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Around the Farm: August 10, 2013

Around the Farm: August 10, 2013
August 11, 2013
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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.

T.J. House (SP, Columbus): 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

House threw a strong 110 pitches with 75 of them going for strikes (68.2%). He pounded the zone all night and was in complete control of the game from start to finish, and after some struggles with consistency for most of the season at Columbus he looks to have turned a corner. Over his last seven outings he has allowed no more than three runs – and that was one time – and he has allowed 10 total runs in 43.1 innings (2.08 ERA). He is pushing himself into consideration as a September callup, possibly as a long man. 

  • Chun Chen (1B, Columbus): 0-for-5, 2 K. Boy, is it tough to follow Columbus as there are just not many prospects there and there are really no major league options on the position player front. Chen continues to struggle at Columbus hitting .228 and now has 87 strikeouts in 285 at bats.
  • Juan Diaz (2B, Columbus): 2-for-5, R, RBI, K. Diaz has been playing a lot of second base and some third base in order to get him more prepared for a utility role and to also move him aside for the arrival of Ronny Rodriguez orJose Ramirez as the everyday shortstop this season or the start of next season.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (SS, Columbus): 2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI. Rohlinger has no chance of playing in Cleveland, but he has done a nice job the last two years filling an upper level depth need in the infield.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Columbus): 1-for-1, R, 2B, RBI, 3 BB. Perez continues to struggle with some weight issues, but he’s starting to show signs of life with the approach and his bat the last 10 days with a .333/.382/.500 line.
  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron): 4-for-7, R, CS, E. Ramirez continues to be a singles machine at Akron this year, and he played shortstop on Saturday night in place of Francisco Lindor who is said to be with the big league team in Cleveland while he gets some planned time away from playing.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 2-for-5, 2 RBI, BB, K. A nice game from Aguilar as he reached base three times and knocked in his 88th and 89th runs of the season. He has a legit show to eclipse the 100 mark for RBI on the season.
  • Alex Monsalve (C, Akron): 2-for-6, 2B, 2 K. Monsalve has been impressive in the early going as he is hitting .310 with an .851 OPS in nine games at Akron. He missed a large portion of the season with an arm injury, so he could be in line to play winter ball this offseason to make up some of the lost at bats.
  • Toru Murata (SP, Akron): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. Murata put forth another good outing and just continues to fill his role well as a versatile upper level depth option. He should be back next year as a limited prospect that will bound back and forth between Akron and Columbus filling needs accordingly.
  • Kyle Crockett (LHP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Crockett made his second appearance with Akron and earned his second hold in the process. He has now allowed just one earned run in 14 appearances, and has a 3:25 walk to strikeout ratio in 16.1 innings.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI. Naquin now has 9 homers and 42 extra base hits this season, some numbers that I don’t think a lot of people expected this season. If he can be a 45-50 extra base hit guy, he will be a very valuable major league player for the Indians.
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Carolina): 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB. Myles extended his hitting streak to 22-straight games, a franchise record for Carolina. His hot bat has him over .300 on the season as he is now hitting .302 with a .825 OPS.
  • Tony Wolters (C, Carolina): 2-for-4, RBI, K. Wolters has put together a solid season at the plate in Carolina hitting .280 with a .713 OPS and a 25-47 walk to strikeout ratio. His numbers have not dipped even with so much focus on his position change, which is a good sign for him going forward.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): 4.1 IP, 2 H, 6 R (4 ER), 7 BB, 1 K. Morimando had been doing well in his efforts to cut down on the walks and throw strikes more consistently, but this blowup with 7 walks makes you wonder if he is tiring. He has now thrown 118.2 innings on the season, which is already more than the 110.1 innings he threw last year.
  • LeVon Washington (CF, Lake County): 1-for-5, 2B. Washington has cooled considerably since returning to Lake County hitting just .220 with a .612 OPS in 10 games since coming back from injury. At this point, finishing the season healthy is the main focus.
  • Logan Vick (RF, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI. Vick’s late inning homer broke a 5-5 tie and propelled Lake County to a 6-5 win. He’s really had a nice season hitting .285 with a .828 OPS, and that 79-79 walk to strikeout ratio is amazing.
  • Jorge Martinez (LF, Lake County): 1-for-3, R, HR, 4 RBI, BB. The good games have been rare for Martinez as he has somehow survived on the Lake County roster all season even though he is hitting .194, but on this night his three-run homer was one of the biggest blows of the game.
  • Ryan Merritt (SP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K. The Indians have not said so, but limiting his outings to three innings a start the last four times out is a clear sign they are monitoring his workload and that he will remain on a three inning, 50 pitch count the rest of the season.
  • Luis Morel (RP, Lake County): 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Morel has a nice arm but lacks consistency, and his recent starts are a microcosm of his issues to date. Even with the rough night he is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 38.2 innings over his last 10 appearances.
  • James Roberts (SS, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, SB. Roberts has had a nice professional debut and earned an All Star nod in the process. This was hit second straight multi-hit game and he is hitting a healthy .314 with a .739 OPS in 30 games.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, R, RBI, K. Rodriguez continues to take with another multi-hit night, and is now hitting .315 in 49 games at Mahoning Valley. He will start at first base in the NY-Penn League All Star game this week.
  • Cody Ferrell (CF, Mahoning Valley): 3-for-3, 2 R. Ferrell does not provide much pop with just 3 of his 28 hits going for extra bases, but he has done a nice job filling in at Mahoning Valley for the recently departed Tyler Booth.
  • Dace Kime (SP, Mahoning Valley): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Kime continues to be built up as he was pushed to four innings for the first time. This is exactly the kind of outing you want to see, and he has impressed in the early stages of his pro career.
  • Matt Whitehouse (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. He is now 4-0 and has allowed just 1 earned run in 25.1 innings. He looks like a guy that needs a better challenge with a promotion to Lake County.
  • Kyle Blair (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. A sensational season debut for Blair at Mahoning Valley after spending most of the season in Arizona because of injury. He is an arm that I am still intrigued by and if he can manage to stay healthy I still think there is some value there.
  • Clint Frazier (CF, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K. Frazier is still hitting over .300 (.306) and has a .873 OPS in 30 games. His strong showing early on with the bat helps overlook that 10-41 walk to strikeout ratio.
  • Francisco Mejia (C, AZL Indians): 3-for-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI. Mejia is one of the new up-and-comers and is a very good catching prospect with a good bat. Even though he is just 17 years old, he has some good maturity for his age and is a prospect to get excited about because of his skills with the bat and glove.
  • Sean Brady (SP, AZL Indians): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Brady was shaky allowing 6 baserunners in 4.0 innings, but he limited the damage and once again had another good outing. In seven starts he is now 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and has a 4-16 walk to strikeout ratio in 20.0 innings.
  • Geoffrey Davenport (RP, AZL Indians): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Davenport returned to the mound on August 6th after missing all of the season recovering from a left elbow fracture he suffered on the last day of the season last year. It’s great to see him back out there.

