Around the Farm: July 11, 2012
By Jim Pete
July 12, 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.
Bryson Myles: RF, Lake County: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, SB (12):
There really isn’t a player in the system that I’m rooting for more than Myles. After an interview early in the season, it was clear that this kid had a great head on his shoulders, and had the mentality to do great things. What isn’t so clear is whether or not he’ll be able to stay healthy long enough to ever be an effective professional. He’s clearly got the skills to progress, but if he continues to miss serious block of time, it’s doubtful those skills will improve. Myles is finally warming up a bit after missing a chunk of time, but he really needs to stay healthy to remain a top prospect.
Jake Lowery: C, Lake County: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB:
I’d be willing to bet that at some point after Wednesday Night’s ballgame, Jake Lowery let out a big breath. He was stuck in a rut in Carolina, and when he was demoted, was hitting only .222. Lowery, known for his power, had only hit two homers, and looked lost. Since the demotion, he’s gone 5-for-20, with five runs and three RBI, walked four times and struck out three. He’s even stolen a base. Lowery is a great kid, and I’m hoping that getting sent down after skipping Lake County from Mahoning will revitalize his career, and it appears as though he’s going in the right direction.
Charlie Valerio: C, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB:
The 21-year-old has just taken off so far in 2012, really building upon his success in the Dominican Summer League in 2010, and in the Arizona Rookie League in 2011. At both stops, he showed off a really nice bat, hitting a combined .274, with 60 runs, 16 doubles, a triple, nine homers and 58 RBI in 105 ballgames. His approach was even more standout, as he walked 57 times, while striking out only 64 times during that stretch. His average has seen a nice uptick, with hits in eight of nine ballgames. His ten game line is .353/.500/.529, with 11 runs, two homers, nine RBI, 10 BB and eight K. Overall, he’s hitting .316, with 13 runs and 14 RBI over 21 games, with 13 walks and 14 K. It’s early in the game yet, but perhaps there’s something to this Valerio kid. He’s split his time nearly equally at first and as a catcher, and his fielding percentage overall since turning professional is .980. As a catcher, it’s .977 with a crazy 45% rate of throwing guys out (yeah, I had to double check that myself). As a first baseman, it’s .983. Crazy good. He’s a switch hitter, who hits better left-handed, but not by much. Keep an eye on Valerio, he could be a sleeper in the making.
Aaron Siliga: LF, Mahoning Valley: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB:
Siliga continued his hot play on Wednesday night by coming up a homer short of the cycle. He’s currently on a six game hit streak, and has three, three hit games out of his last four, and four multi-hit games out of his last six. He has hits in 11 of his last 12 games, and 14 of his last 16. His ten-game line is .362/.388/.511, and he’s another guy at short-season A that’s starting to make a bit of a name for himself. Siliga’s only 19, and has struggled offensively up to this point in his career, so perhaps he’s turned a corner.
- Matt LaPorta: LF, IL All-Stars: 0-for-3, 1 BB: It wasn’t a successful night for LaPorta in the Triple A all-star game, but he did get on base. I’m sure he was thrilled.
- Russ Canzler: 1B, IL All-Stars: 0-for-1, 1 K: Canzler didn’t start, and didn’t do a thing worth mentioning, other than actually playing in the game.
- Cord Phelps: 2B, IL All-Stars: 0-for-2: Phelps made the game, largely on his first three weeks of play, and like his counterparts, didn’t do a thing.
- Chun Chen: ??, WD All-Stars: 0-for-0: According to Steven Wright, Chen didn’t make a trip to the game because he jammed his thumb in the July 8th ballgame. He left the game in the seventh inning after the injury, and missed Monday’s game as well. The irony, he was playing catcher, his secondary position at this point.
- Thomas Neal: DH, WD All-Stars: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB: Neal was the only player in the Indians organization in an All-Star game on Wednesday night that actually had a hit, stole a base, and scored a run.
