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 game.
Good day for the kids yesterday on a scheduled off-day for the big club. Columbus swept a doubleheader, Lake County won a nailbiter and Akron was rained out. Kinston was the only affiliate that came up on the short end, dropping a 7-3 decision to Salem. A fun day throughout the system though, as three of the five guys who could be making up the 2014 rotation were all on display.
Kyle Blair, SP-LCC: W (2-0), 5 IP, ER, 5 H, 4 K
Blair is now 2-0 on the season, and has given up more than 1 ER in just one of his four starts. He has 16 strikeouts and 6 BB in 19 IP, but hasn’t walked a batter in his last 2 starts (11 IP). The only run he gave up last night was on a solo HR, and there he was in good company (see below). The book on Blair coming out of college was that he was an advanced arm with good command, but not an incredibly high ceiling. Last year’s 4th round pick out of San Diego is living up to his scouting reports, and is in line for a move up to Kinston this year, likely sometime before the all-star break.
Jesus Aguilar, 1B-LCC: 1-3, HR (5), 2 RBI, R
Seen as more of an organizational guy coming into 2011, Big, Bad Jesus Aguilar was a player with plus raw power but little else. After nearly a month of games, he’s tied with Chad Huffman for the organizational lead in HR with 5 and is even 1-1 in stolen base attempts. His 2-run HR was all the offense the Captains needed last night, as they secured a 2-1 victory despite just 4 hits. Aguilar has been playing 1B for the majority of the season rather than DH, which is a good sign because his defense was seen as a weak point in his game going into this year. His power ranks with anyone in the organization, and he won’t be old enough to legally buy a drink in the U.S. until the end of June. Combine the age with a .281/.365/.578 line, and you’ve got a guy who I am thinking I may have overlooked when putting together my top 50 this offseason.
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