Around the Farm: August 19, 2013
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.
Eric Haase (Lake County C): 4-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI:
The twenty year old has shown some impressive power at Lake County this season with fourteen home runs. Haase has really picked up his production in the month of August. Over his last ten games Haase is hitting .324, with an OBP of .439, as well as two home runs and six RBI’s.
Tyler Naquin (Akron CF): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K:
Any time one of your recent first round picks has a good night at an upper level that is a distinct positive and tonight Naquin tops ATF. Everyone knows the knocks on Naquin; limited power, elevated strikeout rate but there are positives his hit tool, plus arm and solid range. So far in Akron (Miniscule sample alert), Naquin has matched his 25% k-rate which he had at Carolina (warning sign).
- Juan Diaz (Columbus SS): 2-4, 2B, RBI, K: Had two of the Clipper’s five hits on Monday night as he highlights a who’s who of formerly relevant prospects on the Columbus roster.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka (Columbus SP): 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R(ER), 3 BB, 6 K, HR: Excluding today’s start Daisuke was beginning to become interesting again because of the injury to Kluber and the stamina issues for Kazmir. Either way this outing was an absolute dud.
- Vinnie Pestano (Columbus RP): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R(ER), BB: Really not possible to have a much more discouraging line. Still struggling to control the zone, his mediocrity in Columbus has become concerning.
- Blake Wood (Columbus RP): IP, 2 K: Don’t tend to include a lot of relievers but these two are particularly pertinent. Wood was impressive and while the bullpen has been acceptable of late one must assume he will be a September addition.
- Carlos Moncrief (Akron RF): 2-5, 2B, R, RBI: The breakout performer of system this season, Carlos had struggled coming into Monday night having hit just .143 in his past ten games.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron 1B): 1-4, 2 R, RBI, BB: Did you really expect to see the Aeros score ten runs and Aguilar not drive in a run? Of course not. Obviously, evaluating minor leaguers based on RBI is an extremely flawed practice but this season Aguilar has collected as many runs driven in as I have Bill Selby rookie cards.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron 3B): 2-4, 2 RBI: The defensive wizard added some offense this evening as the Indians front office has to be pleased with his strides offensively this season. Of course the OBP is horrific but the strikeout rate is not that ugly.
- Cedric Hunter (Akron DH): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, R: He is a twenty-five year old organizational depth guy playing in double-a but tonight was a very good night offensively for Hunter.
- Austin Adams (Akron RP): 2 IP, K: Efficient, no base runners another solid outing for Adams who should be prepared to move quickly next season.
- Logan Vick (Carolina RF): 2-4, BB: Two hits and a walk have Vick teetering above the Mendoza line in his first taste of High-A. Looks like he is starting to get comfortable.
- Bryson Myles (Carolina LF): 1-4, 2B, K: Mr. August ATF has cooled down a bit offensively over his last ten games and this game sort of yawner for the talented outfielder.
- Tony Wolters (Carolina C): 1-4, 2B, R, K: Another line that does not shout ATF but it is good to see Wolters grab an extra-base hit; something that had been missing during his transition season to behind the dish.
- Levon Washington (Lake County CF): 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, K: Though injuries have robbed Washington of some of his prospect luster he continues to produce any time he is on the field.
- Cody Ferrell (Lake County LF): 3-5, R, RBI: No extra base hits but Ferrell continues to have success for the Tribe’s lower level affiliates. The undrafted pickup has added nice depth at multiple stops so far.
- Luis DeJesus (Lake County SP): 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K: An impressive outing for DeJesus who has struggled at Lake County. Things one likes to see: only five base runners in five innings, and four k’s in give frames.
- Anderson Polanco (Lake County RP): 3 IP, H, 5 K: Absolutely dominant outing, only one base runner coupled with a high k-rate. A lot to like from this performance.
- Claudio Bautista (Mahoning Valley 2B): 1-4, 3B, RBI: The most interesting offensive performance for the Scrappers. Bautista had one of the Scrappers three hits and has been a bright spot in their season to date.
- Kenny Mathews (Mahoning Valley SP): 4 H, 2 R(1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K: The 2013 draft pick has had a lot of success so far in short-season ball. Mathews has a 3/1 K/BB rate and 24 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.
- Alexis Paredes (Mahoning Valley RP): 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K: The best outing to date for Paredes. Another sound three inning performance by a Tribe farm hand.
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Nice to see Haase's name on the list. He has the kind of athleticism you like behind the plate.. good arm, very strong fundamental catching ability and, perhaps his best asset, great quickness with his feet. He'll have some pop in his bat, but, being at least a backup ML backstop doesn't seem impossible with the tools he has...