Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects throughout the organization. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
This is a special Instructional League version of ATF that recaps each of the Instructional League games the Indians minor leaguers will play this fall over the next three weeks as well as games played in the advanced Instructional League (Arizona Parallel League, AZPL).
Parallel League: Game 2 — September 20 vs. Peoria
Note: The Parallel League is also known as advanced Instructional League or the Co-Op League because two teams make up the roster. The Indians and Reds make up the “Goodyear” team, and the Mariners and Padres are “Peoria”.
Levon Washington (CF): 0-for-4, 1 K. Injuries really took a toll on Washington this season as he played in just a total of 13 games this year between Lake County, Arizona and Carolina. Washington seems to be healthy now, but Thursday was not one of his better days.
Todd Hankins (2B): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K. Hankins will never wow anyone with his bat, but his combination of athleticism and speed cannot be denied. It was on display Thursday as he notched a triple.
Jerrud Sabourin (1B): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. An undrafted player, Sabourin’s 2012 performance at Lake County was impressive (.297/.369/.748) when you consider the expectations. Though, for him to have a future in the organization, especially at a premium position like first base, the power will have to come around. On Thursday, Sabourin notched his first home run in just his second game in the Parallel League. It’s a stark comparison from the three home runs that he hit all year in 130 games at Lake County.
Bryson Myles (LF): 1-for-3, CS. Myles is a toolsy player that is certainly intriguing, but he is now 23 and noticeably older than the competition that he’s been facing.
Alex Lavisky (C): 0-for-2. The Lakewood, Ohio native remains a popular prospect if for nothing more than his Cleveland roots. He remains hitless, however, in two games in the Parallel League.
Michael Rayl (P): 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. It’s hard to know what to make of Rayl’s appearance. On the positive side of things, he did throw first-pitch strikes to nine of the 13 batters he faced. On the flip side though, it took him 45 pitches to work through just two innings.
Naoki Hashimoto (P): 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Hashimoto is a right-handed pitcher the Indians signed in June out the Industrial League in Japan. His reportedly has a four-pitch mix, and his fastball tops out at 95 mph. On the surface, he appears to be an intriguing player to watch, but he ran into major trouble Thursday. Hashimoto needed 31 pitches to make it through one inning, and by the time he did make it out, the damage was already immense.
Grant Sides (P): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K: Thankfully, Sides was much more efficient than the other Indians pitchers in the contest as he needed just eight pitches to make it through the inning.