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Around the Farm: August 17, 2014

Around the Farm: August 17, 2014
Mitch Brown (Photo: IBI)
August 18, 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.

Note, the rookie level Arizona game was suspended.

Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) -W (6-8), 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K - Brown has allowed one or no earned runs in eachof his last six outings.  In fact, he's put together a rather consistent season from start to finish allowing more than four earned runs just twice in his 25 starts and has only allowed more than three earned runs fives times in his 25 starts. He has really turned things around in the second half and put it all together. In the first half he went 0-6 with a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts (65.0 IP, 61 H, 3 HR, 37 BB, 51 K) and in the second half has gone 6-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 11 starts (61.2 IP, 42 H, 1 HR, 18 BB, 61 K). He has pitched almost as many innings in the second half than the first half and in three less starts, and is giving up a significant lesser amount of hits and walks and is striking out batters at a much higher rate. The numbers in this case spell it all out just how good he has been of late. 

  • Justin Sellers (Columbus, SS) - 2-5, 1 K - Sellers had the lone multi-hit effort of a rough offensive day for the Clippers.
  • Toru Murata (Columbus, SP) - L (2-3), 4.2 IP, 10 H, 9 R (all earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR allowed, 2 HBP - The offensive struggles were rendered moot, however, by Toru's worst outing in a month.
  • J.C. Ramirez (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 3 K - Ramirez strikes out the side swinging in order to end a difficult day in Toledo for the Clippers on a good note.
  • Anthony Gallas (Akron, RF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K - Gallas was the only RubberDuck to get an extra-base hit on the afternoon.
  • Bryson Myles (Akron, DH) - 2-4, 1 R - Myles extends his hitting streak to four games with multiple hits in two of his last three games.
  • Joseph Colon (Akron, SP) - L (8-7), 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 5 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP - Colon has a tough afternoon, especially in regards to his control with five walks and two plunked batters.
  • Louis Head (Akron, RP) - 1.1 IP, perfect - Head makes it 8.0 scoreless innings over his last five games.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H - Shawn also continues an impressive shutout streak, now at 6.2 IP in six outings.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB - Diaz only had one hit on the day, but it was a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth.
  • James Roberts(Carolina, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - Roberts had the only multi-hit day for the Mudcats on Sunday, which is surprising considering they scored six runs on eight hits.
  • Cole Sulser (Carolina, SP) - L (4-12), 3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP - Sulser is unable to make it two solid outings in a row as he was unable to go longer than three innings in this one.
  • Jacob Lee (Carolina, RP) - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 HR - Surprisingly, even after this effort and Sulser's, the Mudcat offense nearly came back to win the game.
  • Ben Heller (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Heller's solid start helped give the offense a chance to come back, but was ultimately not enough.
  • Grant Sides (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - See above.
  • Mike Papi (Lake County, RF) - 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Papi extends his hitting streak to four games with multiple hits in his last two.
  • Richard Stock (Lake County, C) - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Stock has his first three-hit game of the month. In fact, it is just his third three hit game of the season.
  • Trevor Frank (Lake County, CP) - S (15), 0.2 IP, perfect, 1 K - Frank moves into a tie with Burlington (Los Angeles - AL) closer Alan Busenitz for fourth on the Midwest League saves list.
  • Steven Patterson (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E - Patterson had the only double and only run of another rough offensive evening for the Scrappers (that phrase is beginning to become redundant), but also picks up his 11th error of the season (in 42 games).
  • Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 2-3, 1 BB, 1 SB, Caught Stealing 1 time, Picked Off 1 time - Zimmer has a solid day at the plate, not so much on the basepaths. His play has picked up of late and you have to think he will join Lake County at some point at least for the playoffs.
  • Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, starting C) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - Mejia has a big afternoon at the plate, including the Scrappers' lone RBI of the day, before being removed for defensive replacement Martin Cervenka in the top of the ninth inning.
  • Yonathan Mendoza (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 2-4 - Mendoza extends his hitting streak to eight games.
  • Julian Merryweather (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 5 K, 1 HBP - The front end of the piggyback start on the night goes well...
  • David Speer (Mahoning Valley, RP) - L (1-1), 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K - does the back end after some early struggles.  Unfortunately, with the way the Scrappers are hitting lately, especially with runners in scoring position, any struggles from the pitching mound are too much for the team to overcome.

