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Around the Farm: August 15, 2014

Around the Farm: August 15, 2014
Giovanny Urshela (Photo: Brittany Chay)
August 16, 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.

Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB. Urshela ripped a homer for the second straightgame and continued what has been a marvelous season for him at the plate. After torching Eastern League hitting in 24 games with Double-A Akron earlier in the year (.300 AVG, 5 HR, 19 RBI, .914 OPS) he has been as impressive – if even more considering it is his Triple-A debut – with Columbus hitting .282 with 12 HR, 60 RBI and .845 OPS in 89 games. A third basemen who limits strikeouts (61 K, 427 AB), hits for average (.286), has some pop (59 extra base hits) and who also play well above average defense are rare. Sure, he may not walk a lot, but that is nitpicking. He is looking more and more like the Indians solution at third base, and I would have to think that once Columbus’ season ends in September that he will get a call to Cleveland to get a brief look.

  • Francisco Lindor (Columbus, SS) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 K. Lindor has had a rough transition to Triple-A as he is hitting just .238 with .620 OPS and 5-22 walk-strikeout ratio in 23 games. He looks to be putting things together over his last six games as he is 8-for-24 with three multi-hit games.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB. Aguilar is on another one of his hot streaks as he extended his hitting streak to nine games and reached base in three of his five plate appearances on the night.
  • Justin Sellers (Columbus, 2B) - 2-4, 1 RBI. Sellers has had a solid season and done exactly what he was acquired for, which is be a depth middle infield option and play solid defense and put up quality at bats.
  • Tyler Cloyd (Columbus, SP) - W (10-7), 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 BK. Another strong outing from Cloyd who saw his season ERA drop below 4.00 to 3.98, a feat that didn’t seem possible after his horrendous April (6.84 ERA, 5 GS).
  • J.C. Ramirez (Columbus, CP) - S (2), 1.1 IP, perfect, 2 K. Ramirez is really pitching well and looks locked in after missing a good chunk of the earlier part of the season with an injury. He is not fooling many batters though as he has just 7 strikeouts in 24.0 Triple-A innings.
  • Justin Toole (Akron, 3B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Yet another solid game for Toole who has multi-hit games in four of his last six games. In 66 games with Akron he is hitting .304 with a .362 on-base percentage.
  • Bryson Myles (Akron, LF) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Myles needed this game as he has been in a deep slump since his return from the disabled list in late July. In the 16 games since his return he is hitting .217 with a .299 on-base percentage.
  • Jaime Pedroza (Akron, SS) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI. Pedroza has done a nice job filling in an infield need at Akron while Joey Wendle has been out injured and Tony Wolters also getting banged up. In eight games he is hitting .462 with a 1.192 OPS.
  • Jake Lowery (Akron, C) - 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB. Lowery reached base in three of his four plate appearances on the night and had one of his better games of late, After hitting .275 with a .812 OPS in 75 games at Akron last season, he is hitting .201 with a .628 OPS in 60 games there this season.
  • Shawn Morimando (Akron, SP) - W (2-4), 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 3 K. This was an okay performance and kind of falls in line with his up and down showing since his promotion to Akron in mid-July. He is no doubt adjusting to the new level and at the same time has held his own with a 4.12 ERA, 274 BAA and 1.37 WHIP.
  • Eric Haase (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K. After a rough High-A debut Thursday (0-for-4, 2 K), Haase came back on Friday night with a big game cranking out his first homer and piling up 3 RBI. He now has 17 homers on the season and a .853 OPS. He was the only Mudcats hitter to do anything of note on the night.
  • Mike Clevinger (Carolina, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K. This was a nice outing from Clevinger in his first start in the Indians organization. He has a long way to go to rebuild his value to where it once was with the Angels, but this is a great start.
  • Clayton Cook (Carolina, RP) - 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB. This was probably the worst outing of the season for Cook as he just could not get anyone out in relief of Clevinger in the sixth inning. His struggles this season are a byproduct of his return from shoulder surgery, but he needs to start putting it together.
  • Michael Peoples (Carolina, RP) - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed. Peoples is working his way back into the rotation after missing two weeks with an injury. He didn’t pitch all that bad, but got the tagged with both the blown save and loss in this one.
  • Ivan Castillo (Lake County, SS) - 2-4, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 Sac Bunt. Castillo continues to rake at the plate with his fifth multi-hit game in his last eight games and has raised his season batting average from .205 to .245 in the process.
  • Paul Hendrix (Lake County, 3B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI. Hendrix had another big night for the Captains and continues his strong season. Many including myself did not predict he would be one of the top contributors in the lineup, but he has been a pleasant surprise this season hitting .278 with 12 HR, 41 RBI and .818 OPS in 100 games.
