Around The Farm: April 23, 2013
Espino's no-hit bid, Naquin's hot bat highlight night's action
Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI - Naquin's been strong all season, but tonight he took it to another level as he picked up his second and third doubles of the season as well as his 9th and 10th RBI. Naquin is now batting .303. While his OBP (.370) and tendency to strike out rather than walk (19 Ks to only 5 BBs) are a little worrisome, it is good to remember that he is making a two-level jump from Mahoning Valley last season. Nights like tonight show exactly why Naquin is so highly regarded within the Wahoo org.
Paolo Espino (Akron, SP) - 6.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 4 K, Win - Wow! Just simply - WOW! Paolo Espino dominated the Trenton Thunder Tuesday. He set down the first 13 in a row and went on to surrender only one hit in 6 2/3 innings of work. Given the shakiness of his first three outings (8 ER on 21 hits and 8 walks in 14.1 IP), this outing was certainly a welcome sign. Let;s hope it is a sign of things to come and not merely a fluke success.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (Columbus, SP) - 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP, Loss - While he took the loss, this is actually quite a promising line coming from Dice-K. He made it into the seventh while allowing hit and run totals comparable to those from outings that saw him leave the mound somewhere between the 3rd and 5th innings. Also promising is the 2.00 K/BB ratio on the night (0.88 going into tonight and 0.62 in his last two outings). Again, we need to hope this is not a fluke, but this may be the first signs of hope for a sorely-needed depth option for the Big League Club's beleaguered rotation.
- Luis Hernandez (Columbus, SS) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B - A rare bright spot in the Columbus lineup tonight as he scored the lone Clipper run.
- Cord Phelps (Columbus, 2B) - 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K - Here's another, courtesy of the man who drove Hernandez in.
- Rob Bryson (Columbus, RP) - 1.2 IP, perfect - He did everything he possibly could to keep the Clippers in the game, but a lack of run support did both him and Dice-K in.
- Chun Chen (Akron, 1B) - 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Talk about clutch. Chen may not have had any extra-base hits, but he did manage two RBI.
- Jose Ramirez (Akron, SS) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Got on base. Stole a base. Scored. This is exactly what you want from a leadoff hitter. With an RBI to boot.
- Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 2 R - Like Ramirez, Holt had another solid "get on base, get home" night at the top of the Akron lineup (Holt batted 2nd).
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, SS) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI - A good mix of hitting, run scoring, and power production. And from the 8 hole, no less.
- Bryan Price (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Price continues to make a case for a return to Columbus. The key will be for him to perform once he gets back there.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) - 2-4, 2 RBI - Jerrud Sabourin continues to hit. Hard to believe this guy was signed as a non-drafted free agent (in other words, every team in MLB passed on him at least 50 times).
- Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) - 2-4, 1 K - A much-needed multi-hit game from a highly-regarded prospect who has been struggling to adapt to High-A.
- Bryson Myles (Carolina, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - Not as high up the prospect charts as Smith, but a similar story as this was also a good night for a player struggling at a new level.
- Zach MacPhee (Carolina, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - A good night at the plate in his second outing after being called up from the purgatory of Extended Spring Training.
- Jacob Lee (Carolina, SP) - 4 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 2 K, No Decision - This is one of the realities of A-ball life: a good but inefficient starter is pulled short of five innings due to pitch count (which can be as low as somewhere in the seventies) and is denied the win.
- J. D. Reichenbach (Carolina, RP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, Win - Three innings of shutout ball earned J.D. the win on a scorer's decision.
- LeVon Washington (Lake County, CF) - 0-1, 2 BB - LeVon returned to the lineup but left the game in the middle of the 5th. Hopefully it's nothing too serious.
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K - One of many solid offensive performances today for the Captains in Grand Rapids.
- Luigi Rodriguez (Lake County, RF-CF) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - Here's another. This one complete with a home run.
- Nelson Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Luigi wasn't the only Rodriguez showing some pop for the Caps today.
- Eric Haase (Lake County, DH) - 2-5, 2 R, ! HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - The two-hit days just keep on coming, this one also with a home run.
- Jorge Martinez (Lake County, LF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B - Not to get picky about a day where the 2-6 spots in the order all pick up two hits apiece, but it is nice to see one such performance without a strikeout.
- Ryan Merritt (Lake County, SP) - 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K, No Decision - A rare bad day on the mound for Merritt, but he picks a good day to have it on.
- Michael Peoples (Lake County, RP) - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K, Win - A solid outing to pick up the win in relief.
Matsuzaka at this point has little chance to get to Cleveland unless they are completely desperate. Carrasco and Bauer will get a call before him, so it would have to mean the Indians have some combination of three starters lost to injury, released, etc. He's just not a very good pitcher right now. The reports I have been getting are not good. Encouraging outing last night indeed.....though Joe Martinez has had some as well in Columbus and I don't hear anyone chanting for his callup. Matsuzaka needs to show more consistency and hopefully last night's start was the beginning of that....though there are still lots of concerns about his stuff and command right now.