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Around the Farm: April 19, 2014

Around the Farm: April 19, 2014
Jesus Aguilar (Photo: Fox Sports)
April 20, 2014
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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, High-A Carolina was postponed on Saturday.

Jesus Aguilar (Columbus - Game 2, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Aguilar continues to impress in his first (and quite possibly his only) Triple-A season.  He recorded his fourth home run, eleventh and twelfth RBI (in only fifteen games), and increased his slash line to .370/.433/.685.  Yes, you added those last two number correctly, the RBI Machine is currently pounding out a 1.119 OPS!  The question isn't if he makes it to Progressive Field, it's only when.

Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 1-4, R, HR, RBI, K - Urshela cranks out another extra base hit, his third homer already of the season. Not only is he hitting .309 but more impressively he has a .545 slugging percentage and .236 isolated power. We all keep saying it is early, the sample size is small, and yaddy yadda yadda, but eventually his hot start could be the sign of a guy on pace for a hot season and someone breaking out as an offensive player. He's one of the most interesting stories in the early part of this season.

  • Carlos Moncrief (Columbus - Game 1, RF) - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Moncrief's double was the only extra base hit for the Clippers in a rough opener of Saturday's doubleheader.
  • Tyler Cloyd (Columbus - Game 1, SP) - L (1-2), 5 IP, 9 H, 8 R (all earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 4 HR allowed - Cloyd continues to alternate dominance with outings of over 14.00 single-game ERAs.  What makes this worse is that he managed to allow four home runs in five innings.  Thi is not a good way for a veteran to make a good first impression on his new organization.
  • Brett Brach (Columbus - Game 1, RP) - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 K - A solid outing to finish out a game that was no longer in doubt and help save the bullpen for the rest of the day and series.
  • Tim Fedroff (Columbus - Game 2, LF) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Fedroff increases his batting average over the .300 mark with this multi-hit effort which also included a two-out RBI.
  • Toru Murata (Columbus - Game 2, SP) - ND, 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 K, 2 HR allowed - Murata marked his return from "Mahoning Valley" with this dubious spot start.  The fact that he has been sent down to Akron at age 28 (almost one month from being 29) and has been removed from the roster in a paper move to the "Scrappers" to make space on the 25-man roster within the first two weeks of the season does not speak well of his prospect status.  Outings like this one don't help things, either.
  • Mike Zagurski (Columbus - Game 2, RP) - 1 IP, 3 K - Zagurski comes within a fielding error by RF Carlos Moncrief from a perfect inning with three strikeouts.
  • Alex Lavisky (Akron, C) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Lavisky had only one hit on the day, but it was a solo home run in the top of the sixth that resulted in the eventual game-winning run.
  • Gabriel Arias (Akron, SP) - W (2-1), 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K, 1 HR allowed - Outside of a solo home run in the fourth inning, Arias dominated Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate) hitting for six innings to get his second win in three starts.
  • Duke von Schamman (Akron, RP) - S (1), 3 IP, 3 H, 4 K - The RubberDucks "Wheel of Saves" landed on von Schamman, who picked up his first of the season with one of the rare three-inning variety.
  • Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) -  2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - The only multi-hit effort on an abysmal offensive day for the Captains. In fact, he had 40% of the limited Captains offense on the day.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) - 0-1, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt - While Paulino failed to pick up a hit, his plate discipline got him on the basepaths twice.
  • Josh McAdams (Lake County, RF) - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB - Pretty much everything except for a hit for Mcadams on the day.
  • Brian Ruiz (Lake County, LF) - 0-4, 3 K - After an interesting showing the first week of the season when he filled in for the injured McAdams, Ruiz has really struggled since then and is showing his limitations with the bat.
  • Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) - L (0-3), 4.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR allowed - While half the runs were unearned, that still doesn't excuse Lugo's third bad outing in as many starts. The strikeouts are great to see, but he's not doing a good job of preventing runs when players reach base against him.
  • Robbie Aviles (Lake County, RP) - 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 K - Aviles pitched well but, like Brach in Columbus' first ballgame on the day, his effort was wasted by an offense that was non-existent.

User Comments

April 20, 2014 - 8:25 PM EDT
Jordan Pacheco and Jesus Montero are horrible players.
April 20, 2014 - 8:02 PM EDT
Indians need a right handed stick bad that can come off the bench or platoon. This player could fill in at C, 3B and 1B. I have two names in mind that fill this need and maybe someone out there can even add more names. These two guys I think you could get for nothing.

The names I'm thinking about are Jordan Pacheco from Colorado and Jesus Montero from Seattle. You put one of these guys on the team and I think the Indians' roster is pretty set. Of course you can promote Aguilar but I would try to put that off as much as possible because might not get the regular AB's that he would need
April 20, 2014 - 5:03 PM EDT
@Willie..This draft has a few impact position players / hitters (Gatewood, Zimmer, Fisher, Turner, Gettys) and a boat load of arms. The Indians select 21st, 33rd and 41st. The Indians would be in seventh heaven if Sean Nuke'em Newcomb, Michael Cederoth, and Michael Kopech were to land on their "BPA-List" when it came time for them to pick. The bats are fine, however, the system is in desperate need of impact arms. All three of these guys bring that missing link that can really impact the Indians minor league system...

Also, Jesus Aguilar is en fuego..he will be fun to watch when he's promoted.. in the very near future...
April 20, 2014 - 2:50 PM EDT

Weaver, Finnegan, Zimmer are the names that come to my mind. If it's a tie I want to go with the pitching
April 20, 2014 - 2:03 PM EDT
Rich, that might = trade. But IMO the Tribe can't afford to lose any bats.
April 20, 2014 - 2:02 PM EDT
Paulino and his advanced hitting skills and best hitting prospect since Manny Ramirez was in the system, is hitting worse than last year at low A Lake county..
April 20, 2014 - 1:26 PM EDT
"Can you imagine Urshela and Lindor on the left side of the infield for the big club in a couple of years? Death to rolling objects."

I can't see Masterson re-signing as long as Asdrubal and Santana/Chiz are manning the left side.

If Chiz keeps hitting and Santana continues to be adequate in the field, there won't be room for any 3rd baseman coming out of the minors for a few years.
April 20, 2014 - 12:40 PM EDT

Just curious, but who would you like to see them get?
April 20, 2014 - 12:33 PM EDT
Can you imagine Urshela and Lindor on the left side of the infield for the big club in a couple of years? Death to rolling objects.
April 20, 2014 - 11:46 AM EDT
Indians need about two more drafts to get their farm system to elite level, IMO. It's really starting to come around and be something the Indians can rely on. Need a lot more high end pitching, power hitters which aren't easy to come by but they are certainly on the right track.

I'm looking forward to the June draft because they will be able to select five of the top 100 prospects and they need to hit on them. If they do then look out and along with other picks. I'm excited about the present team and the future prospects as well as long as the Indians keep drafting well.
April 20, 2014 - 11:36 AM EDT
Random thought...

Curious if Luis Lugo's struggles are related to working on a secondary pitch.

Good to see Urshela hitting well early this season, he's big league ready with the glove, IMHO. Now the bat might be (still early) coming around it makes him more intriguing.

Robbie Aviles with another quietly solid night.
April 20, 2014 - 9:54 AM EDT
I guess in 3 to 4 weeks could see the Indians release Cloyd and Murata.

Promote Arias and Davies to Columbus

Move Von Schamann to the starting rotation

Promote one of the 3 of Merritt, Morimando or Sulser to Akron

Promote Plutko to Carolina.

Von Schamann another excellent performance. The guy knows how to throw strikes and does not waste any pitches.

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