T.J. House, SP-AKR: L (6-3), 7 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 9 K, 2 BB.
The Indians four full-season affiliates combined for two runs in their four games last night, so it only makes sense that we'd have a pitcher headlining ATF today. House was promoted to AA Akron back in early May, and has gone 6-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 18 starts for the Aeros. He's thrown 100 2/3 innings, striking out 72 and walking 32. House had a subpar 2011, when he went 6-12 with a 5.19 ERA for high-A Kinston. This past offseason, he decided that wasn't going to happen again, and really rededicated himself to his strength and conditioning routine in order to be ready for the 2012 season. He lost almost 30 pounds, and also went back to a lower, more 3/4 arm slot similar to his delivery in high school. The changes were immediately effective, and House has been a completely different pitcher this year. He's keeping the ball on the ground much more, with a 1.65 GO/AO ratio in AA compared to just 0.89 in high A last year. As a result, he's keeping the ball in the ballpark as well, as he's given up 6 HR in his 100 IP in a more homer-friendly ballpark after giving up 12 in 130 IP last season. House is still just 22-years old, and after his breakout 2012 he's primed to start 2013 in AAA Columbus as long as he can keep the momentum going through this offseason. The Mississippi native is quickly rising up the Indians prospect rankings, and has established himself as one of the top southpaw starters in the entire organization. Great to see someone in this organization react well to adversity and bounce back after a rough season.
Eric Berger, SP-COL: L 2-4, 4 IP, 7 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 3 BB. One can only hope that this was a spot start for Berger, who was touched up for a pair of HR last night. His AAA ERA in 38 IP as a starter this year is 7.34. His ERA in 23 IP out of the bullpen is 1.57. Occam's Razor, folks.
Matt Langwell, RP-COL: 2 IP, H, 3 K, 2 BB. Solid outing for Langwell, who's now thrown 41 innings for the Clippers. He has a 3.29 ERA, 42 K and 14 BB as one of the more consistent members of the Columbus bullpen this season.
Tim Fedroff, LF-COL: 2-4, 2 2B, R. Feds just keeps on hitting. He has a .463/.500/.780 line in his last 10 games, and is up to .377/.437/.610 in 40 AAA games. He had two of the Clippers five hits yesterday, and the only two XBH.
Matt LaPorta, 1B-COL: 2-3, BB, R, K. LaPorta hit just .207/.257/.370 in 22 July games, and his season OPS is down to .879. His dramatic home/road splits are still present, as he has a 1.061 OPS at Huntington Park and just a .698 OPS on the road.
Thomas Neal, RF-AKR: 3-4, 3 1B. Neal continues to show an advanced hit tool, as he raised his season average to .320, good for 2nd in the Eastern League. He's hitting .462/.488/.590 in his last 10 games, with a homer and 4 RBI.
Adam Abraham, 1B-AKR: 2-4, 2B, 2 K, CS. braham recorded the only XBH in a shutout loss for the Aeros yesterday, and is hitting .382/.417/.706 with 2 HR, 5 doubles and 9 RBI in his last 10 contests.
Michael Goodnight, SP-CAR: L (2-11), 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 2 BB. Goodnight is now 2-11 with a 4.45 ERA for the Mudcats this season. He's recorded 79 K and walked 57 in 117 1/3 IP.
Trey Haley, RP-CAR: IP, K, BB. Haley has made three appearances since July 27, and so far so good. Hopefully he can stay healthy and on the mound for the rest of 2012.
Bo Greenwell, RF-CAR: 2-4, 2B, BB, K. Greenwell is 4-8 with 4 BB in his last three games, and has raised his Carolina League OBP to .416 on 36 games this season. He's a prime candidate for the Arizona Fall League this offseason to make up some of the at bats he's lost these past two years to injury.
Todd Hankins, DH-CAR: 2-4, SB, K. High-A is proving to be too easy for The Hammer, who's now 3-8 with a HR in his two games with the Mudcats this year.
Kyle Petter, RP-LCC: 3 IP, H, 2 K. The 22-year old southpaw has a 1.63 ERA in 27 2/3 IP for the Captains this season, striking out 31 but walking 20. If he can cut down on the walks, he'd be an interesting guy as a LOOGY at least, but needs to improve his command and control first. Opposing hitters are batting just .122 against him this year.
Jose Ramirez, 2B-LCC: 1-4, K. Ramirez broke up a no-hitter in the 9th inning yesterday...at least he thought he did, until Leo Castillo's grounder to 3B earlier in the inning was changed from an error to a hit.
Francisco Lindor, SS-LCC: 1-4, 1B. Lindor followed up Ramirez's single with one of his own, and is now 7 for his last 14 at the plate.
Richard Stock, C-MVS: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, K. Stock has only played in 9 games since being drafted this June, but is hitting .355/.429/.452 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI. He's an offense-oriented catcher who needs to work on his defense, but the bat should play regardless.