Around The Farm: August 29, 2014
Wendle's big night highlights 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.
Joey Wendle (Akron, 2B) – 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Wendle has the best evening of anyone in the organization Friday, with the cycle being a serious possibility at one point in the game. This effort continued a hot streak for Wendle, who is batting.351 with six RBI and a 3:4 K:BB ratio in his last 10 games.
- Francisco Lindor (Columbus, SS) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – Lindor has a multi-hit night to break a three-game 1-for-12 (.125) mini-slump.
- Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, DH) – 2-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – The RBI Machine keeps rolling along, increasing his Triple-A season total to 77 Friday.
- Kyle Davies (Columbus, SP) – ND, 5 IP, 11 H, 5 R (all earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP – It’s a testament to how well the Clipper offense performed on Friday that Davies took the no-decision in this one.
- Shawn Armstrong (Columbus, RP) – 1 IP, 1 H – The lone bright spot of the evening on the mound for the Clippers Friday.
- Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – Not a typical ATF-worthy stat line, but he made three incredible defensive plays at first, including an unassisted double play to (mercifully) end the top of the 7th.
- Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) – 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Wendle wasn’t the only RubberDuck to have a multiple extra-base hit night.
- Will Roberts (Akron, SP) – ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (all earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP – Most of the negative aspects of this outing (including the fact that he couldn’t stay in longer) can be traced to a rough first inning.
- Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) – 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Medina’s three-hit night ends a three-game 1-for-15 (.067) stretch.
- Logan Vick (Carolina, CF) – 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K – Vick has the lone multi-run game of the night for the Mudcats.
- Ryan Merritt (Carolina, SP) – ND, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP – On the Night of No Decisions, Merritt has a solid outing undone by…
- Grant Sides (Carolina, RP) – L (4-2), 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K – Not a bad outing, just short of perfection when perfection was needed.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) – 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K – Nellie-Rod had the only extra-base hit of the night for the Captains.
- Sicnarf Loopstok (Lake County, C) – 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB – Loopstok scored their only run.
- Paul Hendrix (Lake County, 3B) – 1-4, 1 RBI, 3 K – Hendrix drove him in.
- Anderson Polanco (Lake County, SP) – ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 8 K, 1 WP – Another game, another no decision.
- Greg Allen (Mahoning Valley, RF) – 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Allen puts a six-game 1-for-21 (.048) stretch behind him in grand fashion.
- Ordomar Valdez (Mahoning Valley, 3B) – 2-3, 2 R, 1 SB – Valdez has his first multi-hit night in a week.
- David Speer (Mahoning Valley, SP) – W (3-1), 5 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – Finally, a starter getting a decision. Even better, it’s a win.
- J.P. Feyereisen (Mahoning Valley, CP) – S (4), 1 IP, perfect, 3 K – Feyereisen strikes out the side in order for the save.
I really like Wendle, but after this draft and the emergence of SS/3B Chang, I see him more in the 11-15 range, although he didn't do anything to hurt his ranking. Just some higher ceiling guys entering the scene.
And I agree with the numbers and depth. Good problem to have indeed
I'd say Wendle might still be a top 10 guy. I haven't looked over the rankings recently but he should still get consideration there. There are probably 50 guys to consider for the top thirty and 70 for the top 50. I great problem to have. Considering the number of rookies seeing time with the Tribe this season and the volume of talent that's in the system...I'd say, this (depth) is a great problem to have. The farm system may not produce mega stars, but as long as it keeps churning out talent this club will have some serious options moving forward.
Polanco's production as a RP had been solid - although he walked a lot of batters in previous yrs. It's great to see him transitioning into the starting rotation. He's soon to be 22 so there's still plenty of upside there.
Really like the Feyereisen pick. I'm not sure why he hasn't gotten a bump up LC - he's been absolutely lights out. That may still be in the cards as the season draws to a close. I think he has 16IP 1BB 8H 23K and a perfect 0.00 ERA. It's hard not to like those numbers...
This Polanco kid is a nice surprise. Could turn into a top prospect, if he performs like this in Carolina next season. He has some strange reverse splits, so there's some real upside for more in him.
Looks like the Indians found another BP gem in Feyereisen. He's been almost unhittable