BY JUSTIN LADA
INDIANS BEAT WRITER
8/10; Beyond the box score; Indians Minor League Roundup
AAA Columbus Clippers L 8-2 vs. Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays)
LH SP David Huff (4.2 IP 8 H 9 ER 3BB 4Ks 4HRs) Huff is not doing himself any favors trying to get a spot start or another look when the rosters expand on Sept 1st. Another start or two like this and Huff may find himself searching for a new organization in the off-season the way the Indians have been cleaning house.
1B/OF Matt LaPorta (2-4 HR) The Indians called up Jason Donald to take Travis Hafner’s roster spot. It’s possible Hafner has played his last game as an Indian at this point but it’s very telling that the Indians aren’t giving LaPorta at bats at this point. They have reached the point in the season where it makes sense to hold open tryouts for everyone but it could be they are still trying to win because managers, front office people, could be trying to save face and their jobs. LaPorta’s failures are a reason their jobs may be up in jeopardy.
AA Akron Aeros L 5-3 vs. Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox)
OF Nick Weglarz (2-3 1 2B BB) It’s really a shame what has happened to Weglarz. Had injuries not piled on one after another on the 3rd round pick in 2005, he could very well be taking over the DH duties from Travis Hafner. One of the best things about Weglarz’s abilities at the plate was his plate discipline, hasn’t been the same this year (123K/47BB). The power is still there (13 HR 20 2B) but he’s now off the 40 man roster, Weglarz’s time in the Indians organization may be limited.
Advanced A Carolina Mudcats W 3-2 vs. Salem Red Sox (Boston Red Sox)
OF Delvi Cid (3-4 RBI SB) Cid has had a huge improvement this year, his second season in the Carolina League. While his K/BB ratio will never be a strength, he does have a respectable .350 OBP this season. He’s also stolen as many bases this season (28) as he did last year. It would be hard to see Cid getting past Akron next year with a number of OFs getting priority over him.
RH SP Will Roberts (7IP 7 H 2 ER 1BB 6Ks) By far one of Roberts’ best starts with Carolina. After a very good April at Lake County, Roberts has struggled at Carolina but has moved kind of fast for being a fifth round pick last year. Roberts is not a huge strikeout pitcher (67Ks in 132.2 this season) but has solid command and does have a no hitter to his credit in his college days at Virginia.
Full Season A Lake County Captains L 6-3 vs. Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers)
C Alex Lavisky (1-1 HR 3 BB) the 3 walks are more of a feat for Lavisky, who is still trying to find his swing. The one thing he doesn’t need to find is power, as the home run he hit looked like it was going to interfere with the ‘Curiosity’ Rover on Mars. He also missed another HR by about 15 feet foul but the ball landed a long way from home plate nonetheless. Equipped with a rocket arm, good blocking and game calling skills already, the Captains coaching staff last night, along with Lavisky himself, says he’s still just learning the way or pro baseball. He spurned a full scholarship at Georgia Tech for $1.1 million and a chance to play for his hometown team (St. Ed’s grad 2010). Right now he is a little behind Alex Monsalve as far as catching prospects in the organization but certainly has all the tools to make himself the best.
Short Season A Mahoning Valley Scrappers L 7-6 vs. Batavia Muckdogs (St. Louis Cardinals)
C Charlie Valerio (2-5 2B 3 RBI) Valerio was selected as a NYPL All-Star in his first season in traveling pro ball. A catcher signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2010 with seemingly good plate discipline (37K/20BB) this season and has raised his average in every month with the Scrappers.
Rookie League Arizona Indians W 7-2 vs. AZL Brewers
SS Dorssys Paulino (3-5 2 2B 3 RBI) One coach in the Indians organization called Paulino “Can’t miss”. He won’t be 18 till around Thanksgiving and is already hitting .338 in rookie ball. While Francisco Lindor gets all the publicity as the Indians best prospect, watch out for Paulino, who is said to have great hands, a great arm, and so far a proven bat at a very young age. It will be interesting to see where the Indians send him to start next season.
RHP Joshua Nervis (2.1 IP 4H 1 BB 5 Ks) A 38th round pick in this year’s draft, Nervis is dominating the AZL out of the bullpen (30Ks/8BB in 20.1 IP). He could make a name for himself next year if he gets moved up and puts up big numbers again.
Rookie Summer League Dominican Indians W 2-1 vs. DSL A’s
LHP Luis Gomez (5.1 4 H 1 U ER 1 BB 4 KS) the 6’0 left has very good numbers this season, his first full one in the pros. (38Ks/7BB 40.1 IP 0.67 ERA). He will be just 18 in about a month so he may wind up in Arizona next year.