Around the Farm: April 8, 2013
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Toru Murata: SP, Akron: W (1-0), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 9K:
Murata will likely never end up as a top prospect, but he certainly knows how to pitch. In 2011, Murata went 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA as a starter and a reliever. In 2012, he went 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA as both a starter and a reliever. In 2013, he went seven strong innings in his first start, and just dominated. It will be interesting to see what he does if he remains in a rotation all year. Perhaps his numbers can make him an interesting watch, if nothing else. He doesn’t have a big arm, but sometimes there’s more to a big league pitcher than fastballs.
Joe Wendle: 2B, Carolina: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB:
Wendle makes back-to-back appearances at the top of ATF, and it’s because of that whipping stick he’s been carrying around for the Mudcats. In the past two games, he’s gone 5-for-7, with four runs, a double, a homer and four RBI. Not a bad couple of nights. Wendle honed his skills in the PSAC at Division 2 West Chester University. He really is an under-the-radar sorta player in this system at this point, but if he can continue to hit, you could see a bounce in status. It’s only the first week, but he definitely has skills. We’ll see if he can continue in what is usually a tough pitcher’s league.
- Tim Fedroff: CF, Columbus: 2-for-5, 2 R: Timmy Fedroff is the forgotten guy in this organization. His cap may be as a fourth outfielder, as he can clearly hit. I don’t see where he gets a chance in this organization with the outfield the way that it’s considered, so perhaps Fedroff can make himself enticing to another team as part of a deal at some point.
- Juan Diaz: SS, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K: Diaz is certainly not the top shortstop prospect in THIS system, but I like him better than many here at IBI. No, he’s not going to be a major league star, but I definitely think he could be a serviceable starter or utility player going forward. If only he could develop some pop.
- Nick Hagadone: RP, Columbus: W (1-0), 1 1/3, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K: This wasn’t an easy opportunity for Hagadone. He walked his first batter after coming in for the struggling David Huff, but got out of the inning with a strikeout. In the following inning, he gave up back-to-back, one-out singles and then two stolen bases. After a two-out walk, the bases were loaded. He got out of the inning on a fly out.
- Quincy Latimore: LF, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K: Latimore, a Raleigh native, is an under-the-radar prospect that the Indians acquired for Jeanmar Gomez back in January. The former fourth rounder has now hit safely in the last three games, and has two-hit performances in his last two.
- Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K: How good is the Akron line-up? Ronny Rodriguez, who hit 19 homers for Carolina last year is hitting eighth in the Aeros order. He has hits in three of four games, and this is his first multi-hit game of the season.
- Shawn Armstrong: RP, Akron Aeros: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER: Armstrong was hurt by a lead-off double, but he settled down and pitched fairly well after that, allowing a run after a ground out, a sacrifice fly and another ground out.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Carolina: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SB: He can field, he can hit, and he can clearly steal bases. This kid is going to have a special season. He has five stolen bases on the year so far.
- Tyler Naquin: CF, Carolina: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 K: Naquin ha two multi-hit games in his first four in the Carolina League, and has four runs as well. If he stays healthy this year, and there’s no reason to think he won’t, he’ll be a top four prospect to start 2014.
- Bryson Myles: LF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI: When he’s been healthy, he’s been a top prospect. He now has a three-game hit streak, with two hits in two of those three games. I can’t wait until I lead without having to say, “if he stays healthy.”
- Owen Dew: RP, Carolina: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K: Dew made his second appearance since missing the 2012 season, giving up his first hit but going two innings without giving up much else. Dew isn’t a major prospect in the system, but good to see his return going so well.
- Dorssys Paulino: SS, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 K: There will be a lot of eyes on Paulino this year as a top five prospect in the system. He had his second two-hit game out of his last three, but they’ve all been singles. He’s also struck out seven times in his first five games, while walking only once.
- Eric Haase: DH, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Haase rolled out his second straight two-hit ballgame that raised his average over .316. Haase is a solid prospect, and may very well be the best catching prospect in the system.
- Dylan Baker: SP, Lake County: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K: Baker made his Lake County debut on Monday night and managed to strike out seven batters with his overpower fastball, while only walking on batter, and giving up only three hits. Baker was perfect through four innings, but trouble erupted in the fifth inning. He gave up a lead-off double and a one-out walk. He then hit a batter with two-outs to load the bases, and gave up a single and a double that gave Great Lakes their four earned runs off of Baker.
- Joe Sever: 2B, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K: Sever had a solid start to his career as an advanced bat in a young league. He’s not a top prospect and likely never will be, but there is some interesting offensive potential moving forward, at least as minor league supplement.
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Thanks for all of the follow-up, Tony. I appreciate how much digging you have to do to get this sort of info.
From what I understand, Washington tweaked "something". I have not been able to get clarity on that yet. Getting info on injuries in the minors can be like pulling teeth sometimes since teams try to avoid sharing in order to not diminish value of guys.
Do you know what is going on with L-Wash? He's no longer listed on the Captains roster.