Around the Farm: July 30, 2012
By Jim Pete
July 31, 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: CF, Lake County Captains: 3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI:
Myles has been quietly having a really nice season after injuring his hamstring in May. He hasn’t been as explosive as he has been in the past with regards to extra base hits and power, but he’s been able to get on base, and he’s very slowly started to return to the form that had him one of the surprises of the system in 2011. Since the fourth of July, Myles is hitting .302, with nine runs, five doubles and 15 RBI in the past 22 games. If he can regain the power and the explosive speed, he returns to a top 20 prospect.
Tyler Naquin: CF, Mahoning Valley Scrappers: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K:
The Scrappers were absolutely shut down on Monday night, to the tune of four hits. Naquin managed to hit four of them. He’s not had the consistent season with the bat, but he has had moments where he has shown some fairly special ability. In his past eight games, he’s hitting .333, with seven runs, seven doubles and a stolen base. It’s games like this, though, that show why he’s a #1 pick. On a night when the Scrappers were absolutely stymied, Naquin was able to hit the ball. This is the ability that will get him through the system fairly quickly.
- Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 1-for2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB: Carrera upped his hitting streak to 20 games. During that stretch, he has a .440/.484/.679 line, with eight doubles, three triples, two homers and 16 RBI, as well as eight stolen bases.
- T.J. McFarland: SP, Columbus: L (4-5), 5 IP, 12 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB 2 K, 1 HR: McFarland has continued to have a back-and-forth season in Columbus. His ERA was as high as 6.88, and as low as 3.69 since June 12th. Now, it’s sitting at 5.68.
- J.C. Romero: RP, Columbus: 1 1/3 IP, 1 K: Romero has to make the Indians by August 15th, and he’s pitched fairly well. He’s only had one appearance in his first four in which he’s given up runs, so he’s doing his job, but just another major league fill piece.
- Gregorio Petit: 3B, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI: On June 2, Petit was hitting .197. Since then, he’s hitting .310, with 14 doubles and four homers, alon with 21 RBI in the 38 games. His average has moved up to .265 overall.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 1-for-4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SB: Lindor has really been struggling with the stick, going 3-for-28 since July 21st. Clearly stamina is an issue for the Tribe’s top prospect. He’s still doing some fantastic things, as he just stole his 22nd base, still has an OBP of .357, and a decent OPS of .728.
- Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB: Smith had a rough four-game stretch leading into the game on Monday night, going 1-for-14. The offensive-minded outfielder won’t have many runs like that going forward, as his advanced bat is just too good. He has an .806 OPS this season.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI: Sabourin has bounced back out of a tough stretch with back-to-back three hit ballgames that has him hitting .300 for the first time since May 2nd.
- Alex Lavisky: C, Lake County: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K: In his last five games, Lavisky is hitting .318, with four runs, two doubles, a triple and two home runs. It’s this power that could turn him back into that prospect that the Indians were so high on two years ago.
- Leonardo Castillo: 3B, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Castillo is just fill at this point, but he has three two-hit ballgames in his last five, go get his average over .200 for the season. That doesn’t seem so special, but it’s his highest average of his 87 games season.
- Daniel Jimenez: SP, Lake County: W (1-1), 5 IP, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K: Jimenez has looked good after his first start, going 7 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and a run, with nine strikeouts and two walks. His no-hit performance tonight should turn some heads.
- Louis Head: RP, Lake County: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K: Head has been outstanding in his six-game appearance with the Captains, striking out eight and walking only one in his six games.
- Mahoning Valley Offense: 4-for-31, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RB, 13: The team only had four hits total, and three of them were from Naquin. There wasn’t a walk to be found, and combined with 13 K’s, that doesn’t make for a solid offensive effort.
- Logan Vick: DH, Mahoning Valley: 0-for-3, 2 K: Vick played in his second game of the season, and is a solid watch going forward as a sleeper pick in the last draft. He has a nice bat, so it will be interesting to see if he can get it together this season.
- Dorssys Paulino: SS, AZL Indians: 1-for-3, 1 BB: Paulino has an eight game hitting streak in which he’s hitting .389, with six runs, three doubles and a homer, with five RBI. The bat is something special, but boy, the glove is a struggle. He had his 13th error.
- AZL offense: 4-for-29, with two runs, two RBI, five walks and 13 K’s. Not a good night for an explosive offense.
- Kieran Lovegrove: SP, AZL Indians: L (0-1), 3 1/3 IP, 3 R/ER, 1 K, 1 HR: Lovegrove’s ERA is sitting at a rough 11.37 so far this season. He’s clearly struggling in his first taste of the pros, but it’s been such a small sample size.
- Felix Sterling: RP, AZL Indians: Sterling was sent to Arizona after a strange season in Lake County that saw him jump out to one of the best seasons of any Indians’ starter, to finishing as one of the worst. After all that struggle, it’s interesting that NOW is when they send him down.
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