Around the Farm: Instructs September 28th

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).

Instructional League: Game 6 – September 28 vs. Mariners

Jose Ramirez (2B): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E. Ramirez really put himself on the prospect map after a great season at Lake County where he hit .354 in 67 games. The one knock on Ramirez is his lack of power, so Friday’s home run has to be considered a positive.

Jesus Aguilar (1B): 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 K: The Indians powerful first base prospect went hitless Friday, but he did still manage to get on base as he drew a walk, which is a skill that Aguilar will need to continue to improve as he moves through the system.

Nelson Rodriguez (1B): 1-for-2, K: Whether Rodriguez’s future lies at first base or catcher, one thing is for sure: The youngster offers a powerful bat and will be one of the most intriguing 2012 draftees to watch develop.

Joshua McAdams (DH): 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K: The 18-year-old outfielder was drafted by the Indians in the 7th round of the 2012 draft by the Indians. Given his age, there is plenty of upside, and he showed some of that Friday by drawing two walks.

Joe Wendle (3B): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI: Wendle was outstanding all season at Mahoning Valley (.327/.375/.469). He looked great Friday too as he collected two hits, one of which was a home run.

Jorge Martinez (LF): 1-for-2, 1 RBI: Martinez looked great this past summer in Arizona, yet he played every game there as an infielder while he is now playing in the outfield. There is plenty of upside in regard to Martinez and given the Tribe’s current outfield situation at the Major League level coupled with an immense amount of infield prospects, Martinez’s transition to the outfield seems to be a smart decision.

D’Vone McClure (LF): 1-for-1. Like Martinez, McClure is another young outfield prospect with plenty of potential. He was somewhat disappointing this past summer in Arizona, so it’s good that he’s having early success in Instructs.

Erie Haase (DH): 0-for-3, 2 K. Haase’s playing time has been limited so far in Instructs, and Friday’s performance was likely a game he’d rather have back.

Jacob Lee (P): 2 IP, 0 R, 4 K. Wow. Talk about a dominating performance. Lee was absolutely filthy Friday as he needed just 24 pitches to make it through two innings, and he punched out four batters in the process.

Elvis Araujo (P): 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R/2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K: This was Araujo’s third appearance in Instructs thus far and also the first time that he has really encountered any difficulty thus far. Nonetheless, the left-hander still has plenty of upside.

Luis Morel (P): 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K: The 19-year-old Morel has struggled out of the gates in Instructs, but he looked good on Friday as he allowed zero earned runs and just one hit in over two innings of work.

Shawn Morimando (P): 1 1/3 IP, 1 K: Morimando has been outstanding in Instructs thus far. The left-hander has yet to allow an earned run, and has been another impressive piece of a pitching staff that has performed quite well.

Parallel League: Game 8 – September 28 vs. Surprise

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 Rangers and Royals are “Surprise”.

Jerrud Sabourin (1B): 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI. Sabourin continues to just hit, hit, hit. Being an undrafted player, he’s an underdog, no doubt, but with each performance, he is slowly proving that he belongs.

Anthony Gallas (LF): 0-for-2. The Cleveland native has struggled so far in the Parallel League and is just 3-for-15 in limited action.

Bryson Myles (DH): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI: Myles offers plenty of upside given all of the tools he possesses. He displayed his power potential Friday as the right-handed hitter launched a three-run bomb.

Alex Lavisky (C): 0-for-2. It was a bad day for Cleveland natives Friday in the Parallel League as Lavisky, like Gallas, went hitless in his at-bats.

Levon Washington (DH): 0-for-2. Washington has so much potential, but it’s hard to escape the fact that because of injuries, that potential has really not been displayed yet. In eight games in the Parallel League, Washington is now just 2-for-23.

Todd Hankins (2B): 0-for-1. Hankins has ran into some trouble as of late. The speedy second baseman started out on a roll in the Parallel League, but he has now gone hitless in his last two games.

Michael Rayl (P): 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Rayl has struggled now in three appearances in the Parallel League. It took the left-hander 41 pitches to make it through two innings Friday.

Jordan Cooper (P): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 K. Cooper allowed his first earned run so far this fall on Friday. All in all, it was still not a bad performance for the right-hander.

Hector Rondon (P): 1 IP, 1 BB. It’s great to see Rondon healthy and pitching again. Aside from a walk, Rondon looked great as even with the walk, he made it through the inning with just throwing 14 pitches.

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