday (4 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 1 BB). Berger’s peripheral stats still look good (9:1 SO:BB ratio), but he will need to start limiting runs soon if he wants to stick in the Aeros’ rotation. He has allowed a home run in each of his first two starts in 2012, so that would be a great place to improve going forward this season.

(Dishonorable Mentions: Chun Chen, Giovanni Soto, Nick Weglarz)

Weekly and Yearly Stats

Hitters (Past Week):

Adam Abraham, 1B: .308/.438/.308 slash line, .745 OPS, .360 wOBA, .333 BABIP, 6.3 K%, 18.8 BB%, .000 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB in 16 PA (4 G)

Kyle Bellows, 3B: .353/.421/.529 slash line, .950 OPS, .415 wOBA, .357 BABIP, 10.5 K%, 10.5 BB%, .176 ISO, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB in 19 PA (5 G)

Chun Chen, 1B/C: .333/.364/.429 slash line, .792 OPS, .350 wOBA, .467 BABIP, 27.3 K%, 4.5 BB%, .095 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB in 22 PA (5 G)

Ben Copeland, OF: .071/.067/.071 slash line, .138 OPS, .121 wOBA, .083 BABIP, 13.3 K%, 0.0 BB%, .000 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB in 15 PA (4 G)

Juan Diaz, SS: .158/.238/.211 slash line, .449 OPS, .213 wOBA, .231 BABIP, 28.6 K%, 9.5 BB%, .053 ISO, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB in 21 PA (5 G)

Tim Fedroff, OF: .278/.500/.389 slash line, .889 OPS, .456 wOBA, .313 BABIP, 7.7 K%, 30.8 BB%, .111 ISO, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB in 26 PA (6 G)

Jared Goedert, OF/3B: .450/.500/.750 slash line, 1.250 OPS, .528 wOBA, .500 BABIP, 13.6 K%, 9.1 BB%, .300 ISO, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB in 22 PA (6 G)

Thomas Neal, OF: .111/.385/.222 slash line, .607 OPS, .319 wOBA, .125 BABIP, 7.7 K%, 23.1 BB%, .111 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB in 13 PA (3 G)

Roberto Perez, C: .263/.263/.263 slash line, .526 OPS, .237 wOBA, .455 BABIP, 42.1 K%, 0.0 BB%, .000 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB in 19 PA (5 G)

Ryan Rohlinger, 2B/SS/3B: .300/.333/.600 slash line, .933 OPS, .393 wOBA, .286 BABIP, 19.0 K%, 0.0 BB%, .300 ISO, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB in 21 PA (5 G)

Davis Stoneburner, 2B: .200/.333/.300 slash line, .633 OPS, .298 wOBA, .286 BABIP, 25.0 K%, 16.7 BB%, .100 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB in 12 PA (3 G)

Nick Weglarz, OF: .250/.250/.250 slash line, .500 OPS, .225 wOBA, .364 BABIP, 31.3 K%, 0.0 BB%, .000 ISO, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB in 16 PA (4 G)

Team Totals: .270/.351/.383 slash line, .734 OPS, .339 wOBA, .329 BABIP, 19.4 K%, 10.4 BB%, .112 ISO, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 4 SB in 222 PA (6 G)

Pitchers (Past Week):

Cody Allen, RP: 2 G, 1 SV, 0-0 W-L, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0.00 ERA, 1.20 FIP, 0.25 WHIP, 4:0 SO:BB

Eric Berger, SP: 2 G (2 GS), 0-2 W-L, 9.0 IP, 11 H, 8.00 ERA, 4.42 FIP, 1.33 WHIP, 9:1 SO:BB

Rob Bryson, RP: 2 G, 0-0 W-L, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0.00 ERA, 1.95 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, 7:3 SO:BB

Paolo Espino, SP: On DL

Preston Guilmet, RP: 2 G, 0-0 W-L, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4.50 ERA, 9.20 FIP, 1.50 WHIP, 2:1 SO:BB

Kyle Landis, RP: 2 G, 1-0 W-L, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0.00 ERA, 1.60 FIP, 0.40 WHIP, 4:0 SO:BB

