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Around the Farm: July 11, 2014

Around the Farm: July 11, 2014
Clint Frazier (Photo: Tim Phillis, TCP Photography)
July 12, 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.

Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 5-5, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB - What a big night for Lake County as they scored 14 runs on 16 hits and mashed 16 hits on their way to 14-3 romp of Great Lakes. At the center of it all was outfielder Clint Frazier who had arguably his best game as a pro with a perfect 5-for-5 night and jacked two homers in the process. Frazier now has 9 homers on the season and looks to be settling in and coming into his own. The strikeouts are still an issue though they have ticked back a little, but more imporantly he is hitting .316 with 5 HR, 11 RBI and .914 OPS in 19 second half games after hitting .248 with 4 HR, 19 RBI and .699 OPS in 55 first half games.

  • Jose Ramirez (Columbus, 2B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB - J-Ram has his third multi-hit night in his last three games after a six-game stretch in which he went 2-for-22 (.091) and saw his Triple-A batting average drop below .300 on the season.  Hopefully, this effort was a sign that his mini-slump is over.  Also J-Ram swiped his 15th base of the season.
  • Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 3-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E - Holt has shown no hangover effects from his quick demotion from Cleveland as he collected another multi-hit night and ripped two doubles in the process. 
  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly - The RBI Machine picks up two more to increase his International League season total to 49 in 75 games.
  • Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SP) - W (3-2), 7.1 IP, 11 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K - While Arias performed well where it counts (keeping runs from scoring), he continues to let too many men on base, as evidenced by his 1.45 WHIP in his six Triple-A appearances this season.  Control, however, does not seem to be a problem as his K:BB ratio is 22:7.
  • Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - While Lindor's multi-hit night was certainly notable, the real story here is Lindor increasing his stolen base total to 24 in 82 games.  Also, his lone run was the eventual game-winning one in the top of the 10th.
  • Adam Abraham (Akron, LF-1B) - 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB - Abraham's good eye at the plate leads to a big offensive night for him.
  • Tony Wolters (Akron, C) - 1-5, 2 RBI, 3 K - Wolters drives in two runs on a light hitting night, including the game winner on a 10th inning ground out fielder’s choice.
  • Justin Toole (Akron, 3B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly, Caught Stealing 1 time - Toole continues to hit well as his Double-A season numbers now stand at .306/.378/.347 with 10 RBI in 38 games with his last 10 games numbers rising to a lofty .385/.414/.423.
  • Cole Sulser (Akron, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - A solid Double-A debut for Sulser that was unfortunately not enough for the individual win.
  • Giovanni Soto (Akron, RP) - H (6), 2 IP, perfect, 2 K - Solid relief pitching, as per usual, from Soto. He really looks to have found his groove and is back to performing like the top lefty relief prospect he is.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - W (3-1), BS (4), 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 1 HBP - I feel I have made my thoughts on pitchers earning a win in an outing in which they blew the save clear in prior editions of Around The Farm.
  • Louis Head (Akron, CP) - S (3), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Head shuts out the Thunder in the bottom of the 10th to win the ballgame for the RubberDucks.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS - Diaz continues to rake in Advanced Single-A, posting a .306/.404/.364 slash line with 15 RBI in 32 games in his American debut season after leaving Cuba.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, C) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 HBP - Lucas gets on base three times and scores twice to make it two solid offensive performances in as many nights.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI - After a recent cold spell, Gonzo appears to be heating up again as he has three multi-hit games in his last four games. In those four games he is 8-for-19 with 2 HR and 10 RBI.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, RF) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB - Lu-Rod has his second straight multi-hit night. It is nice to see him out there playing every day and having a solid season.
  • Alex Monsalve (Carolina, DH) - 3-4, 3 RBI - Monsalve has really turned it on of late with the bat as he is hitting .368 with 1 HR, 16 RBI and 1.008 over his last 10 games.
  • Adam Plutko (Carolina, SP) - W (2-4), 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 9 K - Plutko recovers from a few rough outings (especially his last one) to dominate the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox) lineup and pick up his second High-A win.
  • Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K - Nixon pitches two solid innings to put the game away for the Mudcats.
  • Ivan Castillo (Lake County, SS) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - Hopefully, Castillo's second multi-hit game in a row is a sign of a sustained improvement of his offensive performance.
  • Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Haase continues his recent strong form, raising his last 10 games slash line to .310/.341/.405.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K - There is no hotter hitter in the system right now than N-Rod. He is hitting .360 with 8 HR, 27 RBI and 1.188 OPS in his last 19 games (all in the second half) and is off to another hot July like last season.
  • Dace Kime (Lake County, SP) - W (5-10), 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - A typical Kime outing.  Hardly spectacular, but enough for a win on a night like this when the Captains offense was unstoppable.
  • Justin Garcia (Lake County, RP) - 2 IP, 3 H, 2 K - Garcia's full-season debut following his call-up from Short-Season Single-A Mahoning Valley is a solid one.
  • James Stokes (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - James Stokes rebounds from a rough outing to have a perfect three up, three down night for the Captains.
  • D'Vone McClure (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 K - McClure scored half of the Scrappers' runs on yet another rough offensive night for the Mahoning Valley side.
  • Sean Brady (Mahoning Valley, SP) - L (1-1), 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - Brady suffers his first loss of the season, due in significant part to the seven men behind him.
  • Luis DeJesus (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2 IP, perfect, 2 K - DeJesus extends his streak of being unscored upon to 6.0 IP in three outings as he seeks a return to full-season ball in Eastlake.
  • Dominic DeMasi (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB (intentional), 1 K, 1 WP - DeMasi continues to pitch either masterfully or disastrously in his professional rookie season.
  • Bobby Ison (AZL Indians, CF) - 2-4, R, BB, 2 K, 2 SB - Ison puts up his third multi-hit game in his last five games and rips off his first two stolen bases of the season.
  • Willi Castro (AZL Indians, 2B) - 2-4, R, RBI, BB, K - This was a much needed multi-hit effort from Castro who has really struggled over his last 10 games hitting .139 with a .344 OPS. 
  • Dylan Baker (AZL Indians, SP) - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K - This was Baker's second rehab appearance at Arizona and he appears to be right on track for a return to Carolina. The IBI's Tony Lastoria says he will probably get one more outing before returning to Carolina around July 17-18.
  • Jordan Dunatov (AZL Indians, RP) - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K - This was Dunatov's pro debut and it is easy to see he was a little nervous with the two walks in just a third of an inning.
  • Grant Hockin (AZL Indians, RP) - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K - This was Hockin's second pro outing since his debut on July 4th. Even though he is a starting pitching prospect, the Indians are likely going to limit his outings to 2-3 innings and once a week because he is a young high school arm.
  • Jared Robinson (AZL Indians, RP) - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K - See Hockin above. This is also Robinson's second appearance and he has pitched the same days as Hockin. It appears that both are piggybacking each other.

