Around the Farm: July 13, 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.

Jeanmar Gomez: SP, Columbus: (W, 2-1), 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K:

Gomez’s start certainly is encouraging. But above that, it’s nice to see the right-hander make the best out of a poor situation. Without question, Gomez was not pleased with being demoted a few weeks back, but he has responded nicely. It only took Gomez 102 pitches to go the distance, and he also recorded some nice strikeout numbers along the way. In three starts with the Clippers, Gomez has now posted a 1.64 ERA to go along with 14 strikeouts and just 5 walks. The game was a classic pitcher’s duel as Indianapolis’ starter, Daniel Cabrera, also went the distance. I have not given up on Gomez, and I am certain the Tribe’s management has not either as he is still only 24 years old. It just seemed as if Gomez started to lose his confidence in his last couple starts in Cleveland but after Friday’s performance, it looks like that confidence might be on its way back.

Steven Wright: Sp, Akron: (W, 7-6), 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 4 K:

For every yin, there is a yang, and that could not be more true for Steven Wright. Clearly, the knuckleballer had some good stuff working Friday night as he allowed just one hit over six shutout innings. However, the right-hander has now walked 12 batters over his last two starts. That is essentially the definition of living dangerously. Yes, he was successful on Friday, but that was not the case on July 7 when he was shellacked for five runs in 4 2/3 innings. Nonetheless, Wright did earn his 7th win of the season and his ERA sits at 2.46. You would have to think he would be at Class AAA already if it were not for the control issues.

  • Gregorio Petit: 3B, Columbus: 2-for-3: There were not many offensive highlights for the Clippers, but Petit managed to collect two of the Clippers’ six hits.
  • Vinny Rottino: RF, Columbus, 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: As stated previously, Friday’s game was hardly an offensive onslaught, but the Indians’ recent waiver claim gave the team all the offense it would need. Rottino has given the Clippers a decent boost as he has now hit .311 in his 11 games with the club.
  • Thomas Neal: DH, Akron, 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Neal hit his 7th home run of the 2012 campaign and his average now sits at .305. Given that he hits right-handed and can man multiple outfield positions, Neal is one of the most intriguing prospects in the Tribe’s system right now. A promotion to Columbus must be on the horizon.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Akron, 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K: A nice performance from the Indians’ 2010 10th round pick. Holt tallied his second extra-base hit since his promotion to Akron and now has a .250 average in seven games with the Aeros.
  • Nick Weglarz: LF, Akron, 1-for-4, 1 2B, 3 K: Weglarz recorded a double and his average now sits at .251 in 71 games with the Aeros. Much has been made of Weglarz and his sudden resurgence this year, but there are still many concerns. Weglarz struck out three times Friday to bring his season total to 92. He has also walked just 36 times. While his other offensive numbers have all improved, his plate discipline has essentially disappeared this season.
  • Bryan Price: RP, Akron, 2 IP, 0 R, 2 K: One of the pieces of the Victor Martinez deal, Price was at his best on Friday. He needed just 16 pitches to get through two innings in combining with Wright and Preston Guilmet to throw the shutout.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Carolina, 0-for-5, 3 K: A rare disappointing performance at the plate for Aguilar. The hulking first baseman has now struckout 72 times this season, and his average dipped to .299.
  • Tony Wolters: SS, Carolina, 3-for-4, 2 R: The talented young shortstop really seems to be coming into his own now. The 20-year-old recorded three singles to raise his average to .255. Now that he has spent a good deal of time at the High-A level, I fully expect Wolters to make huge strides during the season’s final months.
  • Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Carolina, 1-for-4, 1 R, GS, 4 RBI, 1 K: There were plenty of runs in Carolina’s 9-8 loss Friday and Urshela had a big part in many of them as he launched a grand slam to drive in four. He has now hit seven home runs this season, and his average sits at .259.
  • Bo Greenwell: RF, Carolina, 3-for-5, 3 RBI: It may be a small sample size, but Greenwell has been a beast in his 18 games with the Mudcats. The left-handed hitter has now driven in 10 runs this season to go along with a .364 average.
  • Francisco Jimenez: SP, Carolina, 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 7 R/5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K: Jimenez has been the model of consistency for much of this season, but he seems to have fallen on hard times as of late. After his rough outing Friday, the left-hander’s ERA now sits at 4.62.
  • Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County, 3-for-6, 3 RBI, 1 BB: Jordan Smith’s late-inning heroics brought Lake County a 7-6 win in 15 innings. Smith has now driven in 39 runs this season and is hitting .308.
  • Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County, 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB: Lindor showed a good approach Friday by collecting two hits and drawing two walks. He still has some work to do if he wants his average to catch up to where it was earlier this year as it now sits at .263.
  • Manuel Carmona: RP, Lake County, 2 IP, 1 R/ER, 5 K, 1 HR: The Indians lost a Carmona this offseason (at least in regard to the name), but it looks like they may have a young prospect capable of carrying on the legacy. Carmona has the strikeout pitch working Friday as he struck out five batters in just two innings.
  • Tyler Naquin: CF, Mahoning Valley, 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K: The Tribe’s 2012 first round pick has been absolutely dynamic in his 16 games in the New York-Penn League. Naquin now has a .313 average and has driven in nine runs on the season.
  • Joe Sever: DH, Mahoning Valley, 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB: The Indians’ 2012 21st round draft pick really has made an early impression. In 10 games, Sever has hit .351. Given where he was drafted, I did not expect much, but the early return has been quite nice.
  • Charlie Valerio: C, Mahoning Valley, 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K: As a switch-hitter and catcher, Valerio is a very intriguing prospect. The results so far this year have been encouraging as Valerio is hitting .300 on the year while driving in 17 runs in 23 games.
  • Josh Martin: SP, Mahoning Valley, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R/2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K: The Tribe’s 2012 10th round pick continues to impress in his fifth appearance with the Scrappers. Martin now has a 3.10 ERA and is averaging just under a strikeout per inning.

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