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Around The Farm: August 3, 2013

Myles' hot streak, Matsuzaka's dominance highlights night's action

Around The Farm:  August 3, 2013
August 4, 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.

Bryson Myles (LF, Carolina Mudcats): 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 K.

There was not much to be pleased with after the Mudcats’ 2-0 loss to Frederick Saturday, but Myles’ performance was one of the positive takeaways. The toolsy outfielder collected two more hits to move his hitting streak to 16 games. His line now sits at .283/.345/.453, and he’s definitely increased his organizational standing a bit in these last couple of weeks. Before the hitting streak began, Myles was hitting just .242, but he has since raised his average by over .040. Myles’ recent success is pretty similar to the positive strides that Double-A Akron outfielder Carlos Moncrief has made this season. For years, the Indians have struggled to develop a legitimate Major League everyday outfielder, so it would be an enormous boost if either Myles or Moncrief panned out.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (SP, Columbus Clippers): (W, 4-6), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K.

Could the phrase “wrong place, wrong time” be any more applicable to Matsuzaka? The Japanese right-hander was signed this offseason to a minor league deal, and also as a possible insurance policy in case one of the Indians starters struggled. Well, it took Matsuzaka some time to find his groove, but it does appear as if he is starting to now recapture his old form. In his last five outings, Matsuzaka has combined to pitch 35 innings while allowing a total of just eight earned runs. He has also struck out 31 batters across that span. Yet unfortunately for Matsuzaka, it does not appear as if he’ll pitch in Cleveland this season as Danny SalazarTrevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco are all higher priority options at this point. Nonetheless, Matsuzaka seems to be well on his way to reestablishing his value as his ERA now sits at 3.80, and there’s probably a good chance that another team will give him an opportunity next season.

  • Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K. Fedroff had a nice night in the Clippers’ 5-1 win as he did a bit of everything. However, his average still sits at just .255, and it’s hard to believe that he’ll find himself called up to Cleveland anytime soon.
  • Jeremy Hermida (DH, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Hermida has really served as good depth at Columbus this season and that trend continued Saturday as the left-handed hitter collected his 54th and 55thRBI of the season.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (3B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. Like Hermida, Rohlinger has also been a nice depth option at Columbus. He had a big night Saturday as he got on base three times and drove in a run.
  • Matt Carson (RF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K. Carson showed some rare speed Saturday as he legged out his second triple on the season.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron Aeros): 1-for-5, 1 RBI. Ramirez returned from the disabled list earlier this week, and he seems to be picking up where he left off as he has now collected a hit in three of the four games he’s played since coming back.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. Lindor has finally come back down to Earth a bit, but his average is still very impressive at .318. While his average is not as high as it was when he first made the jump to Double-A, Lindor is in the midst of a four-game hit streak, so he is clearly still getting it done at the plate.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. The countdown to 100 RBI should officially be on for Aguilar. The big first baseman socked a two-run home run Saturday, his third in the past eight games, to drive in his 81st and 82nd runs of the season. Let’s hope this recent power surge is here to stay as Aguilar’s numbers have been down in that area this season.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 0-for-4, 1 K. Yes, Moncrief is indeed human and nights like this prove that. Moncrief’s average fell to .299 after this performance, which is the first time it has been below .300 since July 7.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K. Holt had two hits Saturday and has been one of the most consistent performers in Akron all season. One has to wonder if he’ll find himself in Triple-A Columbus before too long because his performance does seem to warrant a promotion.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Urshela launched his eighth home run of the season Saturday while also moving his mild hit streak to three games. All in all, it was a good night for the right-handed hitting Urshela.
  • Tyler Naquin (DH, Carolina): 0-for-4, 3 K. Naquin has had a solid season this year, but there are still some concerns, and performances like Saturday’s are evidence of that. With three more strikeouts, Naquin now brought his season total to 102 in 99 games. That type of plate discipline is simply not going to cut it as he moves up the organizational ladder.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 1-for-3. Wendle collected one hit Saturday and it looks like he could be getting back on track after enduring a mini slump as the left-handed hitting infielder has now hit in three straight games.
  • Jordan Smith (CF, Carolina): 1-for-3. Aside from Myles and Wendle, Smith was the only other Mudcat to record a hit in Saturday’s loss. His average now sits at .275, but the most interesting thing about this performance was that it marked Smith’s fourth straight game in center field. It does appear as if the Indians are indeed committed to the Jordan Smith center field experiment.
  • Cody Anderson (SP, Carolina): (L, 8-4), 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 5 K. Anderson had another quality performance as he threw 68 pitches (44 strikes) while allowing two runs across five innings. His ERA is an impressive 2.48, and it will be interesting to see if the Indians attempt to push the power right-hander to Akron before the season ends.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County Captains): 0-for-4, 2 K. As much as we’d like to see consistent performances from Paulino, that just has not been the case this season. Paulino had a modest three-game hit streak going to Saturday’s contest, but that unfortunately ended after this 0-fer at the plate.
  • Joseph Sever (1B, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. Sever’s lone hit of the night ended an 0-for-8 slide for the right-handed hitting infielder. Sever seems to be more than worthy of a promotion back to High-A Carolina at this point.
  • Felix Sterling (SP, Lake County): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Sterling made his first start of the season in what was essentially a bullpen parade. Things did not end up going all that well for the power right-hander though and his ERA is now an even 5.00.
  • Claudio Bautista (2B, Mahoning Valley Scrappers): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K. Bautista has done well with the Scrappers this season as he’s consistently gotten on base and made up for a rough start to the season with the Captains. He hit his 12th double Saturday while also drawing his 15th and 16th walk.
  • James Roberts (3B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K. Roberts has now hit in three straight games, and is average is a very respectable .313.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 3 K. The Scrappers’ breakout prospect still had success on a rough night as he drove in his 30th run in 44 games. Rodriguez is hitting a very impressive .327, and there is arguably no player more exciting at Mahoning Valley right now.
  • Juan Romero (DH, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Romero hit his fourth home run of the season Saturday. While the right-handed hitting outfielder has power, he also grabbed his 32nd and 33rdstrikeout of the season. When you combine that with the fact that he’s only drawn four walks, you realize just how raw Romero still is.
  • Sicnarf Loopstok (C, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. This was a productive night for Loopstok as he recorded his first double of the season while also driving in his first run.
  • Gerald Bautista (1B, AZL Indians): 1-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB. This was a bit of a strange line as Bautista got on base four times thanks to a single and three walks. Bautista has performed well so far in his professional debut in Arizona as he currently sports a .310 average in 24 games.
  • Juan Santana (SP, AZL Indians): 4.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R/5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. This performance was a drastic change from what we have seen as of late from Santana. In his previous three outings, the right-hander combined for 15 innings while allowing just one earned run. However, he was hit around hard on Saturday, and his ERA now sits at 6.27.

