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Around the Farm: April 15, 2013

Around the Farm: April 15, 2013
April 16, 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.

ATF would like to send our condolences and prayers for those injured and affected by the bombing in Boston tonight.

Scott Kazmir: SP, Columbus Clippers: W (1-0), 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K:

The Cleveland Indians’ fifth starter, left-hander Scott Kazmir, made his first rehab start with the Clippers on Monday night. It was a resounding success. Carlos Carrasco was initially scheduled to start the game, but was bumped into the piggy-back role so that Mickey Calloway and Ross Atkins could attend the game and watch Kazmir throw in a game situation. They had to leave pleased. He started off a bit rough, giving up back-to-back singles to speedster Billy Hamilton and former Tribe-hand Jason Donald. Donald was thrown out at second on the play when Hamilton went to third. Then Kazmir went to work. He struck out the next two hitters to get out of the inning, and retired eight in a row overall. He gave up a single to Donald in the fourth, but faced the minimum of three batters thanks to a double play and a pop out. Kazmir allowed the first three runners to get on base thanks to an error (by Kazmir) and two singles, but he would only give up one run on a double play and a fly out to end his outing. It was a promising start to his career with the Indians’ organization, to say the least.

Carlos Carrasco: SP, Columbus Clippers: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K:

Kazmir was outstanding in his debut with the organization, but Carrasco was better. He dominated in his four innings of work, and was near-perfect, facing only one batter over the minimum of 12. Ironically enough, the only batter that would get on base against Carrasco was due to a hit batter. I’m sure this will get the “I told you sos” going from the “he didn’t do it on purpose” crowd. Whatever. Carrasco was extremely sharp, throwing 40 pitches, with 26 of those pitches strikes. Who knows what the 2013 season will hold for Carrasco at this point, but if he keeps showing up in Columbus pitching like this, he’ll force Terry Francona’s hand. That would be a good problem to have.

Tyler Naquin: CF, Carolina Mudcats: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K:

The Mudcats had six hits on Monday night, and the Indians’ 2012 first round draft pick had half of them. Naquin now has a five-game hit streak, and he’s 10-for-23 over that stretch. The Muddies centerfielder is now hitting .381 on the season, and showcasing an approach to the game that has big leagues written all over it. A lot of folks say he’s nothing but a fourth outfielder, but there is definitely more to this kid than that. The big league club is full of centerfielders though, so he’ll really have to be special to make an impact any time soon.

  • Matt Carson: RF, Columbus: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K: Carson is only hitting .174 on the season so far for the Clippers, but he got on base twice on Monday night, and scored both times, which was half of the Clippers’ four total runs.
  • Juan Diaz: SS, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB: Diaz is the outta-luck shortstop in the system, and has potential stars behind him, and an all-star ahead of him. To get any chance, he has to perform at a level he just hasn’t reached yet, and that would incorporate power offensively. Unfortunately, games like tonight’s are few and far between for Diaz.
  • Roberto Perez: C, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 K: Perez is one of my favorite players in the organization. There’s been a ton of banter about Marson vs. Gomes for the back-up role behind Carlos Santana. Here’s the thing: I think Perez can be every bit the player that Marson is right now in the bigs. He’s a solid back-stop, is good with pitchers, and can come up with big hits when needed. Do you need any more? He isn’t a starter, but I sure could see him in the bigs in the next year or so as a bench catcher.
  • Chun Chen: DH, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 K: Chen followed up his starring role in ATF with another two-hit performance. He was back to his single-hitting self, but I’ll take two singles a night…no problem.
  • Quincy Latimore: LF, Akron: 2-for-5, 3 K: Well, it was an all-or-nothing night for Latimore, who racked up two-more hits to go along with three K’s.  On the plus-side of that is a three-game multi-hit streak in which he’s gone 7-for-13 overall.
  • Danny Salazar: SP, Akron: L (0-3), 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR: Salazar has gotten off to an extremely rough start to his 2013 season. He’s made three starts, going 12 2/3 innings, and given up nine earned runs. His ERA is 6.39. No, there’s still luster there, but baseball can be a humbling game. Let’s see if Salazar can get it back as the summer heats up.
  • Bryce Stowell: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 2 K: Stowell has made two appearances over 1 2/3 innings. Of the five batters he’s gotten out, four of them have been strikeouts. He has a long way to go, but boy, he starting off the year with a bit of dominance.
  • Joe Wendle & Jerrud Sabourin: Carolina: 0-for-7, 3 BB, 2 K: Wendle saw his eight game hit streak broken up, and his four game multi-hit streak as well. Sabourin saw his four-game hit streak broken up. Ah well, I guess they’ll have to just be happy hitting over .400.
  • Jordan Cooper: SP, Carolina: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR: Cooper gave up a dinger, but he backed up a solid opening start with an even better one on Monday night. Overall, Cooper has given up two earned runs in 11 innings, both on home runs. He’s not overpowering, striking out five, while walking four, but that’s not really his game.

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User Comments

Steve Kinsella
April 16, 2013 - 8:27 AM EDT
Probably should note that Kazmir start wasn't rough as he immediately buried Billy Hamilton 1-2 and after Hamilton swung and fouled a ball off McDade moved back.

Hamilton pushed a bunt passed Kazmir that McDade fielded with no chance of Kaz beating McDade.

Interesting part of the play is that the only real play is for the 2b to see the bunt and come charging and the first baseman to immediately peel off to first in hopes 2b can shovel ball. If 1b fields it there will not be a play....used to watch Vince Coleman lay that bunt all the, fun to watch.

Scary that Hamilton already has that bunt in his arsenal and isn't afraid to use it with 2 strikes.

April 16, 2013 - 8:06 AM EDT
Sure, Naquin could end up in right field down the road. Everyone knows he can play there though. I think the Indians are doing the right thing playing and developing in center field and he has proven he can play there. So now, really, he can fit into the big leagues in any role which gives them flexibility, and also could initially break in as a fourth outfielder.
April 16, 2013 - 8:04 AM EDT
Stubbs is due another raise through arbitration to at least $3.5MM for 2014. Naquin seems like a solid in-house replacement for RF if he keeps improving and Stubbs doesn't break out of his near two year slide.
April 16, 2013 - 7:58 AM EDT
Kazmir looked sharp, Carrasco had good control, and Myers was very good his last outing. Maybe there's still hope that the Tribe can make some noise this season.

Big game tonight with Ubaldo going against the Red Sox. They pushed his start back two days to try and correct a mechanical flaw. Let's see if it worked. One good thing is that Ortiz is on the DL and Santana is ready to go for the Tribe.
April 16, 2013 - 7:55 AM EDT
Naquin in right field? The way Drew Stubbs is crushing the ball? You gotta be kidding...
April 16, 2013 - 5:18 AM EDT
Don't you think there is a chance that Naquin finds Cleveland as a RF? There is little or nothing in Akron or Columbus to stop his progress from what I see. Although I see him as a CF in his stops in AA/AAA, it would not surprise me if he sees Cleveland in 2014 in RF.

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