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Around The Farm: August 23, 2013

Around The Farm: August 23, 2013
August 24, 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.

LeVon Washington (Lake County, CF) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K
Washington's readjustment period to full-season ball has ended and it is once again #washtime in :Lake County.  LeVon is now on a seven-game hitting streak during which he is batting .355.  The dominance continued tonight with a multi- etra base hit and multi-run night in Eastlake.  If you want to see him at Classic Park, now's your chance.  he'll be higher up the system come next April.

  • Matt Carson (Columbus, LF) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - Matt continues to hit better as of late (.270/.325/.459 in his last ten games) than on the season as a whole (.251/.319/.393).
  • T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 10 H, 2 R (both earned), 6 K - Outside of being a little hard on the WHIP, a pretty good night from T.J..
  • Bryan Price (Columbus, RP) - L (1-3), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both unearned), 3 K, 1 E - This loss was a result of nothing more than him being left in the game too long.  He was unstoppable for the first two innings he was out there.
  • Clay Rapada (Columbus, CP) - BS(1), 1 IP, 1 E - Normally, I'm not too hard on a pitcher who allows the winning runs to score on an error.  In this case, however, I make an exception as Clay committed the error in question.
  • Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS - A solid night on the bases for Moncrief as he stole his twelfth base of the year and increased his run total on the season to 74.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - The RBI Machine stands one RBI away from being the first Aero to reach the century mark in a single season.
  • Tyler Holt (Akron, LF) - 0-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 Sac Bunt, 1 Sac Fly - A multi-RBI night is always impressive.  To do so without getting a hit, even more so.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Akron, DH) - 2-4, 1 RBI - He only drove in one run on the night, but it was Tyler Holt for the game-winner in the bottom of the eleventh inning.
  • Jordan Smith (Carolina, CF) - 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K - Smith has been so hot lately that even when he is held to one hit, he has an outside impact on the game.  In this case, driving in half the runs.
  • Tony Wolters (Carolina, C) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K - Another recent hot bat who managed to put his mark on the game despite having only a one-hit night.
  • Nick Pasquale (Carolina, SP) - W (6-7), 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - Pasquale puts up his second straight one-run outing and a 1.89 ERA in his last three times out on the mound.
  • Louis Head (Carolina, RP) - S (2), 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K - Louis seems to be adjusting quite well to the Advanced level of Single-A ball with a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances (31.1 IP) and two saves, including tonight's of the two-inning variety.
  • D.J. Brown (Lake County, SP) - 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 4 K - This is the kind of night you want to have in your first professional start.  Congrats, D.J.!
  • Anderson Polanco (Lake County, RP) - BS (1), W (1-1), 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 E - A win and blown save do not belong on the same statline.  Oh, you need a bar of soap for the kitchen sink?  Okay, I'll get off the box.
  • Grant Sides (Lake County, CP) - S (6), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - Much like Louis himself, the Captains have not missed a beat since Head's call-up with Sides filling in quite admirably in the closer's role.
  • Claudio Bautista (Mahoning Valley - Game 1, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K - Really the only notable offensive performance of the opener for the Scrappers, including the only multi-hit effort, the only extra-base hit, and one of only two runs scored in the eight-inning contest.
  • Cole Sulser (Mahoning Valley - Game 1, SP) - 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 5 K - A stellar start wasted by poor fielding and poor hitting.  In other words, the position players should take the loss for this one.
  • Trevor Frank (Mahoning Valley - Game 1, RP) - 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all unearned), 1 K - Really, there should be a way to charge the starting lineup with this loss.  Unfortunately for Trevor, the rulebook stipulates that a pitcher has to take the loss.
  • Ben Heller (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, SP) - L (1-3), 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 earned), 2 K - While the hitting and fielding were not much, if any, better in the nightcap, the loss does feel more fairly assigned here than in the opener.
  • Alexis Paredes (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, RP) - 3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - Yeoman's work keeping the Scraps in the game.  Unfortunately, lack of run support rendered it moot.
  • Carlos Melo (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K - See above.
  • Grant Fink and Francisco Mejia (Arizona League, 1B and C respectively) - 1 RBI each - Each player picked up his 23rd RBI of the short season tonight, Fink in his 42nd game and Mejia in only his 27th.
  • Juan Santana (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP - Juan dominates as per usual.  By the way, my normal "five innings for a win" complaint doesn't apply here because he left the game when it was tied as the run support was light early.
  • Thomas Pannone (Arizona League, RP) - W (1-0), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Yes, this was a "right place, right time" relief victory for Pannone, but it was also a perfect inning, so the honor is well-deserved.
  • Casey Shane (Arizona League, RP) - S (1), 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 5 K, 2 WP - A four-inning save!   What decade is this, again?  Seriously, though, congrats on your first pro save, Casey!  I have a feeling it won't be the last one.