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User Comments

August 5, 2013 - 8:11 AM EDT
DeJesus had 92-1/3 IP last year and pitched 3-2/3 innings on Sat, so it could be a way to manage his innings but I'm doubtful. He's a command/control guy with a 3.0 BB/9 and WHIP over 1.5 in Low-A ball. Maybe he bounces back season, and good for the Indians if he does. I still think other guys deserve a look this season.
August 5, 2013 - 5:16 AM EDT
C'mon kraP, I think Rich was humorous.

The ones with the juvenile sense of humor have to be Sicnarf's parents.
August 5, 2013 - 1:08 AM EDT
Hey Steve, I think you should know that the move of Jordan Smith to CF is not an upgrade. It is the same as an official announcement that Smith is an "organizational" player, not a prospect. Check with Tony but he will tell you the same.

It is simple when you consider that there are two younger and better prospects in CF at Carolina now in Naquin and the injured LRod. That accounts for Smith in CF since Naquin looks very tired to me in his first fully year and LRod is not ready yet. Even Myles, who is older, is a better CF candidate. But the Tribe does not need CFs. They need corner OFs that can hit with power which is not Smith's strength.

Think about below with Vick, washtime and our new star Frazier. All are superior defensively and better hitters. Hence, no real future for Smith. Decent player but no sale as a prospect.
hwy 59
August 4, 2013 - 12:29 PM EDT
Dejesus didnt loose nothing he is just at 111 innings his first full season. So other guys are getting a shot at starting. Yea he is having a bad season but i promise you he will be back. He dont need your support andy. Ive notice 1st rounders can struggle and still have them up in the clouds.
August 4, 2013 - 11:04 AM EDT
It was only a matter of time before DeJesus lost his spot in the Lake Co rotation. Sterling and Morel are guys I want to get chances to start given their age and stuff - 20-yr olds with 8.8 K/9 - but both have poor control and get hit around - WHIPs over 1.6 and BB/9 over 4.

Any chance somebody from the MV rotation gets promoted now that there's an opening at Lake Co? Kime, Mathews, and Sulser have all pitched really well so far for MV.
August 4, 2013 - 9:57 AM EDT
over the last several yrs the indians havent had high profile prospects especially developed and drafted by us, however it appears that salazar will be a baseball america top 20 pick bauer top 50 and somewhere around 80 will fall anderson. Of course you will see lindor in the top 3 and frazier in the top 50 as well. That is a lot of individual talent for an organization to have. And except for frazier all will be in the higher levels as well. There are also some toolsy guys that may not make the top ten but will be considered high profile prospects.
August 4, 2013 - 8:10 AM EDT
Rich with the juvenile attempt at humor
August 4, 2013 - 7:12 AM EDT
I was at the Mahoning Valley game and Romero crushed a fastball in his first AB for a long home run. After that he saw nothing but curves and changeups. He swung and missed every one that found the strike zone.

Nellie Rodriguez was swinging and missing all night, but he did have a nice bloop single to center with two out to drive in a run. He cut down on his swing and got the run in.

I also found out that Sicnarf Loopstok's first name is Francis spelled backwards. I don't know if his parents' last name is Loopstok or Kotspool.
August 4, 2013 - 4:16 AM EDT
If anything, having Reynolds and Stubbs on the roster it kind of points to Management not being by high strike out totals that much.

In general there seems to be a trend in baseball to not worry as much about the strikeouts. I doubt Naquin will be held back that much because of it.

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