  • Sicnarf Loopstok (C, Lake County) – 0-for-4, R, 2 K. After a brief but impressive showing at Arizona where he mashed four homers in five games, he got the call to Low-A and made his debut on Friday night.
  • Dace Kime (Lake County, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR allowed. A solid outing for Kime who was able to turn in six innings and continues to work as a starter. The results have not been favorable as a whole this season for him, but he has given innings and most importantly had a lot of chances to refine his routines, stuff, command and delivery which is the number one goal at the Low-A level.
  • Robbie Aviles (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, perfect. At this point it is safe to say that Aviles will not be starting the rest of the season. Considering how he has pretty much been held to an inning an outing since his return from injury at the end of July and the season coming to a close very soon, the Indians apparently don’t want to take any chances with extending him out any further than he currently is at.
  • Caleb Hamrick (Lake County, RP) - L (3-8), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB (1 intentional), 2 K. Hamrick is another young pitcher who looks like his starting days this season might be over as he has gone just 4.2 total innings his last three times out. It has certainly been a rocky Low-A showing for him with a 7.32 ERA and a poor 49-49 walk to strikeout ratio in 87.1 innings.
  • Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K. Zimmer is really putting together a nice pro debut. He has multi-hit games in four of his last five games, is hitting .381 over his last 10 games, and overall this season is hitting .305 with an .837 OPS in 34 games.
  • Taylor Murphy (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 2-4, 1 R. Taylor and Murphy have been the most consistent offensive performers at Mahoning Valley and continue to be as they were the only Scrappers players to record multi-hit nights or do anything of note offensively.
  • Nick Maronde (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 5 K. Another strong showing from Maronde. Granted he is a Major League pitcher pitching in Short-A, but this was just his third outing pitching in the Indians organization and he has steadily progressed back into a starting role. The Indians have really been working with him and plan to start him and hope they found something of value that was otherwise discarded as valueless by the Angels.
  • Anthony Vizcaya (Mahoning Valley, RP) - L (1-6), 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 K. Vizcaya continues to get chances at Mahoning Valley that for some reason the Indians keep giving him. He now has a 10.05 ERA and 2.17 WHIP over 31.1 innings – that’s pretty bad and you wonder why he has not already been pushed back to Arizona and someone else given a shot.
  • Ramon Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 3 K. Rodriguez struck out the side in this one and had his most impressive showing yet with the Scrappers. Over his last six appearances he has really settled in allowing just one run in 8.0 innings and allowed 3 hits, 2 walks and has 7 strikeouts.
  • J.P. Feyereisen (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, 2 K - one reached on a throwing error. It has only been 10 appearances, but you can’t ask for a better pro debut than what Feyereisen is giving right now as in 12.1 innings he has allowed 7 hits, 1 walk and has 17 strikeouts. The question now is whether he can remain unblemished the final two weeks of the season.
  • Silento Sayles (AZL Indians, CF) – 3-for-5, R, 3B, CS, PO. Sayles has cooled off a lot since his strong start, so this was a much needed big night at the plate for him. The AZL team needed it as they had a rare off night at the plate as a team with just 7 hits in 11 innings.
  • Joe Wendle (AZL Indians, 2B) – 2-for-3, R, 2B, 2 BB, SB. Wendle continues to look strong in his rehab assignment and played all 11 innings at second base. That should be a clear sign he is ready for a return to Akron.
  • Grant Hockin (AZL Indians, SP) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. This was Hockin’s best outing of the season, and actually piggybacked his second best outing last time out. Over his last two appearances he has thrown 6.0 innings and allowed no runs on 2 hits, no walks and has 6 strikeouts.
  • Jared Robinson (AZL Indians, RP) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 R), 1 BB, 4 K. This was arguably Robinson’s best outing the season as well. He has been very consistent from outing to outing in his pro debut as in seven appearances he has totaled 18.0 innings and allowed 3 earned runs on 11 hits, 7 walks and has 17 strikeouts.
  • Micah Miniard (AZL Indians, RP) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. Miniard is the high round guy with tons of projection to him who is going to be a project for the Indians the next few years. Aside from the one mistake on the homer, he pitched very well in this one and also put forth a strong outing for the AZL team.
  • Yoiber Marquina (AZL Indians, RP) – W (3-1), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Marquina pitched a perfect top of the 11th and earned the win after the young Tribe rallied for the win in the bottom of the inning for their league best 30th win (30-13 season record).

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User Comments

August 16, 2014 - 11:33 PM EDT
I think a good idea in September would be to platoon Urshela and Chisenhall at 3B in righty-lefty matchups....a good way to break Urshela in and set him up for success.

Right now, based on how the guy is pitching and the progression he is making, Colon is in line to be the next starter up from the minors (next season). He will be rostered this offseason and will be in the ML mix.