User Comments

August 24, 2013 - 11:17 PM EDT
tony on the above list i see adams --100 mph-- aguillar on acct of 100 rbis and carlos moncrief on tools only the rest i think we will take our chances soto and diaz and fedroff and barnes just to name a few are off the 40 man for sure.
August 24, 2013 - 5:03 PM EDT
No, Guilmet is right about where I thought he would be. If I were to re-rank, maybe he goes up 4-5 spots. Same with Langwell and those others. Middle relievers simply are not valued commodities and don't rank well on prospect lists unless they have closer stuff.

Also, important to note that the Indians likely only add up to 5-6 players to the roster, assuming they make enough space on the roster. And that Cooper is coming on this week.....and that one or both of Jose Ramirez and Kyle Crockett are in strong consideration to be added as September callups.
August 24, 2013 - 4:40 PM EDT
Tondo you are right Adams is a lock. He recovered so well and flat brings it. Needs dominate command and if he does that he will be big!
August 24, 2013 - 4:27 PM EDT
Might look at Prices last 39 innings pitched against AAA bitters. And your same analysis used on Weglarz, knapp, washington??? As for Langwell I would like to see him as a starter. He just seems to get outs. He has had a fantastic minor league career but needs to be picked up by a needing team. And if in remember right you ranked lots of guys above Guilmet this year in your book. Seems Guilmet exceeded your expectations. Right?
August 24, 2013 - 4:23 PM EDT
By my count there will be up to 10 open roster spots this offseason. Even if they want 5 of them re-filled with MLB FAs or re-signings, that's around 5 open spots. I don't see the need to add Washington or Colon since they're A-Ball specs. Any bat currently in AA will have a hard time sticking, but I'd probably still roster Moncrief because his game and tools make him a good bench option. Adams is a lock. Not sure there's anyone else left that has a better chance to get selected than Price. Aguilar is a 1B in AA, Monsalve hasn't even had 100ABs above A Ball. Urshela has the D and improving bat, so probably he should be rostered. It's also a position the Indians aren't set yet. Soto has to be added, he'd be a LOOGY/long relief target for some teams for sure, same with Packer, but he's the one I would "risk". Holt? Really? If he gets selected I don't see him sticking, but he can get Fedroff's spot, if the Tribe FO is higher on him. Both would be a waste of a spot.

That said, I think some of that crunch will resolve itself this winter in trades and there will be a lot of turnover on that 40, as many will leave or can be DFA'd without much of a loss.
August 24, 2013 - 4:05 PM EDT
Never said Price wouldn't go Rule 5, just said it is 50-50. I get this every year....."so and so is going to go Rule 5" and they aren't taken. Especially with relievers. Last year it was Rob Bryson. The year before Steven Wright. I mean, go back and look at Matt Langwell's season last year. He was left unprotected for Rule 5 and didn't get selected. Same kind of season as Price and a similar pitcher prospect-wise. It is important to note that unless a reliever has true backend stuff, they are just not highly valued or sought after in trades. Lots of teams have similar relief prospects like Price, Langwell, Guilmet, etc. The Indians just happen to have a lot of them of late. And that is not to discredit Price at's just to be realistic and objective and not get too caught up in numbers. Believe me, I'm thrilled he's doing well and hope he gets a shot. Just the reality is not everyone does.