User Comments

July 12, 2014 - 11:27 PM EDT
Bobby D.: Matera is now in the Atlantic League (independent) as far as I can tell.
Bobby D.
July 12, 2014 - 9:11 PM EDT
Anyone knows how that kid Paddy Matera is doing? He killed it in spring training and had a great season in Carolina. I thought the organization would have given that kid a chance. He was a gamer.
July 12, 2014 - 5:39 PM EDT

Baker is an advanced (A+) power arm...he should blow these guys in rookie ball away.
July 12, 2014 - 5:37 PM EDT
MT88 in Wisconsin,

It's probably an overstatement the farm system is top 10, but if they are ranked 10-20 yearly with 2-4 additions from the system they are doing pretty well. Paulino will easily drop out of the top 20, and Bauer, and Crockett will graduate too, with the potential additions of Aguilar, JRam, Adams, Perez and few more the system might do well to hold it's ground. Joe Colon should jump into the top 10 and Zimmer, Papi, Sheffield, Bradley Hockin, and G. Allen all might press their way into the top 20 as well, so there is plenty of new talent coming in to help offset the graduation and ineptness of some of the other talent in the system.
July 12, 2014 - 1:27 PM EDT
I tagged Nellie as a can't miss off his highschool batting video. He had that disarmingly relaxed but laser guided swing reminiscent of Manny Ramirez- of course they played at the same highschool under the same coach... Seems like after a stutter start, he is getting it. Frazier hopefully as well. Leaving highschool for the pros is not easy esp for American kids, who grow up kinda sheltered. It's a big adjustment and they now show signs of making it. Dylan Baker back and strikes out 5 in 1 2/3! The magic powder is all over Cleveland right now, yessireee!
July 12, 2014 - 1:22 PM EDT
I think this year draft class will determine how high of a ranking the farm system will be. Another wildcard will be any prospects that could be traded at the trade deadline.

Great to see Frazier power numbers starting to increase. I guess this would silence the critics until his next major slump.

July 12, 2014 - 12:59 PM EDT
Cole Sulser has a very interesting BB/K and IP/K rate, and though a bit old for his level may be worth following as a surprise end of the rotation starter. I remember a few years ago when Kluber was putting up high K rates but mediocre ERA and IP/H rates, and Sulser seems to be somewhat tracking a similar path. Not predicting another Kluber, but still an interesting guy to follow.
MT88 in WI
July 12, 2014 - 11:34 AM EDT
I'm going to disagree with Dan's assessment on the system ranking for next year. Yes I liked the recent draft class and international guys (Yandy Diaz) that are also helping, but we saw a number of guys step back due to injury or lack of performance. Where Paulino was a boost two years ago, it's hard to be excited about him now (& I was a huge proponent of his). Add to that system graduations (Bauer) and I think the tribe will be lucky to get get higher than 12.
Personally if the system ranking can remain between 11 & 19 on a regular basis and keep having 2 to 4 guys among the top 100 overall prospects, then the tribe will finally have a talent pipeline that should keep the team competitive year after year.
July 12, 2014 - 11:08 AM EDT
Hentges is signed, and will be delayed starting his season. I haven't heard when he will start his season, but I'd guess in a few weeks. Hentges pitched his team to the state championship. If you're interested there's an article linked on the boards under the 2014 MLB Draft tab.

Agreed, the farm system has really jumped forward. I like this yrs draft class, I wanted more pitching, but it's hard to not like the bats they were able to land and a cpl of the HS arms too.
July 12, 2014 - 10:38 AM EDT
Nice to have two right handed mashers in the system with Nellie rod and Frazier despite how raw they are.. Nellie rod looks like a Richie sexson clone.
July 12, 2014 - 9:37 AM EDT
I used to follow the Tribe farm system religiously from about 2001-2011. I had some personal problems for a couple of years from 2011-2013 and did not follow the team; ironically and perhaps not coincidentally that was a time during which the Tribe farm system (and major league team) went dormant. I've once again been following the farm teams very closely this year and am absolutely thrilled by what they seem to have going on. Coming into this year I believe the Tribe's farm system was ranked around 18-20th by most experts, but I have to think we could jump close to or into the top 10 going into next year on the basis of this year's draft and the depth of talent mainly in the lower levels of the system.

Can anyone update me on the status of the draft pick Sam Hentges? Where/when will he start pitching?

Go Tribe (and Cavs, and Browns)

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