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Around the Farm: Cinco de Mayo, 2013

Around the Farm: Cinco de Mayo, 2013
May 6, 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.

Carlos Carrasco: SP, Columbus Clippers: W (1-0), 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K:

You have to wonder about a guy like Carrasco when it comes to his future. He’s got legit major league stuff, and it’s clearly top-of-the-rotation stuff. This isn’t a guy that you can label Quad-A by any stretch. What you wonder about is his make-up. For whatever reason, when he heads to the big leagues, something doesn’t always click. Is it the pressure? Likely. Will he ever get over it so that he can perform like he did on Sunday afternoon in the big leagues? Hopefully. Carrasco continues to make waves to return to Cleveland with another stout performance with the Clippers. This is his first clean start since getting drilled on his arm on April 25th. He’s clearly healthy, and after his fifth start, he’s 1-0 with a 1.90 ERA. He’s struck out 24 in 23 2/3 innings, and walked only three. His time will be coming soon. How soon? That depends on the guys in the bigs right now. I can’t imagine Corey Kluber holds back Carrasco, or Bauer for that matter.

Luigi Rodriguez: LF, Carolina Mudcats: 2-for-4, 2R, 2 2B, 2 RBI:

Here we go with Rodriguez. When this kid gets hot, look out. The fleet-footed outfielder has not only made it onto the top of ATF twice in a row, but he’s also rolled out three straight multi-hit games, and is currently on a four-game hit streak. During the multi-hit stretch, Rodriguez is 7-for-13, with four runs, two doubles and a triple. Like I said last night, if he could ever put it all together, stay consistent, and not strike out as much as he had in the past, he would be a surefire major leaguer. He still has a long way to go to garner that consistency though.

  • Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB: Fedroff is a forgotten man in the system now, and while that’s bad for Fedroff, that’s good for the Indians. Fedroff is only hitting .237 for the Clippers right now, and is hitting .205 over the past ten games.
  • Ryan Rohlinger: 3B, Columbus: 1-for-2, 2 BB: Nothing too special for Rohlinger, but one quick thing to note: over the past three games, he’s 6-for-9, with four runs, two doubles and three walks. His OBP during that stretch is .750. Yeah…not too shabby.
  • Matt LaPorta: DH, Columbus: 0-for-2, 2 BB: Ah, yes, my boy LaPorta. Somehow, he’s still playing in the organization. I know…I know…he’s all better now…yada, yada, yada. There’s nobody that hopes this kid performs more than I do, but it’ll never be with the Indians. Why mention him? Just because I haven’t yet, he’s hitting .455, and he managed to walk twice.
  • Cord Phelps: 1B, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K: Phelps is hitting a mammoth .196, and likely sees the writing on the wall going forward. There’s no way he’ll ever be a first baseman in the bigs, and the fact that he is as passive at the plate as can be at that level says it all. He’s not long for the Indians.
  • Juan Diaz: SS, Columbus: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Do you think he’s looking over his shoulder much? With a slew of middle infielders knocking on the door, he’ll need a lot more games like this to keep the onslaught from overwhelming him. He’s a good player in the wrong system.
  • Nick Hagadone: RP, Columbus: 2/3 IP, 2 BB, 1 K: No, Hagadone shouldn’t be in Triple A. Yes, Matt Albersshould be gonzo. I guess I’m not as hot and heavy as some about it though. It’s early in the year, and I’m fine with Terry Francono moving the pieces the way he sees fit now. These moves won’t be happening once the summer kicks in. He hasn’t given up a run in four games in Columbus. Doesn’t matter…he’ll be back in Cleveland by weeks end.
  • Preston Guilmet: Closer, Columbus: S (9), 1 1/3 IP, 2 K: He’s leading the International league in saves, and you know what? I think he could close for the Indians. No, he’s not a power arm, and no, I don’t think he’ll get a chance. Some guys are just good at closing, regardless of stuff. Guilmet will likely stay in Columbus for much of this year, but I’d love to see them handle him right. If they give him a role, he will excel at the next level, either as a closer, or the next Joe Smith.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B: Holt has really begun to hit the ball, and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, five of which were multi-hit ballgames. During that stretch, he’s gone 13-for-35, with eight runs, three doubles and two triples. His OBP during that stretch is .400, and he’s stolen two bases as well.
  • Giovanny Urshela: SS, Akron: 2-for-3: So, Kyle Bellows was at third, and Urshela was at second? There’s no way this is a permanent thing with the slew of guys that can play short in the system, but a curiosity nonetheless. I know this was a fill move, but perhaps it will give Urshela some versatility as he advances to Columbus next year, should the Indians begin to look at him as more of a utility player. He has three two hit games over the past five games.
  • Jordan Cooper: SP, Akron: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K: Cooper made his second solid start in as many starts after starting the year off in Carolina. He’s not a front end guy, but he certainly is making a name for himself with his solid start in 2013. He continues to improve as he climbs through the system, after a solid year in 2012.
  • Aeros BullpenJose FloresBryan Price and Austin Adams combined for four innings of one hit, two walk baseball. Flores got the win, after going two innings, and has a 1.23 ERA on the year. Bryan Price got the hold, and still hasn’t given up a run in his six innings. Austin Adams got the save in his sixth appearance.
  • Carlos Moncrief: RF, Akron: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Moncrief followed his three-hit performance with an even bigger day on Sunday, blasting the game-winner in the seventh inning.
  • Tyler Naquin: CF, Carolina: 3-for-5, 1 2B: Naquin is hitting .310 on the year, but has been completely overshadowed by his fellow #1, Francisco Lindor. He’s hit safely in nine of his last ten ballgames, and like Lindor, it will be interesting to see how they handle him going forward.
  • Mudcats pitching staff: Starter Shawn Morimando and relievers Michael GoodnightFrancisco Jimenezand Jeff Johnson combined for 13 walks. Jimenez and Johnson only had one each. Morimando and Goodnight had 11 between them, and you don’t win many games walking that many batters.
  • #Wash Time: LF, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 4 RBI: How good is this kid playing, anyways? LeVon Washington has four multi-hit games in his last five, and is hitting 12-for-20 during that stretch, with seven runs, three doubles, a triple and six RBI. He’s also walked four times, against only two K’s.
  • Logan Vick: CF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB (4): How good is Logan Vick? He’s moved #Wash Time to left field! In all seriousness, Logan Vick can play the game of baseball. He’s not a top prospect by any stretch, but he has skills, and so far, they are translating at the professional level. I think he’s as good as Joey Wendle in Carolina, but we shall see. They have a different skill set, but seem to have an advanced approach.
  • Luis DeJesus: SP, Lake County: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 3 K, 1 HR: DeJesus has struggled mightily to find his Mojo from 2012, giving up four runs or more in four of his previous five starts. This one was better, but not by much. It was good to see him not walk a batter, after walking five in his previous start.
  • Luis Morel: RP, Lake County: W (3-0), 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K: Morel’s never really been able to do anything good with consistency, so it was good to see three innings of shutout baseball from the righty reliever from the Dominican. He’s a middle of the road reliever in the system though.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

