Around the Farm: April 29, 2014
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.
Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - L (0-4), 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP - Brown had his best outing since his opener (4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K). It was not a very good outing; however, when coupled with a (literally) complete lack of run support, it adds up to his fourth loss in five starts. Hopefully, this is a sign that he is starting to put things together and is getting himself sorted out.
Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 1-4, 3 K - Frazier continues to struggle in his introduction to bothg full-season pro bsseball and playing in front of large crowds. His numbers are so low that this effort actually increased his batting average, which now stands at .200. While it is early, the fact that he is posting roughly a .200 batting average and .600 OPS seems to be worthy of some concern, especially coming from a first-round draft pick.
- Jesus Aguilar (Columbus - Game 1, 1B) - 0-1, 2 BB (1 Intentional) - Even when he doesn't get any hits, the RBI Machine continues to get on base.
- Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus - Game 1, 2B/3B) - 2-3, 1 R - Rohlinger had the only multi-hit effort of the opener for the Clips and scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winng run in the top of the 7th on a wild pitch by Norfolk Tides (Orioles) RHP Brad Brach.
- T.J. House (Columbus - Game 1, SP) - 5.1 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K - House gave up a lot of baserunners but kept the Tides hitters off the scoreboard. He failed to get the win due to a lack of run support that did not show up until he exited the game.
- Frank Herrmann (Columbus - Game 1, RP) - W (1-0), 0.2 IP, 1 K - Herrmann picks up a "right place, time" relief win.
- Mark Lowe (Columbus - Game 1, CP) - S (5), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - Lowe gets to the five-save mark before the end of the first month of the season.
- Jose Ramirez (Columbus - Game 2, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - J-Ram has the lone two-hit ballgame for the Clippers in the nightcap of the day's doubleheader. Of note, he played center field in Game 1.
- Tyler Cloyd (Columbus - Game 2, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 4 K - Cloyd has his second solid outing of the season, but fails to pick up the win because of...
- Vinnie Pestano (Columbus - Game 2, RP) - L (0-2), BS (1), 0.1 IP. 3 H, 5 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - Pestano has his worst outing by far since being sent down from Cleveland.
- Nick Hagadone (Columbus - Game 2, RP) - 0.2 IP, perfect - Hagadone came in and got the Clippers out of the 6th inning, but it was too little, too late.
- Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - Naquin continues to perform on the basepaths, picking up his 11th and 12th runs and 5th stolen base. His batting average is also improving and now stands at .267.
- Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 SB - Lindor has been playing very well as of late, with a .306/.390/.389 slash line ih his last 10 games going into the night. He picked up his 12th and 13th RBI and 5th stolen base of the season.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Urshela's sixth-inning homer was his fifth of the season and increased his RBI total to 19 in 23 games.
- Tyler Holt (Akron, LF) - 2-4, 1 SB - Holt continues to bat well as he is hitting .319 and he gets his fourth stolen base of the season.
- Jordan Cooper (Akron, RP) - W (2-0), 3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Cooper's third straight scoreless outing earns him his second relief victory of the year.
- Tyler Sturdevant (Akron, CP) - S (2), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - The "Wheel of Saves" lands on Tyler for the second time this season.
- Grant Fink (Lake County, 3B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K - Fink was the only Captain to get multiple hits on Tuesday evening.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 0-3, 1 K - Rodriguez is in a horrendous slump hitting just .105 (4-for-38) over his last 10 games.
- Matt Whitehouse (Lake County, RP) - 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Whitehouse has a solid outing, something which has been hard to come by in the early going. Unfortunately, it was not enough due to the poor hitting and starting pitching.
forces the club's hand to have to over pay for players like bourn and swisher when there are no in house replacements.
I guess Whitehouse is a low priority or did he lose out in the SP battle? Would have him still starting or piggybacking
It interesting the lack of consistency with the hitters at LC. Rodriquez was hot at the begining now cold. Santander very cold, now has started to heat up.
Paulino will eventually move to another position. No harm in exhausting every opportunity with him as a shortstop and still developing that skills set for versatility down the road. I don't see the rush to throw him over to third base or second base or the outfield.
A majority of the higher profile bats from Akron on down have been a huge disappointment thus far. Outside of two guys at Columbus, one at Akron and one at Carolina, no higher profile bats have impressed. It's early! It's early! (just keep saying it)
Washington has the dreaded oblique issue. That's something that keeps guys on the shelf for weeks. I have no word of him being close to a return, though that doesn't mean he can't return in the next few days. Odds are he's out for some more time though.
Washington sprained his wrist flexors jerking it, now he's on the DL
Tony, any Washington sightings? This does not bode well for his future. Way too many injuries to deal with, and tough to sustain any offensive growth.
B. Columbus got stymied by three former Tribe farmhands: McFarland, De La Cruz and Guilment
C. When will the Indians take a look at the minor league hitting coordinator, they need to make a change the amount of strikeouts up and down the organization is huge.
Also might be a good time to bring up Aguilar to see what he can do. After all, how much worse can he be. Finding someone to drop shouldn't be a problem.
The team is really struggling right now, and some fresh bodies might help.