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Around the Farm: August 4, 2013

Around the Farm: August 4, 2013
August 5, 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.

Note: Carolina and AZL Indians were both off on Sunday.

Matt Whitehouse (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.
Kyle Crockett got all the fanfare as lefty from the draft this year that was advanced and who could zoom through the system. It appears that Whitehouse has something to say about that, for as impressive Crockett has been to date, Whitehouse has been as impressive, if not more. The 6-foot-1 175 pound lefty is now 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in nine appearances at Mahoning Valley. He has allowed just one run in 23.1 innings, opponents are hitting just .157 off him, and he has a sensational 2:17 walk to strikeout ratio. Perhaps the Indians struck gold again in the later rounds, though the command and ability to attack the zone has to continue as he moves up. I would think a promotion to Lake County, or even Carolina, could be in the cards for him before the end of the season. 

  • Ezequiel Carrera (RF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 2 BB, SB. Carrera reached base in three of his five plate appearances and nabbed  his 35th stolen base of the season. Even still, he is hitting just .248 with a .312 on-base percentage.
  • Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 2-for-3, R, BB, K. Fedroff seems to be breaking out of his slump as he is 6-for-13 in his last four games with 5 walks. He’s been sort of forgotten about this year, partly because of his .258/.351/.326 line.
  • Matt LaPorta (1B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 K. LaPorta’s first game back with Columbus since June 3rd. Hopefully the hip no longer bothers him and he can finish strong.
  • Carlos Carrasco (SP, Columbus): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 3 K. Carrasco threw 51 of his 85 pitches for strikes (60%). He has dominated this year with Columbus as he has allowed no runs in six of his last 10 outings, but when he goes bad in his starts, he goes very bad.
  • Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Price just continues to roll with two more shutout innings of relief. It doesn’t look like he will get a major league opportunity this year, but he is no definitely an option for the Indians (or someone else).
  • Blake Wood (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. If another guy is going to make his season debut in the bigs this year it is this guy, and it may be very soon. He has been impressive at Columbus with a 0.96 ERA, .156 BAA and 15 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K. Lindor has cooled off considerably since his hot first week with Akron, but he still has the same impressive approach as he racked up another two walks. In 19 games he has 14 walks and 6 strikeouts.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K. Moncrief had a hot June (.370 AVG, 1.087 OPS) and July (.317 AVG, .951 OPS), but he has cooled off a little of late hitting .231 with a .629 OPS in his last 10 games.
  • Cedric Hunter (LF, Akron): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. Another good game from Hunter who is filling a depth need at Akron very well. You wonder though how much longer he will be in Akron (or the org for that matter) as the Indians have a couple guys in Carolina deserving of a callup.
  • Toru Murata (SP, Akron): 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR. Another solid outing from Murata with a quality start, and a guy who has done his job well this season eating innings.
  • LeVon Washington (CF, Lake County): 0-for-4, K, E. Washington is now just 2-for-12 in his last three games. Everyone points to his lofty .349/.457/.519 line at Lake County and says he should be pushed to Carolina, which is probably right, but his defense still needs work.
  • Jake Sisco (SP, Lake County): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K. Sisco has had a disappointing year. The ERA (4.39) is not bad, but the peripherals are not impressive for a guy who came out of the 2011 Draft with some impressive stuff. He’s still working on that delivery.
  • Josh Tomlin (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Another scoreless outing for Tomlin as he continues his rehab assignment at Lake County. He has now made three rehab appearances and not allowed a run, and should soon move to Akron or Columbus once they return home.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Sides has rebounded well from a disastrous year in Carolina (6.93 ERA, 31:43 BB/K) to reestablish his footing at Lake County where he has allowed 1 run in 13.1 innings and has a 7:18 BB/K ratio.
  • Joel Mejia (CF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, PO. One of the surprise players this season has been Mejia who has come out of nowhere to blossom into an interesting outfield prospect for the Indians. The 20-year is raw with lots of speed and athleticism, and has held his own and made some strides with the bat.
  • James Roberts (3B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, K. Roberts’ solo homer was the lone run of the game for the Scrappers. He is off to a solid start in his pro career hitting .310/.388/.356 in 26 games at Mahoning Valley.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-4, 2 K. Rodriguez did not have a notable game, but what was notable was him being selected to the NY-Penn All Star team. Congrats to him as it is well deserved. He is hitting .320 with 7 HR, 30 RBI and .900 OPS in 45 games.
  • Dace Kime (SP, Mahoning Valley): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 3 K. Kime struggled with the command in this one, but appears to only be a hiccup as he had just 3 walks in his five previous outings combined (11.2 innings). He is off to a solid debut as a pro with a 2.87 ERA in six games (15.2 IP, 11 H, 7 BB, 16 K).

