Farm Fresh: 5/11/2011

This week's edition is more of the 10-day variety owing to a busy weekend schedule. Still many excellent performances coming out of the Indians' system.

Columbus Clippers: Travis Buck

Buck's return to Cleveland (n.b. contractually obliged to say "pending injury") seems inevitable. Unlike Austin Kearns, Buck is potentially a long-term asset for the Tribe and his performance to date leaves no room for criticism. While everyone in Columbus has been hitting, no one has hit the ball better than Buck since his relegation to Columbus (.340/.450/.574). With more walks than strikeouts, decent power, and defensive abilities that have seen him occupy CF, RF and 1B, what's not to like? Over the past ten games he has hit .303/.429/.485.

Akron Aeros: Chen Lee

In what seems like the never-ending parade of fantasy stat lines for Indians' minor league relievers, Chen Lee is next in line. This Taiwanese, low-arm slot reliever is in his third season in the organization and putting up his best line yet. On the season he sits at 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA, and a 27:5 K:BB ratio in 19 innings. Over his past four appearances, going back to April 29th, Lee has gone 9.1 innings while allowing 0 hits, 1 walk, and 18 strikeouts. Again...that's zero hits and 19 strikeouts on the last 29 batters he has faced.

Kinston Indians: Tyler Holt

Along with high strikeout relievers, the Indians' system is suddenly flush with light-hitting, high OBP centerfield prospects. Tyler Holt, drafted last season in the 10th round, has been an on-base machine of late in Kinston. Over the past 10 games he has put up a .375/.524/.406 line. It is tempting to think the last two numbers are reversed, but no...those games include ten walks (against only four Ks) and just one extra-base hit. On the season he is up to .289/.405/.371, with nine stolen bases and four caught stealing. For now, Holt is taking his place in line behind Brantley (Cleveland), Carrera (Columbus) and Henry (Akron).

Lake County Captains: Anthony Gallas

A local Cleveland product, Anthony Gallas appears to feel right at home in Lake County. Already 23 years old and probably no more than an organizational guy, Gallas is playing better than that label. Gallas leads the organization in doubles with 14 already this season, and is only behind Sizemore and LC teammate Carlos Moncrief in total extra-base hits (17). In the past ten days Gallas has hit a modest .415/.455/.634, to raise his total season line to .349/.408/.560.

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