Around The Farm: August 27, 2013
Josh Tomlin's impressive rehab outing highlights the night's action
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.
Josh Tomlin (Columbus, SP) - W (1-0), 5 IP, 1 H, 4 K, 1 HBP.
The question isn't whether Josh will get a call back up to Progressive Field for the stretch run once the rosters are expanded to 40 on Sunday. The only questions are if he gets the call-up right away or if he is left in C-Bus to make one more Triple-A start on Sunday and if he goes straight to the rotation or spends some time in the bullpen? Tonight's stellar outing combined withDanny Salazar's struggles on the mound for the Big Club tonight at Atlanta make a strong case for giving Tomlin the start on Sunday in Detroit.
- Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, RF) - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K - Surprsingly, the only multi-hit effort of a pretty solid offensive night for the Clippers.
- Matt Langwell (Columbus, RP) - H (7), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Langwell extends his scoreless streak to four games and seven innings with this perfect inning.
- Nick Hagadone (Columbus, CP) - S (6), 1 IP, perfect - Hagadone pitches his ninth shutout outing in his last 10. Will it be enough to get him a September call-up?
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - The RBI Machine increases his historic season total to 101 with his fourth inning homer to left field.
- Matt Lawson (Akron, 2B) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Following an eight-game stretch in which he went 4-for-20. Matt is now 7-for-8 in his last two games.
- Chris Wallace (Akron, DH) - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K - Wallace made his lone hit of the game count with a two-run double to left in the seventh, which got the Aeros back into the game.
- Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - ND, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - While Toru has had some mediocre outings as of late, this is his first horrible one since his early July train wrecks.
- Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K - A solid effort to keep the Aeros in the game. Too bad they came up just short in extra innings.
- Austin Adams (Akron, RP) - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP - See above.
- Sicnarf Loopstok (Mahoning Valley - Game 1, LF) - 2-3 - While notable as the only multi-hit performance of the opener for the Scrappers, the real story here is the second installment in the "Sicanrf Loopstok as a left fielder" experiment.
- Luis Gomez (Mahoning Valley - Game 1, SP) - L (0-2), 4 IP, 10 H, 7 R (6 earned), 2 BB, 4 K - Almost the polar opposite of his stellar non-complex debut last Wednesday. Still way too early to read anything into his numbers and/or performances yet.
- Ben Heller (Mahoning Valley - Game 1, SP) - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K - A nice rebound from his rough outing last Friday, albeit in a low-pressure situation.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, 1B) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 K - Just like the opener, the nightcap had only one notable offensive performance.
- Matt Whitehouse (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, SP) - L (4-1), 3 IP, 1 H,1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP -Robel Garcia's second-inning fielding miscue and a complete lack of run support combine to hand Whitehouse his first professional loss.
- Michael Goodnight (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, RP) - 3 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 1 HBP - Another good ouitng ruined by a lackluster offensive effort.
- Ordomar Valdez (Arizona League - Game 1, 2B) - 3-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - Even in a twelve-inning, six-plate apperance game, a three-hit night is still impressive.
- Clint Frazier (Arizona League - Game 1, CF) - 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB - For a player with Clint''s plate discipline issues, a game like tonight's opener is nice to see.
- Victor De Jesus (Arizona League - Game 1, LF) - 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K - Victor De Jesus' strikeout issues, however, continue. The walk was no measure of plate discipline, either, as it was intentional.
- Shao-Ching Chiang (Arizona League - Game 1, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - No pitching performances stood out from the AZL opener (nobody went more than three innings and no statlines really stood out either way), but Chiang's perfect inning gets the requisite (at least on nights I write this column) mention here in ATF.
- Francisco Mejia (Arizona League - Game 2, C) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 PB - Mejia remains hot at the plate (was batting .406 in his last nine games entering tonight's doubleheader), but 11 passed balls in 30 games is worrisome.
- Yonathan Mendoza (Arizona League - Game 2, SS) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Another hot bat in recent games (.314/.409/.457 in his last ten).
- Kieran Lovegrove (Arizona League - Game 2, SP) - L (1-7), 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 2 WP - How to keep Kieran Lovegrove's rough season in perspective: Take a deep breath, remind yourself he just turned 19 mid-season, exhale. Repeat as necessary.
Or including a guy who went 0-for-3 with a sac fly because that was the only run the team scored. Just because the rest of the hitters sucked doesn't make that performance noteworthy.
But I'm not going to keep it up. I made my suggestions, and they were just suggestions to improve the product, not complaints. Do it however you want, I'll keep reading and enjoying.
I'm not a baseball expert but that's what baseball is all about, getting on base and scoring some runs. The kid came out of nowhere and is taking full advantage of his chance. Let's see what he really has. SEND HIM UP the Indians can use him.
My thoughts on Adams' outing were the exact same as on Armstrong's (whose entry was directly above).
See what above?