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Around the Farm: April 11, 2013

Around the Farm: April 11, 2013
April 12, 2013
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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: Columbus was rained out and Carolina had a scheduled off day on Thursday.

T.J. House (SP, Akron): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

House was very good in his first outing of the season last Friday as he allowed just one run on five hits in 5.0 innings of work and did not walk a batter and had five punch outs. He was unable to carry that momentum into his start on Thursday as he pitched in and out of trouble all night. After shutting Bowie down 1-2-3 in the first and only allowing a walk in the second, Bowie scored at least one run off of him in each of the next four innings. Overall, he allowed seven hits and five runs in his final 3.1 innings and had trouble getting the final out in both the third and fourth inning as he allowed a two-run two-out triple in the third and a two-out solo homer in the fourth. He threw 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes (62.1%), which is okay, but he needs to more consistently show that he can put hitters away as that is the one thing that has held him back as a prospect over the years since he lacks a true plus out pitch.

Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 0-for-2, K.

In my best Scooby Doo voice: “Ruh Roh!” Not only did Paulino strikeout for the 9th time in 22 at bats this season, but he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth inning. The rain was coming down so he might have simply been lifted for precautionary reasons and the game was halted and called after five and a half innings anyway. He was in on defense the half inning before and had no plays come his way which would have affected anything. It is probably nothing, but anytime you see a priority prospect lifted late in the game for a pinch hitter it raises some concern.  

  • Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 0-for-3, BB. Holt is off to a very slow start at the top of the order for Akron hitting just .143 (3-for-21) in his first six games, though is drawing some walks and has reached base in four straight games.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron): 0-for-4, K. Ramirez was held hitless and off the bases for the first time in seven games this season. Even though he is just 2-for-12 in his last three games he is still hitting .357 on the season.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 1-for-4, 2B. Urshela is a notorious slow starter and the cooler weather may have something to do with that. He recorded the only extra base hit of the game for Akron and was also his first extra base knock of the season.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 0-for-3, K. Ronny Rod is another guy that has gotten off to slow starts in the past hitting .203 with a .545 OPS last April in 22 games at High-A Carolina and .200 with a .576 OPS in 14 games with Low-A Lake County when he was first called up there in May of 2011.
  • Cole Cook (RP, Akron): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Cook threw 22 pitches and 14 of them for strikes (63.6%). He’s an interesting guy to watch this year to find out if his rebound season last year was for real.
  • Shawn Armstrong (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Armstrong was quick and efficient needing just 12 pitches (8 strikes) to get through his inning of work. He’s off to another “strong” start this year and is a guy that is waiting in the wings as a possible pen option in Cleveland later in the year.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 2 K. Rodriguez is hitting .304 through seven games on the young season, but he is back in Lake County for a third season to improve his defense and plate discipline. He’s off to a poor start with that as he has 0 walks and 9 strikeouts in 23 at bats.
  • Nelson Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 1-for-2, 2B, BB, K. Rodriguez is off to an interesting start offensively. The batting average is not good in that he is just 2-for-17 (.118) in six games, but he has a solid 6:7 walk to strikeout ratio and a .348 on-base percentage. This is good to see as even though the hits are not falling he is putting up quality at bats, and if he sticks with that approach the hits will come.
  • Leonardo Castillo (DH, Lake County): 0-for-2, 2 K. Castillo was the talk of spring training last year as he hit the cover off the ball, but had a poor year at Lake County hitting .216 with a .572 OPS. The Indians love his above average defense at the infield corners, but he still has yet to put it all together offensively.
  • Jorge Martinez (LF, Lake County): 0-for-2, K. Martinez has really struggled in the early going not only going just 4-for-21 (.190) in his first six games, but he has no extra base hits, no walks, and has 9 strikeouts in 21 at bats. He also now has three errors, which for an outfielder is a lot just six games into the season.
  • Logan Vick (RF, Lake County): 0-for-2. Vick is an interesting prospect with some tools, but since he is on the prospect periphery he really needs to have a very good showing this season to jump into priority prospect status. So far he is just 3-for-14 (.214) in five games though has 2 walks to 1 strikeout.
  • Luis DeJesus (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K. This was a much better outing for DeJesus than the opening day start last Thursday when he went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, 1 walk and had 4 strikeouts. This time around he was much sharper and should have had a shutout through five innings if not for three Lake County errors.

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User Comments

April 13, 2013 - 12:07 PM EDT
Tony, am a little concerned about Paulino, does he look healthy? Hope he was not a PED guy last year, would be tragic. Also wondering whatever happened to Tyler Sturdevant, when they're off the radar for more than a year, you have to wonder if they're ever coming back. And I notice Cord Phelps has not been playing. Is he in the dugout at Columbus
April 13, 2013 - 11:24 AM EDT
Top 60 reference was short-sighted on my part.

Sides seemed to struggle after moving from low-A to high-A last season and is off to a rocky start so far this year. Maybe he'll settle in here soon.

I forgot about the pending return of Haley to the Akron bullpen. Do you see him as a possible September call-up since he's on the 40-man roster already?
April 13, 2013 - 11:24 AM EDT
Top 60 reference was short-sighted on my part.

Sides seemed to struggle after moving from low-A to high-A last season and is off to a rocky start so far this year. Maybe he'll settle in here soon.

I forgot about the pending return of Haley to the Akron bullpen. Do you see him as a possible September call-up since he's on the 40-man roster already?
April 12, 2013 - 2:03 PM EDT
It should be noted that just because a reliever is not in the Top 60 that it doesn't make them a notable prospect. Relievers just simply do not rank well. Two guys that I think have some helium potential in the lower levels are Sides and Penny. I'm not sure what is up with Penny and why he is not on a full season roster, but should know soon. But those are the two I like the most in the lower levels. Morel is also interesting too. Nixon isn't a high level guy, but he is throwing harder and has a chance to blossom if the location comes and the secondary stuff improves.
April 12, 2013 - 8:41 AM EDT
Armstrong seems to be the only priority bullpen arm in Akron now that Stowell has lost some luster. None of the Carolina relievers cracked your top-60. Do you see any reliever positioned to take advantage of this situation?

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