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Around The Farm: August 7, 2013

Monsalve's power, Frank's control highlight night on the farm

Around The Farm: August 7, 2013
August 8, 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. 

Alex Monsalve (C, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Coming into Wednesday, Monsalve owned a .227/.261/.364 line. After Wednesday, the catcher is up to .308/.333/.538, a quick turnaround only possible due to the fact that Monsalve only has eight games at the Double-A level. After missing most of the season with a sprained UCL suffered on the first day of Spring Training, the most important thing is seeing Monsalve out on the field getting reps. The talent is certainly there -- as we saw Wednesday night -- but losing all of that time does set Monsalve back at least a little bit. We will not be able to draw much from the small sample size that will be Monsalve's 2013 numbers, but just being healthy again will put the 21-year-old back on track for 2014. Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez remarked that this his lack of playing time this year makes this like Monsalve's Spring Training, so really any positive results are really impressive considering the rest of the league is in midseason form.

Trevor Frank (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO

As a college senior pitching in the short-season New York-Penn League, it is fair to expect Frank to be doing well. A 27:1 SO:BB ratio is beyond doing well, however, and yet that is exactly what the Frank has accomplished to date. Through his first 25.1 professional innings, Frank is striking out more than a batter per inning while making one solitary mistake in the walk column back on July 11. Like I mentioned earlier, given that Frank is 22 years old, we need to see how he pitches at Lake County and Carolina before declaring him the next big thing. However, Frank is doing well with the hand he was dealt; you cannot ask for much more out of him.

  • Joe Martinez (SP, Columbus): L (2-7), 4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR. Six strikeouts and no walks: very good. Ten hits and six runs in 4.2 innings: very bad. This was a very weird outing for Martinez, who saw his ERA bloat to 6.14 after the damage was done.
  • Matt Langwell (RP, Columbus): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Langwell did not sulk after only being called up for one day, going five-up, five-down. The right-hander should get another real shot in Cleveland before too long.
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen (1B, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Triple-A has not been kind to Chen, though he is doing his best to put his horrid July (.517 OPS) behind him.
  • Matt LaPorta (DH, Columbus): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SO. LaPorta may not have turned out the way we all wanted him to, but sometimes we can see the flashes of what could have been.
  • Cedric Hunter (LF, Akron): 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. The Akron offense went off Wednesday night with 15 hits, but no one was hotter than Hunter. Both of his triples were tattooed as the outfielder continues his push to get back to Triple-A (.292/.352/.590 line in 47 games).
  • Josh Tomlin (SP, Akron): ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP. Outside of hitting the first batter of the game, Tomlin hit his spots and looked good while doing so. All in all, a successful rehab outing.
  • Kyle Crockett (RP, Akron): H (1), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. The 2013 fourth round pick made his Double-A debut and struck out his first two batters (both right-handed). If things keep going this well, the left-hander could be in Cleveland in September.
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Carolina): 3-for-6, 1 SO. Myles' hitting streak is now at 19 games as the outfielder has steadily improved his line to a strong .288/.349/.458 mark.
  • Bo Greenwell (DH, Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Injuries may have derailed Greenwell's ascent through the system, but when he is on the field, he typically is making something happen.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 1-for-6, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. On the bright side, Wendle flashed some of the power that makes him very interesting going forward. On the not-so-bright side, the other five outs are what is dropping Wendle's line back to Earth (1.013 OPS on July 8, .900 now).
  • Nick Pasquale (SP, Carolina): ND, 6.1 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO. Pasquale had turned in three consecutive strong starts, but Wednesday night he showed why he has a 4.56 ERA and nearly 11 hits per nine innings.
  • Robbie Aviles (SP, Lake County): ND, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2 WP. Aviles does not overpower opposing hitters (22:20 SO:BB in 50.0 innings), but the right-hander has managed to limit runs and get results lately.
  • D.J. Brown (RP, Lake County): BS (1), L (1-4), 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. The wheels have come off lately for Brown, as the right-hander has allowed seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits over his last two appearances (6.1 innings).
  • Jorge Martinez (LF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Martinez has home runs in back-to-back games, though it will take a lot more than that to erase his .195/.223/.316 line on the season. The switch-hitter simply has not been able to get anything real going in 2013.
  • Logan Vick (RF, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 BB. With a .281/.411/.393 line and 25 steals in 103 games, Vick just continues to wait for the outfield logjam ahead of him to break so he can be called up to Carolina.
  • Luis Lugo (SP, Mahoning Valley): L (1-4), 4.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 2 HBP, 1 E. Lugo has been great all year, so one bad outing probably does not mean much. Despite the poor overall results, the strikeouts are nice to see, as Lugo only has 27 in 45.2 innings.
  • Joel Mejia (CF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO. The 20-year-old Mejia has not shown much power in his first taste outside of the Arizona League (.031 ISO in 17 games), but the outfielder is holding his own.
  • Claudio Bautista (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB. Bautista continues to respond well to his time in Mahoning Valley (.292/.359/.441 line in 42 games) and it will be interesting to see how he responds when challenged at Lake County again.
  • Kieran Lovegrove (SP, AZL Indians): L (1-4), 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 E. With a 4.26 BB/9 in 42.1 innings so far this year, Lovegrove is still working on hitting his spots and throwing strikes.
  • Victor De Jesus (LF, AZL Indians): 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 CS. Coming into the season De Jesus needed to show more from his bat. Despite Wednesday's strong showing, the outfielder still only owns a .220/.304/.244 line in 14 games.
  • Gerald Bautista (3B, AZL Indians): 3-for-4, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E. Arizona League stats can get wacky, but despite that, there is nothing wrong with the newly 19-year-old Bautista posting a .840 OPS in 27 games this year.
  • Grant Fink (1B, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. This year's 23rd round pick is still adjusting to pro ball and will need to tap into a little more power in the future (.146 ISO, .369 SLG in 30 games) as he is now mostly playing first base.

