Around the Farm: April 13, 2012
By Kevin Dean
April 14, 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.
Cody Allen - RP, Akron: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, S (1).
After just four innings of work with the Mudcats, Allen was promoted and immediately thrown into a high-leverage situation in Akron. He pitched two perfect innings, struck out two, and earned the save. Between the two affiliates, he has allowed just one baserunner, punching out 10 batters in six innings. His early results, combined with a solid showing in big league spring camp have earned him plenty of buzz within the organization recently.
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B, Columbus: 2-for-4, E.
Chisenhall put together his fifth multi-hit game of the season, but also collected his fourth error. This one came on a missed catch with a runner stealing third, and the ball got away from him, allowing the runner to score. He is expected to be an adequate Major League defender, but the early miscues may be getting in his head a little bit.
Tony Wolters - SS, Carolina: 1-for-4, 2 K.
Wolters collected a hit, but it was just his fourth (4-for-29) of the young season. He also has ten strikeouts to just two walks; however, the Carolina League is known to be a pitcher's league so it will take him time to adjust in his first go-around there. Allowing him to bypass Lake County may have been a bit optimistic, though. And who would argue with a better look at the Wolters-Francisco Lindor keystone that was briefly together in Mahoning Valley last year?
- Scott Barnes - SP, Columbus: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, HBP. Barnes turned in a fantastic start on Sunday, but labored last night, tossing 96 pitches through five innings of work. He struggled with his control, issuing four walks, throwing two wild pitches and hitting a batter.
- Ezequiel Carrera - CF, Columbus: 2-for-5, R, 2 SB. Carrera isn't off to a great start this season, but contributed two hits for the second game in a row. He also stole two bases, putting him at four-for-four in attempts.
- Chad Huffman - DH, Columbus: 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, K. Huffman isn't playing every day because of the Clippers' depth, but he is still looking like a key offensive contributor once again. In four starts, he is 6-for-15 with five extra base hits and three runs batted in.
- Tim Fedroff - CF, Akron: 2-for-4, R, 2 2B, K. After the first week or so of baseball, Fedroff has to be the most impressive player in the system. This is his third different season with Akron, however, and it was somewhat surprising to see him start the year there. Still, he is living on the basepaths at the outset, going 11-for-22 with seven walks thus far.
- Nick Weglarz - DH, Akron: 2-for-4, RBI, K. This was Weglarz's first multi-hit game of the season, and his first run batted in. He is now 3-21 with 2 walks and 11 strikeouts. Not the start to the season he was looking for, and it is looking more and more likely that his time in the organization could soon be up.
- Steven Wright - SP, Akron: 7.0 IP, W (1-1), 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 7 K. This makes back-to-back one-run starts for Wright to begin the season. The still fairly new knuckleball has paid dividends for him so far in 2012.
- Tyler Holt - CF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 2 K, E. It was a tough go for the Mudcats lineup on Friday night, as they got shut out in a tough 1-0 loss. For Holt, it was another solid game early on. Through seven games, he is 11-for-28 with six runs scored and five driven in. Because he spent a full, productive season in the Carolina League last year, Akron should be in his near future.
- Mike Rayl - SP, Carolina: 7.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 5 K. Rayl bounced back from a rough first start in a big way with this performance. It was against the same team that hit him around on Saturday, and the results were infinitely better.
- Todd Hankins - LF, Lake County: 1-for-3, 3B, RBI, K. Hankins' triple resulted in the only run of the game for the Captains. It was not a banner offensive day for any of the minor league affiliates. The Indians' first inning in Kansas City must have exhausted the supply.
- Alex Lavisky - C, Lake County: 1-for-3, 2B, K. Lavisky accounted for one of just five Captains hits. He has at least one knock in all five games this season, and looks worlds better at the plate than he did at this time last year.
- Francisco Lindor - SS, Lake County: 0-for-4, 2 K. Lindor had hit in six straight games, but was blanked in this one. Even with the 0-for, he is still up over .300 in the early going, and has scored eight runs in eight games.
- Will Roberts - SP, Lake County: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K. Roberts wasn't able to stop the Captains' losing streak at three, despite turning in a quality outing. Of course, the offensive power outage did not help. He now has a 2.13 earned run average in 12.2 innings of work. He seems to have all the makings of a classic overachieving pitcher.