Yesterday wasn’t just opening day for the Indians, as three of the four full-season affiliates in the organization got into action as well. Both the AA Akron Aeros and low-A Lake County Captains were victorious yesterday, with AAA Columbus dropping a 1-run ballgame. With the kids back in action, that also means the glorious and eagerly anticipated return of Around the Farm! So let’s take a look at how the Indians prospects fared in April 5 action:
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B-COL: 2-4, 2 1B,
All four of Chiz’s AB were against LHP, and the two hits were off former Rockie Jeff Francis (did you know he won 17 games one year!?). Yes, I know Supermannahan hit a HR and made a couple of nice defensive plays yesterday. Chisenhall is still the future. One of the things Chiz was sent to AAA to work on is his platoon splits. Well, he’s hitting .500 off of LHP so far this year. Before everyone gets up in arms and tells me it’s just one game, I’m mostly kidding, but it’s still a good sign that Chiz is ready to work his way back to Cleveland. Super Two and service time are not an issue with Chisenhall anymore, so when he arrives in Cleveland depends primarily on his performance and partly on Hannahan’s. If he keeps hitting like this, expect to see him at the hot corner in Cleveland sooner rather than later.
Francisco Lindor, SS-LCC: 0-4, SB, R
Lindor went hitless in his full-season debut, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t eventful. He grounded into a fielder’s choice in his 1st AB, then promptly stole 2B and went to 3rd on a passed ball. He then came around to score the 1st run of the season for the Captains on another passed ball. After popping out in his 2nd AB, Lindor again reached on a fielder’s choice and again proved a distraction on the bases, advancing to 3B on a throwing error when they tried to pick him off. Lindor made the plays in the field when they came to him, and overall it has to be considered a successful opener for the 18-year old shortstop.
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