Around the Farm: May 25, 2013
Naquin, Lindor impress for the Mudcats in Saturday night action
Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina Mudcats): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 BB.
Naquin has made a good first impression this season with the Carolina Mudcats and he is now hitting .311 this season. Naquin has been a quiet leader for such a young team, and has gained more supportors because of it. He looks like he could soon use a challenge at the Double-A level.
Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina Mudats): 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB.
Well, there have been plenty of effective Indians’ players this season, but arguably no two players on any team have been as good as the one-two punch of Naquin and Lindor at Carolina. Both players are high-quality competitors who have played a key role in the offense and defense for Carolina, especially Lindor who just continues to raise eyes with his offense this season. Let’s hope both players continue to prove that they’re the real deal.
Danny Salazar (SP, Columbus Clippers): 4 IP, 1 BB, 4 K.
Salazar has clearly been on a tight pitch count as he needed only 45 pitches to make it through four shutout innings while allowing no hits. However, the results so far cannot be denied as he left the game with a no-hitter after four innings. He was simply removed for precautionary reasons as he is battling a sore shoulder.
- Chun Hsiu-Chen (DH, Columbus): 1-for-5, 3 K. Chen is still hitting a respectable .321 in Triple-A play, but he’s struck out nine times and drawn just one walk. That type of ratio must change if he plans on making it to Cleveland.
- Ryan Rohlinger (3B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 K. Rohlinger may be nothing more than organizational depth, but he’s still hitting an impressive .285 in 37 games for the Clippers this season, which is not too shabby.
- Jerry Gil (RP, Columbus): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K. This was a nice performance by Gil, and he now has a 3.38 ERA on the year. He has been a solid signing and done what the Indians needed him to when they signed him to a minor league contract in the offseason.
- Ronny Rodriguez (SP, Akron): 1-for-3. Rodriguez may have only collected one hit in three at-bats, but he looks to slowly be turning things around offensively after a rough start this season.
- Paolo Espino (SP, Akron) 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K. It wasn't one of Espino's better outings, but he still has a 4.80 ERA this season and continues to be solid upper level starting depth for the Indians.
- Joe Wendle (3B, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Wendle is building his prospect value and has been impressive since his return and has recorded at least one hit in his last three games.
- Tony Wolters (C, Carolina): 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI. Wolters may still be learning the catcher position, but he did an impressive offensive job on Saturday and threw out his first runner. Wolters has now recorded at least one hit in his last seven games.
- #WashTime (LF, Lake County Captains): 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI. The Captains only recorded five hits on Saturday, and LeVon Washington recorded two of them. Washington has now hit in five straight games and recorded at least two hits in four of those five games.
- Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 K. Santander has been almost equally as impressive as Washington in the early going of the 2013 season. Santander has currently gone 18-for-61 (.295) in 17 games.
- Leo Castillo (3B, Lake County): 1-for-3. Castillo only mustered one hit in the contest, but he’s now gone 3-for-7 over the course of the past two days, so maybe there’s some signs that he could be coming around.
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