Around The Farm: July 19, 2012
By Jim Piascik
July 20, 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.
Matt Packer (SP, Akron): W (1-0), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 SO
Welcome back to Akron Mr. Packer! After missing a big chunk of the season because of shoulder soreness in Spring Training, Packer roared back into the Eastern League with this start last night. After posting a 4.31 ERA last year (but a 3.56 FIP thanks to a 129:33 SO:BB ratio in 169.1 innings), Packer was supposed to pitch in Columbus this year and get a shot to make the big league club in 2013 (or possibly as a September callup). His injury has put that timetable on hold, but Packer is a very good left-handed starter that has great control and seems to be back on the right track.
Jared Goedert (3B, Columbus): 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
As of right now, Jared Goedert is pretty far down the list in terms of who the next callup to Cleveland will be, but it’s through no fault of his own. All Goedert has done this year is hit. After a .395/.476/.613 slash line and five home runs in Akron, Goedert owns a .303/.350/.500 slash line and has hit nine home runs in 50 games in Columbus. Goedert is in his age-27 season and isn’t a great defender, but there’s always a chance that someone will bite on his bat at the deadline. The way he’s been hitting, it would seem like he’ll get a chance one way or another eventually.
Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Jerrud Sabourin may not be our watchful protector and dark knight, but he is our Sabour-tooth Tiger. I have no idea where Sabourin goes from here since he is a first baseman without much power (.085 ISO on the year, only three home runs after last night’s blast), but regardless, the ride should be fun. Sabourin is a hitter, plain and simple, and anyone not joining Jim Pete’s bandwagon is missing out on a player that just flat out plays the game.
- Gregorio Petit (SS, Columbus): 4-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB. Truth be told, Gregorio Petit is just organizational depth for the Indians. Still, it’s great to see any player have a night like Petit did.
- Jason Donald (2B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO. I like Donald, but I don’t see any place for him on the Indians. If I were a team looking for an infield solution, however, I’d take a good look at Donald. I think he could be a decent starter given regular at-bats.
- Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO. Same goes for Tim Fedroff. He’s has a .313/.400/.467 slash line between Akron and Columbus this year but really doesn’t fit with the big league club. He should get a chance somewhere else, however, if he can prove he can handle center field in the Majors.
- David Huff (SP, Columbus): W (5-4), 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 3 SO, 3 HR. Just another bad start from Huff, especially considering he allowed three home runs. If the Indians need another starter in the near future, there’s almost no chance Huff will get the call.
- Matt Langwell (RP, Columbus): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. These nights happen. I still like Langwell, who owns a 3.21 ERA at Columbus.
- Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): 0.0 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO. Again, these nights happen. Price, who was a part of the Victor Martinez trade, still has a chance to make it. His 3.02 ERA and 46:12 SO:BB in 50.2 innings at Akron are a much better representation of what Price is capable of.
- Ryan Rohlinger (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Rohlinger has little Major League future, but his professional hitting and versatility is a big part of why the Aeros are in first place.
- Thomas Neal (DH, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Neal’s 2-out RBI single proved to be a big one, as it got the scoring started for the Aeros in their four-run 1st. Considering that they did not score any runs after the opening frame and they won 4-3, that hit turned out to be a huge one. Neal continues to produce in Akron and needs a shot in Columbus plain and simple. I think that he could really help the big league club in 2013 if given the chance.
- Preston Guilmet (RP, Akron): SV (16), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO. Another day, another save for Guilmet. With Guilmet at a 1.70 ERA and 35:9 SO:BB in 37.0 innings on the year, maybe we are reaching the point where Guilmet can play his stuff up into something that will get upper-level hitters out. I’d love to see him thrown into the fire at AAA sometime in the near future to see if he can get the guys out at that level too.
- Joseph Colon (SP, Carolina): L (0-1), 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR. Colon didn’t get any help from his defense (as is evidenced by his five unearned runs), but he also didn’t help his own case by allowing two home runs. Still, there are worse starts that a guy can have in his first outing for a new club.
- Rob Nixon (RP, Carolina): 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Nixon struggled in his first outing at Carolina, but he more than made up for it last night. He shut it down after Colon had some struggles but will need to continue pitching well to erase the memory of Tuesday night’s stinker.
- Carolina Offense: 7-for-34, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 BB, 6 SO. No extra base hits, no runs, ejections to Ronny Rodriguez and Jesus Aguilar in the bottom of the 2nd after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. We’ll just try to forget about this one and move on.
- Tony Wolters (SS, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 SO. Wolters was the only person to reach base twice for the Mudcats tonight as it really wasn’t their night offensively. It really has been night and day for Wolters, who owns a .379/.413/.552 slash line in July.
- Leonardo Castillo (3B, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 SO. Castillo’s night may not have been very impressive, but he was the only player not named Sabourin to get a hit for the Captains. His .194/.242/.273 slash line for the year is just awful, but at least for last night, Castillo was part of the solution.
- Jake Lowery (C, Lake County): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Similarly to Castillo, Lowery’s season hasn’t been pretty (.218/.314/.310 slash line between Carolina and Lake County), but last night was a good one for him. Lowery didn’t get a hit, but he drew the Captains’ only walk. It just wasn’t a good night for Lake County.
- Mason Radeke (SP, Lake County): L (5-4), 4.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO, 2 HR. That stat line really is a mixed bag. The strikeouts are simply elite, but the walks, hits, home runs, and runs were far too many. There’s not much more for Radeke to do other than shake this one off and try to build on the positive momentum of the strikeouts.
- D’vone McClure (CF, AZL Indians): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Not a bad professional debut for the Tribe’s 4th round pick in this year’s draft. I can only scout the box score here, but I like seeing this line out of McClure. Others will be able to report from Arizona about how McClure looked in his debut, but for now, it suffices to say that this was a good first step.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, AZL Indians): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SO. Again, only scouting box scores here, but I’m just in love with Paulino. The scouting reports are glowing, the stats are terrific (.325/.402/.575 slash line, 11 extra base hits in 19 games), plus Paulino’s only 17. I can’t wait to see him in Ohio on one of the A-ball teams.
- Nelson Rodriguez (1B, AZL Indians): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Rodriguez was the Tribe’s 15th round pick this year and he comes advertised as a big-time power hitter. That was on display last night as Rodriguez launched his first professional home run. There should be many more for Rodriguez, who has come out of the games swinging (.364/.500/.727 slash line in 3 games).
- Luis Lugo (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 SO. Lugo continues to have some struggles in the results category, but he is still a high-upside starter who has shown a significant ability to get strikeouts (21 in 18.2 innings). Right now, that’s good enough for me from the 18-year old.
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Nelson Rodriguez has tremendous power, I would think it may only be rivaled by Jesus Aguilar, and I'm giving the nod to Rodriguez. I love the pk up by the Tribe. Hopefully Rodriguez rides his power through the system qkly...it's a much needed asset.
Surprisingly good first game by McClure, who is toolsy but reportedly very raw with some flaws in his swing.
Haase has cooled off offensively in Arizona, although the rate of errors/passed balls seems to have abated. Also having difficulty throwing out base runners, with a 12% success rate.
Nice strikeout rate from Packer, and teriffic K:BB ratio of 7:0. Hopefully that suggests professional growth.