Around the Farm: Instructs October 9, 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).

Parallel League: Game 15 — October 9 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”.

LeVon Washington (CF): 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. SB, CS. Just when things seem like they can’t get any worse for Washington, he goes out and has a game like this. It’s no secret that he’s struggled mightily thus far in the Parallel League, but hopefully a game like this will serve as a huge confidence booster. He’s now gone 11-for-41 in 15 games.

Jerrud Sabourin (1B): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI. In 15 games, Sabourin has now gone 13-for-44. You have to love the fact that he’s been so consistent from the beginning of last season all the way through Instructs.

Alex Lavisky (C): 0-for-2, 1 RBI. Unfortunately, the struggles continue for Lavisky in the Parallel League. In 15 games, he has gone 2-for-21.

Jordan Smith (RF): 1-for-2. Smith continues to hit at a decent clip. The young left-handed hitter has spent time in both the Instructional and Parallel League this fall, and he has now gone 4-for-13 in seven games in the Parallel League.

Anthony Gallas (LF): 1-for-2. In 14 games, Gallas has now gone 7-for-27. He has still yet to hit his first home run in the league but maybe that will come before the league ends this weekend.

Bryson Myles (DH): 0-for-1. Myles was unable to get a hit in his one at-bat Tuesday and has now gone 6-for-25 in 13 games.

Todd Hankins (2B): 0-for-2, 1 K. Hankins has really started to struggle after getting off to a good start in the Parallel League. He has now gone 6-for-37 in 15 games, which certainly leaves a lot to be desired.

Michael Rayl (SP): 2 IP, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Rayl definitely struggled somewhat on Tuesday. He needed 45 pitches to make it through the two innings, and he allowed four hits along the way. Rayl has had a tough go-around in the Parallel League as he has now allowed 11 earned runs in 14 innings.

Grant Sides (RP): 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K. It took Sides 40 pitches to make it through the inning and given the amount of hits and walks he allowed, it’s amazing that the damage was not even worse.

Antwonie Hubbard (RP): 1 IP. This was Hubbard’s debut in the Parallel League this fall, and he was impressive as he needed just eight pitches to pitch a perfect inning of relief.

Arizona Fall League: October 9

Ronny Rodriguez (SS): 1-for-4, 1 K. After having such a strong year at High-A Carolina, hopefully Rodriguez can keep the ball rolling this fall in Arizona. He got off to a solid start yesterday as he collected one hit in his four at-bats.

Tyler Holt (RF): 1-for-4, 1 R. Holt hit .258 this past year between Carolina and Akron. Not sure if he profiles as anything more than a fourth outfielder, but with his speed and skills, perhaps he can become a good one.

Trey Haley (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB. The knock on Haley is his wildness and it was on display Tuesday as he started the seventh inning by walking two straight batters, which ultimately came back to bite him.


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