Around The Farm: May 6, 2013
Merritt pitches seven shutout innings while Chen's power resurgence continues
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.
Ryan Merritt (SP, Lake County Captains): 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K.
Going into this season, Merritt was hardly considered much of a prospect, but he is turning some heads so far. His start on Monday was by far the best professional performance of his young career as he was never really threatened, and he also kept balls out of the air as he recorded 13 groundouts and five strikeouts. It’s going to take a lot more performances like this one before Tribe fans can look at Merritt as someone they could potentially get excited about, but this start was another step in the right direction. Merritt will always at least be somewhat intriguing because he is, well, a lefty. He now has posted a 3.19 ERA in six starts and 31 innings this season.
- Chun-Hsiu Chen (DH, Akron Aeros): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. It’s only May 6, but Chen has now officially tied his entire home run total from 2012. One of the biggest knocks on Chen was that he would not be able to continue to rise up through the ranks unless he recaptured the power that he displayed in 2010 and 2011. Well, it appears as if it’s back as the right-handed hitter has been incredibly consistent this year as he’s gone 33-for-100 with six doubles, one triple and five home runs.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K. Aguilar has cooled down a bit at the plate as of late as he has gone just 5-of-23 in his last six games. The big first baseman did still manage to collect his fifth double Wednesday, and he’s now hitting .257 on the young 2013 campaign.
- Carlos Moncrief (CF, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 K. Moncrief only got one hit, but the most important thing is that is kept his hit streak alive. The left-handed hitting outfielder has now hit in eight straight games for the Aeros.
- Quincy Latimore (LF, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Latimore recorded his fourth home run of the 2013 season Monday. He’s really not much more than organizational depth, but he’s been a nice addition to the Aeros as he has four homers, five doubles and 14 RBI in 26 games this season.
- Roberto Perez (C, Akron): 2-for-4. Perez only hit .129 in 12 games with the Columbus Clippers, and he’s been almost equally unimpressive with the Aeros as he’s hitting just .209 in 12 games. However, he has gone 4-for-8 in his two games, so maybe that’s a sign that he could be starting to heat up.
- Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R. Rodriguez has struggled as of late as he has just four hits in his last 25 at-bats. We keep waiting for him to take off, yet it just has not happened yet. Plate discipline is still an issue too as Rodriguez has struck out 21 times and drawn only two walks. It’s still only May 6, so there’s plenty of time for improvement, but there’s no denying that Rodriguez has struggled in making the jump to the Double-A level.
- Trey Haley (RP, Akron): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K. Haley has yet to allow a run this season, and that trend continued on Monday. The only problem with Haley is that he continues to issue too many free passes. After Monday’s performance, the right-hander has now walked five and just struck out three in 6 1/3 innings of work this season.
- #Washtime (CF, Lake County): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K. LeVon Washington has been scorching hot as of late but like most Captains, he settled for an 0-fer on Monday. Even still, Washington has been very impressive in the early going this year. In nine games, he’s gone 13-for-30 (.433) with four doubles, one triple, six RBI, eight walks and just six strikeouts.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K. Paulino is still struggling to get into a groove at the plate as he’s hitting just .213 this season. However, he did record the lone RBI for the Captains, which ended up being the ninth-inning clincher in a 1-0 victory, so that has to be considered a positive.
- Joe Sever (3B, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 K. Sever was one of just three Captains to record hits on Monday. Sever’s not much of a prospect but he has been impressive as of late as the right-handed hitter has now hit in seven straight games.
- Leonardo Castillo (DH, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 K. The only other Captain to record a hit was Castillo. Like Sever, Castillo is really not a prospect, but he’s been on quite the surge as of late. Castillo has now hit in eight straight games, and he’s gone 9-for-27 over that span.
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