Ronny Rodriguez, SS-CAR: 8-12, 2 3B, 2B, 4 RBI, 6 R.
Outstanding weekend for Rodriguez, who has been having an up-and-down season with the bat so far for Carolina. Rodriguez is just 20 years old, having gone straight from signing as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic last year to low-A Lake County. Most international signings spend time in either the Dominican Summer League or at least the Arizona Summer League, but the Indians thought Rodriguez was advance enough to skip over both of those leagues AND the short-season New York-Penn League and go straight to full season ball. Rodriguez had a solid season for Lake County, and was bumped up to the high-A Carolina league this year where he opened the season as a 19-year old shortstop. Rodriguez turned 20 in April, and has really improved his defense this season. He's got all the tools to be an impact defender at short, but was inconsistent last year on the routine plays. He's been much better this year, and has still been making some spectacular plays that show off his outstanding throwing arm. In 18 games during June, Rodriguez is hitting an impressive .367/.400/.600 with 2 of his 5 HR and 11 RBI. If he can keep hitting anywhere close to that clip, he'll be one of the better shortstop prospects around, not just in the Indians organization.
Zach McAllister, SP-COL: W (5-2), 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 K, BB. He didn't miss many bats, but still a solid start for McAllister. He's given up more than 3 ER in just one of his 10 starts for AAA Columbus, and has a 2.98 ERA overall. He's struck out 49 and walked just 19 in 57 1/3 IP, and he's still just 24 years old. He may not be a future ace, but it's still looking like a pretty good return for a half-season of Austin Kearns.
David Huff, SP-COL: L (3-3), 3 IP, 8 ER, 12 H, 2 K. Huff has been particuarly bad of late, giving up 16 ER over 14 1/3 IP in his last 3 starts. His AAA ERA is up to 4.99 in 48 2/3 IP, and he's recorded just 33 K.
Scott Barnes, RP-COL: 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 K. Back down in the minors, Barnes struck out half of the batters he faced yesterday. Since being converted to a reliever back on May 3, Barnes has allowed just 3 ER in 13 2/3 IP, striking out 16 and walking 5. His stuff plays up in the shorter relief role, and his deceptive motion is especially difficult on hitters who only get to see him once per outing.
Eric Berger, RP-COL: 3 IP, H, 4 K, BB. This was Berger's 2nd relief appearance in a row after starting 6 games for the Clippers. As a reliever, he's thrown 6 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out 7 and allowing just 2 baserunners.
Cody Allen, RP-COL: IP, K. Allen is working on a streak of 8 straight relief apperances with at least one K. He's not quite Vinnie Pestano just yet, but he's on his way.
Chris Ray, RP-COL: S (11), 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K. Ray worked in two of the four Clippers games this weekend, recording a save and striking out three. He's now recorded 7 straight scoreless appearances out of the Columbus bullpen.
Cord Phelps, 2B-COL: 4-12, HR (7), 3 RBI, 4 BB, 3 R, SB. In his last 10 games, Phelps has gone for a .371/.452/.629 line with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 6 BB. More impressively, he's done so without striking out, a span of 35 at bats.
Russ Canzler, LF-COL: 6-12, 2 HR (6), 8 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R, K, CS. Huge weekend for Canzler, who's suddenly looking like the AAA MVP he was last season. In his last 10, he's hitting .355/.436/.710 with 3 HR and 14 RBI.
T.J. House, SP-AKR: L (4-2), 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 13 H, K, BB. He's only really had two bad starts this year, so House's poor outing this weekend only raised his AA ERA to 3.55. He'd given up 1 or fewer ER in his previous 5 starts, so this 7-run clunker can be excused and I'd expect it to be no more than a bump in the road.
Gio Soto, SP-AKR: L (5-3), 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 9 K, BB. Soto has been solid over his last 3 starts, allowing just 5 ER in 15 2/3 IP while striking out 16. His season ERA stands at 3.99, and he's recorded 67 K and allowed 23 BB in 70 IP for AA Akron.
