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Around the Farm: July 10, 2014

Lindor's three-hit performance highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: July 10, 2014
Francisco Lindor (Photo: Jim Piascik)
July 11, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS

Francisco Lindor (Photo: MiLB)Lindor may be having a slightly down season by his standards, but the 20-year-old is still growing into his power -- something that is holding down his .282/.358/.399 line and .756 OPS -- and that pop should come in time. More importantly, Lindor is continuing to show an ability to get on base and make some noise with his legs, stealing his 23rd base of the season Thursday. Interestingly, Lindor's plate discipline has actually gotten worse -- for him -- in 2014, with the shortstop striking out more than he ever has (Lindor has a 58:38 SO:BB in 81 games). But assuming that is more of a fluke than a problem with his approach, Lindor could feasibly see Triple-A after he returns from All-Star break festivities next week. As much as people apparently do not want to hear it, Asdrubal Cabrera is playing a league-average shortstop this season -- which has real value -- which should keep Lindor at bay for the time being. But Lindor is coming, and now that he is 102 games into his Double-A career, he could see Columbus soon.

Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB

Chang's professional career is still pretty young -- the 18-year-old has only played 11 games -- but it has been so far, so good for the shortstop. With these two home run, Chang raised his season line to .359/.479/.564, naturally an encouraging sign in the early going for the 18-year-old. Chang is a fairly high priority guy in the Arizona League considering he signed for $500,000 last year and is someone to keep an eye on going forward. All stats in the Arizona League must be taken with an entire shaker of salt, but it is obviously better for someone to be hitting than not.

  • Danny Salazar (SP, Columbus, Game 1): L (3-6), 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 9 SO. Salazar was essentially unhittable in this outing, though he also struggled to find the zone. The right-hander is still looking to gain the consistency needed to be dominant all the time as opposed to just some of it.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Columbus, Game 1): 1-for-3, 1 SO. Ramirez had one of Clippers' two hits in game one, improving his season line to .297/.355/.431 in 51 Triple-A games.
  • Luke Carlin (C, Columbus, Game 1): 1-for-2. Carlin had the other hit, taking advantage of some extra playing time with Roberto Perez up on the major league team.
  • Columbus Pitchers, Game 2: 6.0 IP, 16 H, 14 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR. Bryan Price actually pitched decently, but nobody is going to remember that aspect of this game. In a bullpen game, Josh Outman, C.C. Lee, Frank Herrmann, and Tyler Sturdevant just did not have it Thursday.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Columbus): 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 SB. Holt only got the slightest taste of the major leagues, but if he keeps performing like this (.828 OPS, 30:33 SO:BB, and 11 steals in 40 Triple-A games), he will find his way back.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Akron): W (9-9), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP. Roberts' third-straight seven-inning outing underlines his inning-eating abilities, though the seven strikeouts are a nice flash of the right-hander's upside. Through 110.1 innings this season, Roberts owns a 3.67 ERA and 78:24 SO:BB.
  • Jordan Smith (CF, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 SO. Making an appearance in center field, Smith showed a little power, though the outfielder's results have dipped back down following a better June (.712 OPS in 26 June games, .590 OPS in nine July games).
  • Tony Wolters (DH, Akron): 0-for-1, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP. Wolters must have decided before the game he was not going to put the ball in play Thursday night. And he reached base four out of five times! Clearly he never needs to swing the bat again!
  • D.J. Brown (SP, Carolina): 5.0 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. Brown started out well after filling Dylan Baker's rotation spot, but the right-hander has regressed over time and now owns a 4.79 ERA and 57:24 SO:BB in 82.2 innings.
  • Alex Monsalve (C, Carolina): 1-for-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SO. The home run is nice, but in order for Monsalve to get back on track this season (he currently owns a .247/.305/.357 line in 62 games), he cannot attach the homer to a 1-for-5 night.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (LF-RF, Carolina): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI. Sabourin is back to his normal high-average, low-power combination, with the first baseman improving his batting average to .292 with this three-hit outing to go with a .085 isolated power in 57 High-A games.
  • Jeremy Lucas (DH, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. There is not much more to say about Lucas, who has been solid all season for the Mudcats. In 77 games this season Lucas has posted a .257/.356/.415 line and 50:42 SO:BB.
  • Yhoxian Medina (2B, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB. Medina's single in the fifth inning extended his hitting streak to 12 games. The infielder's line has increased from .234/.311/.285 to .279/.352/.365 over the course of the streak.
  • Caleb Hamrick (SP, Lake County): W (3-4), 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR. Hamrick's ERA is still creeping down, though the right-hander still is not overpowering Midwest League hitters. The 20-year-old only has seven strikeouts to go with seven walks in his last 19.1 innings.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI. Two days in a row with a home run gives Rodriguez 15 on the year. The first baseman's .797 OPS is approaching the .800 mark for the first time since early May.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 RBI. The headline of Haase's season so far has been his .262 isolated power in 58 games, but the catcher is finally starting to see some singles fall in too, driving the 21-year-old's seven-game hitting streak.
  • Ivan Castillo (SS, Lake County): 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF, 1 E. Despite the error, the defense is there for Castillo. But without more nights like this, the 19-year-old's .204/.258/.270 line in 42 games will hold down his ceiling.
  • Cameron Hill (SP, Mahoning Valley): L (0-1), 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 1 E. Hill allowed his first run since his debut back on June 19, though the right-hander still owns a 1.06 ERA and 10:5 SO:BB in 17.0 professional innings.
  • Luis Gomez (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. Gomez has ratcheted up his strikeouts in 2014, posting an impressive 25:6 SO:BB in just 15.0 innings this season.
  • Drake Roberts (3B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 E. Cleveland's 29th round pick this season, Roberts is still looking to really get going. The 22-year-old owns a .618 OPS with a 16:4 SO:BB and three errors through 18 games.
  • Shao-Ching Chiang (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP. Through three starts, Chiang is yet to walk a batter while striking out 12 in 14.2 innings. Not a bad start for the right-hander in his first extended action in the Arizona League.
  • Trey Haley (RP, AZL Indians): W (1-0), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Pitching in his fifth rehab outing, Haley has the look of someone ready for an assignment to a full season team. My guess would be to look for him in Akron.
  • Bobby Bradley (1B, AZL Indians): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO. Bradley is still taking advantage of the Arizona League's offense-friendly style, launching his second home run of his professional career and raising his OPS to 1.123 in 11 games.
  • Alexis Pantoja (2B, AZL Indians): 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB. Pantoja is still showing a nice approach in his first professional experience, pairing a 4:6 SO:BB with a .762 OPS and three steals in 14 games.

