Around The Farm: April 5, 2013
Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron) - 2-4, K - Ramirez continues his strong start to the season, picking up a couple of singles and keeping his .500 batting average on the young season. Obviously, he is not going to keep up this pace, but it is good to see that the Double-A level is agreeing with him well.
T.J. House (SP, Akron) - 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 5 K - As good as this line looks, keep in mind that the first five innings were even better. Two of the hits and the lone run came from a short stint at the start of the sixth where he had begun to visibly tire. While it would have been nice for him to have left the game on a better note, this was a more than solid opening effort of the season for House.
Fabio Martinez (RP, Akron) - 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 1 K, WP, HBP, loss, blown save - Don't let the fact that the run was unearned fool you, this was a mess. Control was a serious issue for Martinez, as eveidenced by the lack of zeroes in either the walk, wild pitch, or hit by pitch columns. Having seen this in person (the reason why my long summaries are centering on the Akron contest), I can tell you that the lack of control looked even more acute in person than the boxscore suggests. Hopefully, Aeros Pitching Coach Greg Hibbard can get this straightened out before Fabio's next mound appearance.
Luis Hernandez (Columbus, 3B) - 3-5, 3 R, SB
Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, LF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
- Stellar nights at the plate from a pair of Major League depth options.
Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB
- Just a small sampling of the offensive explosion that went off at Five County Stadium tonight.
Cody Anderson (Carolina, SP) - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP
- Outside of a couple errant pitches, this was a tryly dominant opening outing by Mr. Anderson
Erik Gonzalez (Lake County, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
- A rare bright spot in the Captains offensive box tonight, and from the eight spot, no less.
Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) - 0-5, 3 K
Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) - 0-3
Delvi Cid (Akron, LF) - 0-2, 3 K
- Three performances indicative of the generic "blah' feeling that surrounded this game as a whole for the Aeros.
Logan Vick (Lake County, RF) - 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
- That an 0-for-3 batter picked up one of the team's two RBIs provides a glimpse at what kind of night (read: not good) that it was for the Captains' offense.
Tim Fedroff (Columbus, CF) - 0-5
Matt Carson (Columbus, RF) - 0-5, 3 K
- The Clippers cannot count on the rest of the lineup bailing out such poor performances from the top of the order as a regular path to victory.
Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
- A disappointing spring (.167 BA with no homers and only 6 RBI in 14 contests) has extended into a rough start to the meaningful season for this once-hot infield prospect. Gio needs to turn this around, and soon.
Josh Martin (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
- The fact that half the runs were unearned and that two of the three outs he obtained came via strikeout certainly lessen the sting of this outing, but they don't fully excuse this ugly sixth inning which basically handed the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays' affiliate) the game.
The biggest reason Naquin should advance is that there's really nobody blocking him in AA or AAA. The 2008-2011 drafts have left the system stocked with the likes of Moncrief, Fedroff, Henry, Holt, L-Wash, Myles, and Smith - aka a lot of tweeners, injury-proners, and guys that have to prove something in A-ball. The lack of legit OF prospects above A-ball is the main reason why I like the Bourn signing as well.
That said, I still don't like the pick. Yeah, he could be in Cleveland at some time next year, but how much of an impact is really going to make? Unless he develops power completely out of nowhere or develops impact speed, again out of nowhere...he's a 4th OF at the major league level. There's value in that obviously, but not as a first round pick. Not when guys like Wacha, Giolito, Stratton, Shaffer, etc. are still on the table. Those 4 guys are all top 10 prospects in farm systems that are MUCH better than ours. Any one of those 4 would easily be in our top 4, likely top 3.