Around The Farm: August 9, 2013
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.
Vinnie Pestano (Columbus, RP) - H (3), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Pestano continues to make his case fror a return trip to Cleveland, which could come sooner rather than later as the Indians' offensive struggles make the bullpen all that more important to keep the team in tight games late. The question, however, is how much the Tribe brass needs to see from him in C-Bus to be convinced that he is ready to contribute again at the Major League level. Also, will they wait until they are comfortable with putting him in in the eighth inning or will they consider easing him in through a middle-relief role?
Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R
Nellie's production has tailed off as of late (.244/.295/.390 in his last ten vs..311/.377/.494 in his 48 games on the season with Mahnoning Valley). Keep in mind that he is only 19, so he has a little time to turn this around. If he can get back to full-season ball to start next year, he'll be back on track. However, he needs to get back to his early Short-Season form to get there.
- Matt Carson (Columbus, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI ,1 K - Carson pushes his batting average in his last ten games to .400.
- Chun Chen (Columbus, LF-1B) - 2-4, 2 K - He really seems to be grasping the Triple-A level as of late (.289/..357/.474 in his last ten).
- Paolo Espino (Columbus, SP) - W (2-4), 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 9 K - Espino also appears to have turned a corner at this level, pitching his second straight dominant outing and his fifth straight solid one.
- Nick Hagadone (Columbus, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Hagadone continues to pitch well in Triple-A. If only he could carry over a little bit of that into the Major League level.
- Jose Ramirez (Akron, SS) - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 E - J-Ram extends his hitting streak to three. Hopefully, he is out of his recent slump (4-for-29 in the seven games prior).
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, DH) - 2-4, 1 R 1 2B, 1 K - The good news: He is now on a six-game hitting streak. The bad news: He is only .225/.279.275 in his last ten.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron ,1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K - The RBI Machine rolls on, picking up number 87.
- Cole Cook (Akron, SP) - L (2-2), 5 IP, 7 H,, 5 R (4 earned), 4 BB, 3 K - Cole Cook's Double-A results can best be described as "uneven".
- Jeff Johnson (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - While not enought to get the Aeros the win, Jeff's perfect ninth inning still merits mention here in ATF.
- Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - Naquin picks up two hits for the second night in a row. Good to see as he was only 4-for-24 in the prior eight games.
- Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) - 3-6, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 CS - Smith continues to roll (.378/.478/.486 in his last ten ballgames).
- Paddy Matera (Carolina, DH) - 1-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP - Sharknado got on base every way imaginable and then scored all three times he got on.
- Bryson Myles (Carolina, LF) - 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt - As good as Bryson Myles' season numbers are (.302/.360/.465), his last ten games number are even more impressive (.463/.500/.610).
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly - the Undrafted Wonder went through a rough stretch recently. That's over (.303/.333/.364 in his last ten contests).
- Cody Anderson (Carolina, SP) - W (9-4), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K - Anderson continues to pitch well. While a call-up to Akron looks unlikely at this late date in the season, look for him at Canal Park to open the 2014 season.
- Logan Vick (Lake County, RF) - 1-2, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 E - Vick extends his hitting streak to four games.
- Joseph Sever (Lake County, 3B) - 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E - Sever has been in a slump recently (.225/.279/.350 in his last ten). Hopefully, this is the beginning of him breaking out of it.
- Richard Stock (Lake County, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K - Stock continues to hit well (.308/.341/.590 in his last ten outings) as he receives increased playing time.
- Jake Sisco (Lake County, SP) - L (4-10), 4.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R (6 earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 2 HBP - Sisco continues to struggle badly (6.23 ERA in his last ten games and 7.78 in his last eight imes on the mound).
- James Stokes (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, 1 K - Stokes posts yet another shutout inning. If he could only be more consistent, he would dominate the Full-Season Single-A level.
- James Roberts (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 Pick Off - Roberts continues to hit well, although the manner in which he was picked off was slightly embarrasing (You know the play where the catcher lightly tosses the ball to first to keep the runner honest, the runner strolls back to the base, and no one expects the pickoff play to work. Well, it worked.)
- Paul Hendrix (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI - Hendrix could use more of these nights to get his numbers up (.261/.331/.330 in 31 pro games this season).
- Cody Ferrell (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 K - See above (.240/.331/.288 in 30 games). He's on an even shorter timeframe to turn it around he was signed as an undrafted free agent.
- Caleb Hamrick (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR - Hamrick seems to have put his two early-season train wreck outings behind him. Too bad he didn't get enough run support to pick up his second win of the season.
- Breily Puerta (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (2-2), 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K - He did his part in the top of the inning and the offense came through in the bottom half.
He is in Cleveland taking a few days off. They are basically acclimating him to the bigs...no injuries, just that.