Around The Farm: August 20, 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.
Paddy Matera (Carolina, 3B) - 2-6, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K - Matera's RBI total continues to soar, now standing at 31 in only 60 Carolina League games. How was this guy playing in the Atlantic League to start the season? If he keep s this up, he may earn a ahot at Double-Akron next spring. The Sharknado is looking like a steal of a signing. Anyone who doubts the worth of scouting the independent leagues shouldn't after seeing what this guy is doing.
Clint Frazier (Arizona League, CF) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Frazier continues to impress as Tuesday night's effort raises his batting average to .314 and sees him pick up his fifth home run and 26th RBI in only 37 professional games. While a K:BB ratio nearing 5:1 is something of a concern (albeit a minor one at this point in his development), he has now gone two straight games without a strikeout. Hopefully, this is the beginning of him developing some plate discipline.
- Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, DH) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K - Hermida's blast to right center in the fourth gave the Clippers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. It was his only hit on the day, but it was enough.
- Juan Diaz (Columbus, SS) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 K - The Clippers lone multi-hit effort of the day.
- Roberto Perez (Columbus, C) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI - Another case of a Clipper who had only one hit on the day but made it count (two-RBI ground ball double to right in the seventh).
- Paolo Espino (Columbus, SP) - W (4-4), 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 7 K - Paolo's form in Triple-A continues to improve as he moves his C-Bus winning percentage up to .500.
- Matt Langwell (Columbus, RP) - H (6), 2 IP, 1 K,1 HBP - He actually pitched two perfect innings before plunking the leadoff hitter in the eighth.
- Clay Rapada (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - This perfect inning involved facing only two batters as he started an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play that retired the runner allowed by Langwell to start the inning.
- Nick Hagadone (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 HR allowed - I note this outing only to urge people not to panic. These are the first runs, earned or otherwise, that Hagadone has allowed in 26 days, ending a nine outing, 8.1 IP scoreless streak. All is well. Remain calm.
- Jose Ramirez (Akron, SS) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 CS, Picked Off 1 time - While J-Ram has been hitting pretty consistently with hits in nine of his last ten games, Tuesday night's triple was his first extra-base hit in that stretch.
- Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - Tyler's lone hit of the night is his first Double-A home run.
- Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Moncrief picks up his second homer and fourth RBI in his last three games, but is still only batting .167 in his last ten games.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - Urshela picks up an RBI for the second night in a row in this multi-hit effort.
- Alex Monsalve (Akron, C) - 2-4, 1 K, Picked Off 1 time - Monsalve continues to dominate Eastern League pitching (.368/.385/.579 in his last ten games).
- Cody Anderson (Akron, SP) - 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R (all earned), 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP - While significant run support prevented him from taking the loss, this poor outing by Cody laid the groundwork for the Aeros' loss.
- Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 K - I've often talked in this column about relief decisions often coming down to a pitcher being in the right place (the pitching mound) at the right time (the half inning before the team takes the lead for good). This relief loss was a case of the wrong place at the wrong time (on the mound when a fielding error allows an unearned winning run to score).
- Logan Vick (Carolina, CF) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K - Vick puts up another stellar night at the Advanced Single-A level. Performing consistently between such nights is the challenge facing him now.
- Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB - Another example of how plate discipline can lead to runs.
- Joe Wendle (Carolina, 2B) - 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - Wendle has struggled recently (.243 in his last ten games compared to .294 on the season), but his first multi-hit night in a week represents some hope of a turnaround.
- Bryson Myles (Carolina, LF) - 2-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - Another solid night from a player desperately in need of a reversal of form (5-for-31 in his last nine games).
- Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E - Gonzalez remains unstoppable at the plate (.432/.452/.595 in his last ten). While I don't normally get too worked up about a single error, Erik's fielding miscue in the bottom of the second allowed five unearned runs to score in a one-run loss. Not good.
- Cole Cook (Carolina, SP) - 2 IP, 6 H, 8 R (3 earned), 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP, 1 E - While not a great outing by Cook, Gonzalez's fielding error made it look much worse than it really was.
- Benny Suarez (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - A perfect ninth inning that, unfortunately, was not enough on an ugly night in Salem, Virginia.
- Yhoxian Medina (Lake County, 2B) - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS - Easily the best offensive effort on the night for the Captains. He got on base twice.
- Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 1-3, 1 K - The only other Captain to get a hit on the night in Lansing.
- Zack MacPhee (Lake County, 3B) - 0-2, 1 HBP, 1 SB - On a night like Tuesday night, a stolen base is enough to get you into ATF.
- Jorge Martinez (Lake County, RF) - 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K - Mentioned for no other reason than he got on base.
- Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K - A solid outing that was doomed by a total lack of run support. A no decision was as much as he could hope for.
- Luis Morel (Lake County, RP) - L (5-4), 1.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R (4 earned), 3 BB - While such an outing can be damaging on a good hitting night. On a night like Tuesday night, it's insurmountable.
- Claudio Bautista (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - The lone multi-hit outing of the night for MV.
- James Roberts (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B - His double was the Scrappers' lone extra-base hit of the night.
- Caleb Hamrick (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed - Another solid outing that couldn't realy aspire to anything loftier than a no decision due to a lack of run support.
- Carlos Melo (Mahoning Valley, RP) - L (0-1, BS(1), 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 K - Not the kind of outing he was hoping for in his first game of the season in front of a significant crowd.
- David Cooper (Arizona League, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB - What does David Cooper need to do to get a call up to Columbus or Akron? Seems like a matter of days....maybe he goes straight to Cleveland?
- Grant Fink (Arizona League, 3B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 K - Fink went into this game batting .364 in his last nine games and only improved on that number. He is on a roll right now.
- Shane Rowland (Arizona League, C) - 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB - Another batter prone to spectacular nights but unableto translate that into consistent success.
- Sean Brady (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - Yet another example of why the "five innings for a win" rule has no place in short-season minor league baseball, especially the complex-based Rookie level.
The way the minor league schedule looks it would not be too much of a surprise to see David Cooper in Columbus on Thursday. From there depends on him.