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Around The Farm: August 16, 2013

Around The Farm:  August 16, 2013
August 17, 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. 

LeVon Washington (Lake County, CF) - 2-5, 1 R, 3 K - LeVon picks up his second two-hit night in three games.  While he still recorded a hat trick with the strikeouts, he did make solid contact twice and, from what I saw from the stands, seems to be improving at the plate. Hopefully he can complete his re-acclimation to full-season ball before the season ends.

Clint Frazier (Arizona League, CF) - 3-5, 2 R, 3 2B, 2 K - Clint continues to show why he is worthy of the number one pick the Tribe used on him.  He is batting .303/.352/.507 on the season (through 35 games) and has already amassed 23 RBI.  I know it's still very early in his pro career, but he really looks like the real deal.

  • Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, LF) - 2-5, 1 K, 2 SB - Carrera has the type of night he needs to have more often (.189/.231/.189 in his last ten).
  • Nate Spears (Columbus, 2B) - 0-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB,1 K, 1 Sac Fly - About as good of a night as a guy can have without getting a hit.
  • Justin Toole (Columbus, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - Toole continues to adjust to the Triple-A level after a strong stint in Double-A Akron (.310/.381/.363 in 34 games).
  • Omir Santos (Columbus, C) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K - Putting up big nights like this isn't the issue for Santos, it's the going hitless between the stellar outings that keeps him from posting bigger numbers, especially as of late (.219/.242/.344 in his last ten games).
  • T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 6 K - A quality outing that, unfortunately was not well-supported enough by early offense to qualify for the win.
  • Vinnie Pestano (Columbus, RP) - H (4), 1 IP, 1 K, 1 HBP - Pestano turns it around after the train wreck that was his most recent outing.  Hopefully, Tuesday was a just a speed bump on his road back to the Cleveland mound.
  • Nick Hagadone (Columbus, CP) - S (5), 1 IP, perfect, 3 K - If Hagadone could only carry over a little of his Triple-A form to the Major Leagues, it would help the Big Club immensely.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K - The RBI machine nearly went hitless, but his one hit was a three-run homer to left in the eighth which gave the Aeros the lead (and the eventual win) and Aguilar his 92nd, 93rd, and 94th RBI.
  • Josh Tomlin (Akron, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K - A stellar rehab performance that gives some hope that a much-needed return to the Progressive Field mound is coming for him soon.
  • Matt Packer (Akron, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K - Packer comes in and bridges the gap between the rehab outing and the bullpen successfully.
  • Austin Adams (Akron, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Adams gets the Fightin' Phils (new worst team name in MiLB, by the way) three up, three down to make Aguilar's homer stand up.
  • Jordan Smith (Carolina, CF) - 2-3, 2 BB, 1 K - More or less the entire Mudcats offense on the night.
  • Joe Colon (Carolina, SP) - ND, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K - The bad news:  This stellar outing did not earn Joe a win.  The good news:  He didn't take the loss, either.
  • Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) - L (3-5), 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB - Even with the abysmal offense, the Mudcats would've taken the game to extras without this abysmal outing.  While his most recent outing before this one was solid, the overall recent trend line on Rob NIxon is hardly a positive one.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - As good as his offensive statline was, his defense was more impressive.  He made multiple stellar fielding plays at key times that kept the Caps from giving up some big innings.
  • Dylan Baker (Lake County, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K - The Night of No Decisions continues with another stellar starting performance wasted.
  • Anderson Polanco (Lake County, RP) - L (0-1), 0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB - I was there and this outing was as bad in person as the boxscore line suggests, if not worse.
  • Grant Sides (Lake County, RP) - 1.2 IP, perfect, 2 K - He was unable to get the Caps out of the Polanco-created jam due to an errant throw by 2B Yhoxian Medina that prevented the completion of an inning-ending double play.  While he kept the damage to a minimum, the offense was unable to mount a comeback.
  • Juan Romero (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 2-4, 1 K, 1 SB - All you need to know about the Scrappers' offensive night is that the only multi-hit effort of the evening came from the number nine spot.
  • Luis Lugo (Mahoning Valley, SP) - 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP - Was this "Waste the Starting Pitcher's Solid Effort Night" in the organization?  Did I miss the memo?
  • Michael Goodnight (Mahoning Valley, RP) - L (0-1), 1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - Nights like this are why he got sent down two levels in one fell swoop.
  • Mitch Brown (Arizona League, SP) - L (2-4), 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R (all earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 3 WP - His results have been uneven this year even at the rookie level, but keep in mind the guy is only 19.  He still has some time to get better before being written off as any kind of failure.
  • Thomas Pannone (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned) - When this guy's good, he's good.  The problem is his inability to mitigate the damage when he has a bad outing.

User Comments

August 17, 2013 - 10:47 PM EDT
Agree that it is a bit early to worry about Frazier's strikeouts, but he has had multiple strikeouts in 6 of his last 7 games, but no walks.
August 17, 2013 - 3:21 PM EDT
Interesting to see Baker vastly out-perform Brown thus far in their early careers. I know Brown is younger, but he was awful in Arizona and has been awful thus far in A ball. Baker signed for about a quarter of the cost, 3 rounds later, and has pitched very well this year.
August 17, 2013 - 2:52 PM EDT
I'm not sure anyone has been negative on WashTime this year. In fact, I think many are happy he's done very well. Talking about his injury history and how he's been passed over a little and lost some priority status is not being negative, it is just being honest. Glad to see he's finishing well and I too would like to see him get some postseason games to get some of the at bats back he lost earlier this season. The fact that Vick was promoted over Washington to Carolina shows he's lost more priority than I thought though.

Frazier is striking out a lot, but I think I'm just satisfied with a good showing in his debut. I would be much more concerned if the power numbers and bat was not there, and I will be much more concerned if it continues next season.

As for Adams, I am not sure anyone is giving him zero respect. As noted in several Minor Happenings columns this year the Indians are thrilled with his progress and consider him a major league arm and one that is in the mix now. Whether he is at AA or AAA. Just too many valuable pen arms at Columbus, so hard to get him there.
August 17, 2013 - 2:06 PM EDT
House, doing well, 8 good outings in a row since early July.
August 17, 2013 - 2:02 PM EDT
Frazier's strikeout rate is a bit of an early concern.
August 17, 2013 - 12:35 PM EDT
Its nice to here some positive words for WASHTIME for a change...He is going to be someone to keep a continue eye on...It would be nice to see him play in the AFL this fall to see all of his natural talent break out. Keep playing hard and keep your place in the line up.
August 17, 2013 - 6:23 AM EDT
Adams has shoved all year and he gets zero respect! Yeah he pitched awful the other night but that was his worst outing in his career. It happens in baseball! But he bounced back well and I guarantee you will not find many players that can throw 7 pitches and get a save! Chris Perez could only dream of that!

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