Around the Farm: August 27, 2014
Mejia's big night, Bautista helping the Captains clinch highlight the night on the farm
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Francisco Mejia (C, Mahoning Valley): 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 1 SB
Wednesday was a big day for Mejia, as the top-five prospect in the system not only went off at the plate, but also had the walk off single for the Scrappers. At only 18 years old, the fact that Mejia is Mahoning Valley's main catcher and is still hitting at a decent level (.277/.331/.394 line in 61 games) is quite impressive. Plus, that level of performance does not account for the growth and projection that should be ahead for the switch hitter as he progresses through the system. Despite his strong statistical performance, however, some attitude issues have been raised recently which put a bit of a damper on Mejia's season. The good news is that not only does Mejia being so young add to his projection, seeing attitude problems from a teenager (and one who will remain a teenager until after the conclusion of next season) also makes perfect sense. It is easy to forget that these prospects are sometimes essentially children who are going through the rigors of minor league baseball; sometimes their maturity is not all there just yet. These things happen, and more often than not, simply getting older will do a lot to solve the problem. Mejia should be fine long-term, both on-the-field and off it.
Claudio Bautista (2B, Lake County): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 PO
Bautista played a big role in Wednesday's win for the Captains, a victory that clinched their spot in the Midwest League playoffs. The second baseman launched his 12th home run of the season, which continued Bautista's power burst in 2014 (.159 isolated power in 114 games). But despite a solid power output, much of the focus has been put on Bautista's low .278 on-base percentage and 2.6 percent walk rate this season. While both those numbers will not work long-term, the bigger picture is that Bautista has shown some upside while in Lake County this season while handling Low-A as a 20-year-old. That is a perfectly normal age for a future major league player to be in Low-A, and while Bautista is not a finished product, most 20-year-olds are not. Bautista does not need to be perfect now, and though he is not getting on base or walking much in 2014, this season has still gone pretty well for the second baseman.
- Toru Murata (SP, Columbus): W (4-3), 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. This was not a dominant outing by any means, but as usual, Murata took the ball ate up a decent amount of innings.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 2-for-2, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 HBP. This was quite the game for Moncrief as the right fielder reached base all five times he went to the plate (twice in a painful way). Moncrief owns a .276/.333/.442 line in 128 games this season.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Aguilar now has a hit in 17 of his last 18 games as he continues to demolish International League pitching (.901 OPS in 115 games) and make his case for being back in Cleveland.
- Elliot Johnson (LF, Columbus): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF. Johnson's versatility gives him value, but his offense in Triple-A has cratered (.662 OPS in 83 games), which will make it hard for the 30-year-old to find another major league gig in 2015.
- Matt Carson (CF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB. All in all, Carson has put together a decent season in Columbus (.260/.337/.425 line in 81 games) and should get another similar job somewhere next year if he wants it.
- Nick Maronde (SP, Akron): L (0-2), 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. Though he has allowed 12 runs (11 earned) and two home runs in eight Akron innings, there is some good news in that Maronde has shown an ability to get the ball over the plate and induce some strikeouts (9:2 SO:BB).
- Louis Head (RP, Akron): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. This outing is not much, but it is the continuation of improved performance from Head of late. The right-hander has not allowed a run in August while posting a 15:3 SO:BB in 12.2 innings.
- Ryan Raburn (DH, Akron): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 SO. Though the results are not all that special, the more important thing is that Raburn continued to put work in as he rehabs his way back to the major league roster.
- Jaime Pedroza (3B, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 E. Pedroza had the only extra base hit for the RubberDucks on Wednesday. The infielder owns an .871 OPS in 17 games since joining the organization.
- Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 SO, 1 SB. Meniscus surgery interrupted Myles' season, but overall, the soon-to-be 25-year-old put together a decent Double-A debut (.268/.336/.404 line in 79 games).
- Michael Clevinger ( SP, Carolina): ND, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP. Since coming into the organization, throwing the ball over the plate has been an issue for Clevinger, with the right-hander allowing nine walks and hitting two batters in 15.0 innings.
- Cole Sulser (RP, Carolina): L (4-13), 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP. The results continue to not match the peripherals for Sulser. Despite a shiny 3.20 FIP in 125.0 High-A innings, Sulser also owns a troublesome 5.62 ERA.
