Around the Farm: April 16, 2013
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.
Note: The Columbus Clippers game was cancelled due to rain.
SP T.J. House, Akron Aeros: (W, 1-1) 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER/R, 9 K: In what was a masterful outing by House, this might be the springboard House needed to take the next step forward as a prospect. House has been considered by many as one of the top pitching prospects in the Indians' farm system for quite some time, but he's had quite an up and down career. If he can continue to be as brilliant as he was tonight, he can start living up to the hype.
1B Leonardo Castillo, Lake County Captains: 3-5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, E: At just eighteen years of age, Castillo is a player who is quickly catching the eyes of many. He was labeled as a "prospect on the rise" and a "sleeper" prior to the season, and so far, he's lived up to most of that. He's been known for his defensive abilities and versitility, but his bat has been impressive as well.
- CF Tyler Holt, Akron Aeros: 1-4, R, RBI, BB, K, SB: Early season struggles have plagued Holt to this point in mid-April, but he played a big role in the Aeros win. Holt has failed to find consistency offensively for the Indians since being drafted, and it's allowing others to pass him by who have a similar skill-set.
- 2B Jose Ramirez, Akron Aeros: 1-4, 2B, RBI, SB: Hitless in his past four of five games, Ramirez got out of the funk with a solid double, run batted in, and stolen base. This is really the first time in two years that he has struggled. Perhaps stamina is an issue, as he hasn't had an extended break since the beginning of last season
- 1B Jesus Aguilar, Akron Aeros: 0-3, R, BB, K: Aguilar's five game hitting streak came to an end, but he still managed to get on base and cross the plate in the Aeros victory. Aguilar will only go as far as his power can take him, but he seems to be improving his pitch selection at the plate, which has been his big knock.
- C Chris Wallace, Akron Aeros: 0-3, RBI, BB, 2 K: In his first game with his new team, Wallace went hitless, but contributed with a RBI.
- SS Ronny Rodriguez, Akron Aeros: 2-3, R, 2B, RBI: Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to five games on Tuesday and is a prospect who I'm very high on. The only question for the talented middle infielder is whether or not he has a position going forward.
- RP Shawn Armstrong, Akron Aeros: IP, H, 2 K: One of the most intriguing bullpen arms in the farm system, Armstrong is a guy who you can see in Cleveland soon. He should be the next in line to the solid bullpen arms the Indians have produced over the past two years.
- CF Tyler Naquin, Carolina Mudcats: 0-3, R, 2 BB, 3 K: The good news is, despite Naquin going hitless, he drew two walks. The bad news: All three outs he made were strikeouts. Still, the name of the game is getting on base, and while you'd like to see his selection better, this will happen to a young hitter.
- SS Francisco Lindor, Carolina Mudcats: 2-5, 2 K: After going 0-9 in his past three games, Lindor broke out of his mini slump and went back on track. He continues to be extremely impressive in all facets of the game. The big thing with Lindor this year will be to see if he can continue to play as well as he has offensively from beginning-to-end of the season.
- 2B Joe Wendle, Carolina Mudcats: 1-3, RBI: Joe Wendle is one of the hottest hitters in the Cleveland farm system. After Tuesday's game, he's hitting .415. He's certainly a sleeper prospect in this organization, but has a rock-solid skill-set that has progressed with him in the early levels. The big question will be what happens when he moves up to the better pitchers in Double and Triple A.
- 1B Jerrud Sabourin, Carolina Mudcats: 1-4, R: Named Indians Minor League Player of the Week, Sabourin didn't skip a beat, and is now hitting .417. He's certainly not a major prospect with the Indians, but continues to make himself an interesting watch, as he seems to hit everything.
- CF Luigi Rodriguez, Lake County Captains: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, K: Rodriguez is a guy who flies under the radar for many and someone who I consider a sleeper in our farm system. He may have the best RAW tools in the entire system, but just can't seem to put the bat on the ball with any consistency. If he can polish off his tools, he could be special.
- SS Dorssys Paulino, Lake County Captains: 2-4, R, RBI, BB, K, E: After coming out to a slow start, Paulino has picked it up as of late offensively. The down side is he committed his fourth error on the season already, which is something he's been knocked for in the past. Is it only a matter of time before he moves positions, or can Paulino become a skilled shortstop. The offense will always be there.
- RF Logan Vick, Lake County Captains: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 K: The Captains had an offensive onslaught on Tuesday and Logan Vick played a huge part of that. He is an intriguing prospect that continually gets overlooked, but has been playing well of late.
- RP Josh Martin, Lake County Captains: (W, 1-1) 2.1 IP, H, K: After getting his season started pretty rough, Martin rebounded nicely and gave the Captains quality innings.
- RP Felix Sterling, Lake County Captains: IP, K: Sterling continues to impress early on and if he keeps it up, his stock as a prospect will rise quickly. He had a similar start to his year in 2012, but as a starter. The key with the electric Sterling will be his consistency.