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Around The Farm: August 18, 2013

Around The Farm:  August 18, 2013
August 19, 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.

David Cooper (Arizona League, 1B) - 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B - I think that David Cooper's rehab period in Arizona may be a short one.  Between David playing like a Triple-A guy hitting rookie ball pitchers all over the yard (.417/.462/.500 in three games going into Sunday night's stratospheric performance) and the quickly dwindling number of opportunities for him to get meaningful playing time at the Triple-A or Double-A level, the timing for a move to one of the higher-level clubs seems to be right for him.

LeVon Washington (Lake County, CF) - 1-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB - While this wasn't his best hitting game, he did have a good baserunning night and seems to be getting back into the swing of things after struggling in the initial stages of his return to full competitive baseball played in front of a crowd.  While it won't be enough to get him back to Carolina this season (unless the Mudcats make the playoffs, then it's a possibility), the worst fears of his initial post-return slump seem to have been averted.

  • Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, CF) - 3-4. Carrera's season slash line in the minors this season is .248/.310/.357, so his offensive outburst is a pleasant surprise.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus, 2B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 Sac Bunt - Rohlinger recovers quite nicely in his last time out since his hat trick on Friday night.
  • Matt LaPorta (Columbus, 1B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - LaPorta's third inning homer extenbded the Clippers lead to three.  While he is only batting .268 in his last ten games, he is putting forth impressive power numbers with three home runs, 11 RBI, and a .537 slugging percentage in that time frame.
  • Joe Martinez (Columbus, SP) - W (3-7), 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R (both earned), 5 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Despite his poor won-loss record, his recent form has been solid far more often than it hasn't.
  • Clay Rapada (Columbus, RP) - H (6), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - A perfect inning from Rapada to keep the Clippers in the lead.
  • Preston Guilmet (Columbus, CP) - S (20), 1 IP, perfect - Preston goes one-two-three to pick up his 20th Triple-A save of the year.
  • Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 1 K - Naquin continues to adjust quickly to the Double-A level with his second straight two-hit effort.
  • Cedric Hunter (Akron, DH) - 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Hopefully represents a beginning of the end of Hunter's recent troubles at the plate (.238/.267/.357 in his last ten compared to .282/.336/.545 on the season).
  • Jake Lowery (Akron, C) - 0-4, 3 K - Lowery's recent struggles (.218 BA in his last ten compared to .280 on the season in Double-A) hit a new low with this hat trick effort.
  • Brett Brach (Akron, SP) - W (8-9), 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP - Brach dominated the Reading lineup to give the offense an easy path to victory.
  • Jeff Johnson (Akron, RP) - H (4), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Jeff seems to be adjusting to Double-A quite nicely (4 holds in 14 outings).
  • Jose Flores (Akron, CP) - S (14), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Another perfect inning save by a guy with a double-digit save total.
  • Logan Vick (Carolina - Game 1, RF) - 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB - Vick continues his "bad game, good game" trend as he acclimates to the advanced form of Single-A baseball.
  • Jordan Smith (Carolina - Game 1, CF) - 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB - Smith remains hot, batting .378/.500/.622 in his last ten contests, and Sunday's opener is no different.
  • Tony Wolters (Carolina - Game 1, DH) - 0-1, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K - No hits, but still a productive game from Tony due to his plate discipline.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Carolina - Game 1, SS) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Gonzalez continues to hit well as of late (.308 BA in his last ten).
  • Nick Pasquale (Carolina - Game 1, SP) - W (5-7), 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB,3 K, 1 HR allowed - Yet another dominant performance on the day by an Indians organization starter.  Pasquale nearly went the distance in the truncated doubleheader contest.
  • J.D. Reichenbach (Carolina - Game 1, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Another trend continues with the perfect inning to end the game, although the Mudcats were so far in control of this game that J.D. didn't qualify for the save in this one.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Carolina - Game 2, SS) - 2-3, 1 K - The second game went about as poorly for the Mudcats as the first game went well for them.  In order to make quota on this game, I present to you the nightcap's lone two-hit effort.
  • Owen Dew (Carolina - Game 2, SP) - L (3-7), 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR - ...and the string of excellent starts on the day comes to a crashing halt.
  • Francisco Valera (Carolina - Game 2, RP) - 3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - Francisco fills in the gap left by Dew's early exit quite admirably, but the run support (or near-total lack thereof) was completely out of his control.
  • Benny Suarez (Carolina - Game 2, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - The string of perfect fonal innings remains intact, although this one was in absolute garbage time.
  • Zack MacPhee (Lake County, 2B) - 0-1, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS - Another exceptional example of plate discipline against a struggling pitching staff.
  • Joe Sever and Jorge Martinez (Lake County, 3B and RF) - both 3 K - Two struggling hitters who both hopefully hit bottom in their recent slumps (.238 and .152 BAs respectively in each of their last ten games) with these hat tricks.
  • Jake Sisco (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 5 K - At this point, I'll be shocked when one of Sisco' s good outings isn't wasted by the lineup and/or bullpen.
  • Cody Penny (Lake County, RP) - BS (1), 0.1 IP, 4 H,3 R (all earned), 1 K - How do you get charged with a blown save in the sixth inning?  This statline is how.
  • Nellie RodriguezPaul Hendrix, and Martin Cervenka (Mahoning Valley, 1B, DH, and C respectively) - 1 BB each - All that stood between the Williamsport pitching staff and a perfect game.  By the way, what are they doing scheduling games in Williamsport during the Little League World Series?  Attendance cannot be good.
  • Juan Romero (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 0-3, 2 K - Hat trick inserted to make quota.  Wow, this game was a clunker!
  • Cole Sulser (Mahoning Valley, SP) - L (2-2), 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R (all earned), 4 K - Not a great outing, but his loss was much more about the offense's utter inability to get a hit.
  • Harold Guerrero (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 0 IP, 3 H, 5 R (4 earned), 3 BB, 1 WP - A solid reliever most of the time, but when he's off his game, he goes thermonuclear more often than not.  Controlling these meltdowns will be crucial for his future in the Indians org.
  • Manuel Carmona (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - I'll close out the recap of this train derailment/multi-car wreck of a game on a positive note.
  • Ordomar Valdez (Arizona League, 2B) - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 E - While his baserunning and fielding night wasn't so good, Ordomar had a gem of an offensive night.  Even more impressive, he did so from the nine hole.
  • Juan Santana (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP - Outside of the control issues, another solid outing that came to naught.
  • Kyle Bellows (Arizona League, RP) - H (1), 0.2, 4 H,2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 1 K - Interesting, Bellows looks like he is being converted into a pitcher. With his struggles with the bat and with injury over the past few years, maybe the Indians are taking one last shot at tapping into his talent and strong right arm.