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User Comments

August 5, 2013 - 5:28 PM EDT
sternfan doesn't have time to learn their names, he's too busy flying all over the country scouting them in person to give us these informed opinions.
Rich D
August 5, 2013 - 4:47 PM EDT
Yeah, sternfan, I'm really high on this Sanchez guy, too.
August 5, 2013 - 3:30 PM EDT
The Indians minor league system is littered with 3A type of players, outside of Lindor and Sanchez there are really no great projectile prospects. Bauer and Carrasco are busts at AAA and they have no players in the current everyday lineup that will sniff the bigs. At Akron, Moncreif and Aquila are not going to be everyday players, Ramirez and Rodriguez perhaps could be utility types. Packer is a 5th starter type at best. At Carolina, Naquin is a K machine with no power, Wendle is a too old for that league and the rest of the lineup stinks. Anderson has a chance to be a 4th starter type and the rest of the pitchers are fill material. Lake County doesn't have one single prospect that will be an impact player at the big league level. Please don't tell me Washington, the guy will be out of baseball in two years due to chronic injuries. Washington should be in Akron at his age, he should dominate LC. Mahoning Valley is like stiff central and Arizona has Frazier that is turning into another Beau Mills windmill type of batter.
August 5, 2013 - 3:18 PM EDT
Also curious about Dice K: if he continues to pitch as effectively as he has recently I could see him being a viable veteran starter for the club next season.
As I see Wood in the pen as at least as capable as Albers has been this year, I think the current Dice K could be an effective replacement for UJ at a significantly lower cost. Perhaps the 2014 version of Kazmir?
My question is: will he definitely be gone next year if he doesn't pitch for the Tribe this year or is he simply a FA that the FO can try to resign just as any team can vie for his services? If so, he may very well be a cost effective option cheaper than UJ's cost or what they paid Myers this year.
August 5, 2013 - 3:12 PM EDT
VP, Wood, CC, Guilmet, Price and even Adams in Akron all seem like worthy bullpen options for the big league club yet, obviously, there seems to be little to no room for any of them this season with the current playoff viability of the team and the bullpen seemingly performing as of late other than potential injury or Sept call ups. It's a "good" problem to have of course but a tough business for those guys unable to break through. Next season, due to expected turnover, it seems may be the opportunity for many of them to get their shot.
I think Perez and Albers, and probably even Smith will be gone next season due to price. Hill probably too from a price to effectiveness ratio as well unless he really shines throughout the rest of the season as he has done recently.
Question: if Wood doesn't come up this season, is he definitely gone next year? Clearly I think he could be an asset and at least as good as Albers has been this season as a "veteran" arm in the pen.
August 5, 2013 - 10:43 AM EDT
Is there an update coming on the depth chart cause noticed where Nieve was traded. Is that correct?
August 5, 2013 - 9:46 AM EDT
Tony, Blake Wood is pitching so well I can't believe he isn't already in the bigs this year. Carrasco seems like he is struggling for the front office to think so much of him. And on Price, do you have some direct info from the front office that they will never let him make the show. You seem so confident!
August 5, 2013 - 9:29 AM EDT
The Tribe certainly has a good problem to deal with having Vinnie Pestano, Blake Wood and CC Lee all in Columbus. Wood is really intriguing to me, he was a nice grab by the Tribe off waivers from KC. There was some talk among Royals fans that Wood would develop into their future closer. FWIW, he was sitting 97/98 at times prior to TJ surgery.
August 5, 2013 - 9:18 AM EDT
Were announced yesterday the players participating in the All-Star Game 2013 NYPL. By Mahoning Valley Scrappers: Nellie Rodriguez (1b), James Roberts (ss), Claudio Bautista (2b), Luis Lugo (p) and Matt Whitehouse (p).Congratulations to all!. The game will be at Dodd Stadium, NORWICH, CT on August 13.

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