Around the Farm: Instructs October 10, 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 13 — October 10 vs. SK Wyverns

Claudio Bautista (2B): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. In three games in the Instructional League, Bautista has now gone 3-for-10. His home run Wednesday was his first in Instructs and also accounted for his first run driven in.

Tyler Naquin (CF): 1-for-3, 2 K. The Indians first round pick of the 2012 Draft has gone 9-for-24 in nine games thus far. The average is nice but considering that Naquin is a couple years older than most of his competition, it should probably be expected.

Joe Sever (1B): 1-for-3, 1 K. Sever’s performance has been a pleasant surprise in Instructs. In four games, he’s gone 4-for-10.

D’Vone McClure (LF): 1-for-2, 1 K. From the moment he was drafted, the right-handed hitting McClure immediately became one of the Tribe’s most exciting young prospects. There’s no reason to temper your enthusiasm after Instructs either as he has now gone 9-for-21.

Luis Morel (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 K. Morel scuffled a bit on Wednesday, but he has still performed nicely in Instructs as he has allowed a total of five earned runs in 13 2/3 innings pitched.

Anthony Vizcaya (RP): 2 IP, 3 K. Vizcaya’s performance Wednesday was really encouraging. The right-hander had previously allowed four earned runs in just three innings, but on Wednesday, he needed just 28 pitches to pitch two perfect innings.

Luis Gomez (RP): 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. The struggles continued for Gomez on Wednesday. The left-hander has now allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of work.

Parallel League: Game 16 — October 10 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”. 

Kyle Bellows (DH): 0-for-3. After hitting a home run in Monday’s contest, Bellows was unable to carry over the momentum and put up an 0-fer on Wednesday.

Jerrud Sabourin (1B): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K. Sabourin has played in all 16 games for the Goodyear team this fall and has now gone 13-for-45.

Bryson Myles (DH): 0-for-2. With his hitless performance, Myles has now gone 6-for-27 in the Parallel League.

Jordan Smith (RF): 0-for-1. Everyone knows Smith can hit, but the results so far in the Parallel League have not been as encouraging as you might expect. In eight games, he has now gone 4-for-14.

Todd Hankins (2B): 0-for-1, 1 K. Hankins continues to scuffle big time at the plate. In 16 games, he has now gone 6-for-38.

Alex Lavisky (C): 0-for-2, 2 K. Lavisky is unfortunately in some kind of funk at the moment. He can’t seem to buy a hit, and he has gone just 2-for-23.

Anthony Gallas (DH): 1-for-1, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Gallas’ RBI-double was the only hit that came from an Indians player in Wednesday’s Parallel League contest. In 15 games, he has now gone 8-for-28.

Jordan Cooper (SP): 4 IP, 1 H, 3 K. This is the kind of performance that you love to see. Cooper needed just 45 pitches to make it through four innings. But even more impressive is the fact that he allowed just one hit during that span. It’s been the same old story for Cooper in the Instructional League as he has dominated and allowed just one earned run in 14 innings.

Arizona Fall League: October 10

Alex Monsalve (C): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB. Monsalve made his AFl debut Wednesday and was able to record one hit. Even more interesting is the fact that he stole two bases considering that he totaled two stolen bases all year between Lake County and Carolina.

Matt Packer (RP): 2 IP, 2 K. Packer needed 28 pitches (17 strikes) to throw two perfect innings Wednesday. All in all, it was a pretty solid debut for the left-hander.

Shawn Armstrong (RP): 1 IP. Armstrong was simply outstanding this season, and the same could be said about his AFL debut. It took Armstrong just 11 pitches to pitch one perfect inning of relief.


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