Around The Farm: August 2, 2013
Danny Salazar (Columbus, SP) - W (4-2), 5 IP, 8 K - Only a fielding error in the fourth inning kept this from being five perfect innings. As it was, this was a stellar outing from a pitcher who has performed well as of late, including in his major league debut. He has now allowed no runs in five of his last six outings, no earned runs in six of his lat seven outings, and just three total runs (two earned) in his last seven outings. Wow. Salazar is a big part of the future of the Cleveland Indians rotation, and nights like last night show very clearly why.
Joel Mejia (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 4-5, 1 K - Mejia's first season stateside after three in the Dominican Summer League has been a legitmate breakout campaign. After going .299/.368/.463 in 17 games in Goodyear, he got the call-up to Mahining Valley where he has posted a .298/.377/.319 slash line. In his last ten games he has taken his gajme to an even higher level, putting up .371/.436/.400 numbers in that time. Can a trip to Eastlake be far behind for Joel?
- Roberto Perez (Columbus, C) - 3-4, 3 R, 3 2B, 1 K - While Perez has hardly had a good go of it in Triple-A Columbus this year (.183/.269.254 in 46 games with the 'Clips), he lit up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree on Friday night. Maybe it's just a fluke, but maybe it is a start to him figuring this level out.
- Tim Fedroff (Columbus, CF) - 2-4, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - While not Aguialr-esque, Fedroff's 41 RBI are nothing to sneeze at.
- Preston Guilmet (Columbus, RP) - H (3), 2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Guilmet's perfect outing continued the no-hitter Salazar had going.
- Vinnie Pestano (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Pestano continues to get his work in and makes his case for a return ticket to Cleveland.
- Clay Rapada (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - While he couldn't preserve the no-hitter, his solid inning was more than enough for the Clippers' eight-run lead to hold up.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB - While he didn't get an RBI, getting on base twice - including one of only two extra-base hits for Akron on the night - qualifies this as the only noteworthy offensive performance of the night for the Aeros.
- Will Roberts (Akron, SP) - L (7-8), 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR allowed - Roberts continues to struggle as this was the fifth straight outing in which he has allowed multiple earned runs.
- Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - 0.1 IP, perfect, 1 K - It's only one batter, but it's still a perfect outing...
- Jordan Smith (Carolina, CF) - 2-4, 1 R,1 BB - Jordan Smith just keeps rolling (.350/.435/.500 in his last ten games).
- Paddy Matera (Carolina, DH) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K - Another great night from the Sharknado. The Tribe needs to scout indyball more.
- Alex Lavisky (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K - Lavisky is posting a .326 BA and .535 SLG in his last ten games. The only bad news: His lack of plate discipline (10 K, 0 BB) means he also has a .326 OBP in that time.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) - 2-4 - Sabourin picks up a hit for the second straight night. Hopefully, he is getting back on track.
- Cole Cook (Carolina, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Cook continues to struggle at High-A after his second demotion of the season. I'm beginning to wonder if this is more of an injury and/or mechanics issue than one of finding a level he can pitch at.
- Richard Stock (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI - This night was hardly unusual for Richard of late who is batting .400/.413/.600 in his last ten games and .308/.343/.477on the season. While he's only in Lake County, he is a prime example of a fringe prospect opening up some eyes to get him into legitimate prospect status.
- LeVon Washington (Lake County, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - I think LeVon needs a new hashtag. How about #WashtimeInCAR?
- D.J. Brown (Lake County, RP) - L (1-3), 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R (all earned), 6 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - Brown usually pitches well, but when he goes bad, he goes really bad.
- Jack Wagoner (Lake County, RP) - 0.2 IP. perfect - A perfect outing that came too late to keep the Captains from losing.
- Robel Garcia (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 2-6, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS, 1 time picked off, 1 E - A solid night at the plate from Robel. Something that he needs to do more consistently.
- Juan Romero (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB - The slump may really be over as his hitting streak extends to three games.
- Trevor Frank (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (1-3), 2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Three perfect innings to pick up the relief win in extra innings.
- Manuel Carmona (Mahoning Valley, SP) - S (3), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K - Another typical nerve-racking save for an Indians organization closer.
- Ivan Castillo (Arizona League, SS) - 0-4, 4 K, 1 E - Another game where the only notable offensive performance was for the wrong reason ( a golden sombrero).
- Kieran Lovegrove (Arizona League, SP) - L (1-3), 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 3 HBP - Lovegrove's rough season in the box score continues.
- Jordan Milbrath (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R ( bothe earned), 1 K - Milbrath's six-game scoreless streak to start his professional career comes to an end.
- Martin Alcantara (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 3 K - As usual, I leave you on a happy note with a perfect inning. Not only was he perfect, he struck out the side. Congrats, Martin!
As for Washington, if he gets to Carolina and does well and he plays in the AFL and does well, I think he has a chance at making it in the top 15-20.
If Salazar is on an innings limit, could you see it be increased considering how efficient he was been this year? Or is he on a pitch limit for the rest of the season?
Seriously, who strikes out 19 guys in 10 innings while only throwing 127 pitches?
Will be interested to see LeVon's spot if he can play the rest of this year out healthy, somewhere between 8-10?
I still say these columns are too long. Does a relief pitcher that got two batters out in A ball really deserve a mention (Wagoner)?
And do we need to hear about guys at the bottom of the food chain in the AZL who go 0-for-4 or get lit up in relief?