Around the Farm: June 11, 2012
By Jim Pete
June 12, 2012
Around the Farm was originated here at Indians Prospect Insider, and 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.
Eric Berger: RP, Columbus Clippers: 3 1/3, 3 strikeouts:
Berger does everything for this team. So far this season, the lanky lefty has made 11 appearances, and each one of them has been a start. With the Clippers signing Chris Schwinden, Berger finds himself in long relief right now, but he just doesn’t let that affect him. His ERA this season with Columbus is a rough 5.28 ERA, but over the last three games he’s been somewhat different. He’s pitched in 14 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and three runs, while walking four and striking out 17. Really, he’s pitched much better than the ERA would indicate. He had a two inning stint in which he went two innings, giving up nine hits and 10 earned runs. The fact that his overall ERA with Columbus is only 5.28 should tell you just how well he’s pitched. Without the ten-run outing, Berger has gone 31 2/3 innings, giving up 23 hits, nine walks and 31 strikeouts. The one concern with Berger is that he’s already given up nine homers this season. He needs to keep the ball down to ever have a chance in the bigs…and even then…it’s likely a small chance.
- Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K: Carrera is playing his most inspired baseball of the season. He has hits in eight of his last ten ball games, and he has a line of .361/.439/.556. If Carrera could have done this to start the season off, perhaps Aaron Cunningham would be a distant memory.
- Jack Hannahan: DH, Columbus: 0-for-4, 2 K: Hannahan played his first baseball since May 26, and that was only for a game. He hasn’t seen extensive time since May 13, so I’d have to imagine that Hannahan will be spending the next two days at Columbus, then finishing up the week with Lake County. Expect Hannahan back on Friday at the earliest.
- Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: 2-for-4: Columbus only had five hits, and Phelps had two of them. Phelps has been playing well of late, and has a seven game hit streak, in which he’s gone 10-for-22, with four runs, four doubles, a homer and three RBI.
- Russ Canzler: 1B, Columbus: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB: Canzler’s hit gave him a modest three-game streak, in which he’s gone 4-for-9, with two runs, a double and an RBI. He’s only had two RBI in the past ten games though, and 17 overall. This certainly isn’t the production the Clippers and Indians expected.
- Andy LaRoche: 3B, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI: LaRoche has major league experience, and once was well thought of, but games like Monday night’s are the exception, and not the rule. He has played well over his last five games, going 6-for-17, with two runs, two homers and four RBI.
- Chris Schwinden: SP, Columbus: L (3-5), 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 5 BB, 2 HR: Schwinden has been bouncing around quite a bit over the past several days. On June 2nd, Toronto picked up Schwinden after he was placed on waivers by the New York Mets. He made one start before getting dropped again, and getting picked up by the Tribe. He struggled On Monday, but you get what you pay for when you’ve been bounced from the east coast to the west coast and back to the east coast in the span of a week.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 K: Here we go again with Lindor. After struggling for the better part of three weeks, Lindor has back-to-back multi-hit games, and has a four-game hit streak in which he’s gone 7-for-16, with a run, an RBI, four walks and three strikeouts. Lindor did have two throwing errors on Monday, but only has eight so far on the season.
- Todd Hankins: 3B, Lake County: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K: Hankins is only hitting .234 on the season, but has good speed (ten stolen bases), and has hit safely in six of his past seven games, and is hitting .392 during that stretch.
- Bryson Myles: CF, Lake County: 0-for-2, 3 BB, 1 K: Myles is playing more and more, and it’s good to see him roaming center again. He walked three times, which is not something he does often.
- Alex Monsalve: C, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 2B: Monsalve has himself four hits in his last two games, going four for nine, with a double.
- Cody Anderson: SP, Lake County: L (4-4), 4 2/3, 7 H, 7 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 HR: Anderson got torched last night, and has scuffled a bit over his last three games, giving up 21 hits, 13 runs, of which ten were earned, eight walks and five strikeouts. The walks are clearly a concern.
- Grant Sides: RP, Lake County: 2 IP, 2 BB, 1 K: Sides continues to pitch well. Overall, he’s 1-0, with a 1.15 ERA, with 34 K’s and ten walks.
- Jeff Johnson: Closer, Lake County: 1 1/3 IP, 2 K: Johnson was just mopping up, but dominated in this perfect inning of work.
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