Al Ciammaichella takes a look around the Tribe's minor league system and brings you information on who's making noise, who's moving up, who's moving down and who may be moving out. Today Al looks at Frank Hermann who may be making his way back to Cleveland with the release of Dan Wheeler, and he looks at the ripple-effect that may have on guys back filling Hermann's spot in Columbus.
T.J. House, SP-AKR: L (1-1), 5 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 7 K, 2 BB. House's first bad start of the season, but he still managed to strike out 7 in 5 IP for the Aeros. House is a bit of an under the radar guy after his poor 2011, but lost over 30 lbs in the offseason and arrived in Goodyear in shape and ready to put his struggles behind him. In 7 starts between high-A Carolina and AA Akron, House is 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA and in impressive 44/11 K/BB ratio in 42 innings pitched. After striking out just 89 hitters in 130 innings last season, that's a huge leap for the lefthanded House. After tinkering with his delivery last year and throwing more over-the-top, House went back to his traditional 3/4 delivery this year, and you can see the results. The 22-year old is combining with fellow southpaws T.J. McFarland and Gio Soto to provide some excellent starting pitching in the front end of the Aeros rotation this year, and give Indians fans hope that a lefthanded starting pitcher will eventually come up through the system and stick at the big-league level.
Frank Hermann, RP-COL: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H. Frank the Tank might be headed back to the Bullpen Mafia as the long man/mop up guy after Dan Wheeler was DFA'd yesterday. In 13 apperances for the Clippers this year, he has a 3.71 ERA with 17 K and 4 BB in 17 innings of work. He has allowed 19 hits though, and opposing batters are hitting .292 against him.
Cody Allen, RP-COL: L (1-1), IP, ER, 2 H, K. Allen's metoric rise through the system is hitting some speed bumps in AAA, as he gave up another HR yesterday and has been tagged for 3 ER in his last 3 IP for the Clippers.
Russ Canzler, DH-COL: 1-4, HR (2), 3 RBI, R, 2 K. Our long national nightmare is over, as Russ Canzler finally has homered in International League play. In fact, he's popped HR's in each of his past two games, with 5 RBI. Overall, he's hitting just .252/.304/.346 (.651 OPS) after owning the IL last year.
Andy LaRoche, 3B-COL: 2-4, R. LaRoche is 8 for his last 21 filling in for the injured Lonnie Chisenhall at 3B.
Rob Bryson, RP-AKR: 1 2/3 IP, ER, H, 2 K, BB. For the season, Bryson is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 19 IP with AA Akron. He's struck out 23 (good!) but walked 11 (bad).
Tim Fedroff, CF-AKR: 3-5, 2B, R, K. Fedroff extended his hitting streak to 8 games, during which he is 16-36 with 3 2B, 5 R and 2 SB. In 6 of the 8 games, he has more than one hit.
Chun Chen, 1B-AKR: 2-5, 2 2B, R, 2 K. Chen has a 4 game mini-streak of his own, during which he's 7-16 with 3 2B and 4 runs scored.
Jared Goedert, LF-AKR: 1-5, HR (3), 3 RBI, R, 2 K. Goedert has cooled a little after his hot start, but is still hitting an impressive .372/.459/.531 with 3 HR and 14 RBI for the Aeros.
Adam Abraham, DH-AKR: 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K. Abraham snapped out of a 0-10 slide with a pair of hits yesterday, and is hitting a solid .273/.415/.515 in his last 10 games with Akron.
Shawn Armstrong, RP-CAR: 2 1/3 IP, 4 K. Armstrong has been lights-out this year between Lake County and Carolina. Overall, he's thrown 23 innings, allowed just 1 earned run while striking out 29 and walking 12. Opposing hitters are hitting just .111 against him, as he's allowed a total of just 8 hits.
Tony Wolters, 2B-CAR: 2-4, 2B, R. Wolters has ripped doubles in each of his last 3 games, and has been showing signs of life lately. In his last 10 contests, he's hitting .289/.341/.368 which is much better than his overall line of .187/.269/.234. The lefthanded batter is really struggling against lefties, with just 2 hits in 17 AB against southpaws this season.
Carlos Moncrief, RF-CAR: 1-3, 2B, 2 SB. In addition to sporting the best outfield arm in the system, Moncrief can hit a little, too. In his last 10, he's gone for a line of .324/.425/.618 with a HR, 2 3B and 3 2B.
Elvis Araujo, SP-LCC: 4 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 K, 4 BB. For the 2nd start in a row, Araujo hit his pitch count by the end of the 4th inning. Overall this year, he's 0-4 with a 2.54 ERA, 35 K and 14 BB in 39 IP for the Captains.
Jordan Smith, RF-LCC: 2-4, 2 R. Smith has recorded 2 hits in 4 of his last 5 games, and has hit in 9 of his last 10 overall. For the season, he's up to .289/.337/.489 in 23 Midwest League games.
Bryson Myles, CF-LCC: 2-3, BB, R, SB, CS. Myles had been in an 0-19 skid until yesterday, so hopefully the pair of hits can help him snap out of that slump.
Jerrud Sabourin, 1B-LCC: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB, R, SB K. The former walk-on and undrafted free agent came through with the big hit for the Captains in a 5-4 victory yesterday, and even stole a base.
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