Around The Farm: July 12, 2014
Frazier highlights ATF for the second night in a row
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) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Frazier has a huge night, including a triple in the bottom of the 10th which scored the tying run and resulted in a throwing error which allowed Frazier to reach home himself and score the winning run. He is on an absolute tear in his last 10 games (.419/.457/.860 slash line with five home runs and eight RBI). While his high strikeout rate (he has a 14:3 K:BB ratio even during his recent hot streak) is still a concern, he seems to be acclimating to Full Season Single-A quite well and is validating his first round pick status.
- Jose Ramirez (Columbus - Game 1, 2B) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 K, 2 SB - Ramirez continues to come out of his recent slump as he now has multiple hits in three of his last four games. He also steals two bases in a seven-inning game to raise his Triple-A season total to 17.
- Tyler Holt (Columbus - Game 1, CF) - 2-2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 Sac Bunt, 2 SB - Holt is on yet another hot streak like the one he was on when he was first called up to the Triple-A level. He also stole two bases tonight to raise His Triple-A total on the season to 14 in 41 games (on top of 11 bags swiped in 39 Double-A games with the Akron RubberDucks).
- Audy Ciriaco (Columbus - Game 1, DH) - 1-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - This is another case of a guy's lone hit of the game having a huge impact. His hit was two-run double in the top of the seventh scoring Ramirez for the tying run and Holt for the go-ahead (and eventual winning) run.
- Kyle Davies (Columbus - Game 1, SP) - W (5-7), 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 6 K - A solid, if unspectacular, outing for Davies that the offense was able to back up with some solid run production.
- Mark Lowe (Columbus - Game 1, CP) - S (13), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB - The Clipper closer comes in and makes sure that Ciriaco's double held up as the game-winning play.
- Matt Carson (Columbus - Game 2, LF) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K - Carson's homer in the second gave the Clippers a lead they would not relinquish.
- Chris Wallace (Columbus - Game 2, C) - 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, , 1 K, 1 PB - Wallace's third inning solo shot provided the eventual winning run.
- Jordan Cooper (Columbus - Game 2, SP) - ND, 4.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K - Cooper dominates but leaves the game one batter short of being able to earn the win.
- Josh Outman (Columbus - Game 2, RP) -0.1 IP, perfect, 1 K - One of two one-batter appearances in the organization to earn individual wins on Saturday night.
- C.C. Lee (Columbus - Game 2, RP) - H (2) - 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 K - Lee allows the only Indianapolis (Pirates) run of the nightcap in a nail-biter of an inning, but he doesn't give up the lead.
- Tyler Sturdevant (Columbus - Game 2, CP) - S (1), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K - Tyler picks up his first Triple-A save of the season and his eighth overall of the year (including seven in Double-A with the Akron RubberDucks).
- Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - This outing was surprising in two ways. First, in that nights this good aren't more common from a guy with major league experience playing in Double-A. Second, in that it was one of only two multi-hit efforts on a night when the RubberDucks scored five runs.
- Anthony Gallas (Akron, DH) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K - Gallas gave the Mallards of Main Street all the scoring they would need with a three-run, two-out homer in the top of the first in Trenton, NJ Saturday night.
- Cody Anderson (Akron, SP) - W (4-8), 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP - Anderson's second straight solid start hopefully means that he has put his ugly June (9.14 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in five starts between June 10 and July 2) behind him.
- Elvis Araujo (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, R (earned), 2 BB, 1 K - Araujo's struggles as his adjustment to the Double-A level looks to be a slow one.
- Adam Miller (Akron, RP) - 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Miller makes it four scoreless innings in three outings since being activated from the 7-day DL. Again, if he can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for Miller, who is looking like the dominant prospect we all expected him to be the first time around.
- Todd Hankins (Carolina, CF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - Hankins continues his recent wreckage as he raises his last 10 slash line to .341/.426/.463 with seven RBI and seven stolen bases. He also stole his 19th base in 63 Advanced Single-A games this season and drove in second baseman Yhoxian Medina for the eventual winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
- Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 2-4, 1 R - Gonzalez had the only other multi-hit stat line on a weak offensive night for the Mudcats. That wasn't an issue, however, due to…
- Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) - ND, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - Morimando has the kind of dominant outing that would normally earn him an individual victory easily. However, as mentioned above, the run support was light and the team didn't take the lead until the seventh inning, leaving the win to...
- Ben Heller (Carolina, RP) - W (1-0), 0.2 IP, perfect, Heller continues to pitch well as he gets acclimated to the higher of the two full-season levels of Single-A baseball.
- Grant Sides (Carolina, CP) - S (1), 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K - Sides earns his first save opportunity of the season in multi-inning fashion.
- Paul Hendrix (Lake County, SS) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB - Hendrix has a big night at the plate, something we could stand to see from Hendrix, whose last 10 batting average (.229) is 53 points lower than his season BA (.282).
- Richard Stock (Lake County, C) - 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI - A light hitter has a big night, driving in two runs.
- Jorge Martinez (Lake County, RF) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly - see above.
- Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R (3 earned), 3 BB, 7 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP, 1 BK - Lugo has been a mess since mid-June, posting an 8.39 ERA and 2.03 WHIP in his last five starts (since June 20).
- Wander Beras (Lake County, RP) - 3 IP, 1 BB, 5 K- Beras shuts down the Loons (Dodgers) for three innings to keep the Captains in the game.
- Justin Brantley (Lake County, RP) - 1.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB (intentional), 2 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - Brantley didn't pitch poorly, but one bad pitch nearly handed Great Lakes the game.
- Anderson Polanco (Lake County, RP) - W (2-0), 0.1 IP, perfect - The "right place, right time" win taken to an extreme.
- Taylor Murphy (Mahoning Valley, LF) - 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB - Murphy has a perfect night at the plate to raise his last 10 slash line to .382/.475/.529. His professional career seems to be off to a flying start, to say the least.
- Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, Picked Off 1 time - Zimmer continues a pattern of two hitless nights followed by a two-hit effort. While the big nights are nice to see, some consistency would be even better.
- Juan De La Cruz (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B - More nights like this from De La Cruz would be a welcome sight.
- Greg Allen (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP - Not a spectacular night, but a solid one that included two runs driven in.
- Juan Santana (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K - Santana's performance this year continues to be uneven.
- Edward Estrella (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (1-0), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP - Despite some control problems, Estrella picks up his first U.S. win.
- Jose Zapata (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, 1 BB - Hopefully, Zapata is past his early July struggles.
- Luke Eubank (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H - Eubank recovers from a rough outing his last time out last Sunday against Batavia (Marlins).
- Bobby Bradley (Arizona League, 1B) - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB - While Bradley failed to get a hit tonight, his plate discipline allowed him to have a good night offensively.
- Yu-Cheng Chang (Arizona League, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E - Chang's first inning solo homer was the main offensive highlight of the night for the AZL Tribe.
- Leandro Linares (Arizona League, RP) - W (1-2), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2 BK - While not Leandro's best outing of the season, it does earn him his first professional win.
- Yoiber Marquina (Arizona League, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, 1 K - The former catcher from Barquisimeto seems to be adjusting to pitching quite well as he has only allowed one (unearned) run in 10.0 IP in eight outings thus far this AZL season.
Chang and Bradley look impressive in AZL. Looking forward to seeing them at Lake County next year. I think Carolina and Lake County will have very interesting teams next year.