User Comments

Joe Chengery
August 21, 2013 - 2:02 AM EDT
The way the team needs offense, I wouldn't mind giving LaPorta one more shot and hope you catch lightning in a bottle. After all, he can't look any worse than Reynolds (even Cabrera hasn't looked THAT bad), and as for the 40-man, Albers could be DFA- does anyone think he'll be here next year? Hermann, Lee, Guilmet are all better options. Even Sturdevant and Adams could be better options as soon as the beginning of next year. Letting go of Albers now doesn't seem to be a huge loss in my mind. Never mind the fact he put the team in another precarious situation on Tuesday.
August 19, 2013 - 7:49 PM EDT
I feel comfortable adding that LaPorta would give you more than Reynolds or Giambi from a production stand point. Obviously the leadership qualities from Giambi are important to alot of folks and I'm not trying to undermine them. I'm speaking from a on the field production viewpoint only.
August 19, 2013 - 7:25 PM EDT
I think they should give LaPorta another flyer just in case. With little power on the big club something needs to be tried. If it doesn't work out then nothing is lost. I do agree the end is near for him as an Indian unless he rakes when given an opportunity.
August 19, 2013 - 5:18 PM EDT
Ever notice you're the only one complaining?
August 19, 2013 - 4:57 PM EDT
I still say these reports are too long. EIGHT relief pitchers who pitched one inning or less were featured. That's all you need to do - pitch one scoreless inning? And it doesn't even have to be the 9th!

I love the column and never miss it, but can we stick to the players who actually did something noteworthy?
August 19, 2013 - 10:49 AM EDT
LaPorta very likely will not be rostered and will go off into the sunset this offseason as a minor league free agent.
August 19, 2013 - 10:47 AM EDT
and since i am 63 and left handed we know what my chances are to have that happen
August 19, 2013 - 10:45 AM EDT
the tribe might be wise to DFA juan dias and add Matt LaPo to the 40 man roster so he is playoff eligible by 9/1/ to get some more hr hitting bat in lineup if needed. Dias isnt likely to be needed with more seasoning for lindor J-ram R-rod et al and with mke there as utility player the urgency at short isnt pressing might as wel do some short term planning dias and I have one thing in common. Neither of us is likely to play for the indians anytime soon.

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