Around the Farm: July 1, 2013
Danny Salazar (Columbus Clippers SP, game one): 5 IP, 2 H, 2 SO
Salazar had a strong outing on Monday night as he was economical with his pitches and runs in a close game against Durham; a club that totes former Indians Shelley Duncan and Chris Gimenez. Salazar threw 49 of his 64 pitches for strikes which is 76%. Danny also averaged a tick under thirteen pitches per inning. This was a very efficient start for the flame throwing right hander. Of course monitoring Salazar’s success, too frequently, is just whether or not he is able to pitch but hopefully he can rid himself of injury issues in the near future or else the bullpen will come knocking for his filthy stuff.
Jesus Aguilar (Akron Aeros 1B): 2-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, RBI, K
Aguilar with yet another run driven in for Akron as his RBI total is at 61. Of course RBI’s aren’t a perfect measurement of Aguilar’s development but they are impressive. The other piece that is particularly impressive to me are the two walks. While Aguilar does not have great plate discipline it has certainly improved in his development. If only he could produce a few more homeruns out of that frame.
Dorssys Paulino (Lake County Captains SS): 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
A really big night for Paulino who seems to be slowly adjusting to low-a as each month has passed. Too many people have soured on Paulino too fast because of his early struggles. Granted the batting average sits at only .236 but Paulino is still only 18 playing in a—ball. I would wager that by years end he is easily hitting .260 and continuing to improve.
- Clay Rapada (Columbus Clippers RP, game one): 1/3 IP: I have decided to start a political action committee to get Rapada to Cleveland or really just raise money to get Hill out of there. Either way Rapada came in and nailed down a one out matchup save on Monday night. Have to think we might see him sometime soon.
- Chun Chen (Columbus Clippers 1B, game one): 2-3, 2B, RBI, Run: While Chen has not torn up Columbus as he did Akron he has continued to swing the bat fairly well as he adjusts to the International League. Chen had his second multi hit game in three days and seems to be heating up a bit.
- Matt Carson (Columbus Clippers CF, game one): 2-3, RBI: Seems unfair to call a guy a body or minor league fluff but at this point Carson is not much more than organizational depth. Always good to see production at any level though.
- Columbus Clippers Offense game two: 2-22, 2 BB, 7 K’s. The Clippers struggled to get on base against a collection of triple-a relievers in the back end of the double header.
- Boof Bonser (Columbus Clippers SP, game two): 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K’s: Signed to cover starts and eat innings for the Clippers, Bonser was nothing close to effective.
- C. C. Lee (Columbus Clippers RP, game two) 1.1 IP, 2 BB, 3 K’s: A very effective outing for Lee who continues to succeed after returning from last season’s injury.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron Aeros 3B): 2-4, 2B, R: The glove is very good and he has really matured with the bat so far this season. Seems to have really elevated his stock this season.
- Carlos Moncrief (Akron Aeros RF): 1-4, BB, K, R: Moncrief is another guy who has really elevated his stock. And when this sort of night is one of your worst in a while you know you are doing something right.
- Will Roberts (Akron Aeros SP): 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s: A pretty mediocre outing for Roberts. Eleven base runners over six innings is a very high rate it projects to a WHIP of almost two. Which generally produces far worse outcomes than three runs over six innings.
- Tyler Naquin (Carolina Mudcats CF): 1-4, K/Francisco Lindor (Carolina Mudcats SS):2-4: The two former first round picks had three of the Mudcats four hits in a 10-0 drubbing at the hands of the Lynchburg Hillcats.
- Shawn Morimando (Carolina Mudcats SP): 4.1IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K’s, HR: Morimando has struggled a bit of late and control was his downfall on Monday night. The most concerning thing for Shawn so far are his 39 walks in 84 innings; which is close to 4 1/2 walks per nine innings, something which must be addressed along his progression.
- Todd Hankins (Lake County Captains LF): 2-5, R, 2B, RBI Hankins one of many to have multiple hits on Monday night.
- Lake County Captains Offense: 16-38, 6 R, 3 2B, 6 RBI, 3 K’s: Logan Vick, Jeremy Lucas, Richard Stockand Jorge Martinez all had two hits, all singles.
- Blake Wood (Lake County Captains SP): 1 IP, 1 K: Wood continues to rehab and is having success as yet more right handed bullpen depth.
- Luis DeJesus (Lake County Captains RP) 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB: A fairly mediocre start/appearance, too many base runners/walks coupled with no strikeouts is fairly uninspiring.
- Cody Ferrell (Mahoning Valley Scrappers CF) 2-4, First short-season game and a two hit performance. Pretty good start.
- Nellie Rodriguez: (Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1B): 2-4, K: After struggling in Lake County, Nellie was demoted to the Scrappers to attempt to make some adjustments and build some confidence. So far his results have been much improved.
- Kenny Mathews: (Mahoning Valley Scrappers SP):2 IP H, 2 K’s: A very good opening performance for the 2013 seventh round draft pick.
- Cole Sulser (Mahoning Valley Scrappers RP):3 IP, 3 H, 2 K’s: A good outing by almost every Scrapper pitcher as they only allowed one run. The same goes for the 25th round pick out of Dartmouth College.
- Trevor Frank (Mahoning Valley Scrappers RP): 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, R, ER, 2 K’s: The eighth round pick had his first ineffective outing as a Scrapper but not a bad one.
- Clint Frazier (AZL Indians CF): 2-3, 2B, RBI: The Indians first round pick is off to a tremendous start. Frazier has three extra base hits in his first five games and is absolutely ripping the ball. Hopefully Frazier makes to Mahoning Valley close to season’s end.
- Ordomar Valdez (AZL Indians 3B): 3-4, 2B, BB, K: Valdez had his first good game for the AZL Indians.My favorite piece so far, in six games 3 walks, 3 strikeouts. Got to love the one to one ration even in small samples.
- Gerald Bautista (AZL Indians 1B): 3-5, 2B, RBI: One of only three players with more than one hit. Raised his early season average to .304.
- Anthony Vizcaya (AZL Indians SP): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s: In his second start Anthony posted a very sound outing. With just 7 seven base runners and a groundball double play induced Vizcaya faced only 4 hitters more than the minimum 15 in a five inning start.
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