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Around the Farm: August 18, 2014

Around the Farm: August 18, 2014
Bryan Price (Photo: Columbus Dispatch)
August 19, 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, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina and Short-A Mahoning Valley all had scheduled off days on Monday.

Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): (S, 1), 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Price earned the three inning save in this one anddid so by pitching three perfect innings of relief to close out the game. He threw 31 pitches (22 strikes) in his three innings and he looks to finally be 100% as he has rattled off 10 strikeouts in his last 7.0 innings over three appearances. He has not been given a shot to pitch in Cleveland yet this season, but some of that has to do with his late start to the season thanks to a minor setback with the arm. He is working to get some appearances (24) and innings under his belt (32.2) and it would be a surprise if he were not called up in September when rosters expand and Columbus’ season is over.

  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Columbus): 2-for-4, RBI, K, SAC. Slowly but surely Lindor appears to be coming around in Columbus. Over his last seven games he is 11-for-32 (.344) and has a 7-game hitting streak. His walk-strikeout ratio is still alarming at 6-25, but he looks to be finding some consistency at the plate.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB. The Year of the Urshela continues as he ripped his 18th homer of the season and racked up his 81st, 82nd and 83rd RBIs of the season. Both of those are career highs – by far.
  • James Ramsey (CF, Columbus): 1-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K. Ramsey has another good game reaching base in three of his five plate appearances. He is now hitting a solid .306 with a stellar .403 on-base percentage in 16 games at Columbus.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, K. Moncrief may not be having the big season with the production numbers like he had last year, but he’s having a solid season nonetheless hitting .272 with 11 HR, 61 RBI and .755 OPS in 120 games. He’s likely set for a return to Triple-A next season and should be outfield depth for the Indians.
  • Buck Farmer (SP, Toledo): 0.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R (7 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, HR. Why is this guy mentioned? Well, did you see his line? Farmer is a year out of the draft as he was taken in the 5th round of the 2013 Draft by the Tigers and even made his Major League debut this year. This was his Triple-A debut, but he didn’t get out of the first inning throwing 34 pitches (17 strikes) and now has a 189.00 ERA.
  • Gabriel Arias (SP, Columbus): 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Considering the Clippers put an 8-spot on the board in the first inning, this was a disappointing outing for Arias as he just needed to cruise through five to get a win. Instead, he couldn’t get out of the fourth inning and missed out on a chance for an easy win.
  • Ivan Castillo (SS, Lake County): 3-for-6, R, K. The Castillo Train continues to chug along in August as he is now hitting .324 with an .882 OPS in 15 games. He has hits in 10 of his last 11 games with six of those games being multi-hit efforts.
  • Paul Hendrix (3B, Lake County): 4-for-6, 2 R. Hendrix has a much needed good second half showing. His first half and second half stats are almost alike across the board except for a drop in his extra base hits which is what is pushing down all of his numbers from a .907 OPS in the first half to a .732 OPS in the second half.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (DH, Lake County): 0-for-2, 3 BB, K. Rodriguez was held hitless but worked his way to three walks in this one. While his 6-game hitting streak came to an end, he is hitting a solid .256 with a .798 OPS this season. He has really played well since June 1st posting an .800+ OPS in June, July and August.
  • Dorssys Paulino (LF, Lake County): 3-for-4, 2 RBI, BB. Don’t look now but Paulino looks to be coming around with the bat. His season numbers are not to the level everyone expected at this point, but he is currently enjoying an 8-game hitting streak and is hitting .341 over his last 10 games.
  • Jordan Milbrath (SP, Lake County): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Milbrath’s innings are being monitored down the stretch as he has about two starts left and is slated to throw 125-130 innings this season. At the moment he has 116.1 innings and looks in line to meet that goal.
  • Luis DeJesus (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Since his early season struggles at Mahoning Valley where he looked lethargic and maybe a little disheartened by pitching in Short-A, DeJesus has since regrouped and over his last 10 appearances has a 1.59 ERA and 4-16 walk to strikeout ratio in 17.0 innings.
  • Robbie Aviles (RP, Lake County): BS (1), 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K. Aviles’ innings are being monitored in order to ensure health since he came down with an arm injury in early June. He unfortunately won’t crack 100 innings this season thanks to his midseason injury, but a strong finish to the season could erase some of the doubts raised by his recent setback.
  • Caleb Hamrick (RP, Lake County): L (3-9), 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 6 K. On the positive side, Hamrick recorded six of his eight outs via the strikeout. On the negative side, he continues to allow way too many baserunners (1.88 season WHIP). Still, over his last three appearances covering 5.0 innings he has recorded 10 strikeouts, which is nice to see since getting swing and miss has been a constant issue for him all year.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, K. Chang ripped his 6th homer of the season for the AZL squad giving the Indians sole possession of the top two home run threats in the Arizona League since no one else besides Chang and Bradley (7) have more than five homers. The Chang-Bradley combo is a lot like the Santander-Paulino showing two years ago in Arizona…..hopefully it works out better for the Tribe this time around.
  • Bobby Bradley (1B, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 2 R, K, E. Even when he is not ripping extra base hits or driving in runs Bradley shows he can be productive by being a tablesetter with two singles in four at bats and scoring both times. He has recorded a hit in an astonishing 30 of 34 games this season.
  • Nathan Winfrey (3B, AZL Indians): 1-for-3, 2 R, 3B, RBI, K. Winfrey has not had much success with the bat this season hitting .212 through 24 games, but he has the makings of a good approach with a 16.5% walk rate early in his pro career.
  • Thomas Pannone (SP, AZL Indians): 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 K), 1 BB, 6 K. Not quite the strong performance we have grown accustomed to seeing out of Pannone of late, but he has pitched well overall these past few games/weeks. He now has 22 strikeouts in his last three outings covering 13.0 IP.
  • Erick Algarin (RP, AZL Indians): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Algarin scattered three hits over his two innings of work. He has a nice 7-29 walk to strikeout ratio and has pitched very well over his last nine outings with a 1.50 ERA and 27 strikeouts over 24.0 total innings.
  • Argenis Angulo (RP, AZL Indians): W (2-0), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Angulo’s season ERA is rough (8.36) thanks to some big blow ups, so consistency with his outings is definitely something he is going to work on going forward. Even with the high ERA you have to really be intrigued by the 24 strikeouts in 14.0 innings.
  • Jordan Dunatov (RP, AZL Indians): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Dunatov remains unscored upon in eight appearances covering 7.0 innings; however, he has really walked the tightrope on the mound as he has 9 walks and 5 hits (2.00 WHIP) in those 7.0 innings. How he has managed to not allow a run is amazing.