- Steven Wright: RP, WD All-Stars: 1 IP, 2 K: Can you spell domination? Wright was the second guy in, and the knuckler was knucklin’, to the tune of two K’s in three batters in his unconventional innings. He struck out the first batter on four pitches, then hit a batter on a 2-2 count, then had a strike out/throw out double play to get out of the inning.
- Kyle Landis: RP, WD All-Stars: 1 IP: Landis has had a fairly unproductive year, but he made the all-star game, and pitched very well.
- Jose Ramirez: 2B, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 SB: Ramirez upped his hit streak to six games, and is hitting .425 over his past ten games, with four multi-hit games, seven runs, three doubles, a homer and five RBI.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 1-for-5, 1 R, SB (19): Lindor’s stolen base tied him for the team lead with Todd Hankins.
- Luigi Rodriguez: CF, Lake County: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: Rodriguez has really been scuffling over the past three weeks. Even with three hits today, his ten-game line is still only .176/.300/.294. Boy, a .594 OPS isn’t great.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB: Here goes Sabour-Tooth again, getting on base three times, scoring twice, and looping his 18th double.
- Felix Sterling: RP, Lake County: RP, Lake County: 3 IP, 8 H, 6 R/6 ER, 4 K, 1 HR: There isn’t anyone rooting for this kid more than me, and he’s got an arm that is absolutely special. On May 17th, I was just raving about this kid. In his first nine starts, he gave up only 15 earned runs over 47 1/3 innings. That’s a 2.85 ERA. His next start on May 23, something happened. He gave up 15 runs in 2 1/3, and it’s been a train wreck ever since. He’s given up 43 earned runs in his next 32 2/3 for a 12.12 ERA. You have to wonder what happened to make a kid go from being a breakout star to a disaster over the span of one start, and then you start to wonder why the Indians are still putting him up there on the hill. Perhaps it’s time to send him to Arizona to stabilize a very talented kid.
- Jairo Kelly: SS, Mahoning Valley: 3-for-6, 2 K: Kelly now has a nine-game hit streak in which he’s hitting .333, with six runs, two doubles, a triple and eight RBI. He’s also struck out 16 times, so you can see what’s holding the 19-year-old back, but the offensive surge is a nice sign going forward.
- Tyler Naquin: 0-for-6, 2 K: Naquin’s average dipped below .300 as the first rounder continues to adjust to the professional game.
- Luis DeJesus: SP, Mahoning Valley: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K: DeJesus continues to pitch well after struggling at Lake County. In his five starts so far, he’s given up more than one run once, one run twice, and twice not given up any earned. While he’s walked seven batters in 28 innings, in one start alone, he walked four. He’s been nothing short of spectacular.
- Cody Penny: RP, Mahoning Valley: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 K: Overall, Penny has been solid, giving up three earned runs in 12 1/3 innings, while walking four and striking out 12.
- Jack Wagoner: RP, Mahoning Valley: 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K: Wagoner has been a bit of a mixed back to start of the year, and seems to struggle a bit with his command at times. He has seven walks this season in 11 2/3 innings, but has also struck out 11. Over his past six starts, this has improved, as he’s struck out ten, while walking only two.
- Luis Lugo: SP, AZL Indians: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K: Ah, the life of rookie ball. Over Lugo’s last three starts, he’s given up 10 earned runs over 9 1/3 innings, while walking six and striking out 12. On Wednesday night, he was absolutely dominating, so perhaps he’s figured something out.
- Tyler Booth: CF, AZL Indians: 2-for-3, 1 RBI: The Indians took Booth in the 13th round this year as a freshman in college, and while he signed right away, even though many thought he’d be a bit of a hard sign. He’s raking against lefties right now, hitting .429 early in the season. Booth came out of this one early. Hopefully it was scheduled, but I’ll be watching for Sean’s AZL report later today to find out. He was the only member of the Tribe with multiple hits, as he had two of their five.
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