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Around the Farm: August 12, 2013

Around the Farm: August 12, 2013
August 13, 2013
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Francisco Mejia (AZL Indians C): 2-4, R, HR, RBI: It may not be the peak or elite performance of the night but it is close. Mejia has been really impressive considering he is only 17 years old in the AZL.  Eleven extra base hits in only twenty three games and a fairly low k-rate. Though dealing in small samples he has been far more impressive hitting from the right side than the left. With a 150 point gap between the two in terms of batting average.

  • Jordan Smith (Carolina RF): 1-3, 2B, BB: Smith with another solid performance not flashy but continuity in production. Over the last ten games Smith is hitting .389 and a .500 OBP. His long term discipline has been impressive as well with a solid walk to strikeout ratio of 48/62.
  • Paddy Matera (Carolina 3B): 2-4: The twenty-five year old is the opposite of high priority but he has provided good depth for the Indians in A-ball.
  • Nick Pasquale (Carolina SP): 6 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, HR: Although his WHIP and low strikeout rate for the season are marginal, his performance on Monday evening was very impressive. A strong outing involving more strikeouts than hits.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina 2B): 1-4, 2B, R: Medina has not had a lot of success in his time at Carolina this season after his success in Lake County earlier in the year. Medina’s OBP in particular has taken a step back.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Carolina SS): 1-4, R, RBI, K: Not in any way awe inspiring but of note he is sitting at .240 with a deflated BABIP after a torturous start to the season. His rebound in the second half provides optimism.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Carolina DH): 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K: A good game in a good season for Lucas; providing the power necessary for Lake County to come back and win in the ninth.
  • Robbie Aviles (Lake County SP): 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, BB, 4 K: Another solid outing by an Indians minor league starter. While not overpowering it is definitely a quality start with a good single game WHIP.
  • Silento Sayles (AZL Indians CF): 1-3, 2 BB: Leadoff hitter gets on three times and steals a base. What more could you ask for?
  • Kieran Lovegrove (AZL Indians SP): 5.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR: While the simple line is encouraging Lovegrove continues to allow too many base runners. His stuff and ability to make batters miss is impressive and is something to build on.

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User Comments

August 16, 2013 - 11:19 PM EDT
Unfortunately, Matera has no shot of promotion. There are priority prospects littered in the infield at Akron. Plus is anyone deserves promotion in Carolina's' infield, it is Wendle. Matera is just doing an admirable job as a fill in, which is great as sometimes a team needs that. He's having a nice year, but is not considered a prospect or a guy with priority, regardless of performance.
August 16, 2013 - 7:23 PM EDT
Does this kid Matera have any chance of moving up ???
August 13, 2013 - 12:13 PM EDT
Yes, Washington is Rule 5 eligible this offseason. That said, I see no way he is added to the 40-man roster nor is taken in the draft.
August 13, 2013 - 12:06 PM EDT
Does Levon have to be added to the 40 man roster next year so he won't be eligible to the rule 5 draft?
August 13, 2013 - 10:30 AM EDT
Hi Matt, saw Aviles in HS and he might have been a bit more power but the real difference is in his movement and location which is not as good IMO. At his age, I wouldn't give up on him yet. A couple of more years, at least.
August 13, 2013 - 10:25 AM EDT
Aviles has just never seen that velocity return. An example of a pitcher that has just not had the stuff return after Tommy John......which is unfortunate. I still think some of it is mechanical, and if they get that corrected maybe we will see the velocity more consistently. But at this point he is going to probably learn to be more finesse than a power guy.
August 13, 2013 - 10:00 AM EDT

I thought when they drafted Aviles he was a power pitcher in high school; however, needed Tommy John. Is there any reason to believe he will get that velocity back? Or is he just going to have to reinvent himself due to the lower velocity? I was just wondering as I had high hopes when they drafted him since many times pitchers gain velocity after TJ surgery and since he already threw hard we may have really had something.

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