Bo Greenwell, RF-CAR: 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB, 2 R, K.
Yesterday was a special day for Greenwell even before his big day at the dish in the 11-9 Mudcats victory. It was his dad's birthday, and the former Red Sox all-star OF was in attendance watching his son play the game. Greenwell has suffered a couple of injuries over the past two seasons, including needing surgery to put screws in his broken wrist last year. Finally healthy and back on the field, Greenwell has been having his best season of his career at the plate. He's played in 23 games for the Mudcats this year, and is hitting an impressive .364/.429/.545 with 2 HR, 2 triples, 6 doubles and 12 RBI. It's the third year in a row he's spent time in the Carolina League, having played with the Kinston Indians in 2010 and 2011. If he hadn't been injured last year and at the beginning of this year, Greenwell likely would have begun 2012 in AA Akron. Now that he's back in the everyday lineup, he's doing everything he can to work his way up the ladder as quickly as possible. Greenwell has a 8 game hitting streak going, during which he's 15-36 with a HR, two doubles, a triple and 6 RBI. The lefty has slightly below average power, above average speed, and at least an average hit tool. He's 23 years old, and I'd expect him to move up to Akron at some point this season. He's a great candidate to play in the Arizona Fall League after this season, as he needs to make up as many lost at bats as possible. The key for Greenwell now is health, as it's tough to be a good prospect and move through the organization when you spend half of a season on the DL. If he can stay healthy and productive, he's a good bet to play in the bigs a few years down the road.
Jenmar Gomez, SP-COL: L (2-2), 7 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 10 H, 8 K. Weird start for Gomez, who was both unhittable (8 Ks!) and at the same time very hittable (10 base hits!). He's got a 1.86 ERA in 29 IP since being sent down to Columbus in favor of Zach McAllister.
Raffy Perez, RP-COL: IP, H, K. This was Perez's 3rd rehab appearance, and his first in AAA. He's yet to allow a run, and yesterday was the first time he recorded a strikeout.
Cord Phelps, 2B-COL: 1-2, HR (10), RBI, 2 BB, R. Phelps is hitting .353/.476/.500 in his last 10 games, and has the potential to be included in any deadline deal the Indians make this year.
Steven Wright, SP-AKR: 5 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 5 H, 3 K, 2 BB. Wright has hit a bit of a rough patch, giving up 3 or more ER in 4 of his last 5 /starts. His overall numbers are still solid, but he's been giving up more HR lately, always death for a knuckleballer.
Ludovicus Jacobus Maria Van Mil, RP-AKR: 2 IP, H, K. Gotta be honest...I love seeing Van Mil's full name in print. The 7'1" reliever has posted a 2.10 ERA with 34 K and 10 BB in 34 1/3 IP since coming over to the Aeros.
Rob Bryson, RP-AKR: W (4-1), IP, K, BB. Bryson is still the only player in the Sabathia trade who has yet to play in the major leagues. The 24-year old reliever has a 2.51 ERA with 53 K and 28 BB in 43 IP for the Aeros this season.
Thomas Neal, RF-AKR: 3-4, RBI, BB, 2 R. Neal has cooled off of late, hitting just .200 in his last 10 games. He does have 5 walks though, helping him to a solid .400 OBP in that same timeframe, so he's still contributing offensively.
Anthony Gallas, DH-CAR: 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R. Gallas has hit in 7 straight games, and is 11-27 with 5 doubles and 7 RBI in that timeframe. The former Kent State Golden Flash is hitting .281/.344/.465 on the season for the Mudcats.
Tyler Cannon, 1B-CAR: 3-4, 3B, R, SB. Cannon is 6 for his last 12, and the 24-year old is hitting .269/.316/.388 in 50 Carolina League games this season.
Ronny Rodriguez, SS-CAR: 1-5, HR (12), 3 RBI, R, K. Rodriguez has been struggling of late, hitting just .184/.220/.447 in his last 10 games. He does have 3 HR in that timeframe, keeping his SLG high, but needs to get more consistent at the plate.
Carlos Moncrief, CF-CAR: 2-3, HR (13), 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R, SB. That makes 13 HR and 13 SB for Moncrief. He's hitting an impressive .306/.409/.611 with 3 HR and 9 RBI in his last 10 games. He's been playing more CF since Tyler Holt's promotion to AA Akron.
Dwight Childs, C-CAR: 1-3, BB, R. Childs came off the DL on July 14, and is 3-10 with a double, 2 RBI and a walk since then.
Shawn Morimando, SP-LCC: W (4-2), 6 IP, ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB. Another solid start for Morimando, who lowered his season ERA to 3.55. He's a command and control lefty who doesnt have overpowering stuff, hence the 37 K and 32 BB in 71 IP for the Captains this year.
Jeff Johnson, RP-LCC: IP, 2 K, BB. Johnson has worked 7 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings for the Captains, striking out 8 during the mini-streak. He gave up 12 ER in 8 1/3 IP during the month of April, but has allowed just 8 ER in 27 2/3 IP since. Clearly the California native prefers the warm weather over the cold Cleveland April.
Francisco Lindor, SS-LCC: 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 R, 2 K. Lindor has a 10-game hitting streak going, during which he's hit .317/.462/.488 with a HR, 4 doubles and 6 RBI. He's walked 11 times in the last 10 games, and struck out just three.
Jose Ramirez, 2B-LCC: 2-4, 3B, RBI, BB, 3 R. Ramirez has thrived as the Captains leadoff hitter since coming up from Mahoning Valley in mid-June. In 23 Midwest League games, he's hitting .295/.370/.411 with a HR, 6 doubles, 8 RBI and 20 runs scored.
Jordan Smith, DH-LCC: 3-4, 2 RBI, K. Smith remains one of the hottest hitters in the Indians system. He's hit in 7 straight, and is 17-32(!) with 2 HR and 12 RBI during the streak.
Bryson Myles, RF-LCC: 2-4, 2B, K. Myles has hit in 8 straight contests for the Captains, going 12-31 in that timeframe. His season line is up to .275/.343/.377 with 2 HR, 11 doubles and 13 stolen bases.
Joe Wendle, 3B-MVS: 1-4, HR (1), RBI, R, K. Wendle has a .939 OPS on the season, and last night was the West Chester University graduate's first professional HR.
Jeremy Lucas, C-MVS: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R. The Indians 12th round draft choice this year, Lucas is hitting a solid .308/.356/.385 in 12 games with the Scrappers.
Erik Gonzales, 1B-MVS: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R. Gonzalez is 20 years old, and this is the first experience outside of the complex leagues for the 6'1", 165lb native of the Dominican Republic. He's hitting .194/.270/.284 in 20 games for the Scrappers.