Steven Wright, SP-AKR: L (5-4), 6 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 3 H, 7 K, BB. In his last 5 starts, Wright has thrown 27 innings, allowing just 5 ER while striking out 23. He's posted a 1.79 ERA for the Aeros this season, and he's up to 62 K and 32 BB in 70 1/3 IP. The knuckleballer seems to be getting a better feel for the pitch, and is probably ready to move up to AAA to see if the pitch can be effective there as well.
Preston Guilmet, RP-AKR: W (2-1), 2 IP, 3 H, 2 K. The former Arizona Wildcat appeared in two games for the Aeros this weekend, picking up a victory and striking out a pair. He's allowed just one earned run in his last 10 IP, recording 4 saves and a win.
Chun Chen, 1B-AKR: 4-13, 2 BB, R, 2 K. Chen's punchless season continues. His OPS is .828 and he has 20 doubles, but still just one home run in 2012. I'd hoped that the move to 1B and the reduced strain defensively would have helped Chen's power, but instead it has somehow made it dissapear.
Nick Weglarz, LF-AKR: 4-12, HR (8), 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 K. Wegz has hit in 8 of his last 10, and has put up a line of .333/.500/.900 with 4 HR, 5 2B and 9 RBI in that span. His season OPS is up to .813, and he has a 1.200 OPS in 15 June games.
Shawn Armstrong, RP-CAR: L (0-3), 2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, K. For the season, Armstrong has a 1.59 ERA in 34 Carolina League innings, recording 31 K and walking 15. Those impressive numbers resulted in Armstrong being named to the Carolina League All-Star team, one of two Mudcats (Jeremie Tice) to earn that honor.
Tyler Sturdevant, RP-CAR: W (1-0), IP, K. Sturdevant has yet to allow a run in his 7 innings since coming off the DL. He's given up 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out three.
Jesus Aguilar, 1B-CAR: 5-12, HR (6), 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB, 5 R, K. Aguilar has hit in his last 4, going 7-16 with a HR and 3 2B. For the season, the big man is hitting .295/.378/.469 with 6 HR and 30 RBI.
Gio Urshela, 3B-CAR: 7-14, HR (2), 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, K. A great weekend for the slick-fielding 3B, who's riding a modest 7-game hitting streak for the Mudcats. It would be nice to see him walk more though, as he's worked just 9 free passes in 46 games this season.
Mason Radeke, RP-LCC: W (4-1), 5 IP, ER, 4 H, 4 K. Radeke gave up a solo HR, but not much other than that as he threw 5 effective innings to pick up a victory for the Captains. On the season, he's posted an even 3.00 ERA in 42 low-A innings, striking out 45 and walking just 10.
Francisco Lindor, SS-LCC: 4-10, 2 2B, BB, 4 R, K, CS. Solid weekend for Lindor, who pushes his season line to .285/.369/.410 with 4 HR and 23 RBI. I have to continually remind myself that this kid is just 18 years old.
Luigi Rodriguez, CF-LCC: 3-13, HR (4), 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 K. The 19-year old switch hitter is down to .276/.329/.398 after a hot start. He's a contact hitter with gap power, so really needs to cut down on the strikeouts as he's K'd 70 times in 60 games (254 AB).
Jordan Smith, RF-LCC: 3-12, 2B, RBI, BB, R, 2 K. The OF/3B from Divison II St. Cloud State is hitting a solid .294/.345/.444 with 3 HR and 27 RBI. He's got a smooth, line drive swing that doesn't generate a lot of backspin on the ball, so he may struggle to hit home runs unless he can really start to drive the ball more consistently.
Robel Garcia, 2B-LCC: 3-8, 2B, RBI. Garcia has hit in 3 straight and 4 of his last 5. After a really slow start to the season, he's worked his overall line up to .210/.298/.309 with 3 HR and 23 RBI.
Alex Lavisky, C-LCC: 1-8, HR (4), RBI, R, 4 K. Lavisky has been slumping of late, and is hitting just .184/.295/.289 in his last 10. Hopefully yesterday's HR can jump-start another hitting streak for the young catcher.