Around the Farm: June 28
By Jim Pete
June 29, 2011
Bryson Myles: CF, Mahoning Valley: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 SB (5):
Myles is just lighting up the New York/Penn League in his first season with the Scrappers. He's built like a tank, but is as fleet-footed as they come. Tonight, he showcased some of that speed with a triple and two stolen bases. Overall, he's hitting .300, with a .391 OBP. This kid absolutely screams of stardom down the road, and if he continues to play the way he has this season, the sky is the limit for this kid.
Jason Kipnis: 2B, Columbus: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K:
Kipnis had his third straight game with two-hits last night, and did it in resounding fashion with two home runs. The homers were Kipnis' sixth homer of the month, and his 11th of the season. Have I mentioned that this kid can hit? So, here's what I'm thinking. How about calling this kid up to the majors? Frankly, I'm done with the discussion about how a call-up now would hinder his progress defensively. While I can buy that argument, I can't buy the garbage that usually follows: "He'll get called up in September." So, the extra two months will polish him off defensively, will it? Call the kid up and give him his chance with Chisenhall and Phelps both. It's time to cut the fat, and play this season with the best players they have available...period.
- Luis Valbuena: SS, Columbus: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K: So, what do you do with this kid? He's pounding the ball in Columbus, but truly doesn't have a home at this point. How good is he playing? He's had two hits in five of his last seven games, and four of his last five. His ten game split is a ridiculous .364/.447/.697.
- Jared Goedert: 1B, Columbus: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Goedert is struggling mightily since returning to Columbus, but perhaps this can get him going. It broke up an 0-19 slide.
- Jeanmar Gomez: SP, Columbus: 5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W (8-2): This wasn't Gomez' best start by any stretch, but he did win his fourth game in five starts, and struck out eight. Not to shabby at all.
- Chen Lee: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Lee had his second outing in a row without giving up a run.
- Josh Judy: Closer, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 K, S (12): Judy got his 12th save with a perfect outing.
- Jordan Henry: CF, Akron: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB: Perhaps this was Henry's way of celebrating the departure of Tim Fedroff. Henry has a solid bat, but has struggled lately. Look for a bit second half.
- Kyle Bellows: 3B, Akron: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI: Bellows triple broke a tie in the bottom of the eighth inning for the game winner.
- Nick Weglarz: DH, Akron: 2-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB: Who is this guy, anyways? Weglarz has struggled this season with a .196 average after coming off the DL. Still, you can see his selection with the two walks, which is rare at this level.
- Karexon Sanchez: 2B, Akron: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 SB: Sanchez, when he's playing well, can disrupt an entire game with his play.
- Austin Adams: SP, Akron: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K: Adams has another good start to the season, but doesn't get the deserved win.
- Tyler Sturdevant: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K, W (1-0): Keep an eye on this kid. He could be a sleeper in the pen as early as next season.
- Cory Burns: Closer, Akron: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K, S (20): Burns continues another incredible season at closer with his league/organizational saves lead.
- Steven Wright: SP, Kinston: 8 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR: Wright continues his re-progression through the system with a quality start. I sure do hope we see him in the bigs someday.
- Francisco Jimenez: RP, Kinston: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K: Jimenez has has had a solid start to the second half of the Carolina League season after getting lit up like a Christmas tree in the first half.
- Jose Flores: RP, Kinston: 1 IP, W (3-3): Flores continues his perfect second half with his third straight inning of perfect baseball.
- LeVon Washington: CF, Lake County: 2-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, SB (9): Well, Washington is really starting to come out of his shell. This is his third multi-hit game in a row, and fourth in five games. He's currently on a six-game hit streak.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Lake County: 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Aguilar hit the only home run in Lake County's 13-run barrage. Please call this kid up to Kinston!
- Cole Cook: SP, Lake County: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 8 K, W (3-8): Cole has his second straight solid outing.
- Nick Sarianides: RP, Lake County: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K: Sarianides got lit up on June 25, so three two-hit innings is a pretty good turnaround.
- Tony Wolters: SS, Mahoning Valley: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI: Wolters is batting a solid .310, early in the 2011 season. Here's another kid that has a whole bunch of ups.
- Alex Lavisky: DH, Mahoning Valley: 2-4, 1 RBI: Lavisky is only hitting .186 on the season here in the NY/Penn league. Just a season to forget, thusfar.
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