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Around the Farm: August 16, 2014

Around the Farm: August 16, 2014
Mike Papi (Photo: Tim Phillis, TCP Photography)
August 17, 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.

Mike Papi (Lake County, RF) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI - Papi had the biggest hit of the day, hitting a three runhomer in the third inning.  This performance doubled his professional home run total and represented a 33% increase in his RBI total (50% in regards to his full-season RBI number).  His slash line in Low-A has been.186/.290/.279 in 24 games, but with this effort it extended his hitting streak to four games with hits in six of his last seven. Papi may just be beginning to settle in and put things together at Lake County.

Bobby Bradley (AZL Indians, 1B): 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, K. There are no longer any superlatives left to explain Bradley's impressive pro debut out in Arizona. We have all seen some pretty incredible performances in Arizona over the past few years, but since the league is often heavily slanted toward offense, we have to take a huge grain of salt on the numbers. But we have never seen anything like this from an Indians player out in Arizona. He now has 46 RBI in 32 games, a .369 AVG, .440 OBP, .662 SLG and .293 ISO. Wow.

Brian Ruiz (Lake County, DH) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K - Ruiz's situation is sort of Papi's in reverse.  He has been posting better numbers on the season as a whole (.269/.321/.357 with 23 RBI in 74 games - all with Lake County), but he has been struggling mightily as of late. With this breakout effort it ended a three-game hitless streak and a strech in which he had been held hitless in six of his last nine.

Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Zimmer has a huge day at the plate, continuing a recent hot streak in which he has multiple hits in five of his last six games and six of his last eight.  His season numbers are also very solid, to say the least.  He is posting a .313/.396/.478 slash line with 23 RBI and 7 steals in 35 games (all with Mahoning Valley).  It is obviousw why the indians drafted him in the first round of this year's draft and the question for this season is when he goes to Lake County.

Cameron Hill (Mahoning Valley, SP) - W (1-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 4 K - Cameron remains nearly unstoppable as he has allowed zero or one earned run in all but one of his 11 starts thus far in his rookie season with Mahoning Valley.  Even with that outing, he is posting a 1.74 ERA, 1.11 WHIP. and .207 opponents batting average.  He might very well be a steal having been drafted in the 17th round this past June. This is an encouraging start to his pro career, though as a caveat, we have often seen many a pitcher get off to good starts in Mahoning Valley only to fizzle at Lake County or Carolina.

