Around The Farm: July 11, 2013
Chen's strong night, Washington's hit show highlight night on the farm
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 Carolina was postponed due to rain.
Chun-Hsiu Chen (1B, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP
Triple-A has not treated Chen nearly as kindly as Double-A did, but that is just part of the lumps minor leaguers take. Following up a .328/.427/.547 line in 38 Akron games with a .239/.303/.365 one in 53 Columbus games is rough, as is the change in Chen's strikeout and walk rates (41:23 SO:BB in Akron, 60:16 SO:BB in Columbus). Still, there is hope for Chen. That first adjustment to a new level can take some time and we do not have a large enough sample yet to say that the first baseman cannot handle Triple-A. Provided Chen rediscovers the power stroke he had in Akron (he only has seven doubles and six home runs in Columbus), his bat could still be worth taking a look at.
LeVon Washington (LF, AZL Indians): 3-for-3, 1 RBI
I wrote this last night, but it really bears repeating here in an ATF featured spot: if Washington's body would simply stop betraying him, there would be no stopping #WashTime. Currently on a rehab assignment, Washington took advantage of the Arizona League for the second straight night, making his case to head back out to full season ball. Whenever Washington is on the field, he is lighting things up and filling up the box score, which just makes the injuries all the more frustrating. If anyone deserves some bouts of good health, it is Washington.
- Carlos Carrasco (SP, Columbus): W (3-0), 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 2 HR. Carrasco flashed his dominance with the strikeouts, but allowing two home runs also shows the inconsistencies that still have him in Columbus.
- Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. The 3.2 innings look like a lot, but Price was ultra-efficient, only using 34 pitches. Price now owns a 48:7 SO:BB in 31.1 Triple-A innings.
- Nate Spears (2B, Columbus): 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB. Spears may not be a high-priority prospect, but with a .362 on-base percentage, he is not hurting anything.
- Brett Brach (SP, Akron): L (5-5), 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP. Brach has struggled a bit in 2013 (4.99 ERA, 4.49 FIP), though he managed to dance around danger Thursday.
- Shawn Armstrong (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. After missing 66 games with a right hand contusion, Armstrong apparently still needs some time to get back into form (four runs, 9:4 SO:BB in 5.1 innings).
- Enosil Tejeda (RP, Akron): 2.9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP. Tejeda continues his dominance of Double-A (1.27 ERA, 2.54 FIP in 21.1 innings). Yet another strong reliever coming up through the pipeline.
- J.D. Reichenbach (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 SO. After 15 runs in five innings (and a 2:9 SO:BB), Reichenbach might just need to get back to Carolina and regroup.
- Kyle Bellows (LF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 SB. Akron was blanked Thursday and only managed seven hits, but Bellows had two of them and his first steal of the year.
- Dylan Baker (SP, Lake County): ND, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 SO. This was not a long outing for Baker, but the right-hander had his strikeouts stuff going well. Now, Baker just needs to work on the walks.
- Jack Wagoner (RP, Lake County): BS (2), L (2-2), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP. Sometimes relievers have bad nights. Wagoner has been decent in 2013 (4.08 ERA, 3.00 FIP in 35.1 innings) so we can let this one go.
- Erik Gonzalez (3B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB. Maybe one of these days I will run Gonzalez's splits on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Gonzalez had the only Captain extra-base hit Thursday night.
- Yhoxian Medina (2B, Lake County): 1-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB. Two walks push Medina's walks above his strikeouts during his time in Lake County (19:20 SO:BB) and his on-base percentage to .426.
- Mahoning Valley Offense, Game 1: 1-for-25, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 6 SO. Claudio Bautista managed a hit and a walk, but as a whole, this was a forgettable performance.
- Dace Kime (SP, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): ND, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Kime's second outing went well as the 2013 third round pick ramps up in the professional game.
- Matt Whitehouse (RP, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP. In his fifth professional outing Whitehouse went his three innings (just like the other four) and lowered his ERA to 0.60 with a 12:1 SO:BB.
- Trevor Frank (RP, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): L (0-2,), 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP. Frank did alright until his final innings when things fell apart. That makes nine runs in Frank's last 10.2 innings.
- Mahoning Valley Offense, Game 2: 2-for-22, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1 CS. Somehow game two was even worse for the Scrappers, as they only had two combined hits and walks. Singles from Cody Ferrell and Paul Hendrix avoided a no-hitter.
- Kenny Mathews (SP, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): Mathews rebounded from a poor last outing by pitching two shutout innings. The seventh round pick now has a 8:1 SO:BB in 6.0 innings.
- Cole Sulser (RP, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Outside of one bad outing, Sulser has come into professional ball and simply taken games over (17:4 SO:BB in 14.1 innings).
- Alexis Paredes (RP, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): L (0-1), 2.0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO. Despite taking the loss, Paredes remains an interesting bullpen arm with 16 strikeouts in 12.0 innings.
- Cortland Cox (RP, AZL Indians): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 2 HBP. Well, this was not the smoothest outing, but it is possible Cleveland's 32nd round pick was a little nervous in his professional debut.
- AZL Indians Pitching: 9.0 IP, 18 H, 19 ER, 9 BB, 9 SO, 3 WP, 4 HBP. Despite the fact that this performances came in the scoring-inflated Arizona League, there is no arguing that this was not a banner night for the AZL Indians.
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