Around The Farm: August 13, 2013
Pestano's struggles, Mahoning Valley All-Stars highlight night's action
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.
Vinnie Pestano (Columbus, CP) - BS (1), 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 WP.
Pestano looks to be a long way from returning to the Cleveland mound. He looked uncomfortable most of the time on the mound and any brief flashes of confidence were more of the "trying too hard to look confident while the butterflies are circling around his stomach at Indy 500 speeds" variety. He had significant control problems, with too many pitches hooking to the left from the pitchers' view (outside to right-handed batters, inside to lefties). Hopefully, he can get himself together soon. If not, it may be wise to shut Vinnie down in September and build him back up in winter ball or next spring rather than risk having him damage a Wild Card run.
Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, AL All-Stars Starting 1B) - 0-2, 1 K - While his All-Star Game performance may not have been much to write home about, his first half certainly was, posting a .309/.375/.484 slash line. When his inevitable next shot at full-season Lake County comes up, hopefully he can take better advantage of it than he did his stint earlier this season (.194/.305/.256 in 47 games with the Eastlake club).
James Roberts (Mahoning Valley, AL All-Stars Starting SS) - 0-2, 2 K - An even more forgettable ASG performance than that of Nellie (better to get them out of the way now in a meaningless exhibition). His first half was also truly All-Star Game-worthy though as he has posted a .311 batting average thus far (in 31 games) in his professional debut season. His pop is minimal (only slugging .349), but that's not really a major concern with a shortstop, especially this early in his pro career.
Claudio Bautista (Mahoning Valley, AL All-Stars Reserve 2B) - 0-2, 1 R, 1 E - While he went hitless and committed an error, Bautista scored the ASG-winning run for the American League affiliates after reaching on a fielding error by State College Spikes (St. Louis Cardinals) shortstop Cesar Valera in the bottom of the ninth inning. Bautista is another example of a player who has shined at the Short-Season level (20 RBI in 45 games) after failing to impress at Lake County early in the season (.157/.204/.255 in 46 games).
Luis Lugo (Mahoning Valley, AL All-Stars RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Lugo's perfect inning represents a total 180-degree turn in terms of ASG performance from the Scrappers position players. Luis, however, shares with his fellow Scrappers' All-Star representatives an impressive first half, at least in terms of ERA (1.97). His win-lost record, however, stands at 1-4 as he seems incapable of getting run support or anything remotely resembling it.
Matt Whitehouse (Mahoning Valley, AL All-Stars RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Another perfect inning from a Scrappers reliever in the ASG, this one with twice the strikeouts. Whitehouse's first half ERA is an even more astonishing 0.36. No, that is not a typo. Even better, if you take out his pro debut when he gave up one entire earned run in three innings pitched (a brutal day by his standards), he is posting a 0.00 era in the subsequent nine outings! Needless to say, he is 4-0 on the season. You don't need much run support to get the win when you're shutting teams out night after night. On top of all this, he is posting a 9.00 K:BB ratio and 0.63 WHIP. Wow!!! I can't wait to see this guy pitch in Lake County next year (assuming he doesn't get sent straight to Carolina out of Minor league camp in Goodyear next year).
- Matt Carson (Columbus, CF) - 0-6, 2 K - Carson has been strong as of late (.297/.316/.432 in his last ten), but tonight was an atrocious evening at the plate. Let's hope it's just a bump in the road.
- Matt LaPorta (Columbus, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - LaPorta shows some solid plate discipline tonight, but it would be nice to see it more often (only his 18th and 19th walks of the Triple-A season).
- Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, RF) - 1-4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E - Another example of good plate discipline from a player with more strikeouts than walks on the season (albeit at a lesser ratio than that of LaPorta).
- Chun Chen (Columbus, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K - Chen continues his adjustment to the Triple-A level with his fifth gme with a hit in his last six and eighth in his last ten.
- Nate Spears (Columbus, 3B) - 1-5, 1 RBI, 3 K - Spears comes one short of equaling his strikeout total from his last nine games.
- Joe Martinez (Columbus, SP) - ND, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K, 1 WP - A good night on the mound wasted by Pestano's ineffectiveness.
- Preston Guilmet (Columbus, RP) - H (4), 1.1 IP, perfect, 3 K - Another solid outing wasted by Vinnie's rough night.