  • Zach McAllister (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earmed), 7 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - McAllister has a solid start but fails to pick up the individual win due to light run support in the early innings.
  • Shaun Marcum (Columbus, RP) - W (1-0), 2 IP, perfect, 2 K - Two innings of perfect relief combined with being on the mound at the right time allowed Marcum to earn his first victory of 2014.
  • Austin Adams (Columbus, CP) - S (5), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Adams comes in and shuts the door on any hopes of a Mud Hen comeback in a crucial game in the International League West Division race.
  • Luke Carlin (Columbus, C) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI - The story of the Clippers' offense Saturday night was the story of one man:  Luke Carlin.  His third inning solo homer tied the game up at one and his ninth inning line drive double to left field drove in three runs including the eventual winning run in their 4-1 victory over Toledo (Tigers).  Even more impressive, he did all of this batting out of the nine hole.
  • Anthony Gallas (Akron, DH) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K - Gallas has the lone home run of the night for the RubberDucks in an 8-5 loss to New Hampshire (Blue Jays).
  • Bryson Myles (Akron, LF) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Myles is the only Duck to score multiple runs on the evening.
  • Alex Lavisky (Akron, C) - 2-4, 2 RBI - The St. Edward alumnus has the lone multi-hit night for the Mallards of Main Street.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 2B) - 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K - Ronny-Rod has the only other extra-base hit on the night for the RubberDucks.
  • Duke von Schamann (Akron, SP) - L (7-7), 4.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R (6 earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 BK - von Schamman reverts to his earlier form after a month of solid starts.  Hopefully, this outing was an aberration as opposed to a return to reality for the Duke of Canal Park.
  • Elvis Araujo (Akron, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 WP - A solid relief effort that, unfortunately, was not enough for the win.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron, RP) - 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 HBP - See above.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B - Yandy had the lone run and only extra-base hit of an ugly offensive night for the Mudcats.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, RF) - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - The Undrafted Wonder drove in Diaz and was one of only two 'Cats hitters to get on base twice on the night.
  • LeVon Washington (Carolina, LF) - 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E - LeVon was the other, also doing so on a hit and a walk.
  • D.J. Brown (Carolina, SP) - L (2-7), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Yet another D.J. Brown quality outing wasted by poor run support.
  • Benny Suarez (Carolina, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H - Two shutout innings of relief keep the Mudcats in it, but aren't enough to win the game.
  • Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, Caught Stealing 1 time - Frazier has a big day that was overshadowed by the offensive explosion in the middle and bottom of the order..
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, LF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - See above.
  • Paul Hendrix (Lake County, 3B) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - On a day like yesterday, even a light-hitting effort can result in multiple runs.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI - See above.
  • Sicnarf Loopstok (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP - Loopstok hits a solo homer in his first hit in Full-Season Single-A (or any full-season level).
  • Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) - W (7-9), 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - Lugo continues his solid performance in the month of August.
  • Carlos Melo (Lake County, RP) - 1.1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Melo remains unscored upon in his last three outings (3.1 IP) and has allowed only one run in his last five outings (5.2 IP).
  • Alexis Paredes (Lake County, RP) - 1.2, IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 WP, 1 HBP - A rough outing, but the stellar run support meant the ultimate outcome of the game was never really in doubt.
  • Trevor Frank (Lake County, SP) - 0.1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Frank needed only to strikeout one batter to pick up his 14th save of the season.
  • Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, C) - 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Mejia makes it past one plate appearance for the first time in four days and makes the most of it.
  • Austin Fisher (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB - Fisher struggles with the bat, but has a good eye at the plate on Saturday night.
  • Greg Allen (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 SB - This performance would usually be a very solid performance, but not exactly feature material.  Three stolen bases (bringing his season - and professional career - total to 22 in 45 games) is hard, if not impossible, to ignore.
  • Cortland Cox (Mahonig Valley, RP) - H (1), 1.2 IP, perfect, 1 K - Cortland continues the dominant form he showed in his Short-Season Single-A debut on Thursday night.
  • Luke Eubank (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H - Eubank extends his scoreless streak to 8.1 IP in six games.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (AZL Indians, 3B): 4-for-4, 3 R, 3B, RBI. This would otherwise be a feature performance, but as you can see, it was a feature worthy heavy night for the Indians. He is having an outstanding pro debut.
  • Joe Wendle (AZL Indians, 2B): 3-for-5, R, RBI, SB. Wendle continued his rehab assignment, one that probably would have been over if not for Akron being on the road. The guess is this was his last game or Sunday will be before he rejoins his Akron teammates on Monday in advance of their first game home on Tuesday.
  • Silento Sayles (AZL Indians, RF-CF): 2-for-5, 3B, 4 RBI, K. Sayles continues his strong rookie level campaign and racked up 4 RBI from the 9-hole. The hitting was contageous in Arizona on Saturday.
  • Mike Rayl (AZL Indians, SP): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Rayl made his second rehab appearance and second perfect outing since returning from surgery.
  • Justus Sheffield (AZL Indians, RP): W (3-0), 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K. Easily Sheffield's best performance in seven appearances as a pro and his longest. Not only did the Indians dominate on the offensive side in this one, but pitching as well.

User Comments

August 17, 2014 - 8:18 PM EDT
I'd hardly say Wendle is a minor league scrub, look at the numbers over the last few years. Smith too. And Gallas has had a great year.
August 17, 2014 - 7:21 PM EDT
Anthony Gallas , Jordan Smith, Joesph Wendle are all career minor league scrubs, file them all in the who the hell cares category.
August 17, 2014 - 6:40 PM EDT
What are we freeing Anthony Gallas from?
August 17, 2014 - 5:49 PM EDT
August 17, 2014 - 2:21 PM EDT

I think it's a real possibility Bobby Bradley gets an opportunity at MV the last few games of the season. That's usually par for the course...give him a little exposure prepping him for next season.
August 17, 2014 - 2:02 PM EDT
I think Polanco could find himself in a piggyback role next season. I'm guessing he goes to Carolina. Possibly as a LHRP, but don't rule out a piggyback role if he continues to pitch well as a SP down the stretch.

I'm really liking this draft class. I wanted to see more starting pitching, but maybe one or two of... Sheffield, Hockin, Hentges or Miniard develop into a big league SP.
August 17, 2014 - 1:42 PM EDT
Probably a stupid question but is the plan for Bradley to play 1B at MV next year? Any possibility of going up for a few games this year?
August 17, 2014 - 1:01 PM EDT
Hmm, never seen anything like Bradley's performance in AZ? I remember when the same was said of Paulino after he hit a similar .355/.404/.610 in AZ as a 17-year-old. And then since he was moved to low A ball, he's OPS'd .650. I think taking AZ numbers with a huge grain of salt is an understatement. I'd consider them essentially meaningless. Would be a good thing to run a study on, correlation between AZL numbers and future success.
August 17, 2014 - 12:34 PM EDT
Again. Please move up zimmer!!!
August 17, 2014 - 11:59 AM EDT

Where will Anderson Polanco begin next year and is he going to be a SP wherever he goes??
August 17, 2014 - 11:41 AM EDT

is Elvis Araujo going to begin the season in AAA next year?? Where will Anthony Galls begin the year??
August 17, 2014 - 10:28 AM EDT
Wow on Bobby Bradley! His season nearly mirrors Manny Ramirez rookie year at Burlington in 1991

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