- Alex Monsalve (C, Carolina): 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 PB. Though his season stats are not great, Monsalve seems to have settled in as the season has gone along. Given his high prospect standing in the past, Monsalve makes for a decent post-hype sleeper now that he is healthy and is only entering his age-23 season next year.
- Luigi Rodriguez (LF, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB. Speaking of post-hype sleepers, Rodriguez's lack of power hurts his overall line, but the 21-year-old is still young, seemingly 100 percent healthy again, and showing some decent top-of-the-lineup production (.344 on-base percentage, 15 steals in 95 games).
- Mitch Brown (SP, Lake County): W (8-8), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. Though it is using arbitrary endpoints, isolating Brown's elite second half performance (2.32 ERA, 9.3 SO/9, 2.2 BB/9 in 73.2 innings) really gets the point across that the right-hander has taken a big step forward this season and shown the ability to tap into his talent.
- Trevor Frank (RP, Lake County): S (18), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. At 23 years old, Frank is old for the Midwest League, but his 2.68 ERA, 10.2 SO/9, and 1.5 BB/9 in 53.2 innings should get him a look in Carolina next year and could be the start of something special for the right-hander.
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI. Rodriguez stayed hot here and is another case where the second half stats show a player displaying just how good he can be (.309/.385/.554 line, .245 isolated power in 61 games).
- Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 3 SO. It has been written here before and will be written again, but despite numbers that are more pedestrian than amazing, Frazier is having a solid full season professional debut that should set him up for success in the years ahead.
- Sean Brady (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO. Brady did another good job of limiting runs, but how long he can get away with subpar peripherals (5.6 SO/9, 3.4 BB/9 in 71.0 innings) is a long-term question for another day.
- Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Mahoning Valley): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. This season has proved to be a rough one for Vizcaya, who owns a 10.64 ERA, 14.7 H/9, and 5.5 BB/9 in 33.0 innings.
- Bradley Zimmer (CF, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-2, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SB. Zimmer did not do much with his bat Wednesday, but the 2014 first round pick found his way on base and was a nuisance for the Jamestown Jammers once aboard.
- Austin Fisher (SS, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Fisher may be struggling in his first taste of professional ball (.507 OPS in 43 games), but there is still plenty of time for the 13th round pick to change the story in the years to come.
- Grant Hockin (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. Hockin, on the other hand, has hit the ground running in his professional debut. The 2014 second round pick owns a 3.86 ERA and 19:4 SO:BB through 21.0 innings.
- Jared Robinson (RP, AZL Indians): L (0-2), 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP. The same goes for Robinson, who has walked a few more batters than Hockin (19:7 SO:BB in 22.0 innings) but also has a much lower 1.23 ERA.
- Emmanuel Tapia (1B, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E. Tapia had the only multi-hit game and the only extra base hit for the Arizona League team last night as the 18-year-old pushed his OPS to .895 in 38 games.
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I wouldn't call Mike Papi polarizing... most of "us" fans on here realize a cpl mths hardly makes a career. There is always that few though, that seem to lack ........ I'll let you fill in the blank. Overall, I'm very pleased with this draft class and encouraged by Papi's recent performance. This is a draft class that I think we could be pointing back to in the next 3-5 yrs as a group that really set up the farm system / Tribe for success.
And regarding the trolls: at least teameastside obviously has watched and is a fan of The Wire, the greatest HBO series ever made. It's all in the game, you should go see it, if you haven't already. The guy brings some Ziggy like humor to this site, I'm ok with it
What does Enosil Tejeda have to do to get to Columbus? He's dominating AA for close to 100 IP over the past two seasons. I think he will be lost to in the Rule 5 draft.
Bautista has an intriguing power-speed combo. If he can learn to be more selective at the plate, he could take off. Urshela had the same issue holding him back, but he figured it out this season. Bautista will be an interesting project going forward, who has the upside to shoot up rankings in similar fashion.
Also, is it just me or has #TeamEastside trolling us all week?
2nd Half of Season: 74 IP, 52 H, 18 BB, 76 K
"You come at the king, you best not miss"
I agree...Bradley, Rodriguez, Tapia....then you have a 2nd tier with Sever, Castillo, etc. Considering there was no depth there at the start of the season...things are looking up.
I could see the Indians having both Bradley and Tapia at Lake County. Both would cover 1B/DH roles for Lake County. If they want both to improve there defensive skills there could be a good possibility that Bradley would be at LC and Tapia at MV. It will be interesting to follow potential 1B for next year between Rodriquez, Bradley and Tapia.