I think Price has a chance but it is hardly a slam dunk. Bottom line, the Indians already have a lot of young relievers on their 40-man roster and likely have to add Austin Adams who will go on the 40-man over Price because of his stuff. Price is a second level relief prospect along the lines of Langwell/Guilmet and might find his way onto a roster, though it is very unlikely to be with the Indians this offseason. I could see him traded like Cory Burns was two offseason's ago. I'm a fan of Price, always have been, but I talk to the front office on a weekly basis and scouts for other teams, so while I am not always right, I do have a pulse for how the Indians and other teams view their prospects.
August 24, 2013 - 3:46 PM EDT
Tony not sure you watch the same guys as we do. His number are legit and he is in a position to go to the next level. If folks used your opinion then all guys like price should leave baseball. Would leave only your select prospects to play amongst themselves and what for their place in the bigs! You often say how players won't, can't, shouldn't be what they are but Price's number are awesome and can't be hidden. Other teams would take him. Your kidding yourself if you think any diff.
August 24, 2013 - 3:36 PM EDT
Can't see how Price is rostered this offseason based on the roster crunch right now. And besides, he is not a priority pen prospect for the Indians. They will roster Austin Adams over him. Some Rule 5 eligibles:

Austin Adams
Jesus Aguilar
Joe Colon
Tyler Holt
Carlos Moncrief
Alex Monsalve
Matt Packer
Bryan Price
Giovanni Soto
Giovanny Urshela
LeVon Washington

Just don't see how a fringe level pen prospect like Price gets on. And I think it would be 50-50 he is even selected in Rule 5.
August 24, 2013 - 3:27 PM EDT
Price is 100% picked in Rule 5 if not protected. The only question is if he gets returned at some point but since he has nothing left to prove in the Minors, there'a a good chance he'll stick.
I thought there are enough open spots on the 40 this offseason to protect guys like him, no?
Trade ACab and let CP, Albers, Jimenez and Kazmir walk and promote from within. The depth is there to do it.
August 24, 2013 - 2:51 PM EDT
It is certainly possible some of the Indians bullpen depth is traded this offseason, though hard to get much one for one when dealing a pen arm. But I think they will look to move some arms. As for Price, there is a possibility he could be added to the roster, but I think the Indians will take the gamble (a good one) to not roster him and that he won't get picked up in the Rule 5 Draft. We will see.
August 24, 2013 - 11:04 AM EDT
I predict Price and Guilmet will not be in the org next year. They are putting up some good numbers! Trade, rule 5
August 24, 2013 - 10:53 AM EDT
I certainly see McAdams at LC next year. The difference between LC and MV is very small (lots of newly drafted college guys make it that way). McAdams has been well in streaks and he needs to stay consistent from game-to-game.
August 24, 2013 - 6:27 AM EDT
Shane just turned 18yo and has a lot of work left to do. I fully expect him to open in MV or even repeat AZL next season. Brady is the SP who will make the jump to LC, because he's older, has performed better and was a much bigger investment.
The only very young spec I see pushed to LC is F.Mejia, who should join Frazier, Santander, N.Rodriguez, J.Martinez, C.Bautista and possibly D.Paulino to form a nice collection of very young high upside bats in LC next season. Too bad guys like McAdams and McClure don't seem to be ready to join the party. Could have been a monster lineup, if those two would have developed as hoped.

Urshela quietly keeps improving. He's having a better season than RRod with the bat and is the better defender, so some experts and fans should maybe re-think who deserves more hype.
Being a RHB he has some noteworthy loopsided reverse splits, hitting LHP only for a .198BA and .438OPS while hitting a robust .303/.790 vs. RHP. Very strange, but I'll take the optimist angle and say that he should have a better chance of improving vs LHP going forward.
August 24, 2013 - 6:07 AM EDT
What happened to Cody Penny from UNC ?
August 24, 2013 - 3:16 AM EDT
If he doesn't make it to LC to start next season, he will probably get at least one more. Half-season pitching staffs aren't as neatly divided as their full-season counterparts.
August 24, 2013 - 2:50 AM EDT
I hope it is Shane's last save because I want him to be a FOR starter for the Indians!

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