Around The Farm: May 2, 2013
Matt LaPorta makes his grand return to action
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.
1B Matt LaPorta, Columbus Clippers: 3-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, K: Welcome back, Matt LaPorta! In his first game since being activated off the disabled list, LaPorta wasted no time in getting his season started. This past off-season, LaPorta was outrighted off the 40-man roster and was given a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Unfortunately for him, he was stuck in extended spring training in Arizona rehabbing from off-season hip surgery. Once considered a top prospect, LaPorta's fall from glory has been hard. Here's to hoping he can rebound and prove his worth.
SP Danny Salazar, Akron Aeros: (W, 2-3) 6 IP, H, 2 BB, 12 K: Yes, you're reading that right. Twelve strikeouts. In six starts this year, Salazar has put up eye popping numbers. In 28.2 innings pitched, he's allowed 22 hits, 9 earned runs, 1 home run, and 9 walks, while striking out 43. Opposing hitters have a .212 average against him. He's not quite ready for Columbus at this point, however. While it's true he's been dominating batters at this level, he's made a grand total of just 12 starts in Double-A to this point. Salazar's future looks bright, though.
- C Omir Santos, Columbus Clippers: 2-3, R, 2B, BB, K: Widely considered a nice depth catcher provided some much needed offense on Thursday.
- SS Juan Diaz, Columbus Clippers: 2-5, R, 2B, BB, K: In the upper levels of the minor league system, there isn't a whole lot of depth up the middle if the need arose. Diaz would probably be one of the first to receive the call other than Phelps.
- SP T.J. House, Columbus Clippers: (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 2 HR: What a rough outing for House. After coming out sharp in his first outing in Columbus, House was hit around in his second start as it appears hitters have made an adjustment on him.
- RP Scott Barnes, Columbus Clippers: 2 IP, H, 2 K: After coming in to the game in relief of House, Barnes did his job and put up zeros.
- RP Rob Bryson, Columbus Clippers: IP, H, K: Somewhat lost in the immense depth the Indians have in relief pitching, Bryson sometimes doesn't receive enough credit for the work he does.
- RP Nick Hagadone, Columbus Clippers: IP, 2 K: With all due respect to Hagadone, he doesn't even belong in Columbus. He's done everything asked of him at every level and simply was the casulty of a number's game in Cleveland.
- CF Tyler Holt, Akron Aeros: 2-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, SB: Half way to the cycle, Holt couldn't quite complete it. In any case, Holt was a major spark in the Aeros offense.
- DH Chun Chen, Akron Aeros: 2-5, R, RBI. Granted, it's a small sample size, but Chen is hitting .353 and has really hit the ball well to start the year.
- 1B Jesus Aguilar, Akron Aeros: 2-5, 2B, 2 K: I'm one of the few who isn't that high on Aguilar. The potential is there for Aguilar, but I question whether he can put it all together and live up to the hype people give him.
- RP Austin Adams, Akron Aeros: (H, 1) IP, H, R (unearned), 2 K: Being eased back into action, Adams came in and got the hold while striking out two.
- SS Francisco Lindor, Carolina Mudcats: 1-4, R: Lindor simply has greatness written all over him. As long as he stays healthy, Lindor is the future face of this franchise.
- 1B Jerrud Sabourin, Carolina Mudcats: 2-4, 2B, RBI: Give Sabourin credit, he's been consistent all season long to this point. While he may not possess a ton of power, he's shown a knack for hitting the ball extremely well.
- RF Jordan Smith, Carolina Mudcats: 2-4, K: One of the biggest disappointments of this young season has been Jordan Smith. Here's to hoping he can put it all together.
- SP Cody Anderson, Carolina Mudcats: (L, 3-1) 6 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 5 K, HR: Anderson has been lights out for the first month of the season and ran into his first rough outing of the year. He managed to give up just three earned runs, but there were plenty of players on base. The good news is he limited the damage. It still could have been much worse.
Kind of disagree with the article comment about Jordan Smith, he has hit exceptionally well now for the last couple of weeks.
Tony has talked about Haley in this regard. But guys like Barnes and Cody Allen would seem to be candidates, too.
Hagadone, on the other hand, was awesome. He's always fun to watch. He threw 15 pitches, every single one of them fastballs. 94-95mph, spotting the corners nicely. 2 K's and a weak grounder to 2B. AAA hitters are just no match for him. Good to see him take the demotion like a professional and do exactly what he needs to do to get called right back up.
Anderson had all of the tools.....just comes down to that consistency, repeating those mechanics, and developing more as a pitcher than just a thrower (which he is doing). Excited to see how he finishes the year.
Cody Anderson is an arm I find intriguing. Interesting he struggled (seemingly) through this start but was still able to limit damage. An indication he's a legit prospect, IMHO. Honestly, I tend to think Zach McAllister....but I think Anderson could be better.