Matt Langwell, RP: 2 G, 0-0 W-L, 3.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 1.33 WHIP, 0:0 SO:BB

T.J. McFarland, SP: 1 G (1 GS), 1-0 W-L, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0.00 ERA, 2.37 FIP, 0.67 WHIP, 4:1 SO:BB

Toru Murata, SP/RP: 2 G (1 GS), 0-0 W-L, 4.3 IP, 6 H, 4.15 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 1.62 WHIP, 2:1 SO:BB

Bryan Price, RP: 1 G, 1 SV, 0-0 W-L, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4.50 ERA, 6.70 FIP, 0.50 WHIP, 3:0 SO:BB

Giovanni Soto, SP: 1 G (1 GS), 0-0 W-L, 4.0 IP, 7 H, 9.00 ERA, 1.45 FIP, 2.00 WHIP, 5:1 SO:BB

Bryce Stowell, RP: 2 G, 1-0 W-L, 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0.00 ERA, -1.30 FIP, 0.50 WHIP, 9:0 SO:BB

Steven Wright, SP: 1 G (1 GS), 1-0 W-L, 5.7 IP, 2 H, 1.59 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 1.06 WHIP, 7:4 SO:BB

Team Totals: 4-2 W-L, 53.0 IP, 42 H, 3.06 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 56:12 SO:BB

Hitters (On Year):

Adam Abraham, 1B: .222/.333/.222 slash line, .556 OPS, .274 wOBA, .267 BABIP, 14.3 K%, 14.3 BB%, .000 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB in 21 PA (6 G)

Kyle Bellows, 3B: .240/.406/.360 slash line, .766 OPS, .388 wOBA, .278 BABIP, 18.8 K%, 21.9 BB%, .120 ISO, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, in 32 PA (8 G)

Chun Chen, 1B/C: .250/.385/.313 slash line, .697 OPS, .331 wOBA, .400 BABIP, 30.8 K%, 17.9 BB%, .063 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB in 39 PA (9 G)

Ben Copeland, OF: .095/.130/.095 slash line, .226 OPS, .150 wOBA, .111 BABIP, 13.0 K%, 4.3 BB%, .000 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB in 23 PA (7 G)

Juan Diaz, SS: .242/.325/.303 slash line, .628 OPS, .310 wOBA, .320 BABIP, 25.0 K%, 12.5 BB%, .061 ISO, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB in 40 PA (9 G)

Tim Fedroff, OF: .375/.524/.469 slash line, .993 OPS, .475 wOBA, .480 BABIP, 16.7 K%, 23.8 BB%, .094 ISO, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB in 42 PA (9 G)

Jared Goedert, OF/3B: .371/.463/.543 slash line, 1.006 OPS, .441 wOBA, .429 BABIP, 14.6 K%, 14.6 BB%, .171 ISO, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB in 41 PA (10 G)

Michel Hernandez, C: .500/.500/.500 slash line, 1.000 OPS, .450 wOBA, .500 BABIP, 0.0 K%, 0.0 BB%, .000 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB in 4 PA (1 G)

Thomas Neal, OF: .167/.318/.222 slash line, .540 OPS, .270 wOBA, .188 BABIP, 9.1 K%, 13.6 BB%, .056 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB in 22 PA (5 G)

Roberto Perez, C: .233/.258/.333 slash line, .591 OPS, .290 wOBA, .333 BABIP, 35.5 K%, 3.2 BB%, .100 ISO, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB in 31 PA (8 G)

Ryan Rohlinger, 2B/SS/3B: .286/.375/.536 slash line, .911 OPS, .393 wOBA, .286 BABIP, 15.6 K%, 6.3 BB%, .250 ISO, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB in 32 PA (8 G)

Davis Stoneburner, 2B: .125/.263/.188 slash line, .451 OPS, .226 wOBA, .182 BABIP, 26.3 K%, 15.8 BB%, .063 ISO, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB in 19 PA (5 G)

Nick Weglarz, OF: .133/.188/.133 slash line, .321 OPS, .186 wOBA, .235 BABIP, 40.6 K%, 6.3 BB%, .000 ISO, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB in 32 PA (8 G)

