Around the Farm takes a quick look at how some of the prospects in the Indians system performed in yesterday's games. As always, the positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday's game.
Rough day for the low A offenses yesterday, as Kinston and Lake County combined for 8 hits in 3 games. Ouch. Fortuneatly, the bigger kids made up for it with wins. The Clip Show took down Charlotte 9-7, and Akron won on getaway day in Erie, 4-1.
Cord Phelps, SS-COL: 2-4, HR (5), 3 RBI, R
Over his last 6 games, Phelps is hitting .476 (10-21) with 3 HR and 10 RBI. That brings his season numbers up to .318/.444/.542 (.987 OPS). He's a switch hitter who can play 2B, 3B and even SS in a pinch. He's walked 26 times in 30 AAA games, showing off his solid approach. I am having a really, really hard time thinking that Phelps shouldn't be in Cleveland right now. Say it with me...Free Cord Phelps. Get it trending on twitter. Tweet it to @MarkShapiro and @IndiansGM. Write it on signs that you take to the ballpark. Write him in on your all-star ballots. Stage a sit-in at the mayor's office. I don't care what it takes, just help me get this kid to Cleveland.
Kelvin De La Cruz, SP-AKR: W (2-3), 5 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 4 BB
De La Cruz really has been solid all year for Akron, never allowing more than 4 ER in a single start and striking out a whopping 42 batters in 31 IP. He's also allowed just 18 hits in those 31 innings, and has an ERA of 2.32 on the year. Now for the bad news; he's walked 23 batters, which is just way too high for a starting pitcher if he want's to go deep into games. He's thrown over 5 innings just once, when he went 6 IP in a start back on April 23. De La Cruz has often been compared to a lefthanded Fausto Carmona with his power sinker and outstanding fastball movement. Unfortuneatly, he also share's Fausto's propensity for walks. If he can shore up his control and cut down on the walks, De La Cruz has as much upside as any pitcher still in the minors not named Pomeranz.
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