Around The Farm: August 2, 2012
By Jim Piascik
August 3, 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.
Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B
Please, just call him up already. Once the Indians stood pat at the trade deadline, they basically declared themselves out of the playoff race this season. At this point, the Tribe really needs to find out if they have an in-house option to fill the black hole formerly known as left field. Johnny Damon has been better of late, but he will be of no use in 2013. Why not just give those at-bats to Tim Fedroff, who has only put together a .335/.413/.513 slash line, 10 HR, 17 doubles, and seven triples in 94 games between Akron and Columbus this year? Unfortunately, this tired refrain will likely fall upon deaf ears once again.
Trey Haley (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
While it would be disappointing to have the Tribe’s 2nd round pick in the 2008 draft end up a reliever, it may be the only way for Trey Haley to succeed. Haley has been nothing short of masterful since being activated and sent to Carolina, posting a 1.04 ERA and 16:6 SO:BB in 17.1 innings. There are still plenty of things for Haley to work on (he seems to have a tendency to start walking too many batters), but if he could make himself into a legit Major League option out of the bullpen a year or two down the road, it would give the Indians some return on their investment.
T.J. House (SP, Akron): L (6-3), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR
T.J. House wasn’t quite able to match his rotation-mate Paolo Espino’s 11 strikeouts from Wednesday, but he turned in a dominant performance of his own yesterday. House is more of a groundball pitcher, but he can dial it up from time to time like he did last night and really mow down an opposing lineup. House has really gone a long way in re-establishing himself as a real prospect for the Indians in the rotation and he could arrive in time for September callups in 2013.
- Matt LaPorta (DH, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. LaPorta continues to have a pretty good season at AAA (.279/.365/.514 slash line, 18 HR, 18 2B), but the way he’s cooled from a hot start (only four home runs since May 31) and his inability to hit away from Huntington Park (.252/.320/.377 slash line on the road) puts him low on the callup priority list.
- Eric Berger (SP, Columbus): L (2-4), 4.0 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR. Not a good outing from Berger in a spot start, but he’s really struggled out of the rotation this season (7.34 ERA, 39:15 SO:BB, 10 HR in 38.0 IP). As a reliever, Berger looks just fine (1.57 ERA, 25:7 SO:BB, 1 HR in 23.0 IP).
- Matt Langwell (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO. Langwell’s name doesn’t get much ink, but that’s unfair. His performance at Columbus this season (3.29 ERA, 42:14 SO:BB in 41.0 IP) has been very good, and while he’s not Cody Allen, he could easily be a 6th/7th inning guy on the big league club next season.
- Chun Chen (1B, Akron): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 SO. While that line isn’t much of anything, it represents Chen’s first game action since July 8 due to a thumb injury (though he never officially went on the DL). Hopefully Chen can pick up where he left off after a hot first half (.318/.408/.443 slash line, 26 2B in 86 games).
- Thomas Neal (LF, Akron): 3-for-4. Just another three hits from Neal, raising his season line to .320/.398/.475; nothing to see here. It’s not like he has been deserving of a callup to Columbus for almost two months now.
- Adam Abraham (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 SO. There was not much offense for Akron yesterday as they were shut out, but Abraham did manage their only extra base hit. Abraham continues to have a decent season for the Aeros (.259/.339/.449 slash line, 12 HR, 27 2B in 96 games), who are playing him at third base on occasion to ease their 1B/DH/corner outfield logjam.
- Bo Greenwell (RF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO. The Mudcats couldn’t manage to score any runs last night, but it certainly wasn’t Greenwell’s fault. The Indians’ lack of moves at the deadline has kept their overstuffed outfield an issue, but it’s hard to believe that Greenwell won’t end up in Akron at the start of next year.
- Todd Hankins (DH, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 SO, 1 SB. Hankins has had a powerful first two games in Carolina, getting on base twice last night and stealing his first base at the level. Hankins now has 31 stolen bases on the year, the most in the Indians organization.
- Michael Goodnight (SP, Carolina): L (2-11), 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Goodnight was once again a hard-luck loser, as his outing last night was pretty good all things considered. He will need to work on keeping his walks under control the rest of the season since the free pass has been his biggest enemy this season (57 in 117.1 innings this year).
- Lake County Offense: 3-for-30, 0 XBH, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO. West Michigan had a perfect game going through 8.1 innings last night before Leonardo Castillo singled. That just about sums up the Captains’ night.
- Cody Anderson (SP, Lake County): L (4-6), 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO. Anderson could have pitched a little better in his start last night, but nothing was going to get the Captains a win with how their offense disappeared.
- Kyle Petter (RP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Petter pitched well last night, but there’s only so much longer he’ll be able to maintain his high level of performance. Petter’s ERA in Lake County is 1.63, but he’s walked 20 batters in 27.2 innings (after walking 22 in 29.0 innings at Carolina).
- Louis Head (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 SO. Head wasn’t able to stop the bleeding after a Yhoxian Medina error in the 7th inning, but the 18th round pick is still having an electric debut season (2.54 ERA, 24:3 SO:BB in 28.1 IP between Mahoning Valley and Lake County).
- Jake Sisco (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. The Tribe’s 3rd round pick in 2011 is still very young and working on developing his stuff, but it would be nice to see him be a little more dominant on the mound. His 26:19 SO:BB in 46.2 innings this year is something that he will have to work on going forward.
- Richard Stock (C, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E. Stock has only played in nine games so far for the Scrappers, but he has really made his presence felt. It’s obviously a small sample size, but the Tribe’s 23rd round pick in this year’s draft has lit up the New York-Penn League with his .355/.429/.452 slash line so far this year.
- Tyler Naquin (CF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-5, 1 SO, 1 CS. It wasn’t a great night for Naquin, but he’s still putting together a pretty impressive season. His .285/.384/.400 slash line and 11 doubles in 33 games so far this year will serve as a great springboard as he moves up in the system – either this year or next.
- Logan Vick (RF, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Vick has struggled in his first four games at Mahoning Valley, going 1-for-11 with two walks and three strikeouts, but it’s important to remember that these games are ones that the 11th round pick likely would have missed out on completely last year. These games will only serve to help Vick (and others) as they head into next year.
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