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User Comments

July 12, 2014 - 5:41 AM EDT
I was under the impression the 10 day recall rule did not apply to the 26th man in DH.
July 11, 2014 - 4:08 PM EDT
Funny, Perez and Holt weren't on anyone's top 20 lists just some months ago and most probably considered them pure org soldiers. They're rise came out of nowhere, similar to Urshela. It's also a nice reminder that you never know and don't give up on talent too quick. Kluber and Gomes qualify too
July 11, 2014 - 3:16 PM EDT
Just as an FYI, with House being swapped out for Adams today, Salazar is almost guaranteed to get one of the first 5 games coming out of the break, most likely one of the doubleheader games for a free transaction.

House won't be eligible to come back until the 21st, and Masterson will be on DL until at least the 23rd. That means we need 5 SP in 4 days from 7/17-7/20. Kluber, Tomlin, Bauer, McAllister pretty clearly are in, but without Masterson and House, there's no one left except Salazar.
July 11, 2014 - 2:55 PM EDT
Move/promote Lavisky to Columbus. I agree keep Salazar in Columbus until mid- August. Need some more starts to develop better command and increase his innings on consistent basis. I do like what I am seeing with Salazar.
July 11, 2014 - 2:10 PM EDT
Do not bring Salazar up for the det doubleheader. He needs time in col. Needs another pitch and learn to hit corners. Wait till sept.

Lindor should be in col by aug.
MT88 in WI
July 11, 2014 - 2:02 PM EDT
Tony always tells us for someone to move up, there has to be an opportunity to play at that next level. Well we have that opportunity now for a catcher in AAA and by extension some ripple effect thru the rest of the system.

With Kotteras getting claimed off waivers & Roberto Perez being functionally productive in the majors as Yan's caddie/ backup, the door is open for Cleveland to advance someone to AAA Columbus and let that player play regularly for the rest of the year.
July 11, 2014 - 11:02 AM EDT
Now that Roberto Perez has been called up, it will be interesting to see how long he sticks with the club. If he keeps performing, he just may stick. I think this move has made the Catching position at all levels in the farm very interesting to watch. We have a few guys that play catcher but are offensive oriented (Monsalve, Lowery, Lucas, etc.). They have been getting a lot of DH at bats recently, as I have noticed. I think it will be interesting to see whose stock will rise and whose will drop. Also, seeing if a few of these catchers will transition to other positions such as Lowery getting more and more 1B/DH reps.
July 11, 2014 - 10:36 AM EDT
Good to see Lake County guys like Nellie Rod, Haase, and even Frazier pick it up after a brutal start to the season for the team. If any team in the Tribe system can be expected to get off to a slow start, it's the Captains given the age and experience of layers at that level. Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but I put a lot more stock in late-season numbers as guys adjust to the league. Hopefully all three of the guys mentioned above get bumped up to Carolina next year so we can start to get an idea on their ETA date in Cleveland.
July 11, 2014 - 10:30 AM EDT
Well... Danny Salazar goes six inning.. gives up one run with 9 K's.. Zach McAllister is pitching lights out baseball.. Both are chomping at the bit to get back to the Show.. Justin Masterson is on the DL.. is going to be brought back in possibly in the pen to begin his return after a reasonable rehab stint in the minors...

What are the chances both Salazar and McAllister return to the starting rotation with Masterson in the Pen? This would give the Indians Kluber/Bauer/Salazar/McAllister/Tomlin as their starting five.. If Masterson wows Tito.. that would make this rotation deadly heading into the second half / August Dawg Days...


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