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Around the Farm: August 10, 2014

Around the Farm: August 10, 2014
Ivan Castillo (Photo: Lake County Captains)
August 11, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Ivan Castillo (Lake County, SS) - 4-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Castillo's stat line in Sunday afternoon's game speaks for itself.  Four hits, three runs, three RBI, and two homers - production not normally suited for the small sized Castillo.  He doubled his career ouput in homers over his three year career in this one game alone. His stats as of late haven't been shabby either as he is posting a .326/.383/.558 slash line in his last 10 games.  Hopefully, he can keep hitting like this the rest of the season (and hopefully the playoffs).

  • James Ramsey (Columbus, CF) - 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB - Ramsey was the only Clipper to get on base three times on the day as well as the only one to score.
  • Luke Carlin (Columbus, C) - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - And Luke had the only extra-base hit and only RBI of the day for the Clippers.
  • Tyler Cloyd (Columbus, SP) - L (9-7), 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR - Cloyd is back to being Tyler Cloyd. He's a solid pitcher who can give innings and will compete, but has so little room for error due to a fringy arsenal. 
  • Shaun Marcum (Columbus, RP) - 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 1 HBP - Shaun follows up a scoreless 2014 Triple-A debut with a rough second outing. He's still far from being an option to pitch in Cleveland this year let alone next year.
  • Ollie Linton (Akron, CF) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI - Linton not only has a multi-hit day, but both are extra-base hits.
  • Tim Fedroff (Akron, LF) - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Fedroff has his second multi-RBI game in his last three games.
  • Anthony Gallas (Akron, DH) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI - Gallas repeats his stellar performance of last Sunday with another three-hit, three-RBI day. He continues to rake at Akron hitting .317 with 11 HR, 36 RBI and .921 OPS in 54 games.
  • Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Smith makes it six RBI in his last 10 games. After a nice July (.333 AVG) the bat has been rather cold so far in August as he is hitting .188 in eight games.
  • Alex Lavisky (Akron, C) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - Lavisky extends his hitting streak to 10 games and has three multi-hit games in his five most recent contests.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - Ronny-Rod has his first-multi-hit game of August. He is hitting .192 with a .492 OPS in 23 games since the All Star break.
  • Jaime Pedroza (Akron, SS) - 3-4, 3 R - Following a 1-for-8 (.125) start to his Indians organization career, Pedroza breaks out with a huge night.
  • Duke von Schamman (Akron, SP)  - W (7-6), 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP   The Duke of Canal Park continues his recent solid form. This was his sixth straight game he has pitched at least seven innings, which is rather impressive.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina- Suspended Game, 3B) - 2-3, 3 BB, 1 CS - While a 14-inning game will have a lot of inflated stat lines, getting on base five times in a game is still impressive.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina - Scheduled Game, SS) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - The lone solid hitting performance on a rough offensive day for the Mudcats.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina - Scheduled Game, 3B) - 0-2, 2 BB - Not a good night with the bat, but his eye allows him to have a good night at the plate.
  • Alex Monsalve (Carolina - Scheduled Game - DH) - 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - See above.
  • Cole Sulser (Carolina - Scheduled Game, SP) - L (4-11), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 6 K - Sulser is the tough-luck loser due to a lack of run support.
  • Mike Clevinger (Carolina - Scheduled Game, RP) - 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed - This outing didn't exactly help things, either. This was his organizational debut since being acquired over the weekend for Vinnie Pestano, and it was a rough one at that - though to be expected as the Indians are really going to go to work to try and correct a lot of his problems.
  • Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 1-6, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K - Frazier had only one hit on the afternoon, but it was a big one:  a three-run double in the top of the fourth.
  • Mike Papi (Lake County, RF) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Papai has a much-needed big night after a nine-game stretch in which he went 4-for-32 (.125).
  • Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E - Haase continues to hit well, posting a .333/.381/.564 slash line with 7 RBI in his last 10 games.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB - Paulino has a big night, but needs to show some more consistency - though that has been his problem since the start of last season.
  • Brian Ruiz (Lake County, DH) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Ruiz makes it five multi-hit games in his last 10 games. He's really had a solid season as a role player at Lake County and surprised some with his performance.
  • Claudio Bautista (Lake County, 2B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K - Claudio extends his hitting streak to five games and has two mutli-hit efforts in his last three games.
  • Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) - W (6-9), 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR - Aside from the solo homer, Lugo was on top of his game in this one working five strong innings. He now has 126 strikeouts in 104.1 innings this season.
  • Justin Brantley (Lake County, RP) - S (2), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K - Brantley was an undrafted free agent pickup just before spring training this season, and he has responded with a rather strong showing in his pro debut going 4-0 with a 0.84 ERA in 18 appearances. In 32.1 innings he has allowed 21 hits, 10 walks and has 36 strikeouts.
  • Taylor Murphy (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB - The only notable offensive performance on a rough offensive evening for the Scrappers.
  • Nick Maronde (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP - Maronde, who has pitched at the Double-A level in the Angels organization, pitched like a Double-A guy facing short-season opposition.  The Indians are really working to rebuild him as a starter and doing so at one of the lowest levels possible.
  • Anthony Vizcaya (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 earned), 1 K - Vizcaya's rough season continues. In 12 appearances he now has a 10.16 ERA, .380 BAA and has allowed 17 walks in 28.1 innings.
  • Emmanuel Tapia (AZL Indians, 1B) - 2-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB - Tapia ripped his third homer of the season and continues his strong showing in the AZL. In 28 games he is hitting .315 with an .889 OPS.
  • Sicnarf Loopstok (AZL Indians, DH) - 3-6, R, 3B, RBI, K - Loopstok has come out of the gates on fire. After missing the first four months of the season he made his season debut last Tuesday and in the three games since has racked up three multi-hit games, two multi-homer games and five extra base hits in the process.
  • Joe Wendle (AZL Indians, 2B) - 1-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K - Wende has a solid game and continues to progress through his rehab assignment. He was removed late in the game so he is still not cleared to play nine full innings, so he should play at least one more game in Arizona before being activated in Akron.
  • Jodd Carter (AZL Indians, LF) - 2-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB - Carter has another multi-hit game and continues his strong pro debut. He is now hitting .307 in 26 games and has shown some ability to stuff a stat sheet.
  • Kevin Calderon (AZL Indians, C) - 2-4, R, 4 RBI - Calderon made the most of his at bats raising his season RBI total from 3 to 7 in this one. He's hitting .306 in limited action.
  • Matt Capps (AZL Indians, SP) - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K - This is the second appearance for Capps in his rehab assignment with Arizona. He is now up to two innings and looks cleared to pitch multiple innings, but the results are not there yet as he has allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 3.0 innings.
  • Justus Sheffield (AZL Indians, RP) - W (2-0), 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K - Sheffield actually pitched much better than the line suggests - something that should show itself more as he is allowed to pitch 5-6 innings next season.

