Bryson Myles, RF-LCC: 2-3, 2B, CS.
Myles got off to a slow start this season, and was hitting under .200 a week into 2012. What a difference 10 days makes, as Myles has gone on a tear that's seen his season line up to .294/.324/.456 overall. Since April 15, Myles has gone 14-36 (.389) with a .410 OBP and a .639 SLG, including his first full-season league HR. On the season, Myles has stolen 6 bases in 8 attempts, and although he isn't a burner, he's an outstanding baserunner with great instincts. He does a really nice job reading pitchers and gets good jumps on his SB attempts to make up for his lack of elite speed. He's not slow by any stretch of the imagination, but just isn't a Luigi Rodriguez-type burner. He's a thickly-built athlete who has some pop in his bat, and could profile as a left fielder at the big-league level. He's a fun guy to watch, as you can tell how much he enjoy's playing the game out there. If he can put together a solid first half in the Midwest League, he's a good promotion candidate to Carolina in the 2nd half of the season.
Matt LaPorta, 1B-COL: 4-5, HR (5) 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R. Seeing LaPorta continue to crush AAA pitching just makes me angry at this point. He's hitting .344/.394/.656 with 5 HR and 10 RBI in 16 games for Columbus. Maybe someone should try and convince him that Jac...er, Progressive Field is called Huntington Park? I'm willing to try anything at this point.
Zeke Carrera, CF-COL: 2-5, 2 3B, 2 R, 2 K. Carrera with his 2nd and 3rd triples on the season last night. Hitting .260/.301/.377 with 6 SB in 7 attempts. Even with all that speed, the .301 OBP restricts him to a reserve OF/speed guy off the bench in the bigs.
Russ Canzler, LF-COL: 2-4, BB, R, K. Canzler is starting to warm up, hitting .295/.326/.386 on his last 10 games. The defending International League MVP has yet to hit his 1st HR of the season, though.
Cord Phelps, 2B-COL: 1-5, 2 RBI, R, K. Phelps just keeps plugging along, waiting for something to break at the big league level in the form of injury or trade to give him another shot. He's been on base at least once in 11 straight games, and is hitting .309/.374/.469 overall for the Clippers.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B-COL: 1-5, 1B, R. Chiz is cooling off a bit after a sizzling start, hitting .286/.311/.500 in his last 10 games. You know you're having a good year when "cooling off" means a .500 SLG over 10 games.
T.J. McFarland, SP-AKR: W (3-1), 5 2/3 IP, ER, 5 H, 6 K, 3 BB. With every start, McFarland is making it clearer and clearer that he's ready for the challenge of AAA Columbus. He's 3-1 on the season with a 2.11 ERA and has 15 strikeouts and 8 walks in 21 1/3 IP. The 22-year old lefty has posted a 1.65 GO/AO ratio, and opposing hitters are batting just .221 off of him. I'm ready to start a #FreeTJ campaign on twitter to get McFarland moved up to Columbus and House moved up to Akron, because both of the organizations southpaw T.J.'s are pitching above the league they are currently in.
Matt Langwell, RP-AKR: 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 2 BB. Another scoreless outing for Langwell, who's allowed just 1 ER in 8 2/3 innings for the Aeros this year. He's also recorded 10 K and allowed just 4 BB this year.
Preston Guilmet, RP-AKR: S (3), 1 1/3 IP, 2 K, BB. The University of Arizona product has struck out a batter an inning this year, and is 0-0 with 3 saves.
Tim Fedroff, CF-AKR: 2-4, RBI, BB, K. Fedroff has cooled after a hot start, hitting .237/.356/.395 in his last 10 games. Overall though, he's still at .321/.457/.446 and is pushing for a ticket to Columbus.
Thomas Neal, RF-AKR: 3-4, 2B, 2 R. Somewhat of a surprisng demotion to AA after playing most of 2011 in AAA, Neal has played in just 10 games for the Aeros, hitting .278/.366/.333. He has just 2 XBH on the season, both doubles, and has yet to drive in a run.
Jared Goedert, 3B-AKR: 1-4, HR (2), RBI, R. Goedert was at the presipice of a big-league shot in 2011 when an untimely oblique injury in Spring Training cost him a shot to make the club out of Goodyear. He played in just 87 games last year, 79 of them for Columbus, hitting .272/.350/.508 with 18 HR. Sent back to Akron, he's doing his best to show that he at least belongs in Columbus, hitting .393/.493/.589 with a pair of HR for the Aeros.
Adam Abraham, DH-AKR: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB. Abraham had a big 2-run double last night, and is hitting .226/.324/.419 for Akron with a HR and 6 RBI.
Michael Goodnight, SP-CAR: 4 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 K, 3 BB. oodnight with his best start of the season, but it was wasted by the bullpen in an eventual 14-8 loss for the Mudcats. He's 1-0 with a 5.30 ERA on the season, and has walked (10) almost as many as he's struck out (12)
Tyler Holt, CF-CAR: 2-4, RBI, BB, R. The leadoff man continues to show the Mudcats the way, hitting .338/.419/.462 on the season.
Jeremie Tice, DH-CAR: 3-4, 2B, BB, 3 R, K. Tice has hit in 8 of his last 9 games, and is 11-32 over that span with 2 HR, 4 2B and 7 RBI.
Jake Lowery, C-CAR: 2-5, 2B. Catchers who put up a .900 OPS in the Carolina League are not easy to come by. Lowery is hitting .350/.418/.500 with a HR and 8 RBI, and if his defense continues to improve, the Indians could really have something here.
Grant Sides, RP-LCC: 2 IP, 3 K, BB. In his last 3 outings, Sides has thrown 4 scoreless innings while striking out 4, walking one and allowing just a single hit.
Robel Garcia, 2B-LCC: 2-4, RBI, R. The young Dominican seems to be warming up with the weather, as he's collected at least one hit in 7 of his last 9 games, and has gone 9-35 in that span. He still has just one XBH (a double) on the season, but the power should come as he fills out and adds strength to his 6', 170lb frame.
Leo Castillo, 3B-LCC: 2-4, RBI, R. Back to back two-hit games for the 18-year old Castillo, who is also out of the Dominican and also has just one hit for extra bases (you guessed it, a double). Another high-ceiling, low-floor prospect who had a good spring but is struggling in the Midwest League against some pretty good pitching.