Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Note that Columbus was off Wednesday and Carolina was rained out.
Nick Swisher (1B, Akron): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Swisher looked much better in his second rehab game in Akron, launching an opposite-field double in the first inning and another double up the middle in the fifth inning. Following coming out of the game after seven innings — a move that was planned before the game — Swisher expressed confidence that his knee issues are in the past, both at the plate and in the field. Akron manager Dave Wallace agreed with that sentiment, saying he did not see any hesitations or limitations out of Swisher. During the first inning double, in fact, Swisher had to run hard the whole way and slide into second base. Outside of his performance on the field, Wallace also liked the energy Swisher brought to the clubhouse and outfielder Tyler Naquin appreciated the first baseman taking the time to talk about the finer points of the game with him. In particular, Naquin said Swisher told him one of his throws to first base — which was low to the ground and bounced multiple times — was well-executed so Swisher could make sure to keep it in front of him. Now that his rehab assignment is done and Swisher is set to join the team Thursday, the hope for Cleveland is that a few weeks on the disabled list will help the first baseman regain his offensive form, which had slipped greatly (.211/.312/.319 line through 49 games) in 2014. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, June 12, 2014