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Around the Farm: April 26, 2014

Around the Farm: April 26, 2014
Shawn Morimando (Photo: Carolina Mudcats)
April 27, 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.

Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) - W (3-0), 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP. Morimando continues his solid start to the season with this effort.  Morimando's statistics now stand at a 1.88 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 19:5 K:BB ratio with opposing batters hitting below the Mendoza Line (.196) against him over 28.2 innings and five starts.  He is definitely proving his prospect status and is someone who looks to be close to a promotion to Double-A Akron.

Dace Kime (Lake County, SP) - L (0-4), 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 earned), 2 BB, 5 K. On the opposite end of the early-season pitching spectrum from Morimando is Dace Kime whose introduction to full-season professional baseball has been rough, to say the least.  His stats through five starts are as follows:  9.95 ERA, 2.21 WHIP, and a .378 BAA.  His K:BB is not bad at 14:8, but it's not that uncommon to see such a rough pitching line with solid K:BB ratios.  Hopefully, he can get himself turned around, and if he keeps this up the low-pressure environment of extended spring training in Goodyear, AZ may be a possible destination.


  • Nyjer Morgan (Columbus, starting CF) - 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K - Morgan's post-send-down slump continues as he posts a hat trick before being removed for defensive replacement Audy Ciriaco as part of a desperate defensive shift in the bottom of the 11th inning.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB - The sun rose in the east, it set in the west, the sky is blue, the RBI Machine is raking.  In other words, all is in proper order in the universe.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus, SS) - 1-4, 2 K  1 Sac bunt ,2 E - Rohlinger committed his first error of the season on a throwing miscue in the bottom of the sixth inning.  One inning later, he commits another one.  This one allowed two runs in and tied the game up for the Norfolk Tides (Orioles affiliate), paving the way for them to win the game in 11 innings.
  • Travis Banwart (Columbus, SP) - ND, 5,2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB (1 intentional), 4 K, 1 WP - A solid outing that unfortunately did not result in a victory for either the hurler who threw it or his team as a whole.
  • Mark Lowe (Columbus, RP) - L (0-1), 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB (1 intentional) - Lowe picked a bad time to have a lousy outing.
  • Bryson Myles (Akron, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - The only multi-hit effort on a day when pitching won the game for the Mallards of Main Street.
  • Alex Lavisky (Akron, C) - 1-3, 1 RBI - Lavisky continues his strong early season by driving in the eventual winning run.
  • Cody Anderson (Akron, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (unearned), 3 BB, 3 K - A stellar effort from Cody that didn't result in a win due to a similar effort from the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) staff.  Hopefully we see such performances more consistently from him.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron, RP) - 2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Cooper picks up a well-deserved win with this perfect relief outing.  Cooper is another pitcher who could stand to be more consistent in putting up days like this.
  • Kyle Crockett (Akron, RP) - H (2), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Crockett remains unscored upon in 8.1 IP in eight outings with this perfect inning for his second hold of the year.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron, CP) - S (2), 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K - Armstrong becomes the third RubberDuck to post his second save of 2014.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, RF) - 1-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K - Rodriguez puts up a stellar night at the plate with a combination of good hitting and plate discipline.
  • Logan Vick (Carolina, CF) - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 Sac Bunt - While the numbers were not as gaudy as Rodriguez's, Vick put a similarly solid night at the plate.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, 1B) - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Lucas was the only Mudcat to drive in a run on a day where the Carolina team depended more on the ineptitude of the Frederick Keys defense to score runs (none of the Mudcats' four runs were charged to a Keys pitcher as earned).
  • Charlie Valerio (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 1 R - The only multi-hit effort of the day for the Mudcats.
  • Jacob Lee (Carolina, RP) - H (2),1,1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (unearned) - The only pitcher (for either team) to give up an earned run in Saturday's Mudcats-Keys contest.
  • Louis Head (Carolina, CP) - S (5), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB - Unlike Akron with its "Wheel of Saves", there's no doubt who the closer is in Zebulon, NC.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB,1 K, 1 CS - Paulino was one of only two Captains to have a multi-hit effort on Saturday, both of which came with worrying elements embedded in the stat line.  In the case of Paulino, the concern is that today's caught stealing was his third in three attempts this season.
  • Grant Fink (Lake County, 3B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K - The worrisome note in this stat line is the two strikeouts, which puts his season total at 30 through only 20 ballgames.
  • Anthony Santander (Lake County, DH) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB - A good day at the plate made largely by good plate discipline and baserunning.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 1-4, 1 BB, 3 K - Nellie-Rod's hat trick brings him to 23 punchados in 21 games.
  • Alexis Paredes (Lake County, RP) - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K - Paredes continues to show that his rough season debut outing was merely an anomaly.


User Comments

April 27, 2014 - 10:23 AM EDT
Looks like there are signs that Santander might be coming out of his early season slump.

Is Akron on the horizon for Head?

If Luigi Rodriquez can stay healthy, has the opportunity to make some noise in Carolina this year.

Do you see Crockett by passing AAA become an option for the Indians bullpen before Hagadone.?
Joe Chengery
April 27, 2014 - 10:02 AM EDT
Well, by now, you should know my name is "Joe," not "How"- I should do as much analysis on the entry of my name as I do on Anderson and the Indians' prospects, lol.

Typing on my iPad keyboard, I went too far to the left on both the "J" and the "e" - "just a bit outside." :-)
How Chengery
April 27, 2014 - 9:59 AM EDT
Not to rain on the Anderson parade, but one troubling sign is that he threw 91 pitches in those five innings, 53 strikes, 38 balls. Lately, he has not been as sharp as he was at the beginning of the season; he was fortunate (partly through his and his defense's efforts, and partly luck) that the line he put up was decent or solid (would not call it "stellar," no offense).

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