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Around The Farm: July 10, 2013

Carolina's offensive outburst, Eastern League All-Star game highlight night on the farm

Around The Farm: July 10, 2013
Alex Lavisky (Photo: Lianna Holub)
July 11, 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 that Columbus' game was suspended due to rain and Mahoning Valley was rained out. Akron was off due to the Eastern League All-Star game.

Alex Lavisky (C, Carolina): 3-for-6, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SO

Sometimes fate can just be cruel. Earlier in the season -- as the upper levels of the organization experienced a catching crunch with Carlos Santana and Lou Marson being sidelined -- Lavisky should have gotten a chance to establish himself at Double-A Akron. Lavisky got a chance, but only for about a week. A broken big toe put Lavisky on the disabled list for almost two months and allowed Jake Lowery to solidify himself at Akron. Now Lavisky is in Carolina where he struggled mightily before Wednesday (.167/.297/.200 in 10 games). It had been quite a while since Lavisky had really played, however, so there is the chance that this is just Lavisky putting things together. This is the level Lavisky should have started the year at anyway, and with more nights like this, he will make up for lost time.

Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 1-for-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO

Wendle may have only had one hit Wednesday, but he made it a big one. The second baseman launched his 12th home run of the season in the third inning, flashing more of that power that is putting him in trade talks. Wendle also made up for the lack of hits with two walks, raising his on-base percentage to .404. The pride of West Chester University may not have been a priority prospect heading into 2013, but Wendle has turned that around with his performance (a .324/.404/.607 line with 12 home runs and 20 doubles in 58 games will do just that). Maybe Wendle fits best as trade bait. Maybe he stays in the organization and continues to add to Cleveland's immense middle infield depth. Either way, no one can deny that Cleveland nailed this pick last year.

  • Austin Adams (RP, EL West All-Stars): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. Not a clean inning for Adams, but the right-hander impressed ESPN's Keith Law. Adams is yet another great relief prospect in Cleveland's pipeline.
  • Toru Murata (RP, EL West All-Stars): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP. Murata was the only pitcher to go more than one inning in this game and he, like the rest of the EL West All-Stars, shut out the opposition. Akron's pitching really stood out in New Britain Wednesday night.
  • Jose Flores (RP, EL West All-Stars): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. In the not-a-surprise category, Flores faced two batters and struck them both out. If you want to know more about Flores, I suggest reading my feature on him (shameless self-plug! Sorry!).
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, EL West All-Stars): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Richmond's Javier Herrera may have launched the three-run first inning home run that put the EL West team All-Stars ahead, but Moncrief's RBI single later in the game helped as well.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, EL West All-Stars): 0-for-2, 2 BB. Aguilar and Moncrief both played the whole game, though Moncrief's went a little better. The first baseman did his part, though, getting on base twice with walks.
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Carolina): 2-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. We're dealing with sample sizes that are too small, but if Myles is healthy and getting back into the swing of things in July (.265/.324/.471 in nine games), maybe he can salvage injury-riddled 2013.
  • Bo Greenwell (DH, Carolina): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SO. Four walks? Now that is my kind of line. Bo knows there's absolutely nothing wrong with getting on base and helping your team.
  • Nick Pasquale (SP, Carolina): ND, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. Coming into Wednesday with two strong starts in a row, Pasquale was pulled after a long rain delay. Hopefully this does not mess with him in his next start.
  • Josh Martin & Fabio Martinez (RPs, Carolina): 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO. It was a good thing that the Carolina offense went off as Martin and Martinez both struggled to limit the opposition.
  • Erik Gonzalez (3B, Lake County): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 E. I'm telling you, there just is no stopping Gonzalez on nights I write ATF.  Wednesday's home run pushed Gonzalez's season line to .259/.313/.430, though I swear to you it's around .500/.600/1.000 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Yhoxian Medina (2B, Lake County): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 CS. Carolina was not kind to Medina, but the second baseman is doing work in Lake County. Medina now owns a .304/.415/.411 line with a 19:18 SO:BB in 36 games.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 2 BB, 1 SO. He dipped below a .400 on-base percentage the past two games, but Wednesday got Vick back above that figure. There is no denying the outfielder is having a successful first pro season (.280/.401/.402 line, 58:53 SO:BB).
  • Ryan Merritt (SP, Lake County): ND, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP. After an up-and-down June, Merritt has come out firing in July. With only one earned run allowed in 12.1 innings, the left-hander could be building something in the second half.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Lake County): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO. Sides did not allow a run in his 2013 Lake County debut, though the two walks (after allowing 31 in 37.2 innings in Carolina) are a sign that Sides still has plenty of work to do.
  • Kieran Lovegrove (SP, AZL Indians): L (1-1), 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 3 WP, 1 BK. Pitchers getting knocked around in the Arizona League is no surprise, though Lovegrove hurt himself quite a bit (three wild pitches, one balk).
  • LeVon Washington (DH, AZL Indians): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 SO. The return of #WashTime. It may be a rehab start, but at least it is something as Washington once again tries to fulfill his promise without his body betraying him.
  • Ordomar Valdez (2B, AZL Indians): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B. They may have hit him ninth, but Valdez collected the team's only extra-base hit. The 19-year-old has looked good in the early going (.333/.365/.479 in 13 games).
  • Ivan Castillo (SS, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 1 R. Castillo's strength lies in his defense, so it is nice to see the shortstop flashing some offense too.
  • Clint Frazier (CF, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 SO. The AZL team did not have the best offense Wednesday, but Frazier did his best to contribute as he raised his line to .375/.404/.650 in 11 games.

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