Rocky, I threw out a Craig Nettles comp the other day for Urshela. Obviously, a glass half full scenario, but I could see it.
August 16, 2014 - 5:05 PM EDT
Forgot Dylan Baker from that list. He's missed a lot of time this season with a broken ankle , but if he can get back on track I think he could be an option at AA next yr. He's got some work to do, but he's a guy I think could develop into a very good number 3.
August 16, 2014 - 5:02 PM EDT

Urshela is quietly very good, has been for along time. Lindor has the hype mobile and prospect pedigree behind him. Gio has never been hyped despite posting solid numbers throughout the system at very young ages too. I guess a lot comes down to positional value, Lindor has that in his favor for many.

I'm really liking this system right now, I wish they had more SP prospects. It's good to see the number of guys that have been brought up and performing.

August 16, 2014 - 4:48 PM EDT
come sept. I want to see urshela at 3d. put lonnie on bench whatever?

move zimmer up to LC. no business still being at mv. none.
August 16, 2014 - 4:39 PM EDT
Can't think of any reason why Gio Urshela wouldn't be considered the #1 prospect. Bat/glove/arm/pop, MLB ready at 22. Could be a really good player for a long time. Graig Nettles anyone?
August 16, 2014 - 2:40 PM EDT
I'll, throw out some names...

Cody Anderson
Joe Colon
Will Roberts
Duke Van Schamann
Shawn Morimando
Ryan Merritt
Adam Plutko
Scott Peoples
Luis Lugo
Mitch Brown

Anderson, Colon, Roberts, DVS are all possibilities mid to late 15. Clevinger and Maronde add depth and options. Maronde particularly, the Indians may have made a shrewd move getting him from the Angels. Maronde was rushed to the bigs by the Angels and moved to the pen a place he was never comfortable. The Indians have tinkered with his mechanics and are now slowly rebuilding him. He probably starts next yr in Carolina or Akron as a SP and could be a big league option some time next yr.
August 16, 2014 - 1:37 PM EDT
August 16, 2014 - 12:06 PM EDT
Every day it seems like 3-4 prospects from Columbus dominate this list. Amazing, considering two things--one, many former Clippers are up with the big club, and two, Triple A was a complete black hole prospect-wise for all of 2012 and 2013. Maybe it's just a coincidence, but Antonetti took over in 2011 and this "class" of guys seems to have started climbing the ranks with him. They may not have been drafted or signed under his watch but they were certainly developed while he was GM. I wouldn't make too much of it since Shapiro is still around and Antonetti is a Shapiro guy, but hey, maybe we're onto something. Now if we could just find someone who can find starting pitching...
August 16, 2014 - 12:03 PM EDT
Ron, Anderson could rebound next season, but if I had to pick one guy in the system that could end up in Cleveland first it is Joe Colon. This is just my opinion, but I think he is the biggest sleeper in the organization at the moment. From what I've seen and read, a little more refinement of his off speed pitches and he'll be ready. He has an easy 94 mph sinker.

The additions of Walters and Ramsey were fantastic, especially for what the tribe gave up. Antonetti an crew should be applauded. I'm anxious to see what Maronde and especially Clevinger bring. There is some potential there. I hope someone claims Murphy for the stretch run and Swisher stays on the DL. Let some of these kids showcase their skills. This is going to be a nice team over the next few years, but I digress because this season isn't over yet.
Ron Vollmar
August 16, 2014 - 9:43 AM EDT
It looks like some drafted talent over the past few years is slowly working its way up through the minor league system.

The hitters seem to be getting more notice than the pitchers.

It would be nice to see a brief summary of potential starting pitchers currently in the minor league system that mght have arrival dates in Cleveland the start of 2015, mid 2015 or start of 2016?
August 16, 2014 - 8:14 AM EDT
Urshela is probably the biggest breakout story in all of the upper levels around the leagues. Add Perez and Holt having out of nowhere comeback seasons, bascially going from afterthoughts to MLB players.

Really, Urshela should be in the Majors playing 3B vs LHP NOW. He needs to be rostered anyway after the season, so it's not comparable to Lindor/Ramsey, who would be a "waste" of a 40 spot if called up before September.

His AAA stats by month:

May .243 BA, .716 OPS, 7:22 BB:SO
June . 297, .891, 6:7
July .321, .923, 8:8
August .275, .900, 6:8

Needed only one month to adjust to the new level after raking at Akron. He is ready, call him up along with Aguilar and play this lineup vs LHP:

1. SS JRam
2. RF Holt
3. CF Brantley
4. 1B Santana/Aguilar
5. C Gomes
6. DH Aguilar/Perez
7. 2B Walters
8. 3B Urshela
9. LF Aviles

No more Raburn or Kipnis vs LHP. I'm sure this lineup will do better than 1 run per game vs mediocre (at best) LHSP

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