Around the Farm takes a quick look at how some of the prospects throughout the Indians system performed in yesterday’s games. As always, the positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s games.
The Clippers-Bats game was rained out yesterday, so we only had three games in the system to look at. But they were three pretty good games, as the farm teams went 2-1 and even made a little history down in low A…
Trey Haley (3 IP), Francisco Jimenez (4 IP) and Clay Ehlert (2 IP), P-LCC: 9 IP, ER, 6 K, 3 BB. A no-no for the Captains trio in the Lake County home opener! Haley walked a pair and Jimenez walked one, but other than that there were no baserunners allowed for the Caps last night. The only Dayton run was scored off of a Trey Haley wild pitch after a couple of walks and a stolen base. An awesome effort for the Caps trio in their home opener, and a real treat for the 5,149 fans who came out to Classic Park to witness the feat.
Gio Soto, SP-KIN: 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 8 K, BB. Solid start for Soto, the pitcher acquired from the Tigers for Jhonny Peralta last year. Soto gave up a run on a solo HR, then one of the runners he left on base scored in the 6th after he was removed from the game. Soto is a skinny, projectable lefthander who doesn’t turn 20 until May. He had an ERA below 3 last year in low A, and is a guy who could move way up in the prospect ranks with a similar season in high A for Kinston.
· Cory Burns, RP-AKR: S (3), IP, H, 2 K. What a lousy game for Burns. For the first time all year, he recorded an out when a hitter put the ball in play. He now has 8 K in 3 IP, and has given up two hits.
· Bryan Price, RP-AKR: W (1), 1 1/3 IP, H. Price picked up the win in relief of Matt Packer, stranding an inherited runner and only allowing one baserunner of his own.
· Chun Chen, C-AKR: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K. Big 2 RBI double for Chen that provided the final margin of victory for the Aeros.
· Juan Diaz, SS-AKR: 2-4, HR (1), RBI, R. There’s not much in the org as far as SS prospects, but Diaz is the best of the bunch. He’s got a homer and two triples so far this year.
· Grady Sizemore, CF-AKR: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R. Sizemore will likely to be heading to Columbus sometime soon before returning to Cleveland before May 1.
· Adam Abraham, DH-KIN: 1-3, HR (1), RBI, R, K. Abraham is hitting .364 with an even .500 OBP for the K-Tribe.
· Abner Abreu, CF-KIN: 1-3, K. Abreu is a notoriously slow starter, so to see him hitting .357 in April is encouraging. He collected one of only three hits that the K-Tribe could muster yesterday.
· Carlos Moncrief, CF-LCC: 1-4, 2B, R. In addition to a decent day at the plate, Moncrief gunned down speedy Yorman Rodriguez trying to tag up and score from third to end the 4th inning. A converted pitcher, Moncrief has one of the best OF arms in the system and it was on display last night.
· Jason Smit, RF-LCC: 0-2, 2 BB, R, K. Smit finally didn’t have a multi-hit game, but still managed to get on base twice and score a run. His average is all the way down to .526.
· Alex Lavisky, DH-LCC: 0-4, 3 K. Lavisky is now hitting .105 for the Captains. He’s probably pressing a little hitting in front of his friends and family so close to home, and just needs to relax and let the game come to him.
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