Around the Farm: September 11, 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 during yesterday’s ballgame.

Paolo Espino: SP, Akron Aeros: (W, 1-1), 7 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K: 

If we wanted to nitpick too much, we could fault Espino for the high number of walks, but again, that would be nitpicking. All in all, Espino was outstanding, and a key reason as to why the Aeros now hold a 1-0 lead in the Eastern League Finals. Espino was the model of consistency for the Aeros this season as he posted a 3.09 ERA in 116 1/3 innings of work. He struggled a bit in his first postseason outing as he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings on Sept. 5 against the Bowie Baysox, but he seemed to be back to his reliable self Tuesday.

Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 2-for-3, 2 R, 3B, BB: 

Holt has been particularly strong during the playoffs as he currently owns a .350 average in postseason play. Holt has only had an average regular season at the plate as he hit .258 with Akron and the Carolina Mudcats, but he has really stepped up as of late. His recent surge is especially welcome given that many of the players expected to help lead Akron this postseason (Jesus Aguilar, Chun Chen, Matt Lawson) have been struggling.

  • Chun-Hsiu Chen: DH, Akron: 2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K: Despite hitting .308 during the regular season, Chen has struggled so far this postseason. However, on Tuesday, he showed signs of breaking out of his slump, which would be great news for Akron as the team pursues the Eastern League title.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 0-for-4, 3 K: When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, and I’ll be the first to admit that so far, I’ve been wrong about Aguilar this postseason. I expected great things, but the big first baseman has been a mighty disappointment. He had arguably his worst game of the playoffs Tuesday, and he is now just hitting .150 since the postseason started.
  • Matt Lawson: 2B, Akron: 0-for-2, SF, RBI: Lawson went hitless Tuesday but did record a RBI on a sacrifice fly. Like many other Aeros, Lawson has been somewhat uninspiring this postseason, but that could be a good sign for Akron moving forward. The team is still winning while its best hitters are scuffling. So what happens if these hitters start to find their groove over these final days?
  • Jordan Henry: RF, Akron: 1-for-4: In general, the Aeros were somewhat lackluster on offense as the team rolled out just seven total hits and scored three runs. Henry tallied one of the seven hits, a single coming in the eighth inning.
  • Ryan Rohlinger: 3B, Akron: 1-for-3, 2B, K: A long tenured minor leaguer, Rohlinger recorded one of the Akron’s three extra-base hits Tuesday.
  • Roberto Perez: C, Akron: 1-for-2, BB, K: Like Holt, Perez has been one of the Aeros’ overachievers in the playoffs. After hitting just .212 in the regular season, Perez has a .353 average in the postseason.
  • Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron: (S, 3), IP, 1 H, 1 K: Guilmet has still been almost perfect for the Aeros this postseason with his ERA sitting pretty at 0.00. Between the regular season and now the playoffs, Guilmet has been a consistent force for the Aeros. He’s not considered much of a prospect, but one has to believe that he’ll be spending most of next season at the Triple-A level. He’s certainly earned it.
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