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Around the Farm: May 1st, 2012

Around the Farm: May 1st, 2012
May 2, 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.
 
Another abbreviated schedule tonight in the Indians’ affiliates, as Columbus is suspended, while Lake County enjoyed a scheduled off day.
 
Jared Goedert: LF, Akron: 3-for-5, 1R, 2 2B:
 
It’s hard to believe that it was two years ago that Goedert’s name was bantered about as a potential second or third base fill while Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis developed in the minors. In case you forgot, in 2010, Goedert racked up 27 homers, 20 of which came in a stretch at Columbus. He hit .261 that season, but a late-season slump had dropped his average a bit as the season closed. With Chisenhall below him in Akron and no viable third base option above him, it looked like his chance to take over in Cleveland would happen in 2011. Then came the oblique injury, and the rest is history. Chisenhall got bumped to Columbus, and one Jack Hannahan came aboard and made a name for himself in Cleveland. Goedert ultimately righted the ship and hit 18 dingers in 2011, but it was too late to get that final promotion, and he slid as a meaningful prospect because of it. Then came 2012, and a demotion to Akron while his former understudy, Chisenhall, refined his game in Columbus.  While nobody would have thought less of him had he had a gripe, Goedert just put his head down and went to work. So far this year, Goedert is hitting a whopping .400 in 20 games, and is hitting .429 in his last ten, with five runs, four doubles, a homer, three RBI, nine walks and only five strikeouts. The best part about his game is that he is hitting lefties at a .421 clip, and righties at a .392 clip. This kid shouldn’t be mired in Double-A, and to top it off, can play first, second, third, left and right, and is right-handed.
  • Nick Weglarz: DH, Akron: 2-for-5, 2 K: I’d like to tell you that Weglarz has figured it out. I’d like to tell you that Weglarz is raking in Akron. I’d like to tell you that I won millions of dollars. Unfortunately, none of that is true. Weglarz is 4-for-20 over his past seven games, and with no real power. The clock is ticking on Weglarz.
  • Ryan Rohlinger: 2B, Akron: 1-for-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Rohlinger is just minor league filler, but you get a mention in ATF when you hit a dinger, and score three runs.
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen: PH/C, Akron: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI: Chen is on fire, with back-to-back-to-back multi-hit games in which he’s gone 7-for-14, with three runs two doubles and two RBI. He didn't make an appearance until after the seventh inning of this game, but ended it in the tenth, with a walk-off hit. It's good to see he still has that catcher's equipment. Overall, the Akron 1B/C is hitting .329, with an impressive .402 OBP.
  • T.J. House: SP, Akron: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R/3ER, 1 BB, 4 K: House made his first start for Akron on Tuesday, and pitched extremely well. The key piece to note is House’s small walk total so far this season.
  • Mason Radeke: RP, Akron: W (1-0), 1 H: Radeke made his first appearance in Akron count this season. I’m not sure if this is a full-time gig, it’s one that he’s taken advantage of.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: Game 1: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, SB: This is when Holt is most valuable to a club. The kid is taking a ton of walks this year, compared to last, and actually has eight in his last ten games, compared to seven K’s. To put it in perspective, he had 106 strikeouts last year, compared to 78 walks.
  • Anthony Gallas: DH, Carolina: Game 1: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K: Gallas continues to hit the baseball, as he’s 11-for-31 in his last nine games. He’s not a shiny and new prospect, but there’s some offense there going forward.
  • Tyler Cannon: 3B, Carolina: Game 1: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B: Cannon has done absolutely nothing this year, after hitting .366 in Lake County last season. This was his first multi-hit game of 2012 after an injury sidelined him, as he was 1-for-15 heading into Tuesday’s completion of Monday’s game.
  • Delvi Cid: LF, Carolina: Game 1: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, SB (8), CS (3): Cid has the average up to .250 in this game, and he’s clearly got the green light. He’s hitting .306 in his last ten games, with a .359 OBP, to go along with four stolen bases.
  • Kyle Blair: SP, Carolina: Game 1: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K: The Tribe’s 2010 fourth round pick made his Carolina League debut on Monday night, and pitched extremely well, as he continues to recover from an early April implosion in Lake County.
  • Shawn Armstrong: RP, Carolina: Game 1: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K: Armstrong is clearly the best reliever for the Mudcats this season. After Tuesday’s first game completion, the lanky righty has gone 14 1/3 innings in his six appearances, giving up only seven hits and seven walks, while striking out 17.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: Game 2: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 K, SB (6): Holt managed to hit a lead-off single in the third, with the Mudcats down 3-1. He stole 2nd, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an Anthony Gallas sacrifice. Talk about lead-off hitting, 101.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Carolina: Game 2: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1RBI, 1 BB: Aguilar has been struggling a bit at the dish over the past ten games (.226), but has seen an uptick in power, as this was his second home run in three nights.
  • Jose Flores: Closer, Carolina: Game 2: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 K: Flores gave up his first runs since become the Mudcats’ closer this season, after the April 8th ballgame. Overall, he’s maintaining a 1.54 ERA, with 16 K’s vs. 4 BB in 11 2/3 innings.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

User Comments

DetDawg
May 3, 2012 - 7:36 AM EDT
Thanks for the insight guys.
Tony
May 3, 2012 - 12:43 AM EDT
Armstrong is a reliever at the moment, but he has the potential to start as the Indians almost had him start this year and may consider him in the role in the future. Ultimately, I think his future is in the bullpen, so perhaps they just keep him in that role to help expedite him to the big leagues.
Jim
May 2, 2012 - 11:17 PM EDT
Armstrong is a reliever. Like Tony said, there's so many questions about his secondary stuff...I just don't see the Indians doing anything with him with regards to the rotation...
DetDawg
May 2, 2012 - 4:12 PM EDT
Tony,

I've been impressed with the year Armstrong is having so far. Do you think he has the potential pitch quality and repertoire to be a starter, or is there little doubt that his future is as a RP?
Tony
May 2, 2012 - 1:42 PM EDT
Shawn Armstrong is a much bigger prospect right now that Jose Flores. The fact Flores was Rule 5ed has no bearing on prospect value. I know the backstory on that one as the Mariners braintrust was in Lake County during the playoffs in Sept 2010 and saw him when he was hitting 95 MPH. Had never seen him prior to that, but were intrigued enough to take a look.....and then promptly sent him back to the Indians in the spring. I like his power arm, but the delivery and secondary stuff are problems. Flores is an interesting relief prospect, but a guy like Armstrong right now with so much more ceiling is just more interesting.
civ ollilavad
May 2, 2012 - 1:15 PM EDT
I like what Shawn Armstong is doing but not necessarily a better reliever than Jose Flores, who was interesting enough to rate a Rule 5 selection in 2010 and registers an awful lot of strikeouts.
Tony
May 2, 2012 - 11:52 AM EDT
Hi Roger, I put up an update on Adams two weeks ago (nothing new to report, so not mentioned in this week's infirmary report). Here is the piece with his status, expected return and severity of the injury:

http://www.indiansprospectinsider.com/blog/minor-happenings-allen-keeps-moving-up-26341
Roger
May 2, 2012 - 10:03 AM EDT
what is the latest medical reports on austin adams besides the minor injury to chiz austin adams he of the 100 mph fastball is a high profile talent. i know he didnt start the season in akron due to shoulder difficulties and with power pitchers shoulder injuries can career enders.

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