Around the Farm takes a look at how Indians prospects throughout the system are performing, and will be a regular feature here on Hitting the Fan once the season starts. It's not meant to be in-depth analysis, but a quick snapshot of the previous day's games from Columbus on down through Mahoning Valley and the complex leagues. You're not going to see Carlos Santana, Choo or Fausto in this space, because those guys are pretty well set in their roles for the big league club. That being said, let's see how some of our prospects are doing in major-league action so far this spring...
Drew Pomeranz, SP: 3 IP, 5 K, BB. Pomz has been one of the more impressive players so far in limited action. Anyone who was listening to the game on Sunday heard Tom Hamilton absolutely gushing over the young lefty. His power curve made some major league hitters look pretty silly, and he's been able to control it with just one walk. He's still likely ticketed to start the season in Kinston, but has the potential to move through the system at least as quickly as 2009 1st round pick Alex White. Expect him to throw about 150 innings in 2011, and top out as high as AAA Columbus if he keeps this up. Don't get too carried away with his performance so far though; Pomz was a little inconsistent for Ole Miss last year, and could easily go out and walk 3 batters in his next outing. Not saying I don't believe in the kid's talent, just reminding everyone to keep their expectations realistic.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B: 7-15 (.467), 2 HR, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. The Chiz is slugging an even 1.000 so far this spring, and has been as impressive as any position player on the roster. He's still an extreme longshot to make the opening day roster as he is not on the 40-man and the Indians would like to see him get some more at bats against left handed pitching in the minors before bringing him up to Cleveland. But he's certainly making an impression on both Indians brass and fans with both the bat and the glove so far this spring.
· Chad Huffman, OF: 8-14 (.571), HR, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, SB, K. Huffman is fighting for a spot on the opening day roster, and is putting up some solid numbers in the early going. With both Sizemore and Crowe unlikely to be healthy for opening day, Huffman has a real shot to break camp with the club.
· Vinnie Pestano, RP: 3 IP, 6 K, HBP. Pestano is a contender for the final spot in the bullpen, and has been lights-out so far this spring. Averaging 2 K per IP will tend to get peoples attention.
· Ezequiel Carrera, OF: 8-22 (.364), HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 3 SB, 5 K: Zeke has been showing off top of the order skills, with 7 BB and 3 SB in addition to the healthy .364 average. He's getting on base at a .517 clip, and is another option for the opening day roster as a backup OF.
· Nick Weglarz, OF: 2-7 (.286), HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K. To no one's surprise, Wegz is hitting for power and getting on base. He's probably not in the mix for the opening day roster, but could be called up from AAA Columbus at some point this year if he can just stay healthy.
· Cord Phelps, INF: 2-9 (.222), 2B, RBI, 3 BB. Phelps has been making contact (0 K) and getting on base (.417 OBP). His bat remains solid; the issue is where he will play in the field, and how much.
· Alex White, SP: 3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB. Roughed up a little in his first outing, White bounced back with a better outing his 2nd appearance on the hill.
· Nick Hagadone, RP: 2 IP, K, 2 H, BB, HBP. With his combination of age and stuff, Hagadone could move quickly if he can show better command this season.
· Jason Kipnis, 2B: 2-13 (.154) HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. Despite the less than stellar results, scouts are raving about Kip's hitting ability in AZ. He launched a long HR early on, and hasn't done a whole lot since. He'll join The Chiz in the middle of the Columbus lineup this year, and could accompany him to Cleveland at some point as well.
· Kelvin De La Cruz, SP: 4 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 K, BB. Healthy this year, De La Cruz could re-establish himself as one of the top SP prospects in the system.
· Zach Putnam, RP: 2 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 3 K, BB. Another arm that has an excellent shot at pitching in Cleveland at some point in 2011, Putnam has been touched up for two HR so far this spring.
· Chun Chen, C: 0-4, 2 RBI, K. One of my favorite prospects, Chen got an invite to big league spring training with no shot at making the big league club. Enjoy him at AA Akron this year, as he should be a fun guy to watch hit. Still needs to make strides in his defense, but the opportunity to work with Sandy Alomar in big league camp should be a fruitful one.
· Jared Goedert, INF: 0-4, R, 2 K. Goedert didn't really have an opportunity to get untracked in his quest to make the roster as a utility infielder, as an oblique strain will see him sidelined for at least the next two weeks.
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