Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Note that Columbus was off yesterday.
Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Rodriguez through the months:
April: .245/.250/.351 line, .601 OPS, .106 ISO in 24 games
May: .262/.292/.437 line, .733 OPS, .175 ISO in 27 games
June: .381/.400/.595 line, .995 OPS, .214 ISO in 10 games
Small sample sizes throughout, but with the knowledge that Rodriguez changed his swing about a month ago, the progression makes sense. Rodriguez’s approach has been much better in recent weeks and it is showing up in the stats.
Of course, plenty of attention is still paid to Rodriguez’s seven walks in 61 games this year. He is limiting strikeouts (only 37), but the low amount of walks keeps his on-base percentage down (.297).
Interestingly, a scout told me a few years ago that he does not care about walks at this level because the pitchers miss much worse than in the major leagues. In his view, it is much easier to see your pitch coming in Double-A and doing something with it is more important.
I would still want to see my top prospects drawing walks and showing good pitch selection, but if that pitch selection is leading to hits over walks, that is not actually a bad thing. Sometimes — and this is coming from a SABR guy — walks are overrated. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, June 13, 2013