Around The Farm: May 9, 2013
Fedroff, Phelps, Aguilar impress with power
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.
CF Tim Fedroff, Columbus Clippers: 4-5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB: Fedroff played a huge role in Columbus' offensive onslaught on Thursday He continues to be a bit of a tweener player and with not much left to prove, the clock is ticking on him. I wouldn't be overly surprised to see Cleveland give him a shot during September call-ups, but otherwise, I don't see many situations arising where Fedroff will be going anywhere before that.
2B Cord Phelps, Columbus Clippers: 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, CS, E: The other hot bat for the Clippers on Thursday was Cord Phelps. After really struggling to start the season, Phelps has really turned it on of late and is five for his past 11 at-bats. Many have been disappointed that Phelps hasn't completely panned out and the cool start surely didn't help those already disappointed. Thursday was a step in the right direction for Phelps and just may be what he needed to get it going.
1B Jesus Aguilar, Akron Aeros: 4-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, K: I've always been a bit tougher on Aguilar than most, but I have to admit, I might be starting to come around. While the power has been somewhat missing to start the year, his 30 RBI are very encouraging to see. In fact, he leads the entire Eastern League in RBI. I would like to see more power from him going forward, but if he continues to drive in runs at the pace he is, many people will be satisfied (including myself).
- SS Ryan Rohlinger, Columbus Clippers: 1-2, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB: Getting on base four out of five times in one game is great production, despite only having one hit.
- 1B Matt LaPorta, Columbus Clippers: 1-4, R, 2B, BB: The hot start from Matt LaPorta continues. Now healthy, can he prove he's more than just a 4A player? Stay tuned.
- SP Joe Martinez, Columbus Clippers: 4 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, BB, 2 K, 2 HR: This wasn't one of the more impressive performances from Thursday, but Martinez is lucky that the Clippers brought their bats with them to the ballpark or this game could have ended very differently.
- RP David Huff, Columbus Clippers: (W, 3-1) 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 0 BB, 7 K: After Martinez departed, Huff came in and shut the door. It's been an up and down year so far for Huff and the seven strikeouts are what really catch your eye.
- CP Preston Guilmet, Columbus Clippers: (S, 10) IP, H: Guilmet is the dominate force in the Columbus bullpen and has been incredibly reliable.
- DH Chun Chen, Akron Aeros: 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2 K: Lacking power and a true position, it'll be interesting to see where Chen fits going forward.
- RP Trey Haley, Akron Aeros: (W, 1-0) 2 IP, BB, 5 K: These are the kind of numbers we expected from Haley when he was drafted and once a very highly touted prospect. Striking out five of the six batters he saw, Haley is trying to rebuild his name.
- RP Jose Flores, Akron Aeros: (S, 4) IP, K: Flores' ERA now stands at 1.08 and he's quickly gaining the trust of the Aeros coaching staff.
- SS Francisco Lindor, Carolina Mudcats [Game 1]: 1-4, RBI, K, SB: The stolen base numbers continue to pile up for Lindor, just something else that makes this kid special.
- SP Cody Anderson, Carolina Mudcats [Game 1]: (W, 4-1) 6 IP,6 H, ER, 0 BB, 5 K, HR: One of the most impressive players early in this season has been Cody Anderson. He continued to dazzle on Thursday and while he gave up six hits, his one and only major mistake came from the long ball.
- 1B Jerrud Sabourin, Carolina Mudcats [Game 2]: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K: Sabourin is a flat-out hitter this year and has been wrecking opposing pitchers.
- RP Grant Sides, Carolina Mudcats [Game 2]: (W, 2-0) 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K: One of my favorite relievers in the farm system, if Sides continues to make strides, I could see him in the Cleveland bullpen in a year or two.
- RP Enosil Tejada, Carolina Mudcats [Game 2]: (S, 2) 2 IP, 3 K: I've been a fan of Tejada since his days in Mahoning Valley. He's not an elite pitching prospect by any means, but he knows how to get outs.
- DH/RF Jordan Smith, Carolina Mudcats [Games 1 & 2] 4-8, R, 2B, RBI, 2 K, 2 SB: What a day it was for Jordan Smith. He was the driving force in the Carolina offense all day long.
- CF LeVon Washington, Lake County Captains: 0-4, 2 K: Everyone has a bad game now and again. Can't stay hot all the time. I'm still very impressed with Washington's start.
- SS Dorssys Paulino, Lake County Captains: 1-4, R, K, E: Already his eleventh error on this season, Paulino may need to move down to Mahoning Valley when its season starts to get back on track.
- C Jeremy Lucas, Lake County Captains: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, K: A great night for Lucas in which the Captains needed it.
- 3B Eric Gonzalez, Lake County Captains: 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, K: Lucas and Gonzalez provided much of the offense the Captains produced on Thursday and it's nice to see Gonzalez getting it going.
- SP Jake Sisco, Lake County Captains: IP: He took a liner off his arm in the first inning. He stayed in the game to finish the inning, but was relieved after the inning.
- RP D.J. Brown, Lake County Captains: (W, 1-0) 4 IP, H, BB, 2 K: After Sisco departed, Brown did a nice job coming in and pitching well for the Captains.