Around the Farm: Instructs October 8, 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 12 — October 8 vs. Reds 

D’Vone McClure (DH): 0-for-2, 1 K. McClure has gone 8-for-19 so far in the Instructional League. He’s young and raw, but his athleticism cannot be denied.

Ordomar Valdez (DH): 1-for-1, 1 K.  In three games now in Instructs, the switch-hitting Valdez has gone 3-for-5. At 18 years old, Valdez is still very young and like most prospects in Instructs, he will be an interesting player to watch moving forward.

Tyler Naquin (CF): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E. Even with this 0-fer performance, the Tribe’s first round pick of the 2012 Draft has still gone 8-for-21 in Instructs. Without a doubt, he likely has one of the most advanced bats in the league.

Anthony Santander (RF): 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 K. Santander went hitless in consecutive games Monday, but along with Dorssys Paulino and a few others, Santander remains one of the most exciting young prospects in the Tribe’s system.

Josh McAdams (RF): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K. McAdams went hitless in Monday’s contest, but he did managed to drive in his third run thus far in Instructs.

Joey Wendle (2B): 0-for-2, 1 E. Wendle had not played in the last two Instructs games and perhaps the break affected him as he committed his first error in the league. So far, Wendle has gone 6-for-19.

Claudio Bautista (2B): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 E. After three games, Bautista has now gone 2-for-6 while scoring four runs. Bautista is just another young, promising infielder in a system that is full of them.

Erik Gonzalez (3B): 1-for-1, 1 BB, 1 E. In five games in the Instructional League, Gonzalez has now gone 4-for-11.

Joe Sever (3B): 0-for-0, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB. In four games, Sever has now gone 3-for-7. He had a solid campaign at Mahoning Valley this past season, but at 21-years-old, he’ll have to show more power as he moves throughout the system.

Eric Haase (C): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI: So far, Haase has gone 6-for-17 with seven RBI while displaying some nice tools. He could be one to watch next year as I would not be surprised to see him really take off.

Richard Stock (C): 1-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI. In three games, Stock has performed nicely as he has gone 3-for-12 and even legged out a triple in this one.

Jacob Lee (SP): 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R/2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Lee had been outstanding this far in Instructs, but he struggled a tad here. Still, he has only walked one batter in Instructs thus far, so it’s not as if he is creating his own problems by delivering free passes, which is always a positive.

Kieran Lovegrove (RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R/0 ER, 1 BB. All in all, this was a pretty good outing by Lovegrove as he allowed no earned runs, and he made it through two innings while throwing 30 pitches.

Michael Peoples (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K. Peoples has allowed just one run in 4 2/3 innings thus far in Instructs. Even more impressive is his strikeout total as he now has eight in those 4 2/3 innings.

Caleb Hamrick (RP): 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K. Hamrick has now gotten better in each of his three appearances in Instructs, and Monday’s was definitely his best yet.

James Stokes (RP): 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 K. In three appearances, Stokes has yet to allow a run, and he’s struck out six batters in five innings. He was brilliant on Monday as he needed just 13 pitches to make it through 1 1/3 innings.

Manuel Carmona (RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB. Carmona struggled on Monday as he needed 20 pitches to make it through the inning, and he allowed plenty of damage before the inning was over.

Parallel League: Game 14 — October 8 vs. Glendale

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 Dodgers and White Sox are “Glendale”. 

Levon Washington (CF): 0-for-1, 1 BB. Washington is now 8-for-38 in the Parallel League. He seemed to start to turn the corner early last week, but it may have just been wishful thinking.

Jerrud Sabourin (1B): 0-for-2, 2 K. This is a game that Sabourin would obviously want back, but he has still gone 12-for-40 in the Parallel League.

Kyle Bellows (3B): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. This was actually the only hit that came from an Indians player in Monday’s game. At least Bellows made it count as he launched a two-run shot.

Jordan Smith (DH): 0-for-2, 1 K. Smith seems to be stuck in a mini-slump as the left-handed hitter has gone 0-for-4 in his last two games.

Anthony Gallas (DH): 0-for-2, CS. Gallas has now gone 6-for-25 in the Parallel League.

Bryson Myles (LF): 0-for-2. Despite this 0-fer performance, it’s easy to get excited about Myles and all of the potential tools that he brings to the table. 2013 could potentially be a very big year for him.

Todd Hankins (2B): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB. Hankins has now gone just 6-for-35 in the Parallel League. I love his speed, but if he wants to move through the system, his bat is going to have to come to life.

Alex Lavisky (C): 0-for-1, 1 BB. I keep waiting for Lavisky to take off, but it just has not happened yet. He has now gone 1-for-19 in the Parallel League.

Mason Radeke (SP): 3 IP, 3 H, 4 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. There are certainly some things to like about this line. While Radeke allowed four runs, none of them were earned. Plus, he threw first-pitch strikes to nine of the 13 batters he faced, and his fastball hit a high of 93 while averaging 91 mph. Not too shabby.

Jeff Johnson (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K. Johnson was just outstanding on Monday. He needed just nine pitches to make it through the inning, and his fastball consistently sat in the 93-92 mph range.


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