Around the Farm: May 28, 2012: The Memorial Day Edition
By Jim Pete
May 29, 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.
Steven Wright: SP, Akron Aeros: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K:
Wright returned after a DL stint for his broken toe, and was on a limited pitch count right out of the gate. That didn’t stop him from continuing his excellent season. His only bad start was ironically enough, his last start before heading to the DL. Overall, this season, Wright is 3-2, with a 1.75 ERA in 46 1/3 IP. He’s given up only 35 hits and nine earned runs, while walking 21 and striking out 42. Sure, 21 walks is an elevated number, but remember, we are talking about a knuckleball pitcher. He’s definitely re-made himself into a potential major league candidate, whether as a starter, or a reliever going forward. Could the Indians have a Tim Wakefield on their hands?
Felix Sterling: SP, Lake County: L (2-4): 2/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB:
Sterling is in a free-fall, and there has to be some concern, and would love to hear from someone that may have been at the game yesterday. Sterling got rocked for the second straight start after being dominant in his previous eight. In his last two starts, he’s only gone three total innings, giving up nine hits and an unbelievable 18 runs. He’s walked seven, and struck out only 1. For those counting at home, that’s an ERA of 54.00. I’m not sure what the issue is, but we are talking about a 19-year-old kid, so this might be much ado about nothing. You just hope there isn’t an underlying injury there, and that if there isn’t, you have to hope that his psyche can rebound from what has been a rough six-day stretch.
- Jared Goedert: LF, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K: It wasn’t a brilliant night for Goedert, but he had one of only three hits for Columbus, and scored the only run. Goedert now has hits in eight of nine Triple A games.
- Zach McAllister: SP, Columbus: L (3-2), 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K: McAllister made his first start since returning to Columbus from Cleveland, and it was another solid one. He threw 89 pitches, 60 of which were strikes. Overall at Columbus, McAllister has a 2.93 ERA.
- Scott Barnes: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 H: Barnes continues his successful move to the bullpen. He’s made eight appearances in that role, going 12 1/3 IP, giving up five hits, three earned runs, five walks, and 13 strikeouts. He’s likely next in line, and could be a potential Sipp replacement if they decide to make a move there.
- Kyle Bellows: 3B, Akron: Game 1: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B: Bellows continued his stellar play in game 1 of the Memorial Day doubleheader, continuing his four-game hit streak. Bellows was hitting .375 in the previous nine games. Bellow’s would go 0-for-4 in game 2.
- Adam Abraham: DH, Akron: Game 1: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Abraham has had a solid season thusfar, which is typical of his career. Abraham would go 0-for-3 in game 2.
- Chin-Hsiu Chen: 1B, Akron: Game 1: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K: Chen is hitting .317 on the season, but only has one homer. His 15 doubles, however, are second in the league, while his average is second. Chen would also go 1-for-1 in the second game, with two walks, and of course, a double.
- Nick Weglarz: LF, Akron: 1-for-2, 1 BB: Game 1: 1-for-2, 1 BB: Weglarz still hasn’t really done anything of note this season other than his two-homer game on May 9th. He does have a hit in each of his last five games, including a single in game 2.
- Kyle Landis: RP, Akron: Game 1: W (2-1), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K: Landis had been scuffling in his last three appearances, giving up six runs in 4 2/3 IP. He rebounded nicely in supporting Steven Wright’s three innings, with two one-hit, shutout innings himself, to get the Memorial day win.
- Rob Bryson: RP, Akron: Game 1: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K: Bryson followed a rough outing with another good one, but still is searching to find that consistency that can make him more than just the answer to a CC Sabathia trivia question. He has good stuff that really could be great.
- Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron: Game 1: 1 IP: Guilmet may finally be finding his groove after really struggling during much of his first 11 games this season. In his last three, he’s gone three innings, giving up only one hit and one walk, while striking out four.
- Paolo Espino: SP, Akron: Game 2: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K: While Espino struggled in Columbus, he’s been his old self in Akron, starting and relieving, and overall, pitching very well. In his five appearances with the Aeros, he’s only had one game in which he’s given up any runs, and has an overall 1.69 ERA.
- Loek Van Mil: RP, Akron: Game 2: BS (1), L (0-1): Van Mil cost the Aeros the sweep of the doubleheader in his first really bad outing since joining the Aeros in a minor move in early May. The 7’1” Mil isn’t a top prospect, but is one of those players that has all the tools to be very good, he just needs to show better intangibles.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: 2-for-3, 1 BB: Another game for Holt, and another three times on base as the table setter. His OBP is .404, which is fourth in the league right now.
- Tony Wolters: SS, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Wolters hit his first home run of the season, and the second of his professional career. He’s hitting .325 over the past ten games, and now is adding home-run power to the equation. Okay, likely not going to become a regular thing, but who knows with this kid’s tenacity.
- Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Carolina: 2-for-4: Urshela continues to try and find his way after returning from nearly a month off. He’s gone 6-for-25 since coming off the DL.
- Michael Goodnight: SP, Carolina: L (1-5), 7 IP, 10 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR: Goodnight’s nine strikeouts were his best of the season, and this continued a solid overall campaign, that has seen inconsistency, but brilliance within that. I’m starting to wonder if Goodnight might not ultimately end up in the bullpen down the line.
- Kyle Petter: RP, Carolina: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K: Petter was lights out in his three appearances at Lake County this year, but was rocked in his first three outings in Carolina, and wasn’t able to find his balance. This is his third straight shutout appearance (6 IP), and this was his only hit given up during that stretch.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K: Lindor has had some downturns this season, but not many. It appears as though his latest week-long struggle may be coming to an end, as Lindor managed another two-hit game. He’s hitting .293 on the season, but is hitting only .279 against right-handers.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI: Okay, so now Sabourin is the top prospect in Lake County. Okay, he’s really not, but he is absolutely shredding Midwest League pitching. He has a seven game hit streak, and a current five-game, multi-hit streak. He’s hitting .284 overall on the season, and .400 over the past ten games. He’s hitting 11-for-19 over his past five games.
- Cole Cook: RP, Lake County: 2 2/3 IP 2 H, 2 BB, 3K: Cook was lights out in Columbus, and is using that to perhaps continue to spur him on in the lower minors with another outstanding outing. He’s 2-0 in his last ten games, he’s sporting a 0.95 ERA, with four walks and 15 strikeouts.
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