Around the Farm: August 26, 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.
Note, both short season Single-A Mahoning Valley and rookie level Arizona were postponed on Monday.
Jose Ramirez (Akron SS): 3-5, SB: On a night when Columbus, Akron, and Lake County combined for four total runs, Jose was without a doubt the offensive star of the night. Ramirez is so advanced for his age it is unbelievable. An above average defender with 38 stolen bases, a 7.5 BB%, 7.9 K% and he is at Akron as a 20 year old. Ramirez is just icing a great season at this point.
Shawn Morimando (Carolina SP): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 7 K, HR: A really good outing for Morimando whose K/9 is now approaching seven. Shawn has bounced back from a truly abysmal two and two third inning start against Lynchburg. While Shawn has had a lot of success against lefties he has been more than adequate against righties which is very encouraging in terms of his long term prospects as a starter.
Dylan Baker (Lake County SP): 6 IP, 2 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 5 K: Another strong outing from another Indians farmhand. More strikeouts than base runners over six innings and a WHIP of 0.75. An absolutely outstanding outing. This is Baker’s sixth consecutive outing of at least five innings and 2 runs or less, which is exactly what you look for in terms of a prospect finishing a season strong.
- Paolo Espino (Columbus SP): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 K, 2 HR: Aside from two gopher balls, Espino had an altogether impressive outing. Creating swings and misses, with a limited WHIP is always impressive. While he has little or no priority as a prospect, nights like these are very encouraging and create organizational optimism.
- Chun Chen (Columbus 1B): 2-4, 2B, 2 K: Though Chen has struggled at Columbus to a tune of a .215 average, Monday night was a good night. Chen is really a non-prospect at this point but in reality so is the entire Columbus lineup Monday evening, so props to Chen for mustering some production.
- Matt Packer (Akron SP): 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 K, HB: Packer did a good job of limiting damage having allowed a few more base runners than one would like in five a third innings.
- Matt Lawson (Akron 2B): 4-4, R: Lawson is the definition of an organizational guy. He is also the definition of an ultimate professional who adds value to any clubhouse or situation he is placed in.
- Joe Wendle (Carolina 2B): 2-6: Wendle has begun to reheat of late, however, his August will go down as his least effective to date as he sits at .250 for the month.
- Tony Wolters (Carolina DH): 2-4, 2B, BB: Another Mudcat with multiple hits. While we have seen limited power from Wolters this has been an encouraging year of development; even though he has a way to go to prove he can stick at catcher defensively.
- Erik Gonzalez (Carolina 3B): 2-5, 2B, 3B, R, K: The twenty-one year old has had an impressive season as his two extra base hits have pushed him to 50 in 125 games.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina 1B): 2-4, R, 2B, RBI: Sabourin is an older guy for the league and has limited power for his position at best, but a good night none the less.
- Logan Vick (Carolina RF): 1-4, R, RBI, HR, BB: Vick has had moderate success since his promotion to Carolina. Though his batting average is not impressive in the small sample, his walk rate and BB/K have remained impressive. Positive signs indeed.
- LeVon Washington (Lake County CF): 1-3, R, BB: Gratuitous #Washtime drop but another good night as usual for Washington. However, if he wants to regain relevance he simply has to stay on the field for a full season or something close.
- Nick Hamilton (Lake County LF): 2-3, K: Third two hit night in his last five games and Nick seems to be heating up a tick in Lake County.
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Cody Anderson, Shawn Morimando, Joe Colon, Dylan Baker, and Ryan Merritt are all young, lower-level SP guys who had very nice seasons. Here's hoping they keep it up!