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User Comments

Craig
August 8, 2013 - 7:44 PM EDT
Hey you writer What Happening in Tuesday the 6th of August game? please write up.
uncle
August 8, 2013 - 4:58 PM EDT
how about K.Math?20 years old now and a stud in my eyes.
Jim Piascik
August 8, 2013 - 1:21 PM EDT
Thanks Art. I was all set to do a quick writeup on Frank before opening his player page. 27:1 SO:BB. Like, what? Haha
Tony
August 8, 2013 - 11:40 AM EDT
It is possible that BA doesn't have Salazar in there because they don't know him as much, but they usually are pretty good at knowing those Top 100-200 guys in the minors. It's after that where they don't appear to have much input. I think Salazar is certainly in the discussion when it comes to the Top 50, and remember, I think they did that back in mid-June or early July. I am sure when they put out next season's Top 100, he will be right around the 40-70 range. It just depends on how he stacks up to other impressive arms for other teams. But if he goes out the rest of the way and dominates like he has, he could be a Top 20 guy or not ranked at all if he eclipses 50 innings in the bigs this year.
art
August 8, 2013 - 11:26 AM EDT
Nice observations about Frank and Crockett, hadn't really noticed them before this write up.
go_tribe
August 8, 2013 - 11:26 AM EDT
Tony, question regarding Salazar. As far as Baseball America rankings go, do you think he's not mentioned yet as a mid season top 50 because they just don't know much about lesser named guys yet or is he still considered a second tier prospect and not elite? Basically if you were ranking all of baseball, would you fit Salazar in with names such as Archie Bradley, Dylan Bundy, and Taijuan Walker?
Daingean
August 8, 2013 - 10:54 AM EDT
They rested him even when J-Ram was on the DL. I don't think the rest so much because of the 3 MI on the team but more as they want to keep him fresh because they anticipate a lot of work through November.
Tony
August 8, 2013 - 10:35 AM EDT
Yeah, interesting way of handling Lindor. You wonder how that affects a guy like Cabrera. I mean, at this point the Indians are pretty much saying "he's taking your job next year, maybe even at the outset". I think Cabrera's days are numbered. If they can dump him and his $10 million next year, they will. Can use that money to find a power bat to DH and play some corner infield and just go with Aviles as the starter until Lindor is ready and find a short term utility guy that has some roster control (options).
Matthew
August 8, 2013 - 10:30 AM EDT
The indians are giving all 3 Akron middle infielders rest since they don't have enough playing time to go around. They're also allowing Lindor to spend his days off with the big league club - he has been at both Cleveland games this week when he wasn't playing for Akron. They're breeding some familiarity for him with the big league clubhouse so he'll be more comfortable when he gets that call next year.
Daingean
August 8, 2013 - 10:13 AM EDT
Lindor sat out last night. I think it is becoming apparent that his move to AA was to prepare him for Winter ball or the AFL. He plays 4-5 games a week and rests. Last year he faded some at mid season....this year he came in stronger and has kept things going pretty well but the development people have been giving him regular rest and it looks like even more rest each week since his promotion to AA. ---- just an observation.
Tony
August 8, 2013 - 10:00 AM EDT
I should have an option here to view "previous posts" from people. If you note, Sternfan hasn't ever really said much of anything positive regarding the farm system. But yeah, to call any 18-20 arm a bust is a bit premmature considering all the foundational work and such these guys go through. Talk to me when they are 22-23 and not progressing.
BigTex
August 8, 2013 - 9:53 AM EDT
I'm having a hard time understanding how a 19-year old, in his 1st year after being drafted is already a bust. Give me a break...

Guys like Salazar, Cody Anderson, Shawn Morimando, Ryan Merritt, Jake Sisco, Luis Lugo and Dylan Baker are all showing tremendous progress at the lower levels.
Rich
August 8, 2013 - 9:50 AM EDT
Packer was a 32nd round draft pick. Some bust.

The jury is still out on Bauer (age 22) and Carrasco.

As for being terrible at developing starting pitching, they developed McAllister, Kluber, and Salazar which is 3/5ths of the roation next year. Unless you think McAllister and Kluber were finished products when we traded for them?
go_tribe
August 8, 2013 - 8:58 AM EDT
Danny Salazar would disagree Sternfan10
Sternfan10
August 8, 2013 - 7:42 AM EDT
Lovegrove is looking like another pitching bust, add him to Bauer, Carrasco and Packer. The Indians only minor length strength seems to be able t o develop minor league relief pitchers.. The system is terrible at developing starting pitching, corner outfields, as well as corner infielders.

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