Around the Farm: June 29, 2012
By Jim Piascik
June 30, 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.
Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Carolina): 2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB
What a night for Ronny Rodriguez. Not normally known as a power hitter, Rodriguez jacked two home runs for the Mudcats last night, helping Carolina to a 9-6 win over Myrtle Beach. Rodriguez still needs to work on his plate discipline (he currently owns a 51:10 SO:BB on the season), but he is certainly showing why he was IPI’s 9th best prospect before the season. He plays great defense up the middle, and as his bat keeps maturing – he’s only in his age-20 season – he will only get better.
Jeanmar Gomez (SP, Columbus): W (1-0), 7 IP, 0 ER (1 R), 5 SO, 0 BB, 10 H
I’m sure that Jeanmar Gomez was not hoping to be demoted after making the Opening Day roster, but now he has to do what he can to rebuild himself. Last night was a great start, as he went seven innings without allowing an earned run and did not walk a single batter. Sure, giving up 10 hits is never a positive, but it’s baby steps. The Indians will need Gomez at some point in the near future, so he’ll need to build on last night and keep improving.
Jake Sisco (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 SO, 2 BB, 6 H
Heading into his age-20 season, the goal for Jake Sisco is for him to find some consistency and learn how to pitch. Described by Tony before the season as “a sleeper prospect in the system that has big time helium potential,” Sisco had a solid outing and gave the Scrappers a chance to win (which they did 3-2 after scoring all their runs in the 7th and 8th innings). Obviously, Sisco will need many more outings like this before he makes it big time, but last night was a great start for him.
- Cord Phelps (2B, Columbus): 1-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R. He only had one hit last night, but Phelps really made it matter. His 3-run shot, his 9th on the season, adds to the solid campaign Phelps has had this year. He’s not going to supplant Jason Kipnis anytime soon, but if Phelps produces, he’ll get his chance one way (maybe at a different position) or another (somewhere else).
- Russ Canzler (1B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R. Another night, another home run for Canzler. Count me as part of the party intrigued by Johnny Damon’s possible turnaround (.213/.293/.348 slash line for the season, but it’s up to .271/.338/.475 in June), but certainly the Indians could find some time for Canzler in Cleveland. After all, Michael Brantley hit cleanup for the Tribe yesterday.
- Scott Barnes (RP, Columbus): 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 SO, 1 H. It may not be much of an outing, but, like Gomez, it’s all about baby steps. Barnes had a rough time in his callup to Cleveland (7.71 ERA in 7 innings), but as he adjusts to the bullpen down in Columbus, he’ll be a good option for the Tribe to have later in the year.
- Thomas Neal (RF, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB. Neal did not manage to hit for extra bases tonight, but padding your stats (and raising your average to .309) is never a bad thing. Honestly, I think that Neal needs to be in Columbus right now, because he is a right-handed hitting outfielder with at least some pop who might be able to play center field. Let’s see how Neal handles AAA and see if we have someone who can help the Indians in 2012 and beyond.
- Kyle Bellows (3B, Akron): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R. The Aeros seem to be slowly working Bellows back into the lineup after his DL stint, but after a night like tonight, maybe they will take the kid gloves off. If Bellows is going to succeed going forward, he’ll need to keep hitting and producing like he did tonight.
- Nick Weglarz (LF, Akron): 1-for-4, 2 SO. This is just how it’s going to go for Weglarz. He’s still striking out a ton, not really walking enough and typically hitting the ball far. On nights like last night, the power simply was not there. It’s all worth it when Weglarz jacks a home run, but in the intermediate parts, it can be hard to watch at times.
- Paolo Espino (SP, Akron): 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 3 SO, 3 BB, 7 H. Not a great outing from Espino, but it is what it is. When Espino takes the mound, you know that you’re not getting an electric outing. Espino gets hit from time to time; this was just one of those nights.
- Tyler Sturdevant (RP, Akron): 1.2 IP, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 H. Sturdevant has had some rough times since his callup to Akron, but his five-up-five-down outing last night is shades of what we have come to expect from Sturdevant. This was a guy who was in the discussion for the Opening Day bullpen; once he rounds himself back into shape after his spring injury, he’ll be pushing for a spot in Cleveland again.
