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Around the Farm: August 24, 2013

Around the Farm: August 24, 2013
August 25, 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.

Kenny Mathews (SP, Mahoning Valley): 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K. The first real hiccup for Mathews who is still very early in his pro career. He gave up more earned runs in this one outing than he had given up the entire season in nine starts before it. Even with the tough outing his numbers look great as he is 0-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts, and in 31.1 innings he has allowed 26 hits, no homers, 10 walks and has 30 strikes. The ability to throw strikes, keep the ball in the yard and get strikeouts will get you noticed, especially when you are left-handed.

  • Ryan Rohlinger (SS, Columbus): 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI. Ryan is not much of a prospect but continues to play well. As a roster fill in he’s had a nice season hitting .264 with a .708 OPS.
  • David Cooper (DH, Columbus): 0-for-3, BB. He has played just two games (1-for-7) with Columbus after hitting .440 with a 1.041 OPS in six games in Arizona. He should be in Cleveland by week’s end.
  • Jeremy Hermida (RF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 K. Hermida has actually had a solid Triple-A season with 86 walks and .371 on-base percentage.
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen (LF-1B, Columbus): 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, 2 K. It has been a struggle for Chen since the start of July as he hit just .188 with a .517 OPS in July and so far in August he is hitting .174 with a .517 OPS.
  • Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K. Bauer threw 109 pitches and only 62 of them for strikes (56.9% strike rate). Once again he was pitching behind in the count all night. He might have one final start on Thursday and then his season could be over.
  • Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): 0.2 IP, 0 R, 2 K. Pestano faced two batters and mowed down both. He’s been okay since his return to Columbus as he is still trying to work out some kinks in his mechanics and be more consistent.
  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron): 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 K. The steady Ramirez continues to produce and is one of four non-40 roster players in consideration for a big league call this September.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 1-for-3, R, BB, A. The Akron offense only managed 2 runs and 3 hits all night. Holt was able to reach base with ease in 2 of his 4 plate appearances, and even racked up an outfield assist in the process.
  • Brett Myers (SP, Akron): 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ERA), 0 BB, 0 K. Myers’ first appearance in a game setting since June. This was not pretty and hopefully this about does it. Any chance at a return this season looks very remote.
  • Will Roberts (RP, Akron): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 K. One of the few times that Roberts has looked overmatched on the mound this season as he has done a good job of getting consistent results.
  • Bryson Myles (OF, Carolina): 1-for-5, RBI, BB, 3 K. Since his 23-game hitting streak ended two weeks ago Myles has not been able to hit much of anything. He is hitting .229 with a .622 OPS in his last 10 games.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 0-for-5, BB, 3 K. Take a picture of that because not only did he not get a hit but he also struck out three times. Those are two rare occurrences for him.
  • Robert Whitenack (SP, Carolina): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K. An excellent and much needed performance for Whitenack and one of his best starts of the year  – although he struggled with his command as he threw just 43 of his 81 pitches for strikes (53%).
  • Francisco Valera (RP, Carolina): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 K. A rare hiccup for him as he has really settled in and found a good home in the bullpen at Carolina. Unfortunately he did not have it on Friday as he allowed the winning runs to score.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI. Paulino has slowly improved with the bat since his very cold start the first month-plus of the season. He is hitting .317 in his last 10 games and is up to a .247 average and .651 OPS on the season.
  • Nick Hamilton (LF, Lake County): 2-for-3, R, K. Hamilton put up a multi-hit night for the second night in a row. He is not the greatest of talents, but his versatility and attitude continue to be the separator for him.
  • Jake Sisco (SP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R/ER,  4 BB, 2 K. Sisco had a hard time throwing strikes all night with four walks and just 24 of his 52 pitches (46%) went for strikes.
  • Luis DeJesus (RP, Lake County): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 2 HR. DeJesus was once again bit by the homer bug as he has now allowed 23 homers on the season. On the flip side, this may have been his most dominant outing of the year with the 9 Ks.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB, K. A little bit of everything from Rodriguez who got one of the three total hits on the night for the Scrappers.
  • Martin Cervenka (C, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, RBI. The lone RBI for the Scrappers and one of the other two hits. In 51 games between Lake County and Mahoning Valley he is hitting just .182 and has really underwhelmed after impressing so much in the spring.

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User Comments

August 25, 2013 - 3:49 PM EDT
I'm still a little concerned about Wendle. His performance last night was mostly against a lefty starter, and now near the end of the season he has a .325/.397/.561 slash line against right handed pitchers but only .196/.292/.330 against lefties.

Another thing, this about the overall minors, I don't recall ever seeing such poor team records throughout the entire system. As of now, the comprehensive minor league team records are 311 wins and 401 losses, a winning % of only .437. If you translate that to our current 162 game season, it is equivalent to having a record of 71-91. I know the minors are about player development, but getting used to losing isn't a good trend in player development either.
MT88 in WI
August 25, 2013 - 1:15 PM EDT
I was at Nick Hamilton's1st start for Lake County. Nice kid.

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