User Comments

August 18, 2014 - 4:10 PM EDT
I hope they don't do the short-sighted thing and roster Ramsey. Francona has already proven that he won't give playing time to youngsters so it would be a waste. Look at how many times Holt needed to take the Columbus shuttle before he finally got PT. Aguilar will be a September call-up, not holding my breath as to how much PT he will get though. Although against LHP he would be ideal at the DH spot, Walters in LF, Holt in RF and Brantley in CF. Or put Raburn in LF, Walters at SS, JRam at 2B, and Aviles at 3B. At least you eliminate to black holes against LHP and better the defense as a result as well. Carolina overall has the potential to be a very intriguing team.
With Zimmer, Frazier, Papi, Rodriguez with Haase repeating. It would also be great to see Chang and Bradley continue their torrid hitting at LC and force an early-season promotion as well.
The Carolina rotation will be intriguing although I wonder if Plutko will be promoted aggressively, especially if he finishes up strong his last few starts at Carolina. He has always been an advanced pitcher and proven to be able to hold his own. Is there a chance that they will give DJ Brown a chance at AA next year? He is going to be 24 next year, his overall numbers have not been great but it seems like he has consistently put up quality performances 5 out of the last 6 starts. Sulser will probably be a repeat.
August 18, 2014 - 4:03 PM EDT
I'm looking forward to September, in hopes we will see Urshela and Walters get a few opportunities at third base in Cleveland. I'm hopeful Chiz will bring back a lefty mid-rotation starter. The problem is that he is not going to be attractive to an NL team and pure DH's are sort of out of style.
August 18, 2014 - 2:42 PM EDT
Raburn is a yr to yr player, up one down the next. I hope they trade him or let him go on waivers (similar to Axford). Maybe somebody will like his bat enough to gamble on him but I'm not betting on it.
August 18, 2014 - 1:32 PM EDT
The FO has to figure out whether to cut or try and trade Raburn this off-season, so may as well give him some chances before rosters expand. I'll be surprised if his at-bats aren't spread between Aguilar, Aviles, Holt, and Walters in September.
August 18, 2014 - 1:01 PM EDT
I don't understand why Aguilar is not in Cleveland....though I do understand why Ramsey is not. No question, Aguilar can help in Cleveland, or at least be given a chance to see if he can help. Ramsey is still too green, like too many of the other outfielders, and should not come up this year (roster reasons, other options available, etc).

Tondo, Brown's turnaround has been very intriguing. He's pitching like he was expected to going into last year before the bicep issue cropped up and his confidence is amazing what some good health and a boost of confidence can do for a player.

I would think here sometime before the end of the season or just for the playoffs that Zimmer will move up to Lake County (if they qualify). Or even go right to Carolina. Remember, Joey Wendle and Tyler Naquin played the entire year at Mahoning Valley two years ago and only moved up to Lake County for the playoffs.
August 18, 2014 - 10:39 AM EDT
Again!!! Move up zimmer! This is a college AA, not an 18 year old.

Hiram, I agree. Tired of watching retread vets.
August 18, 2014 - 10:04 AM EDT
Mike Papi looks to be heating up nicely at Lake County, but Patterson has kind of tailed off after a nice quick start to his pro debut.
August 18, 2014 - 10:02 AM EDT
August 18, 2014 - 10:01 AM EDT
Brown-Lugo-Plutko-Baker-Milbrath potential rotation for Carolina next year. Not sure if the Indians will keep Robbie Aviles as SP. If yes, than he would replace Milbrath who would than repeat at LC.

August 18, 2014 - 10:00 AM EDT
I wouldn't go Ramsey over Raburn/Dickerson at the moment because of the roster crunch on the 40, but Tyler Holt should be getting Rugburns playing time IMO.
August 18, 2014 - 9:54 AM EDT
Hiram, even though I agree on Aguilar vs Raburn, he isn't an OF and Ramsey doesn't need to be rostered after the season, so promoting him now would block a very valuable 40 spot, which the Tribe needs several of to protect other specs from the Rule 5 draft. There's no hurry to rush him, since he hasn't even played a month in AAA. Same with Lindor btw.
August 18, 2014 - 9:49 AM EDT
Pretty sure most on here were close on giving up on M.Brown after posting an ERA around 5, WHIP around 1.6 with horrible peripherals (32:36 BB:K) after April and May, repeating at class A. Something seems to have clicked since (23:76 BB:K in 76.2 IP since June) and he's back knocking at the top 20. A much needed turnaround considering the lack of high end SP arms in the system.

As we've learned from Perez, Holt and Urshela this season: you never know when things finally come together for a prospect. Some never figure it out and fizzle.

Good to see Papi and Zimmer coming around and start performing consistently good. Still hoping to see a Frazier, Zimmer, Papi OF in Carolina next year, developing and ascending through the system together
August 18, 2014 - 9:45 AM EDT
I don't understand why the Indians refuse to give Aguilar and Ramsey a chance over Raburn and Dickerson. It seems like they're afraid of something

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