Around the Farm: Memorial Day 2013
Bo Greenwell flirts with cycle while Justin Toole shows off his "tools" to highlight day's 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.
Justin Toole (LF, Akron Aeros): 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B.
Toole has never really been known to be much of a prospect, but he’s always been a player that’s been easy to get behind, especially when you consider his ability to play virtually anywhere on a baseball diamond. This was only his 13th game with the Aeros this season, but Toole has been impressive in the early going as he’s hitting .405 (17-for-42). While Toole will probably never get even a cup of coffee in the Majors, it’s still impossible to deny his value to a team. If the Aeros are to compete in the Eastern League this season, Toole will definitely be a big part of it.
Bo Greenwell (RF, Carolina): 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI.
Welcome to the ATF headline spot Mr. Greenwell. Without question, Memorial Day 2013 was arguably the best day of Greenwell’s professional career as he was just a single shy of recording the cycle. Injuries have kind of derailed the 2007 6th round pick’s career, but once in awhile he can provide you with glimpses, and this certainly qualifies as one. He has some tools and can be an effective player, but another thing to take into account is that this is now Greenwell’s seventh year in the organization, and he’s still at the High-A level. So while his performance was impressive, it’s also important to temper our enthusiasm.
- Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Columbus Clippers): 3-for-6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB. Carrera did a bit of what he does best on Monday as he scored three runs and stole one bag. It’s nice to see him stay hot as he could likely be the first outfielder recalled to Cleveland if a need due to injury does arise.
- Cord Phelps (1B-2B, Columbus): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. Phelps seems to finally be settling in now at Columbus, and he’s now driven in 22 runs in 32 games this season. Now if only that type of production could translate to the Major League level…
- Lonnie Chisenhall (3B, Columbus): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. Chisenhall is coming along nicely at Columbus and recorded his fourth home run in only 10 games on Monday. He’s also done well in the area of plate discipline as he’s drawn five walks while striking out nine times. Let’s hope this continues because the Indians could be in for a huge boost if Chisenhall’s success ever translates to the Majors.
- Matt LaPorta (DH, Columbus): 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. LaPorta continues to swing a hit bat and recorded his fifth home run Monday. The right-handed hitting LaPorta now has .297/.375/.594 line, but it’s hard to know what to make of it. We all know that tearing up Triple-A is nothing new for LaPorta.
- Carlos Carrasco (SP, Columbus): 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. Carrasco’s outing was not one of his stronger ones as he labored quite a bit and needed 78 pitches to make it through just four innings of work. However, even with allowing two home runs, Carrasco only allowed a total of three earned runs, and his season ERA is still impressive at 1.85.
- Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. Ramirez is still adjusting to the Double-A level, and his bat has yet to really take off as he’s only hitting .251. However, his plate discipline is indicative of his advanced approach as Ramirez has struck out only 18 times this season while drawing 17 walks.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI. There’s something about Aguilar and his ability to drive in runs. While RBIs may not be a good measuring stick of player’s prospect status, Aguilar now has 40 on the young season. That’s very impressive and shows he has a knack for delivering in the clutch.
- Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. Rodriguez continues to heat up at the plate and recorded his third home run Monday. Perhaps the only downside is that he also recorded his 30thstrikeout.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Urshela is another strong infield prospect for the Aeros. He’s handled the jump to the Double-A level nice as he currently has a .268 average, and he launched his third home run of the season Monday.
- Brett Brach (SP, Akron): 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Brach is organizational depth, but he has performed nicely for the most part this year. After Monday’s rough outing though, Brach now has a 4.91 ERA in 29 1/3 innings with the Aeros this season.
- Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Everyone knows I am a big Joey Wendle fan, and it was great to see him record his third home run Monday. Let’s hope Wendle continues to develop and becomes a prospect similar to what the Indians thought they had in Cord Phelps.
- Joe Sever (3B, Carolina): 4-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Sever is a nice depth player, but could he be showing that he might be something more? In 19 games this season, Sever has gone 21-for-69 (.304). It’s a small sample size, but an effective one nonetheless.
- Jacob Lee (SP, Carolina): 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R/2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. Only two of Lee’s runs were earned on Monday afternoon, but he still struggles with his consistency. He now has a 5.44 ERA in 10 starts and 48 innings this season, which unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired.
- LeVon Washington (CF, Lake County Captains): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K. Washington has been great as of late, but he scuffled a bit on Monday as #WashTime was unable to record a hit. Washington’s hitless day snapped a five-game hit streak for the toolsy outfielder.
- Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. Like Washington, Santander is another outfielder with plenty of upside. He recorded his second home run on Monday, and he’s now gone 20-for-69 (.290) in 19 games.
- Leo Castillo (3B, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Castillo was the only Captain to record more than one hit Monday. In the process, Castillo also recorded his third home run of the 2013 season, but the overall numbers still leave a lot to be desired as Castillo has gone 27-for-119 in 34 games.
- Dylan Baker (SP, Lake County): (L, 1-4), 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R/4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. Baker’s performance this season has been somewhat up-and-down, and he unfortunately had one of his less than stellar outings on Memorial Day. The right-hander was unable to make it through six innings and allowed five runs in the process. The Tribe’s 2013 5th round pick now has a 4.15 ERA in 47 2/3 innings this season.
- Louis Head (RP, Lake County): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K. Head has simply been fantastic this season. After two more shutout innings on Monday, Head now has a sparkling 1.33 ERA in 16 appearances and 20 1/3 innings pitched. He also now struck out a total of 15 batters across that span.
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