Around The Farm: August 31, 2014
Ciriaco's strong outing 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.
Note the Mahoning Valley game was rained out.
Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, 1B) – 3-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Ciriaco’s first multi-hit day in a little over a week is about as good of an outing as you can ask for from a hitter. He got on base all four times he came to the plate, drove in 80% of the Clippers runs on the night, and hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning that put the game away for the Clips. Hopefully, he can produce more nights like this in the International League playoffs.
- Francisco Lindor (Columbus, SS) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Lindor is now batting .372 (16-for-43) in his last 10 games.
- Ryan Raburn (Columbus, starting DH) – 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB – Raburn’s rehab process advanced to the Triple-A level today. Maybe he returns to the majors tomorrow with the active roster expanding to a 40-man limit?
- Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) – 2-4, 1 R – While the RBI Machine did not add to his season total, he did have his second multi-hit night in his last three.
- Toru Murata (Columbus, SP) – W (5-3), 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed – Murata rebounds from a rough outing to dominate the same team he struggled against his last time out (Toledo Mud Hens [Tigers]).
- Adam Miller (Columbus, RP) – H (1), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Miller pitches a perfect sixth in his Columbus Clippers debut and his first game with the Indians Triple-A affiliate since being a member of the 2008 Buffalo Bisons.
- Tim Fedroff (Akron, LF) – 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Fedroff comes up a triple shy of the cycle as he snaps a three-game hitless streak and a seven-game 2-for-22 (.091) stretch in which he failed to have a multi-hit game.
- Jake Lowery (Akron, C) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – Lowery has his first multi-hit game since July 7 at Richmond (Giants).
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 1B) – 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly, caught stealing 1 time, 1 E – Ronny-Rod has a good day at the plate, but not so much on the basepaths and in the field.
- Shawn Morimando (Akron, SP) – L (2-6), 6.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R (4 earned), 2 BB, 2 K – The poor performances just keep coming for Morimando.
- Giovanni Soto (Akron, RP) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K – Soto comes in and at least keeps some hope for a comeback victory (which never materialized) alive.
- Grant Sides (Akron, RP) – 1 IP, 2 BB – Sides has a solid Double-A debut. Even the walks aren’t too worrisome as they were likely caused by the nerves that naturally come with making a debut at a higher level.
- Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) – 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K – I have written of players with a single hit having an outsized impact on the outcome of the game. Well, such instances don’t get any bigger than this one. Yhoxian’s lone hit of the game was a walk-off groundball single to third to socre Logan Vick for the winning run and cap a comeback two innings in the making.
- LeVon Washington (Carolina, LF) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – LeVon had one of two multi-hit nights for the Mudcats, drove in the team’s first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth in response to the Dash (White Sox) taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the inning, and scored the game-tying run in the eighth.
- Joe Sever (Carolina, 1B) – 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 E – Sever had the other multi-hit evening and drove in #WashTime for the tying run.
- Adam Plutko (Carolina, SP) – ND, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 6 K – A decent outing that failed to earn the win due to not receiving any early run support.
- Jacob Lee (Carolina, RP) – W (4-0), 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 K – Lee makes it four wins out of four relief decisions in the 2014 season (with one day remaining),
- Claudio Bautista (Lake County, 2B) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – Bautista makes up for two hitless games with a big day highlighted by a three-run home run in the fourth inning, his 13th of the season.
- Bradley Zimmer (Lake County, RF) – 2-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – Zimmer gets on base three times out of four and scores all three times in only his second game at a full-season level.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Nellie-Rod is simply en fuegorecently, batting .381 (16-for-42) with 13 RBI in his last 10 games.
- Paul Hendrix (Lake County, SS) – 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B – There have been games this season where this would’ve been the performance of the day. Today, it almost gets lost in all the gaudy number in the Captains box score.
- Sicnarf Loopstok (Lake County, C) – 3-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – Yes, this performance lacked the flashy multi-run homers that marked so many other Lake County lines today, but he got on base four times out of four. It may be unspectacular, but it’s how you win games.
- Grant Fink (Lake County, 3B) – 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 Sac Fly – Fink may have had only one hit, but it was a three-run fifth-inning homer to put the game out of the Dayton Dragons’ (Reds) reach.
- Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) – W (10-9), 6 IP, 2 H, 5 K – Lugo makes it two scoreless outings in a row with this dominant (to say the least) effort.
- Trevor Frank (Lake County, RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Trevor continues the excellence on the mound with a perfect inning…
- Carlos Melo (Lake County, RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - …as does Melo.
- Justin Brantley (Lake County, RP) – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Brantley closes out one of the best pitching days in the organization this season with a typically solid inning.
- Jodd Carter (Arizona League, starting LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly, 1 E - Carter follows up his multi-hit effort in the regular season finale with another one in the semifinal game.
- Yu-Cheng Chang (Arizona League, 3B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E - Cheng continues his hot streak from the end of the regular season which saw him have three multi-hit nights in his last four regular season appearances.
- Li-Jen Chu (Arizona League, C) - 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP - Chu continues his solid form from the regular season, during which he hit .348/.431/.596 with three homers and 19 RBI in 29 games.
- Alexis Pantoja (Arizona League, SS) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - Pantoja has a big night in the semifinal after finishing the regular season on a six-game 1-for-16 (.063) stretch.
- Willi Castro (Arizona League, 2B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 Sac Bunt - Not a bad night from the eight hole.
- Thomas Pannone (Arizona League, SP) - W (1-0 in playoffs, 5-0 in regular season), 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 4 K, 1 HBP - Pannone finishes his second pro season with an unblemished win-loss record (both this season and in his career).
As for Ciriaco, as a few have noted he is not much of an option for the Indians at the big league level. He was signed as a minor league free agent last offseason and will probably sign elsewhere in the offseason as a free agent - though I am sure the Indians will try and re-sign him to be depth at many positions in Columbus next year. He's a guy where if he is added to the big league roster it will be simply as a 25th guy who is rarely used. I could see the Indians adding him once Columbus' season is over just to have another depth guy on the bench instead of starting Lindor's clock (and to maybe reward him and help their chances of resigning him after he is DFAed in the offseason).
Not sure how you leave out a frazier hr?
No he's not an option. In fact he probably ends up signing elsewhere.
His last two outings were quite good, going 10 2/3 innings and giving up only 2 earned runs with 14 K's. Last night he got out of a difficult 1st inning jam and then pitched well for the next 4 innings when an error to the leadoff batter by RRod led to a bit of a problem. Though he gave up two runs in the 5th they were both on sac flies. But he clearly seemed to run out of gas in mid game.
could Audy Ciriaco be the Indian's utility guy next year if they choose not to pick up the option on Aviles//