Around The Farm: April 24, 2013
Chen, Bauer headline the night Around The Farm
Chun-Hsiu Chen (DH, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SO
After spending all of 2012 wondering where the power went for Chen, he has come out of the gates swinging in 2013. So far this season, Chen has four doubles, one triple, and three home runs in his first 17 games, with the reappearance of the home runs boding best for his future. This is Chen's third time around the Eastern League -- not a good sign for any prospect -- but given the situation, Chen is making the best of it. We needed to see the designated hitter show some pop and he is giving it to us right now. If either the first base or designated hitter spot comes open in Columbus, I would not be surprised to see Chen finally get a crack at sticking up at the next level.
Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): ND, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR
One of the most important things to remember about scouting is that you cannot scout a box score. The how/why of the results matters more than the results themselves. So it is easy to look at Bauer's eight strikeouts and shiny 2.50 ERA in Columbus and opine that he should be called up to Cleveland tomorrow. Just looking at that line does not tell us whether Bauer has worked on fixing his fastball command and not leaving his pitches up, though. If Bauer does not fix that problem, he will have a hard time sticking around as a top-of-the-rotation starter. Still, there is nothing wrong with performing well and everyone should be excited to see Bauer tearing up Triple-A. We will see whether or not it translates, but for now, things are all good.
- Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS. Not a bad day for Fedroff, who went from one extra base hit to three after Wednesday. Fedroff did not start the season well, but there is still plenty of time to turn the corner.
- Jeremy Hermida (RF, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Hermida should feel good about himself after tying up the game in the eighth with a two-run home run. He should also feel good as he continues to make himself the likely next outfielder called up to Cleveland with his performance and pedigree.
- Matt Carson (DH, Columbus): 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB. Things could be going better for Carson in 2013, but reaching base four times in a game is a good way to turn things around. Now Carson just needs to keep it going.
- Matt Langwell (RP, Columbus): H (1), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. There's something to be said about just getting the job done and Langwell does just that. He has 11 strikeouts, three walks, four hits, and no runs in 11.1 innings and really should be up in Cleveland at some point in 2013.
- Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron): 0-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB. The hits are not as plentiful as they were to start the year, but Ramirez is still making things happen with his walks and his steals. He is up to eight now and -- on a completely different note -- is playing more shortstop. Something to keep an eye on.
- Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 SB. Holt's line would look a lot better if it did not have "one ejection" attached to it. The center fielder got tossed for arguing balls and strikes and really needs to channel his emotions into on-field success, not getting kicked off it.
- Toru Murata (SP, Akron): ND, 5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. Murata got hit around Wednesday, as Trenton had the right-hander timed up all night. Still, Murata managed to avoid walking anyone on the frigid night, which is a decent accomplishment.
- Brett Brach (RP, Akron): W (1-1), 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Manager Edwin Rodriguez credited Brach with getting his team the victory with his shutdown pitching. What more needs to be said?
- Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): L (1-2), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. Yet another reason to pay pitcher wins no mind. Morimando pitched very well, but came away with the loss after his offense literally did nothing to support him. The left-hander now has a 1.80 ERA, though he also has an unsightly 9:10 SO:BB.
- Owen Dew (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Dew continues to do work coming back from Tommy John surgery, though he still has a ways to go as Wednesday was his first scoreless outing since April 12.
- Michael Goodnight (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. Goodnight also looked good, going three-up, three-down. It was his first scoreless outing since April 10.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO. Not much to write about offensively for the Mudcats, though Lindor's fourth double of the season improved his batting line to .309/.382/.456.
- Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 BB. On a related note, you cannot stop the Sabour-Tooth Tiger, you can only hope to contain him. Sabourin reached base half the time he has gone to the plate; not bad at all.
- Joseph Colon (SP, Lake County): L (0-1), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO. Outside of a rough patch in the third inning, Colon really pitched well Wednesday. You obviously cannot just ignore the three-run third, but outside of that, hitters only reached base in 3-of-14 plate appearances. There is definitely something there to work with.
- Luis Morel (RP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 7 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 1 SO. Now, there is just no defending this outing. In his pasts 3.2 innings, Morel has allowed 13 runs (11 earned) after allowing two runs in his first six innings (with 11 strikeouts). Quite the Jekyll and Hyde act from Morel so far in 2013.
- Logan Vick (RF, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Lake County only managed five hits Wednesday, with Vick continuing his hot start. He currently has 12 walks to nine strikeouts, though he could use a little more power (four extra base hits through 17 games).
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 1-for-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 SO. More power and walks from Rodriguez, who is waiting for his batting average and overall line to rebound. There is still plenty to be encouraged about with Rodriguez, despite less-than-stellar stats.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 0-for-4, 1 SO. These early-season struggles will fade away, as Paulino is too good of a hitter to have his stats stay this bad all year. It is not pretty now, but there will be better days ahead.
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I took it as a good outing for Haley to get some work in, and he barely threw. Brach was responsible for holding down the fort when things got dicey and Edwin Rodriguez made sure to note that after the game. That's why he's in there instead of Haley. And I typically put the starters in since they're the starters. I will always readily admit my starting pitcher bias.
And Matthew, I haven't been to bed since I have just finished editing the latest Star Wars book while posting on my breaks. I am always in this type of mood.
Haley's still getting back to speed after missing some time early, but was up to 95-96 in the cold. Very good to see.