Team Totals: .245/.349/.332 slash line, .682 OPS, 329 wOBA, .314 BABIP, 22.0 K%, 13.2 BB%, .087 ISO, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 6 SB, 32 R in 378 PA (10 G)

Pitchers (On Year):

Cody Allen, RP: 2 G, 1 SV, 0-0 W-L, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0.00 ERA, 1.20 FIP, 0.25 WHIP, .111 BABIP, 9.00 SO/9, 0.00 BB/9

Eric Berger, SP: 2 G (2 GS), 0-2 W-L, 9.0 IP, 11 H, 8.00 ERA, 4.42 FIP, 1.33 WHIP, .346 BABIP, 9.00 SO/9, 1.00 BB/9

Rob Bryson, RP: 3 G, 0-0 W-L, 5.3 IP, 2 H, 1.69 ERA, 1.14 FIP, 0.94 WHIP, .250 BABIP, 16.88 SO/9, 5.06 BB/9

Jose De La Torre, RP: 2 G, 1-0 W-L, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0.00 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, .182 BABIP, 9.00 SO/9, 5.40 BB/9

Paolo Espino, SP: 1 G (1 GS), 0-0 W-L, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0.00 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 1.50 WHIP, .250 BABIP, 9.00 SO/9, 9.00 BB/9

Preston Guilmet, RP: 3 G, 1 SV, 0-0 W-L, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3.00 ERA, 7.20 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, .125 BABIP, 6.00 SO/9, 3.00 BB/9

Kyle Landis, RP: 3 G, 1-0 W-L, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0.00 ERA, 2.63 FIP, 0.71 WHIP, .188 BABIP, 6.43 SO/9, 2.57 BB/9

Matt Langwell, RP: 3 G, 1 SV, 0-0 W-L, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1.80 ERA, 1.60 FIP, 0.80 WHIP, .308 BABIP, 7.20 SO/9, 0.00 BB/9

T.J. McFarland, SP: 2 G (2 GS), 2-0 W-L, 11.0 IP, 8 H, 0.82 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, .235 BABIP, 4.91 SO/9, 2.45 BB/9

Toru Murata, SP/RP: 3 G (1 GS), 0-0 W-L, 5.3 IP, 6 H, 3.38 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 1.69 WHIP, .353 BABIP, 3.38 SO/9, 5.06 BB/9

Bryan Price, RP: 3 G, 1 SV, 0-0 W-L, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1.50 ERA, 2.37 FIP, 0.33 WHIP, .100 BABIP, 13.50 SO/9, 0.00 BB/9

Giovanni Soto, SP: 2 G (2 GS), 1-0 W-L, 9.0 IP, 9 H, 5.00 ERA, 1.76 FIP, 1.33 WHIP, .409 BABIP, 11.00 SO/9, 3.00 BB/9

Bryce Stowell, RP: 3 G, 1-0 W-L, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0.00 ERA, -1.20 FIP, 0.40 WHIP, .400 BABIP, 19.80 SO/9, 0.00 BB/9

Steven Wright, SP: 2 G (2 GS), 1-1 W-L, 11.3 IP, 5 H, 1.59 ERA, 2.67 FIP, 0.97 WHIP, .192 BABIP, 9.53 SO/9, 4.76 BB/9

Team Totals: 10 G, 7-3 W-L, 88.0 IP, 58 H, 2.25 ERA, 2.62 FIP, 0.97 WHIP, .258 BABIP, 9.41 SO/9, 2.76 BB/9

M*A*S*H Unit

The Aeros had no changes to the DL this past week, with SP Paolo Espino simply remaining inactive with a strained oblique. There is no word yet on when we can expect to see him back on the mound.

Moves (Like Orbit)

April 10 – RP Jose De La Torre called up to AAA Columbus

April 12 – RP Cody Allen called up from High-A Carolina

April 13 – C Michel Hernandez called up to AAA Columbus

If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at jpiasci1@gmail.com. If you want to read his Master's thesis on college athletes and Twitter, you can do so here.

User Comments

Mark
April 17, 2012 - 12:14 PM EDT
Jim, on the stats side, Langwell was not charged with an earned run the other night...ERA is still 0.00.

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