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Around the Farm: April 9, 2012

Around the Farm: April 9, 2012
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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.

T.J. House: SP, Carolina Mudcats: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K

House had a stellar start in his first outing of the season. This is his third year in the Carolina League and he is coming off a bit of a rough season as he struggled with some command issues last year at High-A Kinston. His strong start on Monday is a good way to kick off the season as a confidence booster, and hopefully he has addressed the former issues he’s had in his delivery. Considering he’s played at the same level for three seasons, he’ll be looking to make a formidable impression on the organization so he can move up quickly and be challenged at a new level.

LeVon Washington: LF, Lake County Captains: 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB

LeVon Washington put together a perfect night at the plate against the Great Lakes Loons. He is now hitting .400 on the season with six hits in 15 at-bats, and also has 1.017 OPS. Washington had a disappointing season last year, but things are looking up for him as he adjusts to life in the minors and utilizes his natural athletic talent.

Tim Fedroff: CF, Akron Aeros: 3-for-4, 2 RBIs, 2 BB

Fedroff is off to a good start at Double-A Akron as he currently boasts a .500 batting average. The 25-year old has been in the organization for five years now, and he should probably be playing up in Triple-A Columbus but there just isn’t room for him with so much Major League depth stashed there at the moment. Fedroff played well last season between Akron and Columbus and hopefully he’ll return to Columbus soon.

  • Gregorio Petit: SS, Columbus Clippers: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI: Petit was the hero of the night on Monday as he hit the game-winning two-out double, giving the Clippers a walk-off win.
  • Matt LaPorta: LF, Columbus Clippers: 1-for-4, 2 K: LaPorta continued his tear through AAA with a start in left field Monday night. He’s got two homers on the year and Monday was his first game without an extra-base hit.
  • Matt Pagnozzi: C, Columbus Clippers: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 K: Pagnozzi has taken advantage of every opportunity presented to him at the plate by finding ways to get on base. In eight at-bats, he’s had four hits, four RBIs and a pair of walks.
  • Nick Hagadone: RP, Columbus Clippers: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K: Hagadone, whom we caught a handful of glimpses of last season in Cleveland, has remained nearly flawless through two games with Columbus. Hagadone has relinquished one hit and one walk in two games.
  • Giovanni Soto: SP, Akron Aeros: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K: Soto’s first start of the season was a good one. Soto is working to prove his place in Akron by utilizing his cutter and deceptive delivery.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Carolina Mudcats: 2-for-4, 2B: Aguilar is continuing to make his case to move up to Double-A Akron as he has hit 7-for-17 so far this year. He’s yet to show off his power, but he’s only struck out twice.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina Mudcats: 1-for-4, R, 3B, RBI, BB, K: Holt is also making his case for Double-A Akron as he maintains a .529 average. He sliced a triple on Monday night after going 4-for-4 on Sunday.
  • Dwight Childs: C, Carolina Mudcats: 1-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI: Childs jacked a 3-run home run on Monday night in his second game of the season. Childs is looking to bounce back after missing most of 2011 with a broken right hand.
  • Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County Captains: 2-for-5, 3B, RBI: After starting off slow the first two games of the season, the organization’s most spotlighted prospect is starting to take off. He’s hit 5-for-9 in his last two games with a stolen base and no strikeouts.

Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.

User Comments

Tony
April 10, 2012 - 5:22 PM EDT
Big Price fan here. He is kind of lost in the shuffle and his Major League future is questionable, but if he hones in on his command and that velocity comes back and he stays healthy I think he has a shot to be a 7th inning guy.
Jim
April 10, 2012 - 1:37 PM EDT
Mark...I love Bryan Price. The fact that he's almost an afterthought now lets you know the depth of arms in the pen for the Tribe. You could see him later this year, if he continues to be consistent. Nobody questions his arm. It's maintaining consistent numbers that has always been his issue.
Jim
April 10, 2012 - 1:36 PM EDT
Just listening to Childs talk, and you can tell what the Indians like about him moving forward. He was talking about the pitchers on the staffs, and their strengths...good knowledge...good defense...good kid overall. Just the kind of guy you want as your #2 going forward...has a bunch of Marson qualities...doesn't project offensively going forward, but you never know. Childs is the kind of kid you root for, but with the depth of offensive catchers at High and Low A with Lowery, Monsalve and Lavisky, all high uptick guys, Childs likely doesn't fit into their future plans as a starter.
Ken
April 10, 2012 - 1:34 PM EDT
Great summary; nice for Indians fans who follow the minors
Mark
April 10, 2012 - 11:04 AM EDT
Great job by Brian Price for Akron. Pitched 8th and 9th shut down in order with 4K's...This bull pen is gonna be special.
Tony
April 10, 2012 - 10:37 AM EDT
Holt is an interesting prospect. Recently changed his stance (more upright and no longer crouched) and it has paid big dividends for him this spring and early in the season. May be no more than a 4th outfielder in bigs, but gotta like the speed, defense, versatility, and on-base ability from the right side.

As for Childs, he is the epitome of what an organizational player is. Good guy, works hard, plays good defense, but very limited bat. Brings some value to the org as a good backup catcher, and could stick for awhile. And who knows, maybe he figures it out offensively and becomes more.
Jim
April 10, 2012 - 10:32 AM EDT
I love Holt, but actually thing Crowe had more offense than Holt. If Holt figures it all out, Crowe is Holts ceiling. Very similar type players though...4th outfielders, unless the right situation pops up.
troy
April 10, 2012 - 9:08 AM EDT
TJ House could come fast if he ever figures it out. Great first start.

Tyler Holt is a Trevor Crowe caliber prospect.

Good to see Washington off to a good start. He has Matt Lawton upside.

It would be nice if Lindor could fly through the system like AROD did with Seattle.
DetDawg
April 10, 2012 - 8:33 AM EDT
Stephanie,

Nice write-up.

Can you tell me anything more about Dwight Childs? I know he was an 18th rd draft choice in '09 and is a defensive-oriented C, but not much more other than he hasn't had more than about 50 ABs during each of his 3 seasons.
Jim
April 10, 2012 - 1:53 AM EDT
How about Tyler Holt...leading off two games in a row with a triple. Seriously, what more can you ask of a lead-off hitter (hint...CALL HIM UP TO AKRON ALREADY!!!)
Jim
April 10, 2012 - 1:52 AM EDT
Awesome job Stephanie...well done...

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