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Around The Farm: April 30, 2013

47 innings of baseball in semi-convenient list form!

Around The Farm:  April 30, 2013
May 1, 2013
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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.

User Comments

May 1, 2013 - 5:01 PM EDT
Lindor's ERA is some time in 2015, unless a rash of injuries to Cabrera/Aviles and contention forces it. Likely course of action is he plays most of the year in Carolina and *maybe* spends the last 4-6 weeks in Akron. He starts in Akron next year and *maybe* gets to Columbus the last 4-6 weeks of the season. Then in 2015 he opens in Columbus and is essentially an option at any point, but likely spend the first month or two in CBus unless the Indians are desperate for a shortstop.
League Park
May 1, 2013 - 1:35 PM EDT
at that pace, Lindor wouldnt be in Cleveland until 2016. I would wager he is up the Indians before that. ACab is a chip we may have to trade for a starting pitcher.
May 1, 2013 - 12:30 PM EDT
Bill, all of those guys are young, so they will be given time to improve defensively. The only guy not a prospect is Gonzalez, so he could be replaced at some point. Unfortunately, that is part of the drawback of a young team is the inconsistent defense. I think if Martinez is still strugglign defensively/offensively that he may be dropped to Mahoning Valley once short season leagues start
Steve Kinsella
May 1, 2013 - 11:25 AM EDT
Just got done watching Carrasco's start yesterday. He did not look too bad. Until the 2-out 2R homer in the 3rd only 1 hit a duck snort opposite field single was out of the infield. He probably could have been spared a few pitches and 1 run with some better defense at 3rd base and if he could do a better job in controlling the running game.

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.

May 1, 2013 - 11:18 AM EDT
status on Laporta and Capps????????We have too many relievers,why not Haley and Barnes as starters?
May 1, 2013 - 10:58 AM EDT
Captains season ticket holder here. Dorssys Paulino (9) and Leo Castillo (8) are both on pace to shatter the Midwest League single-season record for errors (35). Erik Gonzalez and Jorge Martinez also have 6 errors apiece. I understand the upside on some of these guys at the plate, but how long will they be given to tighten it up in the field?
May 1, 2013 - 9:54 AM EDT
Very odd how Carrasco started for Columbus coming off that injury scare. I saw the video last night for the first time, and he is damn lucky. If you haven't seen the video, watch the Tribe Report on STO. They show two angles of it. It looks like a cautious outing for him where they pulled him after 3 IP or 50 pitches and will re-evaluate him today to see how his elbow looks. If he is indeed okay, wow, did the Indians dodge a major bullet there. I still would have skipped a start just to make sure.

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.
May 1, 2013 - 9:53 AM EDT
Echoing the sentiments of some of the comments below, I don't understand how you could write anything about Carrasco and fail to mention his injury last week. Thursday, I thought we might have lost the guy for the year, possibly even his career. Instead, he pitches his next start. Not to rag on it, but the fact he was on the mound at all is far more significant than any numbers he may have put up. Let's get an update on that situation!
May 1, 2013 - 9:37 AM EDT
I'm not convinced that the Tribe will keep Lindor in Carolina all year. Last year was a transition year, his first in pro ball and wanted him to develop a routine and make it through the grind. This year is different....they won't move him up to Akron until they feel he's ready (especially with R-Rod there..but they won't let R-Rod block FL).

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.
May 1, 2013 - 9:13 AM EDT
My goodness. Francisco Lindor is such an exciting prospect. I completely agree with the org's not wanting to rush him, but if he's still doing this in June, they'll have to let him play the second half in Akron just to continue to challenge him. And he's doing it all before he even turns 20. We all just need to say our prayers this kid stays healthy. It seems like an injury is the only thing that could stop him.
May 1, 2013 - 9:04 AM EDT
yes, why is IBI ignoring the Carrasco didn't even miss a start after getting drilled in the elbow story? The fact that he was out there at all was impressive.
May 1, 2013 - 9:00 AM EDT
I was also fairly shocked when I saw him listed as the starter in the game notes. Not sure it was the best idea.
May 1, 2013 - 8:21 AM EDT
Chances are that deeply bruised elbow was a factor in his performance, more so that whatever is going on between his ears. Maybe he shouldn't have tried to rush back from that injury.

Let's see how he does in his next start.
May 1, 2013 - 7:56 AM EDT
Carrasco started for Columbus last night? Weren't we praying for him to recover from his elbow injury--less than a week ago? There's gotta be a story in here.

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