Around the Farm: Instructs October 11, 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 14 — October 11 vs. White Sox 

Tyler Naquin (DH): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B. In the final game of Instructional League, Naquin recorded a double and finished 10-for-28 in the league. All in all, you have to be impressed with the showing.

Dorssys Paulino (SS): 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 K. Paulino had a solid fall in Instructs as he went 6-for-17 with five walks and four strikeouts. The IPI’s Tony Lastoria offered great praise earlier this week when he compared Paulino and his hitting ability to that of a young Manny Ramirez. Given that, it’s really hard to not be immensely excited about this kid.

Ivan Castillo (SS): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B. The 17-year-old, switch-hitting Castillo only played in three games in Instructs this fall, but he made the most of them as he finished 2-for-5 in that span.

Nelson Rodriguez (1B): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 K. Because of his power, Rodriguez is one of the more exciting Indians draftees from the 2012 Draft. In 11 games in Instructs, he finished 9-for-28. Though like any powerful slugger, has the tendency to strikeout a lot, and he also struck out 11 times during that same span.

Joe Sever (1B): 0-for-2, 1 RBI. In five games in Instructs, Sever finished 4-for-12. He had a solid season this summer at Mahoning Valley but much like Jerrud Sabourin, Sever will need to develop more power if he wants to progress as an infielder through the system.

Anthony Santander (RF): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Much like Paulino or Rodriguez, Santander will be a very exciting prospect to watch next season, likely at Mahoning Valley or Lake County. In five games in the Instructional League, he finished 3-for-9.

Joshua McAdams (RF): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K. In six games, McAdams finished 4-for-15 out in Instructs.

Richard Stock (C): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K. Stock had a promising start at Mahoning Valley this summer as he hit .295 in 22 games. In four games in Instructs, he finished 4-for-16.

Jeremy Lucas (C): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 K. Lucas’ playing time was very limited in Instructs, but he did finish 2-for-7 in three games and drove in three runs during that span.

Erik Gonzalez (3B): 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 K. Gonzalez really had a solid string of games this fall in Instructs. In six games, he finished 4-for-12 with three runs scored.

Joe Wendle (3B): 1-for-1, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. It’s hard not to love Wendle’s performance this past season, both at Mahoning Valley and in Instructs. As a college senior, you knew you’d be getting a polished player, but it’s hard to believe even the Indians expected him to be this polished, especially since he as coming from a Division II program. In eight games in the Instructional League, Wendle finished 7-for-20. Even more impressive is the fact that he did not strikeout once.

Eric Haase (DH): 1-for-4, 1 R, 3 K. This is a case where you have to take some of the good with the bad. With his hit Thursday, Haase finished 7-for-21 in Instructs in six games. But with his three strikeouts Thursday, Haase also brought his strikeout total to seven over that same span.

Logan Vick (CF): 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB. Vick only got to play in two games in the Instructional League this fall and finished 1-for-3 overall. He also totaled two stolen bases in those two games.

Jorge Martinez (LF): 0-for-2, 2 K. In four games, Martinez finished 1-for-7 in the Instructional League.

D’Vone McClure (LF): 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 RBI. If I had to pick an MVP of this year’s Instructional League squad, my vote would go to McClure. In nine games, he went 11-for-23 with six RBI. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with excitement in regard to all the young talent on this Instructs team, and McClure is a big reason for that.

Luis Lugo (SP): 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Thursday’s start was really the first trouble Lugo had encountered thus far in Instructs. Overall, the numbers are still impressive as he allowed just three earned runs in 12 1/3 innings of work this fall.

Kieran Lovegrove (RP): 2 IP, 2 K. This is the kind of performance that you love to see. Lovegrove needed just 26 pitches to cruise through his two innings Thursday. He allowed four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings this fall.

Carlos Diaz (RP): 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K. In five innings this fall, Diaz allowed just one run and struck out eight batters. That’s pretty darn impressive.

Manuel Carmona (RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Carmona struggled somewhat Thursday as he needed 24 pitches to get out of the inning.

James Stokes (RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. It took Stokes 28 pitches to make it through one inning Thursday. It was the first trouble he had encountered this fall as he had previously allowed no runs.

Parallel League: Game 17 — October 11 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”.

Todd Hankins (2B): 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 SB. I’ve been a big fan of Hankins, primarily for one reason — speed. Here you saw it put to good use as while he did not record a hit, he was walked twice and was then able to create some havoc on the base paths.

Kyle Bellows (3B): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI. Thursday’s home run from Bellows was actually the second one that he has hit this week. Overall, he has gone 4-for-19 with seven RBI.

Jordan Smith (RF): 0-for-1. Smith has scuffled somewhat as of late and has now gone 4-for-15 in the Parallel League.

Bryson Myles (DH): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 K, SB. Myles has now gone 7-for-29 with three stolen bases in the Parallel League. This next season will be a big one for Myles in determining whether he’ll cement himself as one of the Tribe’s top prospects moving forward.

Anthony Gallas (LF): 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 SB. Gallas has had a solid fall in the Parallel League. He has now gone 8-for-29 with 2 RBI.

Alex Lavisky (C): 1-for-1. Lavisky really needed this hit here. It has unfortunately been a struggle for him all fall. Even with Thursday’s hit, he has gone just 3-for-24.

Jerrud Sabourin (1B): 0-for-0, 1 BB. In 17 games, Sabourin has gone 13-for-46, and he has also displayed solid plate discipline as he has struck out eight times but also walked seven times.

Caleb Hamrick (RP): 2 IP, 2 K. Hamrick dominated on Thursday as he needed just 21 pitches to throw two perfect innings. This was Hamrick’s first appearance in the Parallel League; he previously pitched in the Instructional League where he allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Michael Peoples (RP): 2 IP, 3 K. It’s hard to determine who was more impressive Thursday, Hamrick or Peoples? Peoples breezed through two innings while throwing just 23 pitches. Peoples also previously spent time in the Instructional League where he allowed one earned run in 4 2/3 innings.

Jeff Johnson (RP): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 1 K. Johnson struggled on Thursday. He needed 22 pitches to make it through the inning, and he allowed hits to three of the seven batters he faced. Overall, Johnson has now allowed five earned runs in 8 1/3 innings.


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