User Comments

August 12, 2014 - 12:02 AM EDT
I think Urshela is hyped enough. A good 3B prospect who as a floor should at least be a Jack Hannahan-type of player and has the ceiling to maybe be Graig Nettles-light kind of guy. Aguilar is just a solid, complementary type who I think is overvalued by a lot of fans because they are so starved for right-handed power. He's probably at most a right-handed version of Paul Sorrento. That's a solid player, but not the middle of the order guy I keep hearing so many claim him to be.
August 11, 2014 - 6:30 PM EDT
I think it's a bit odd that Aguilar is a forgotten prospect. He got a lot of hype last yr and coming into this season. He's a potential big bat, if he were playing RF or 3b he'd get more hype this yr. I recall a few yrs ago (when he was in A ball) I said, I thought he could be a .265-275 hitter with 20-25hrs at the big league level. I still do, but as a 1b / DH he's not gonna get a lot of hype like a flashy SS or SP.

Urshela has really advanced with his bat. He's got the power I expected, but is by far a better hitter (avg) than I thought he'd be. He's a guy I thought could be an everyday 3b bc of his D. I thought he'd be a .250-260 hitter with 10-15hrs and GG play on the hot corner. Honestly, I figured he'd pan out as a corner UTL guy.
August 11, 2014 - 5:41 PM EDT
A stiff like Kluber who was 23 in A+ putting up a 4.5+ ERA before being traded for by the Indians? It is funny how people are complaining about Clevinger who suffered a TJ injury in 2012 and barely pitched in 2013 (3 starts) and was drafted in 2011 for being too "old" and yet Ramsey who was "highly touted" was 24 and only one level higher.
IMO the fact that Aguilar and Urshela, both having very solid years as prospects are not hyped is a byproduct of a much deeper system and shouldn't be a reflection in the value they have as prospects in a vacuum. And that is a good thing, Urshela having plus-defense seems to be more than capable of putting up better than Casey Blake type numbers at the ML level (putting up better numbers at AAA but 3 years younger than Blake) and providing plus defense would be huge for the Indians. Unfortunately Aguilar plays positions that are currently occupied by one of the top 3 hitters on the team in Santana, and an over-the-hill vet on a long-term deal with a manager who can't face reality in Swisher, so he might not end up with a legitimate shot on the Indians. Aguilar could also potentially put up Blake type numbers as he is one year younger than Blake was at AAA and putting up identical stats and that would not be something to completely dismiss, especially compared to the black hole from Swisher.
August 11, 2014 - 5:15 PM EDT
It,s good to see Castillo starting to hit better in recent weeks. He is just 19 and is a very good defensive SS.
We are loaded at SS with prospects Lindor, Gonzalez, Castillo and Chan.
August 11, 2014 - 4:54 PM EDT
Antonetti has an eye for talent err stiffs like Clevinger
August 11, 2014 - 4:07 PM EDT
Yeah art, Urshela and Aguilar are the forgotten specs in the system with the new additions, draft picks etc. They have improved every aspect of their game while jumping level, that's as good as it gets, yet there does not seem to be much excitement for them
August 11, 2014 - 3:05 PM EDT
Though he was 0 for 2, Urshela had two walks yesterday. Since June 1st, he has had 19 walks vs only 21 strikeouts.
August 11, 2014 - 2:28 PM EDT
Visiting family this week in Cleveland. Going to tomorrow night's Captains game vs Dayton Dragons. Looking forward seeing Frazier, Papi, Rodriquez and others playing in person. Also get the chance to see the Reds #1 pick in Howard who is scheduled to start for Dayton. Looking forward in attending my first minor game live.

Did the Indians make a mistake in starting Loopstock in MV last year instead AZL? He is of to torrid start so far. Looks like catching is a weak link in his game. Potential corner OF?
August 11, 2014 - 2:01 PM EDT
Gallas and Lavisky have both had very good seasons and their stock has improved - though not as much as some may think. What they have done more than anything is proven they belong in the upper levels and should be nice depth options at AAA/AA next season. They just need to keep playing and perhaps they will get a chance at some point.
August 11, 2014 - 1:47 PM EDT
At this point, is it safe to say that Lavisky and Gallas have greatly improved their stock at this point in the season. I continue to root for both hometown guys and remain cautiously optimistic with their progression. Whatever the future holds, I think they both have had a heck of a year so far.
August 11, 2014 - 10:33 AM EDT
Clevinger is a lottery ticket. A complete wildcard. Likely never makes it, but considering what they gave up to get him, it is worth the shot because of the upside if the Indians and him are able to click. They were not going to retain Pestano after this season anyway (non-tender or even a DFA in is Jensen Lewis all over again). The Indians will not say directly as things can always change, but I imagine we will see Clevinger kind of have similar outings the rest of the season of 3 innings or 50 pitches. He may start a few but probably piggyback a lot of the time these last three weeks. He is going to get a lot of work in Instructs (not in games, but behind the scenes).
August 11, 2014 - 10:26 AM EDT
What is your take on Clevinger? Any indication on when his first start will be?
August 11, 2014 - 9:43 AM EDT
Lugo has had a very interesting year. Even though the ERA is high it is deceiving as he's actually put up some pretty good peripheral numbers. He is the top guy scouts talk about at Lake County.

I do find it interesting to see Capps and Marcum back on the hill the past week or so. It doesn't imply that either will be an option this season, but should help teams get a look at them before the offseason and decide whether they want to extend a minor league contract to them for next year. The Indians also get a look at them, and while I think both have limited potential to be with the big club next year, I would expect the Indians to try and sign one or both this offseason to a minor league deal provided their health checks out.
August 11, 2014 - 8:30 AM EDT
Would love to have seen stats on the players in Carolinas suspended game.

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