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Around The Farm: August 27, 2013

Josh Tomlin's impressive rehab outing highlights the night's action

Around The Farm:  August 27, 2013
August 28, 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.

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.

User Comments

August 29, 2013 - 11:20 PM EDT
Ken, I agree that Matera should be given an opportunity to come back. The problem is there is not really a place to play him at Akron next year. With Lindor at SS, Wendle at 2B, Urshela at 3B, and Wolters at C and maybe utility, the options are limited. I could see him possibly filling a utility role....but if Rodriguez returns to Akron too, well, it's a very crowded situation. The reality is he is a very low profile player who was signed out of indy ball to fill an organizational hole for the year and he's done a great job. Reminds me of the job Ole Sheldon did when the Indians signed him out of indy ball in 2009 and had him at High-A (like Matera) and had a very good year but did not resign him for the next season.
August 29, 2013 - 11:06 AM EDT
Tony, My thoughts on Matera was that he was a flash in the pan but after 68 games at high A he deserves to be brought back and see what he can do at the next level. His on base percentage is the highest in the whole Indian organization. His versatility to play any infield position is a also a plus for him. And any one who stands in front of a fastball going in the mid 90's for the benefit of his team deserves to come back. I haven't seen an all around player like him in a while. I'm a die hard indian fan that dates back to Bob Feller, and I would hope the organization sees what I see. I appreciate your opinion thou and look forward to hearing from you thanks Ken
August 29, 2013 - 9:05 AM EDT
I think Chiang's performance is certainly notable considering he was a high profile international signing and is just returning Tommy John.
Rich D
August 29, 2013 - 9:03 AM EDT
My complaint was that the content was getting diluted by including a relief pitcher in the Arizona League who pitched a 1-2-3 inning, like the Chiang entry tonight. That's an organizational highlight?

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.
August 28, 2013 - 10:07 PM EDT
I appreciate the enthusiasm on Matera, and he's had a nice surprising year.....but he is nowhere close to a 40-man option. He may not even be resigned and brought back next year.
August 28, 2013 - 9:34 PM EDT
Hey Art, Does Paddy Matera get an invite to the 40 man? His on base percentage is well over .400 and the kid is always on base?
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.
August 28, 2013 - 1:36 PM EDT
Art.. okay the Armstrong comments didn't appear to be linked in any way to Austin Adams, at least to me but that said... AA might be a little closer to being all the way back from injury These kinds of outings and many more are needed to reestablish his prospect status.. Thanks for the clarification and the continued good content...
August 28, 2013 - 1:32 PM EDT
Love Tomlin. Can't wait for Salazar's sustained success in the bigs, but it will be a huge boost this season to have a vet that can eat some innings, whether out of the bullpen, spot starting, or in the rotation, pushing Salazar into bullpen duties. He could be a difference maker....... if we figure out how to hit.
August 28, 2013 - 11:18 AM EDT
Dennis -

My thoughts on Adams' outing were the exact same as on Armstrong's (whose entry was directly above).
August 28, 2013 - 10:53 AM EDT
That was part of my point. Those that beat the IBI staff up has forced a change. IBI needs to consider all readers. Please feel free to report on the Indians farm system and let those folks that want less to just read less.
August 28, 2013 - 10:39 AM EDT
Austin Adams (Akron, RP) - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP - See above.

See what above?
August 28, 2013 - 10:38 AM EDT
Back a few weeks ago you guys were getting beat up for "to much" reporting on the ATF. However, I would say that the few that complained might not be all readers. You have to consider that your following community for the site might consist of the players.......Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, College or High School friends, Grand Mother, Grand Father, Old Coaches, or friends from other countries. So with that said, I would think it would be ok to report on players as you please and let the complaining folks just do some selective reading!

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