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User Comments

August 19, 2014 - 1:59 PM EDT
Urshela to 3d and Lonnie to bench come sept.
August 19, 2014 - 1:37 PM EDT
Lower level prospects are wild cards, no matter how highly regarded, and I would never trade one until you have a good idea of what you've got in the player (high A at least, but really AA or AAA).

The younger guys who get traded are guys like Chiz, who needs to be a DH somewhere, and we have Walters, Avilas and Urshela to play the position. Or maybe, for the right guy (like a lefty starter) you might offer some high level prospects, if any are valued highly enough to bring back a major league piece. What would trading for Jon Neise require, for example, since the Mets lack SS/2nd/CF prospects and have lots of pitching prospects?
August 19, 2014 - 11:54 AM EDT
Frazier still has more value and is a better prospect than Nellie and Bradley right now. Those two are just first basemen and really just have the power tool and Bradley has the hit tool as well. Frazier on the other hand is a better runner, better defender and has the plus power too. The hit tool is a question mark, but he's a much better rounded player who can do more than just hit for power.....and thus a better prospect. I agree that the strikeouts are a concern for Frazier, but I think overall, while not an eye popping year, he has had a solid season and really developed in other areas not shown in the box scores.
August 19, 2014 - 11:49 AM EDT
Frazier with 4 Ks in 6 ABs, ouch. That 30% K-rate won't fly in the upper levels. He has an elevated BABIP too. I would consider trading him this offseason, if some other team still sees a top 5 draft pick prospect and offers some good return. Speed is already on the decline and he probably won't stay in CF. He needs to hit better to remain a top prospect and I'm getting concerned that he lacks the hit tool to do so. He will probably be behind Bradley in my offseason rankings. NRod who is a borderline top 20 guy is just 3 months older and is having a better season with a significantly lower BABIP. He is in his 3rd season in the system though.
The stories and track records of the specs with age excuse for underperforming in this org is not good, so Frazier needs to show more. I didn't expect a Joey Gallo-like domination, but certainly more than what he did so far. He starts to remind me of a RHB version of Chiz and that's not meant as a compliment.
August 19, 2014 - 9:40 AM EDT
Masterson has a 6.30 ERA in four starts for the Cards, which is abysmal, and especially in the NL where the pitchers bat. By comparison, the Cardinals' top three starters all have ERA's under 3.00.

However, Masterson is 2-for-6 at the plate, so maybe he should consider following in Rick Ankiel's footsteps and switch to the outfield.

Jhonny Peralta is tied for the lead on the Cardinals with a 3.2 WAR. He's having a good year at the plate, but I doubt he's reminding anybody of Ozzie Smith in the field. Jhonny just keeps rolling along.
August 19, 2014 - 9:17 AM EDT
The Masterson trade is looking good every day. Watched the Reds game on Fox Sports Ohio and Masterson got bombed in the 5 th giving up 4 runs. He has not looked good since the Cardinals acquired him.

What kind of arm injury did Aviles get that sort of ruined his season to get to Carolina? He was LC best starter until the injury.

August 19, 2014 - 9:10 AM EDT
Buck Farmer should consider another way to make a living

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