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Around the Farm: April 3, 2014

Urshela's power highlights the first ATF of the season

Around the Farm: April 3, 2014
Giovanny Urshela (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)
April 4, 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 that Columbus was rained out last night.

Giovanny Urshela (Photo: MiLB)Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO

Following a disappointing 2013 season where Urshela posted a .270/.292/.384 line in his first exposure to Double-A, the third baseman kicks off 2014 atop Around the Farm thanks to his power outburst. Binghamton pitchers were generous Thursday night, walking 11 batters, but Urshela was the only RubberDuck with an extra base hit, bringing in most of those runs. Urshela's big issue is making sure to swing at pitches he can do something with -- not just make contact with -- and as the first Cleveland minor leaguer with a home run, the early results are positive. There is only so much we can take away from one game (which goes for everyone else listed here), but Urshela began to answer his big questions on opening night; not a bad start to the season.

Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): ND, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

After posting a 5.07 BB/9 in 2013, it is good to see Morimando fill the zone with strikes in his 2014 debut. The left-hander has talent, but limiting walks will be one of the keys to seeing him take a step forward this season. According to Tony (who was at the game), Morimando was consistently in the 91-92 miles per hour range with some occasional 93s as he cruised in every inning but the fourth. Morimando struggled in that fourth inning with runners on, rushing while pitching from the stretch, so that will be something to watch over the course of the season. But all in all, this was a successful start to the year for Morimando.

  • Cody Anderson (SP, Akron): W (1-0), 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 BK. Not the most dominant outing from Anderson in the strikeout column, but there is nothing wrong with throwing six one-run innings. It is good to see the right-hander start strong after struggling during a late-season callup to Akron in 2013 (5.68 ERA, 5.81 FIP in 12.2 innings).
  • Kyle Crockett (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. It will not be long before Crockett is doing this type of thing in Cleveland. The left-hander just shuts things down.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 E. The top prospect in the system looked the part Thursday, getting on base and making things happen. Lindor handled the jump to Double-A in 2013 well in limited time (.289/.407/.395 line in 21 games) and picked up where he left off here.
  • Jake Lowery (1B, Akron): 0-for-1, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP. Playing a new position -- one that could stick with the presence of Tony Wolters -- Lowery did not fit the part of "slugging first baseman." Instead Lowery reached four times on walks and hit by pitches -- still a good result -- tied for the most on the RubberDucks.
  • Tony Wolters (C, Akron): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Finally making his Double-A debut after the position switch delayed it in 2013, Wolters came out swinging well. Both hits were singles, a reminder that Wolters could use some more power after only posting a .353 slugging percentage in 2013, though it is still early of course.
  • Josh Martin (RP, Carolina): W (1-0), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. This is the type of relief outing that gets you noticed; six-up, six-down. Martin struggled during his 33.1 innings in Carolina last year (4.86 ERA, 4.40 FIP), but this is a good way to bounce back from that.
  • Todd Hankins (2B, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS. Despite a .204/.323/.259 line in 37 games with Carolina last year, Hankins (a) hit leadoff in the opening game of the year and (b) played really well, taking advantage of the new year and a blank slate.
  • LeVon Washington (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO. The story remains the same for #WashTime: when he plays, he does well, just like he did Thursday. What Washington needs to do this year is finally put his injury woes behind him so he can do this on a consistent basis.
  • Yandy Diaz (3B, Carolina): 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 SB. As of this writing, the box score on is incorrect regarding Diaz and Yhoxian Medina, so I am doing my best to put it back together correctly. Diaz seemed to start his season well, but he injured his hand sliding into third base and was removed from the game. The third baseman will not have x-rays and the team expects it is just a sprain or something similar. He will be evaluated Friday.
  • Yhoxian Medina (3B, Carolina): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB. Again, the box score is messed up here, so forgive me if something is wrong. Either way, Medina did a great job filling in for Diaz, getting on base twice and making things happen on the basepaths. He was not a part of the starting lineup, but Medina played a key role in getting Carolina the opening night win.

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User Comments

April 4, 2014 - 2:04 PM EDT
Good to see Urshella hit the ground running. SSS, of course, but I've always been a fan. He played a full AA season in 2013 at a pretty young age, so maybe there's some hope his offense will come close to matching his defense.
April 4, 2014 - 12:48 PM EDT
How serious is Yandy Diaz injury?
Jim Piascik
April 4, 2014 - 10:03 AM EDT
Which means the box score I have is correct. Success!
April 4, 2014 - 9:58 AM EDT
Yep, Diaz had one at bat and then injured himself attempting a tag from second to third and sliding into third. He stayed in the game and scored a run....but was taken out the next inning and Medina went to third.
Jim Piascik
April 4, 2014 - 9:55 AM EDT
He was scouting more so. I'm pretty sure what I have is correct, but I'm bring transparent in that I am creating it off of the play by play and info from Tony.
April 4, 2014 - 9:37 AM EDT
If Tony was at the game why can't he give the correct box score?

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