- Matt Langwell (Columbus, RP) - L (3-4), 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned) - The ultimate definition of a tough-luck loser. He should never have had to come into the game.
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, SS) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - Just another day at the ballpark for Ron-Rod. Tonight was his fourth multi-hit night in five games, a stretch in which he has hit .364.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K - The RBI Machine just keeps cranking them out, hitting the 90 mark tonight.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron, DH) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Urshela picks up his second multi-hit night in three games, albeit in contests where he has six (Saturday) and five (tonight) at-bats.
- Alex Monsalve (Akron, C) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Monsalve remains unstoppable at the Double-A level as he raises his batting average to .350 in 11 games.
- Matt Lawson (Akron, 2B) - 2-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB - Lawson could definitely use more of these kind of nights (.200/.299/.281 on the season and .194/.310/.361 in his last ten).
- Brett Brach (Akron, SP) - L (7-9), 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R (4 earned), 2 BB, 2 HBP - Brach posts his fourth straight rough outing and has allowed 20 earned runs on 25 hits in 20 innings pitched in those games.
- Bryce Stowell (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - A perfect inning that the offense couldn't back up with a rally.
- Joe Wendle (Carolina, 2B) - 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - Wendle posts a spectacular, feature-worthy, night that's more indicative of his season-long numbers (.303/.379/.524) than his recent form (.256/.356/.436 in his last ten games). Hopefully, this is the beginning of a turnaround for Joe.
- Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB - Smith remains unstoppable as of late, with tonight bringing his last ten games' slash line to .371/.500/.600.
- Paddy Matera (Carolina, 3B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB - The Sharknado shows the plate disciplne that has helped him amass a .454 OBP at the Advanced Single-A level.
- Tony Wolters (Carolina, C) - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB - The consistent, if not spectacular, Wolters extends his hitting streak to six games. Any effect the transition to catcher may have had on his hitting seems to be gone now.
- Robert Whitenack (Carolina, SP) - L (0-2), 3.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R (all earned), 4 BB, 1 HBP - Whitenack continues to struggle at this level, but it's probably wise to cut him some slack as he came to Carolina as a result of a two-level promotion, and is thus having to face much higher-level opposition than he is used to.
- Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) - 2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Two perfect innings to keep the 'Cats in the game.
- Francisco Jimenez (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Another perfect inning. Unfortunately, it was not enough for the offense to overcome Whitenack's rough outing.
- Silento Sayles (Arizona League, RF) - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP - Sayles' numbers on the season have not been much to write home about (.200/.360/.250 in 21 games), but tonight showed a flash of brilliance that can hopefully reflect itself in more consistent play for the rest of the season.
- Yonathan Mendoza (Arizona League, SS) - 3-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - Mendoza's stellar night, on the other hand, was far from unexpected, as he has been tearing up the Arizona League pitchers as of late (.341/.372/.439 in his last ten games).
- Shane Rowland (Arizona League, DH) - 0-2, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K - An incredible display of plate disciplene from the light-hitting Rowland (.224 on the season).
- Victor DeJesus (Arizona League, LF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K - This solid night continues a decent recent run of form for DeJesus, who is batting .270 in his last ten (compared with .233 on the season).
- Ordomar Valdez (Arizona League, 2B) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI - Tonight's three-RBI effort brings his season total to 17 in only 31 games. Not bad for a 19-year old in his first season stateside.
- Juan Santana (Arizona League, SP) - 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Juan just keeps pitching well as he raises his winning percentage to .667. If he could just keep his bad evenings from being out-and-out train wrecks, he'd really have some impressive season stats.
- Geoffrey Davenport (Arizona League, RP) - 2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Davenport continues his unblemished streak to four innings and three outings. He's also allowed only two hits and no walks while striking out four so far this season. A return ticket to Mahoning Valley should not be that far away for him.
Now I'm just sayn', but if they put him on the 40 man in September don't they start the options clock and burn basically one year of option eligibility for a few weeks of September ball?
Kind of no looking back at that point...
Crockett was the 4th round pick for the Tribe this year, a very advanced lefty bullpen arm coming from UVA. They have promoted him quickly through the levels, very similar to Cody Allen last year. He has been dominant, and if he keeps it up, could potentially see some time in Cleveland at the end of the season.