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User Comments

August 13, 2013 - 12:29 AM EDT
I still don't understand why Booth was released so quickly.....sounds like something was going on behind the scenes where the organization was not happy with him or what he may have been saying/doing and just cut ties with him. Very strange because higher round picks like that don't often get cut until after their first full season. As for Nick Hamilton being around, he is still around for the very reason guys like Brian Ruiz, Todd Hankins, etc are still around and that is they are player inventory. They are not prospects and have no shot of a big league career, but they accept their role as a limited playing time player. And, yes, Nick's dad does have a little influence, but not much at all......they had Aaron Fields, JD Goryl and Logan Thompson around and cut them quickly in recent seasons, even though their fathers were working in the organization.
August 12, 2013 - 5:47 PM EDT
Just wondering, why does Tyler Booth who was a fairly high pick get released (as mentioned above), yet Nick Hamilton who has NO extra base hits and is hitting a robust .133 actually get promoted to Lake County?? Sounds like daddy pulling some strings.....
August 11, 2013 - 6:56 PM EDT
I remember him in HS and he threw two quality pitches with decent control but did not have to worry about location because he was physically advanced. Not as much projection as the #2 that year Haley but much better mechanics.

Even after the surgery, I don't see well enough to make an informed analysis but it looks to me like he throws four pitches for strikes and far fewer mistakes in location. To me, he looks like a four that eats innings but may turn out to be a three if he keeps the movement and location of his fastball improving.

Heading out to see old friends at the Perfect Game. Would offer to give you scouting but just don't see well enough to not embarrass myself.
August 11, 2013 - 12:22 PM EDT
Yeah, remember that....and I have always been high on House and continue to be. Now, when I say I am high on him it doesn't mean I think he ends up a #1 starter in the bigs. It just means I like his makeup and ability so much that I think he eventually cracks the big leagues and could help in some sort of yet to be determined pitching role. Maybe it is as an innings eating starter, or a back of the rotation depth starter, or a lefty reliever, or just a long man....but I think at some point he is going to get the opportunity.
August 11, 2013 - 10:10 AM EDT
Your opening paragraph on House really reminds me of the five of us discussing him when he was drafted in 2008. It has been a long and tortuous trip turning a two pitch thrower into a pitcher. I remember that we ranked him somewhere in the teens and he probably has not been that high since. I am not sure he will be gold but he looks like he could be a LH version of Kluber in another year or so.

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