- Tyler Holt (CF, Carolina): 3-for-5, 1 2B, 2 R. Holt has cooled off significantly of late, so it’s good to see him setting the table again in Carolina. The Akron outfield is a logjam right now, so Holt will need to make the most of his time in Carolina since he may end up spending most of the season there.
- Bo Greenwell (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 BB. It’s great to see Greenwell, who is coming off of a torn ACL. It’s never been a matter of talent with Greenwell, just whether or not he can stay healthy. Hopefully 2012 is the year Greenwell finally avoids the injury bug.
- Shawn Armstrong (RP, Carolina): 2 IP, 1 ER, 4 SO, 1 BB, 3 H. Armstrong may have given up a run in last night’s outing, but he racked up another four strikeouts (bringing him up to 54 in 42.2 innings between Lake County and Carolina). He’s been dominant all year and you can only assume that Armstrong will find his way up to Akron before too much longer.
- Joseph Colon (SP, Lake County): 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 SO, 0 BB, 6 H. Well, it certainly wasn’t Colon’s fault that the Captains fell 4-2 last night. Colon fell one out short of a quality outing, did not walk a single batter and definitely pitched well enough to win. If he can keep pitching quality innings, he will see his prospect stock continue to rise.
- Jordan Smith (RF, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 2B. Power remains the final part of the puzzle for Smith, but I’ll take a strong 2-for-4 outing. That double was his 16th of the season, and hopefully as he matures (this is his age-21 season), some of his doubles will become home runs.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 2B. I guess I really wanted an excuse to write about Lindor, and his double tonight gives me the chance. His season as a whole has been downright impressive (15 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, 45:30 SO:BB, 17 SB) and there’s nothing more you could have asked for out of last year’s 1st round pick.
- Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 R. Even though LeVon Washington was supposed to be the high-profile outfielder in Lake County, Rodriguez has picked up the slack #WashTime’s injury has left. He still has some work to do (a 73:24 SO:BB isn’t good at all), but the pieces are certainly falling into place for Rodriguez.
- Joseph Wendle (3B, Mahoning Valley): 3-for-4, 1 R. It wasn’t a stat stuffing night for Wendle, the Indians’ 6th round draft pick this year, but he still got three of the Scrappers’ seven hits on the night. Wendle isn’t an overly impressive prospect, so he’ll have to just keep getting as many hits as he can and produce.
- Jacob Lee (RP, Mahoning Valley): W (1-0), 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 5 SO, 0 BB, 0 H. Lee was absolutely perfect for the Scrappers tonight, retiring all eight batters he faced to pick up the win. Like Wendle, Lee is an older, college player likely taking advantage of some younger competition on this level, but production is production. It’s great to see the 2012 draft class already in the Tribe’s system and producing.
- Aaron Siliga (LF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, 1 RBI. Like Wendle, Siliga did not have an overly impressive night, but he still had a multi-hit game on a day when hits were hard to come by for the Scrappers. Siliga is still having a rough season (no one likes to see a .206 batting average), but hopefully he can build upon last night.
- Dorssys Paulino (DH, AZL Indians): 1-for-3, 2 BB. All the games Paulino plays won’t be super impressive, but last night’s game was a good sign anyway. Drawing walks is a key skill for a baseball player’s growth and hopefully Paulino will incorporate it in his growing game.
- Alexis Paredes (RP, AZL Indians): 2 IP, 1 ER, 4 SO, 0 BB, 1 H. Any reliever that strikes out four batters in two innings is alright by me. Paredes had a great outing last night and hopefully it’s something he repeats many times this year.
- Jorge Martinez (3B, AZL Indians): 1-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI. It may not look like much, but Martinez’s night last night held the only extra base hit the AZL Indians were able to garner. Martinez has been tearing the cover off the ball so far (he owns a .452 average) and he could easily gain some power as his body matures (he’s only 19 right now).
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Paulino appears to have some plate discipline, which is a bit unusual for a young Latin player. Woulld suggest he could advance relatively quickly.
Hard to believe Jorge Martinez was signed 3 years ago and is still just 19 yrs old.
Haase goes hitless with a PB (his 3rd) and throwing error. Wonder whether he's a work in progress behind the plate or if he will have to be moved to another posiition eventually. Better to find out sooner than later.