Around the Farm: April 20, 2013
Salazar, Carrasco impress in minor league outings
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.
Danny Salazar (SP, Akron Aeros): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K.
Ah, now that’s more like it. Before Saturday, there was a mix of good and bad from Salazar in his previous three starts with the Aeros. He started the season out with a nice showing where he allowed one run over five innings, but the right-hander then allowed a total of eight earned runs in 7 2/3 innings since. However, Salazar was at his best on Saturday as he threw 82 pitches (53 for strikes) en route to five scoreless innings. The strikeout pitch was also working for Salazar as he recorded nine along the way. He was actually in line for his first win of the season, but the Aeros unfortunately imploded in the ninth inning and allowed eight runs. So, for now, that first win still eludes Salazar, but that won’t be for long if he continues to pitch like this.
Carlos Carrasco (SP, Columbus Clippers): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 K.
Wow. Carrasco was impressive in his last outing with the Clippers where the right-hander pitched four scoreless innings and allowed zero hits. However, his performance on Saturday was beyond impressive — it was downright nasty. Carrasco needed 78 pitches to make it through six scoreless innings. He also allowed just two hits over that span and struck out 10 batters. It’s going to take him some time to earn back the trust of the Indians upper brass, but performances like this certainly cannot hurt. With Carrasco and Trevor Bauer, it does appear as if the Indians do have two legitimate starting pitching options at the Triple-A level. We’ll have to see when Carrasco does indeed get another chance with the Major League club.
- Juan Diaz (SS, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Diaz has struggled significantly as of late, but the switch-hitter did manage to hit his second home run of the season Saturday. We know that Diaz’s glove is Major League ready, but he’ll have to hit if he is to get an opportunity at some point this season. Maybe Saturday was a step in the right direction.
- Scott Barnes (RP, Columbus): (W, 2-0), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K. Barnes earned his second win Saturday after recording a scoreless inning of relief. If a need in Cleveland arises, Barnes will likely be one of the first relievers called back to the Show.
- Trey Haley (RP, Akron): (H, 1), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K. Haley made his season debut on Saturday and needed just 17 pitches to record two shutout innings of relief. Many had hoped that Haley would find himself back in the starting rotation this season, but it looks like he’ll remain in the pen to start the season.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K. Aguilar was unable to muster a hit on Saturday, but he still proved his worth as he got on base twice by drawing a pair of walks. Aguilar has really performed exactly how Indians fans had hoped this season as the big first baseman has now gone 15-for-56 with 21 RBI, nine walks and 14 strikeouts. If his success continues, Aguilar could find himself in Columbus sometime this summer.
- Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R. Rodriguez had a nice game Saturday, and hopefully this is a sign that he could be ready to take off offensively. The right-handed hitting shortstop has now hit in two straight contests after going 0-for-10 in his previous two games.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E. Speaking of players taking off offensively, Urshela is doing just that. The right-handed hitting third baseman has now hit in six straight games and has gone 10-for-27 over that six-game span. Urshela has more than held his own in making the jump to the Double-A level this season and if he continues to hit, his potential could be limitless.
- Kyle Landis (RP, Akron): (BS, 2), (L, 0-1), 1.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R/6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Landis is definitely the scapegoat for what unfortunately ended up becoming an ugly 8-1 Akron loss. The right-hander pitched a scoreless eighth inning of relief, but unfortunately ran into immense trouble in the ninth. An error by Urshela did not help matters, but Landis still needed to find a way to minimize the damage.
- Will Roberts (SP, Carolina Mudcats) Game 1: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Roberts struggled early as he allowed all three of his runs in the second inning. However, the right-hander settled down from there and arguably had his best performance of the season yet. Roberts had just a total of four strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings coming into Saturday’s contest, but he more than doubled that number with the seven he recorded in the contest.
- Charlie Valerio (C, Carolina) Game 1: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B. Valerio has struggled in the early going of the 2013 season, but there were three positives that could be taken out of game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. For starters, Valerio has now hit in three straight contests. He also has recorded an extra-base hit in all three of those games, and Saturday was his first multi-hit performance of the season.
- Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina) Game 1: 1-for-3. Sabourin has seen his numbers dip a bit as of late, but he still managed to record one of the Mudcats’ four hits Saturday. The left-handed hitting first baseman has now gone 18-for-46 in 13 games this season.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina) Game 2: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. Lindor is so advanced for his age, and he continues to show that with each performance. Lindor has now gone 18-for-58 with three doubles, three triples, six strikeouts, seven walks and seven strikeouts this season. They say the High-A level is the toughest for players to master, yet Lindor seems to be well on his way.
- Joseph Wendle (3B, Carolina) Game 2: 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Wendle was not considered too much of a prospect heading into the season, but every strong performance further cements him as a potential infield prospect. There has arguably been no more impressive hitter in the entire Indians’ system than Wendle this season.
- Jake Lowery (C, Carolina) Game 2: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Lowery hit his first home run of the year Saturday and is now hitting .304 on the young season.
- Nelson Rodriguez (1B, Lake County Captains) Game 1: 2-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K. While the hits have not been there in the early going, Rodriguez has still shown a great approach, and if Saturday is any indication, the hits may now be on their way. For an 18-year-old at the Single-A level, Rodriguez has held his own, and he’ll be an interesting player to watch moving forward.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County) Game 1: 0-for-5. The Indians’ top-hitting prospect is off to a rough start, and it continued on Saturday. Hopefully things start to turn around soon for the young right-handed hitter.
- Logan Vick (RF, Lake County) Game 1: 2-for-2, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB. Vick has been a pleasant surprise in the early part of the 2013 season. The left-handed hitting outfielder has now gone 12-for-38 in 13 games this season.
- Jorge Martinez (LF, Lake County) Game 1: 2-for-2, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 2 BB. Martinez broke an 0-for-11 slump with this outstanding performance on Saturday. Martinez went into the contest with a total of three RBI, but he tripled that number after driving in six runs in game one of the doubleheader.
- Nelson Rodriguez (1B, Lake County) Game 2: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB. Not as impressive as his performance in game one, but Rodriguez continues to get on base, which is really all you can for from the big first baseman.
- Luis Morel (SP, Lake County) Game 2: (L, 1-1), 0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Morel had been solid in his previous two outings, but the wheels fell of on Saturday as he was unable to make it out of the first inning. He now has 10.80 ERA in 6 2/3 innings of work this season.
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It is early, but that sure is an odd start.