Around the Farm - April 6, 2012
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.
Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Carolina Mudcats: 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Aguilar played 31 games in High-A to close out last season, and had decent success. Monster performances like this will have him in Akron in no time, giving him the opportunity to answer questions about whether or not he will be able to hit more advanced pitching as well as he has so far in the lower levels. His defense is another area to watch as the season progresses. He will need to improve at first base, as well.
Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus Clippers: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chisenhall is now 4-8 with a home run and two runs batted in on the young season. Many questioned the decision to send him down and not give him the chance to improve against Major League pitchers, but a short stay with the Clippers that produces success like this isn't going to hurt his confidence any. He did make an error last night, and will need to limit those so the organization doesn't hold him back because of defensive concerns. Regardless, he should find his way back to Cleveland within a month or two.
- Jeremy Accardo - Closer, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP. Accardo hung on for his first save, but it was a wild ninth inning for he and the Clippers. He officially recorded a third out before any real damage was done, but strike three was a wild pitch and the game continued on.
- Nick Hagadone: RP, Columbus: H (1), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K. Hagadone was sharp in his 2012 debut, using just eight pitches (seven strikes) to get through his inning of work. He is not long for the Clippers.
- Matt LaPorta: 1B, Columbus: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2K:. These are the kind of numbers you can expect from LaPorta a lot of nights in the minors. Will the success ever carry over against Major League pitching?
- Kevin Slowey: SP, Columbus: W (1-0), 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 6 K, 1 BB, 1 HR. A masterful first start and win with the organization, which is particularly nice to see after a shaky spring. He threw just 76 pitches in his seven innings of work.
- Juan Diaz: SS, Akron: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBi, 1 BB, 1 K. Diaz provided the biggest hit of the night for the Aeros, a double that plated both of the team's runs in a winning effort.
- T.J. McFarland: SP, Akron: W (1-0), 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 hit batter. A decent start to the year for McFarland, who has now made starts for the Aeros in three straight seasons. 2012 should be the year that he reaches Triple-A.
- Nick Weglarz: LF, Akron: 0-4, 3 K. Now 0-7 with four strikeouts through two games, Weglarz is not doing himself any favors early on. Is this just a small slump, or are the injury problems lingering?
- Cody Allen: RP, Carolina: 2 IP, 5 K. Allen put the organization on notice in 2011, and his first appearance this year says it was no mirage. Six batters, five punchouts.
- Clayton Cook: SP, Carolina: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 2 Ks, 1 WP. Cook needed 93 pitches to get through five frames, but was wildly effective, allowing just two singles outside of the five walks. Also of note: three bases were stolen against he and Jake Lowery.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: 3-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. Holt was expected to start the season in Akron, and he was quick to show why. It is a little strange to see him caught stealing twice in one game, as he was successful 34 of 40 times last year.
- Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Carolina: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. With a fantastic Carolina League debut, Rodriguez picked up right where he left off in the Midwest. He is a player that will be increasingly known by Indians fans in coming years.
- Tony Wolters: 2B, Carolina: 1-for-5, 1 R, 4 K. A bit of a disappointing High-A debut, but he did collect his first hit and come around to score.
- Elvis Araujo - SP, Lake County: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R/1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batter. The monstrous lefty showed why he is one of the organization's best prospects with this first start of the year.
- Cole Cook - RP, Lake County: 1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R/4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 E. Usually a starter, Cook relieved Araujo because he was only on for four innings. It was not the kind of early confidence booster he was looking for after a tough 2011, but keep in mind that this was his first real game since being shut down in July with a UCL strain.
- Francisco Lindor - SS, Lake County: 1-5, 2 R, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E. Lindor got his first knock in the Midwest League, and stole a base for the second consecutive game.
- LeVon Washington -LF, Lake County: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K. Not the follow-up game fans would have preferred after his great performance yesterday, but expect big things from him this season, regardless.