Around the Farm: June 3, 2012--Many Sides of Sabourin
By Jim Pete
June 4, 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.
The candlelight vigil is over, and Matt LaPorta debuted for the Cleveland Indians this afternoon. It was such an achievement, that the Columbus Clippers AND the Akron Aeros had to suspend their games. Okay, both were suspended due to rain, and are rescheduled for tomorrow as part of make-up doubleheaders. Here’s the “short” version of ATF…well…if you can call what I do short. ;)
Grant Sides: RP, Lake County Captains: W (1-0), 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 K:
Sides is an interesting arm going forward, and there’s a part of me that thinks with some times, he can develop into an elite arm. He’s got a big-time arm that is finally in that two-year window after Tommy John surgery, so he could be something more than the 12th round pick that he was. His biggest issue has always been control, but it seems as though he’s got that figured out, as he’s only got eight walks in 28 1/3 innings this season. He’s gone three innings in each of his last two appearances, giving up only five hits and the run, without a walk, and seven strikeouts. In May, the big righty pitched in nine games, giving up nine hits and a run, while walking five and striking out 18 in 17 2/3 innings. He’s got a mid-90’s fastball, and will only get better over time. I’m sure Sides will get a look at advancement as the year progresses.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Holt’s days in Carolina could be numbered in a chain of events that started with LaPorta’s call-up to Cleveland. I’m not sure how this is all going to play out, but Holt surely has proved himself by now. Holt’s stats have leveled out over the past ten games, but overall, he’s still playing extremely well (.292/.394/.381).
- Tony Wolters: 2B, Carolina: 0-for-5: The topsy-turvy season continues for Wolters, as he’s gone 1-for-June in his three games since the start of the new month. Over his past five games, he’s all the sudden gone 2-for-23, after a torrid month of May. There are no absolutes for youngsters in the minors, no matter their talent level. Things will even out for Wolters over time, as he’s just too good to continue to play the roller-coaster.
- Giovanny Urshella: 3B, Carolina: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Urshella’s offense will even out, especially after missing a month. Over his past ten, he’s only hitting .209, with 1/3 of his total hits coming on Sunday.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Carolina: 2-for-5, 1 K, CS (1): Aguilar remains one of the hottest hitters in the system after his two-hit performance on Sunday. It marks his fourth multi-hit game in his last six total, and he’s gone 13-for-38, with eight runs, three doubles, two triples and five RBI over his last ten. He could still walk more, but his .405 OBP more than makes up for the strikeouts right now. Still, he has 49 K’s in 51 games.
- Jeremie Tice: DH, Carolina: 0-for-0: Tice came out of the game early after getting hit by a pitch. The oft-injured Tice has been an offensive mainstay when healthy, so the hope is that it’s not too serious.
- Jake Lowery: C, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: Lowery’s double in the second scored two runs, as the big-hitting catcher continues to try and break out of a month-long slump. Lowery hit .304 in April, and followed that up with .195 in May. The double was his first hit in June.
- Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Carolina: 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI: Rodriguez has been continued to play like a top-ten talent since the start of May. He hit .203 in April, .278 in May, and is currently hitting .300 in three games in June. His ten game line is .297/.333/.405, with five runs, a double, homer and six RBI. He hit .246 last year, which is one point lower than his .247 this season.
- Anthony Gallas: RF, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI: Gallas blasted a two-run shot in the third that put the game out of reach early for the Mudcats. Gallas has been horrendous at the plate after starting the season off with a .326 average in April. He’s gone 3-for-34 in his last ten, with three runs, a double and a homer, with three RBI. He’s much better than this free-fall would suggest, but perhaps it’s close to midnight for the overachiever.
- Kyle Blair: RP, Carolina: W (3-1), 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K: Blair wasn’t perfect, but this was his second straight solid outing after getting shelled in two appearances in mid-May. Over his last two piggy-backing scenarios with Danny Salazar, he’s gone 9 2/3 IP, giving up eight hits, four runs (three earned) and five walks, while striking out four. The walks are a concern for sure, and you have to start looking at Blair as a bit of an early round disappointment.
- Danny Salazar: SP, Carolina: 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K: Salazar continued his strict pitch-count in his worst outing since his return. While he got touched up a bit, he still struck out five of the seven outs he recorded, against only two walks. Overall, he has a 4.00 ERA, but he didn’t give up a run in three starts in May.
- Shawn Armstrong: RP, Carolina: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER: The good news is that Armstrong has an impressive 1.29 ERA. The bad news is that he’s given up an earned run in three of his last four appearances.
- Jose Flores: Closer, Carolina: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Flores had a three-game stretch in which he gave up four earned runs, but got his first save since May 15th, and had his second straight solid outing. He’s still inconsistent at best.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB (13): Lindor continues to struggle through the worst slump of his career, but still managed to be extremely productive in Sunday’s afternoon game. He has hits in seven of his past ten games, but is only batting .186 during that stretch, with a horrid .222 OBP and .233 slugging.
- Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB: Smith is on fire, and his streak is reminiscent of his hot streak last season. He’s on a nine-game hit streak, and his one-hit on Sunday stopped a three game streak of multi-hit wonder in which he had gone 8-for-12, with four runs, three doubles and a triple. Well, make it 9-for-13, with four doubles and a triple, and a ten game stretch of .405/.450/.676.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B: Are you kidding me with this kid? This kid is absolutely raking, with eight multi-hit games in the last ten. His ten game line is a ridiculous .474/.524/.579, with eight runs, four doubles and six RBI. This streak has to end, right?
- Alex Monsalve: DH, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1K, SB (1): Monsalve hasn’t really found any consistency this year on the offensive side of things. There’s raw talent there, but he’s still searching to find it. He’s gone 7-for-38 in his last ten games, and is hitting .226 for the season.
- Elvis Araujo: SP, Lake County: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K: Araujo had two rough outings prior to Sunday, but rebounded nicely. He’s giving up too many walks so far this season (22 in 59 2/3 IP), which will be something to watch going forward.
Jim is currently the co-site editor, the ATF/Carolina Mudcats/Indians/General Site Columnist, and the co-host of IPI's weekly online radio show, Smoke Signals. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IPI, or contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naaah, his streak doesn't have to end.