User Comments

Common Cents
May 7, 2013 - 11:25 AM EDT
Washington isn't a good prospect. He's injury prone at too young of an age and is playing at a level he should have finished two years ago if he were a real prospect. Sorry. He'd be hitting .280 in Akron if he were legit.
Andrew
May 6, 2013 - 4:33 PM EDT
Naquin and Washington are two very interesting players to me. On one hand, you have Naquin, who in my opinion, represents a "safe" player who has low risk and low-to-middle rewards. He seems a fairly safe bet to make it the majors at some point and produce. He may never be an all-star, but a solid contributor. On the other hand, you have a guy like Washington who represents a "risky" player who has medium-to-high risk with medium-to-high rewards. He's more of a boom or bust type of player who if he lives up to his full potential, he can put up some impressive numbers at the big league level... but that's an "if", whereas like I said with Naquin, that "if" factor is far less. Interesting debate nevertheless.
shy
May 6, 2013 - 11:06 AM EDT
Everybody knows Carrasco has to go to a higher place mentally/emotionally to get the most out of his god given throwing ability. The good news is his arm is stronger than at any time I've seen him with Cleveland, I think he has gained 2-3 MPH over what he add when he came to Cleveland. His UCL was probably an issue to some degree from the outset and just got worse over time. With this coaching staff, clubhouse mentality, and a pretty solid team on the field this is his time to shine. As my friend Lars from Metallica says Carpe Diem! Speaking of which, if any of you missed the Hetfield, Hammett guitars doing the National Anthem in S.F. friday nite, it's worth checking out on YouTube. Straight up tasty....
Matthew
May 6, 2013 - 10:15 AM EDT
Great to see WashTime playing. Staying healthy is the biggest thing for him this season. However, he's 21 playing at Low-A so we shouldn't be putting too much stock into his numbers. Hopefully Naquin continues to play well and forces a chain reaction of movement so LeVon can try to continue his success in Zebulon. He really needs to excel at 2 levels this year to restore any prospect value.
Jim
May 6, 2013 - 10:09 AM EDT
Nick, the talent withe regards to #Wash Time is clear. When he puts the bat to the ball, he's an absolute nightmare to opposing teams. There is a lot of Lofton in him in the way he plays. Is that his ceiling? There's just such a small sample size, and we are talking about Low A...

He should be a candidate to move up to Carolina at some point, but there is a Luigi/Naquin/Myles/Smith issue there. Thing is, his upside may be as high or higher than all if them.

There are also other questions with Myles, but right now, it all looks good.

Ask me again in a month. If he forces the issue of movement, he could make things interesting for some of the other outfielders in the system...

He is a prototypical lead off guy though...so watch Naquin. If he moves up...wash time will too...
Jim
May 6, 2013 - 9:56 AM EDT
Like I said Art...it's his head I'm worried about, and it's why the Phillies had dropped him down the totem pole prior to that trade. I agree...and it's his issue so far in the bigs. His frustration level is low...that has to be fixed...
art
May 6, 2013 - 9:42 AM EDT
When it comes to Carrasco, great starts mean little to me. When with the Phillies, a team I also follow pretty closely, he developed a reputation for having a great arm but unable to get through tough innings. For me to see progress, I want to see him have a rough patch and give up a few runs in an inning, then come back and put up 3 or 4 more strong innings despite the rough patch.

Seeing him do that a few times would be more significant to me than just seeing him have strong outings.
Nick
May 6, 2013 - 9:08 AM EDT
If #WashTime can stay healthy (and that's a BIG if) what type of ceiling do you see him having?
Steve
May 6, 2013 - 8:05 AM EDT
#washtime

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