Around The Farm: April 30, 2013
47 innings of baseball in semi-convenient list form!
Chris Wallace (Columbus, C) - 5-7, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB - Okay, he may not be a prospect, and it was a 15-inning game. But anytime a guy gets five hits in a game, it is worthy of feature status. When it's in his Triple-A debut for the organization, even more so. Wallace seems to be making a name for himself as a possible depth option at catcher (which may be needed the way Indians catchers seem to be getting hurt this year).
Carlos Carrasco (Columbus, SP) - 3 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR allowed, No Decision - Carrasco should be taking the entire Clipper lineup and bullpen out to dinner to thank them for saving him from taking the loss today (not sure where he could take them on Triple-A meal money, White Castle, maybe?). The mystery of what exactly is going on between Carlos Carrasco' ears continues to stump managers and pitching coaches in Cleveland and Columbus alike. Maybe a visit with Big Club Psychology Coach Charlie Maher is in order.
Cord Phelps (Columbus, 2B) - 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 Sac Bunt, 1 Sac Fly - Finally! Signs of life from Cord Phelps at the plate! While this effort still doesn't raise his batting average above the Mendoza Line (he's currently at .175), it is a good sign that hopefully is indicative of the beginning of a turnaround rather than a one-day fluke.
Will Roberts (Akron, SP) - 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K, Win - In an outing reminiscient of T.J. House's recent Triple-A debut, Will Roberts takes the mound in his debut at a level representing a significant jump from his prior level of competition and no sign of fear, nerves, or lack of talent. If Roberts keeps this up, he might make himself a fixture in the Akron rotation for the rest of this season. While this Akron club could likely use help just about anywhere right now, adding a reliable starter to the roation would certainly be a huge improvement.
Francisco Lindor (Carolina - Game 2, DH) - 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI - This is the type of night where it becomes obvious why Francisco Lindor is, well, Francisco Lindor. Three hits, including a double and a home run, in a 7-inning game is a highly special night and indicative of why he is a truly elite prospect. While he may make a jump to a higher level before the season is out, the Tribe has been sticking to a "one year, one level" plan with him thus far. The future is bright. Grab your shades (although, technically, unlike the sun, Francisco Lindor is safe to look at directly).
Erik Gonzalez (Lake County, SS) - 3-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB - Erik Gonzalez's recent strong form continued with a huge night. While he's still only batting .256, he is hitting much better as of late (.409 in his last six games) and picked up his seventh and eighth RBI of the season tonight. Also, the fact that he did not strike out Tuesday is also promising (2,57 K/BB ratio so far this season).
Eric Haase (Lake County, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Much like Gonzalez, an extraordinary night from a largely average hitter on the season. Given Haase's relative inconsistency compared to the visible trend line in Gonzalez's numbers, it's harder to make any grand pronouncements based on this outing, but it's still a high-quality outing worthy of feature recognition here in ATF.
- Matt Lawson (Columbus, DH) - 3-7, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Good day at the plate for the Clips' DH.
- Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, RF) - 3-7, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K - On many nights, this would be a feature performance. Tonight, it's just part of the parade of notable outings.
- Fernando Nieve (Columbus, RP) - 3 IP, 1 H, 1 K - It's impossible to list all the relievers that helped keep the Clippers in today's 15-inning marathon long enough for the offense to win it, so I'll start with Nieve, whose three innings of relief made up for the innings Carrasco should have been able to pitch in a non-rat fiesta outing.
- Preston Guilmet (Columbus, RP) - 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Continuing on with today's noteworthy Clipper bullpen performances, Guilmet's three strikeouts in 2 innings of 1-hit baseball definitely merits inclusion.
- Jerry Gil (Columbus, RP) - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, Win - Almost the same exact line as Guilmet, except for the walk. This one is extra notable as he pitched the 14th and 15th innings and picked up the win. Gil has seemingly mastered the art of being on the mound at the right time as he picked up his 3rd relief win of the season on the last day of April.
- Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Tyler continues his recent hot stretch with a second multi-hit effort in three nights.
- Chun Chen (Akron, DH) - 2-4, 1 K - Chen continues to hit, now about that fielding...Future DH of the Cleveland Indians?
- Jesus Agular (Akron, 1B) - 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - Here's how prolific of a run producer Aguilar is, he goes 0-for-4 and still picks up his 26th RBI of the season (an impressive first-month total).
- Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS - Third straight night with a hit for Moncrief. He needs to make a habit of this.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Urshela finally posts a multi-hit night (complete with a solo home run) after a recent rough stretch (1-for-18 with 1 RBI in his last five outings)
- Bo Greenwell (Akron, LF) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB - A marked improvement from his season debut on Saturday.
- Justin Toole (Carolina - Game 1, 3B) - 2-3 - The lone truly solid offensive effort from the Mudcats lineup in the opener.
- Tyler Naquin (Carolina - Game 1, CF) - 1-3, 2 K - This game was not exactly an offensive explosion for the Mudcats, and the criteria for ATF inclusion from this game are correspondingly low (i.e. actually getting a hit).
- Jordan Smith (Carolina - Game 1, RF) - 1-3, 1 K - See above.
- Shawn Morimando (Carolina - Game 1, SP) - 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, Loss - Morimando has had some iffy outings (and even worse luck in terms of run support) this year, but this one is clearly the worst an entirley deserved loss, even with literally zero run support.
- Yhoxian Medina (Carolina - Game 2, SS) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 K - Outside of Lindor, the bar for ATF inclusion isn't much higher in the nightcap (in this case it does at least take an RBI, though).
- Zach MacPhee (Carolina - Game 2, 2B) - 1-3, 1 RBI - See above.
- Rob Nixon (Carolina - Game 2, SP) - 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 earned), 1 BB, 3 K, No Decision - Another prime example of a starting pitcher who has an offensive rally to thank for not taking a loss. Admittedly, this was a spot start, but more needs to be expected even in such cases. He also did nothing to help his astronomical ERA (which now stands at 7.36).
- J.D. Reichenbach (Carolina - Game 2, RP) - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K - The ever-dependable Reichenbach kept the Mudcats in the game long enough for the offense to mount a charge. Too bad it was not enough.
- Enosil Tejeda (Carolina - Game 2, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 2 K, Loss - His sixth inning was solid, but he just seemed lost on the mound in the seventh and handed the game (and the doubleheader sweep) to the P-Nats on a silver platter.
- Jeremy Lucas (Lake County, C) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 PB - Lucas picks up his first HR of the season (in either Akron or LC) as any signs of a funk from being sent down from Double-A seem to have vanished into the ether.
- Leonardo Castillo (Lake County, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 3 E - Leo Castillo at the plate and Leo Castillo in the field were like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, respectively, tonight. Unfortunately, Mr. Hyde seemed to have had a bigger impact on the outcome of the game.
- Jorge Martinez (Lake County, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B - A solid night at the plate for J-Mart. as he gets above the Mendoza line (jumping from .181 to .203) Now we need to see more of these.
- Anthony Santander (Lake County, RF) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS - Santander picks up his first meaningful run and RBI of the season in his second regular season game.
- Ryan Merritt (Lake County, SP) - 3.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 1 HR allowed, No Decision - Merritt has the offense to thank that this wasn't his third loss of the young season. His second bad outing in a row and the worse fo the two as he gave up the same number of runs without even getting out of the fourth inning.
- Nick Pasquale (Lake County, RP) - 3 IP, 1 H, 3 R (none earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP, No Decison - While largely a victim of third baseman Leo Castillo's mid/late game fielding-specific amnesia, his significant control issues didn't exactly help, either.
- Felix Sterling (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 K, 1 HR allowed, Loss, Blown Save - Not a great outing, but not quite loss and blown save material. Can we charge the loss to Castillo?
- Michael Peoples (Lake County, RP) - 1.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 earned), 2 K, 1 WP - Not a particularly great outing, but also the victim of the final act of Castillo's Three-Ring Hot Corner Circus of Poor Fielding.
The homer was on a 2-0 hanger - no doubter.
He also seemed to have a home plate umpire who called breaking balls where they were caught and not where they crossed the plate.
Not sure how the arm injury affected his day but I figure he was probably on a 50 pitch limit first time out. Get him warm, let it loose, get some ice on it.
As for Lindor....I talked to a Tribe staffer last night and they pretty much said they are in no rush to push him through the system and he very well might be a level by level and year by year guy, so probably plays most if not all season in Carolina.
WRT to CC, if his elbow is healthy it's best to get him back on the mound. I didn't see his start but sometimes pitchers get gunshy after getting drilled and the early to get them back on the mound the better. This helps the coaching staff identify if he's not finishing his release because he is a bit gun shy. His results last night were not as important as getting back on the mound.
Let's see how he does in his next start.