Around The Farm: August 25, 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.
Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning in an already-lopsided victory may not seem like much, but in today's case it was Akron Aeros history as the RBI Machine became the first player in franchise history to reach 100 RBI in a single season. Even with the RBI totals, it is important to note that RBI don't make players better prospects as sometimes they are fortunate to have guys on base or get an unsustainable amount of hits with men on base.....but for this one time we will ignore all of that and just revel in the moment as what Aguilar has done from a statistical standpoint with the RBIs this year is amazing. Congrats Jesus!
- Matt LaPorta (Columbus, DH) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB - LaPorta continues to hit well in Triple-A. Will it be enough to earn him another chance at the big-league roster in September?
- Justin Toole (Columbus, 3B) - 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 Sac Bunt - The kind of night that it would be nice to see out of Toole more often (.222/.222/.222 in twelve games at the Triple-A level thus far this season).
- Joe Martinez (Columbus, SP) - ND, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP - Joe's third straight solid outing after the clunker against Toledo to start the month.
- C.C. Lee (Columbus, RP) - 1.1 IP, perfect, 3 K - Lee just owns the Huntington Park mound! This evening was his ninth scoreless appearance in his last ten (admitedlly, the one where he did give up runs was a diasaster).
- Preston Guilmet (Columbus, RP) - W (5-4), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K - Another case of a ninth scoreless outing out of his last ten. Gilmet picks up the win by dominating the Gwinnett Braves in extras, giving the offense time to score the winning run.
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 2B) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB - Ron-Rod has been putting up these kind of nights recently, but the nights in between are the problem. He needs to find some consistency to complement the stellar nights.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-4, 1 RBI - Urshela continues to dominate with his fifth two-hit night in his last six (.435 with 6 RBI in that stretch).
- Bryce Stowell (Akron, RP) - W (3-1), 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K ,1 WP - Stowell continues to bounce back from a couple of rough outings a week ago with his second straight scoreless appearance.
- Jose Flores (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Yet another perfect inning from Flores.
- Joe Wendle (Carolina, 2B) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 Hr, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Wow! The single-game OPS for this statline is 3.083. That's all you need to know about how great this effort was.
- Cole Cook (Carolina, SP) - ND, 2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 HR allowed, 1 WP - Cole contibues to struggle after his demotion from Double-A Akron. Two demotions and still struggling. Not a good sign.
- Owen Dew (Carolina, RP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 1 K - An admirable effort to keep the Mudcats in the game.
- Louis Head (Carolina, RP) - L (3-2), 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K - The tough luck loser of the day in the organization for sure. A decent outing by the starter would've seen him enter this game with a solid lead.
- Joe Sever (Lake County - Game 1, 3B) - 0-4, 4 K - The only remotely notable thing about this game is that somebody managed to pick up a golden sombrero in a doubleheader game (admittedly, an extra inning one...)
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County - Game 2, SS) - 2-5, 1 K, 1 SB, Game 2. At least we saw one significant offensive performance on the positive side for the Captains.
- Luis Morel (Lake County - Game 2, RP) - L (2-2), 6.1 IP, 3 H,2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 3 K ,1 HR allowed - The "bad outing, good outing" pattern continues for Morel. Too bad the offense wasted the good one today.
- Josh McAdams (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI - Hopefully this is the beginning of a turnaround for McAdams, who is .121/.147/.121 in his last ten (and that includes tonight!).
- Manuel Boscan (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - The same applies for Boscan's multi-RBI effort (.194/.188/.226 in his last ten).
- Caleb Hamrick (Mahoning Valley, SP) - W (2-5), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 Pick Off, 1 WP - Despite the 2-5 won-loss record (more a result of poor run support than anything else), Hamrick seems to be adjusting pretty well to the Short-Season Single-A level.
- Breily Puerta (Mahoning Valley, RP) - S (2), 3 IP, 4 H, 4 K - While he has been prone to some ugly outings, Breily's first season pitching in front of fans has largely been a success.
- Yonathan Mendoza (Arizona League, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K, Picked Off 1 time - Mendoza continues his recent hot streak (.333/.422/.472 in his last ten ballgames).
- Clint Frazier and Grant Fink (Arizona League, CF and 1B respectively) - 3 K each - Two solid hitters whose poor K:BB ratios manifested themselves in hat tricks on the night. No need to panic yet, but they both need to work on plate discipline in Instructional League and next year's Minor League Spring Training.
- Victor Cabral (Arizona League, LF) - 2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K - Victor has been hitting much better as of late (.281/.395/.344 in his last ten versus .211/.276/.259 on the season as a whole).
- Sean Brady (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP - Dominant four-inning start. No decision. You know where I'm going with this by now.
- Ramon Rodriguez (Arizona League, RP) - W (2-2), 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K - However, that is not to say that Ram-Rod didn't earn the win which he was credited based on this stellar relief outing.
- Wander Beras (Arizona League, RP) - H (1), 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K - Beras rebounds nicely from his rough Stateside debut on Tuesday.
- Jordan Milbrath (Arizona League, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - When Milbrath is going like he was last night, he is unstoppable. Now, if he could just do something to mitigate the level of struggles in his bad outings...
100 RBIs is no small feat these days, no matter what level. While his numbers don't look great, everyone needs to remember that overall Offense has gone down all through baseball since the MLB decided to get serious about prosecuting the use of "enhancing drugs". In fact, Aguilar has one of the best OPS (3rd I think) in the Eastern league among prospects born 1990 or later.
And similar to Urshela (just not as extreme) he has reverse splits, as he struggles to hit for power vs LHP (.083 ISO), it's much better vs RHP (.183).
Also, his approach/concentration seems to be worse with bases empty (.217BA), while hitting .323 with runners on. He has more HRs with bases empty in less ABs (9to6), which leads me to believe that he "uses" those ABs trying to pimp his power numbers, but when runners are on he looks to put up useful ABs.
All that to say that I think that there's some untapped potential left in Aguilar. Next season's Columbus lineup will be much more fun than this year's with him Lindor, JRam and Moncrief most probably in it.