Around the Farm: Instructs October 3, 2012

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 9 — October 3 at Royals

Claudio Bautista (2B): 1-for-3, 2 R. Bautista saw his first action in the Instructional League Wednesday. He was pretty impressive this past summer in Arizona as the 18-year-old hit six home runs in 37 games.

Joe Wendle (2B): 1-for-2, 1 R, SB. Wendle has picked up right where he left off after having a spectacular debut at Single-A Mahoning Valley. In six games in Instructs, the West Chester University product has gone 6-for-17 (.353).

Tyler Naquin (CF): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K. The feeling was that the Indians drafted Naquin in the first round of this year’s draft because of his advanced bat. He’s really shown it thus far in the Instructional League as the left-handed hitter has gone 7-for-14 in six games with six RBI.

Ronny Rodriguez (SS): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 CS. Rodriguez is another strong shortstop prospect in the Indians’ farm system. After a strong season at High-A Carolina, Rodriguez should be a candidate to start next season at Double-A Akron.

Dorssys Paulino (SS): 0-for-1. Paulino has played in more Instructional League games than any other Indian and has gone 5-for-15 with four walks in 20 plate appearances.

Erik Gonzalez (3B): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Gonzalez only notched one hit in the contest, but he made it count as it was an RBI-double.

Joe Sever (1B): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI. The Tribe’s 2012 21st round draft pick played solid at Mahoning Valley this season (.274/.368/.366). Wednesday was Sever’s first game in the Instructional League, and he certainly had a nice debut.

Nelson Rodriguez (1B): 0-for-1, K. Rodriguez came on as a replacement for Sever and struck out in his only at-bat. Rodriguez has shown a tendency to strikeout a lot, but it’s something the Indians will definitely live with given Rodriguez’s incredible power potential.

Josh McAdams (RF): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K. McAdams was somewhat underwhelming in Arizona this summer, but he’s off to a good start in the Instructional League as he has three hits and four walks in 16 plate appearances.

Anthony Santander (RF): 0-for-1. Santander got his first at-bat in the Instructional League Wednesday. Considering his skill set and the fact that he’s an outfielder, Santander is arguably one of the most exciting young prospects in the entire system.

Jeremy Lucas (C): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. The right-handed Lucas was solid in his Instructional League debut as he drove in two runs with his only hit in the contest.

Jacob Lee (SP): 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H. Lee’s impressive performance at Mahoning Valley has carried right over into Instructs. In 5 2/3 innings pitched, Lee has allowed just one earned run.

Luis Morel (RP): 2 IP, 0 R, 2 K. You have to love this kind of performance. Morel needed just 16 pitches to pitch two perfect innings, and he also punched out two batters in the process.

Carlos Diaz (RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Diaz struggled somewhat as he needed 37 pitches to get through two innings. Even still, the damage was limited, so all things considered, this was not too bad of an Instructs debut for the 20-year-old left-hander.

Luis Gomez (RP): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K. The left-hander kept things interesting as he walked two of the eight batters he faced. However, none of the walks came back to bite him and even with the walks, Gomez still made it through two innings with having to throw just 25 pitches.

Anthony Vizcaya (RP): 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Yikes. This was somewhat of a disaster for the 18-year-old right-hander. Vizcaya needed 29 pitches to make it through one inning. Thankfully he already had an 8-1 cushion, otherwise, the team may not have escaped with a win.

Parallel League: Game 11 — October 3 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 Padres and Mariners are “Peoria”.

Levon Washington (CF): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 3B. Washington finally seems to be heating up at the plate. In 11 games in the Parallel League, Washington is 6-for-32.

Anthony Gallas (DH): 1-for-2, 1 K, CS. Galls split time at designated hitter in the contest with Jerrud Sabourin. In 10 games, Gallas is now 5-for-18.

Kyle Bellows (3B): 0-for-2, 1 K. This was Bellows’ second game in the Parallel League and he is now hitless in five at-bats. Bellows is known to be an above-average defender, now if only that bat could come around.

Todd Hankins (2B): 0-for-3, 2 K. Hankins has scuffled as of late in the Parallel League. In 11 games, he has gone 6-for-29 with eight strikeouts.

Jerrud Sabourin (DH): 0-for-1, 1 BB. Sabourin has really been outstanding thus far in the Parallel League. Even with his hitless performance Wednesday, Sabourin has still gone 11-for-32 with two home runs and six RBI in 11 games.

Alex Lavisky (C): 0-for-1, 1 K. Lavisky has really struggled and has gone just 2-for-17 with five strikeouts in 11 games.

Bryson Myles (LF): 0-for-2. Myles has played every outfield position so far in the Parallel League. On Wednesday, he was in left and while he failed to record a hit, he has still hit .278 in nine games.

Jordan Smith (DH): 1-for-2, 1 2B. Smith has spent time in both the Instructional League and Parallel League this year. Between the two, he has gone 8-for-20 with three walks and just one strikeout.

Hector Rondon (RP): 1 IP, 0 R. Rondon really recovered nicely from his poor outing on Monday in which he allowed two runs in one inning. On Wednesday, Rondon dominated and needed just eight pitches to get through his one inning of work.

Jordan Cooper (RP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Wednesday’s contest was arguably Cooper’s best in the Parallel League thus far as he made it through three innings while throwing just 41 pitches. Overall, the right-hander has a .90 ERA in six games and 10 innings pitched.

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