Around the Farm: July 13, 2013
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.
Jose Ramirez: SS, Columbus Clippers: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B:
You can’t keep a good player down, and in this case, a great player. Ramirez is ripping the cover off the ball. Over his last nine games, Ramirez has a .477/.511/.636 slash, with 13 runs, 21 hits, seven doubles, five RBI, and seven stolen bases. His average has climbed 40 points since May 15th, with a lot of that climb coming since the start of July. Since June 29, he’s had nine multi-hit games out of 13 games. This is the Ramirez that is a top five prospect in a system. Remember, Ramirez skipped High A, and is only 20-years old. He’s leading the organization in steals with 33, has more walks (33) than strikeouts (29), and has been playing primarily shortstop.
Carlos Moncrief: RF, Akron Aeros: 4-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB:
The Aeros outfielder is just destroying the baseball right now, but as good as he’s playing, this is his first four-hit game of the season. He has a six-game hit streak, and is hitting a season high .310 after his perfect performance on Saturday night. What’s been most impressive with Moncrief is how he’s progressing with regards to working pitchers for the first time in his career. While he has 73 K’s on the year, 34 came in the month of May. Other than that one month, he’s been much more efficient in the past. What do we have with Moncrief now? How about a high average, good power, decent speed outfielder, with a really nice arm. In other words, Moncrief has turned into a top prospect before our eyes. Now, for a bit of repetition.
- Ezequiel Carrera: LF, Columbus: Game 1: 2-for-7, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, SB: Carrera has seen better days as a professional baseball player for the Indians. He had two hits in game one, which was actually a game completed from June 10th.
- Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: Game 2: 2-for-6, 2 RBI, SB: Zeke technically didn’t have back-to-back two-hit games since the first game was from Wednesday, but he does have three two-hit games out of his last four.
- Ryan Rohlinger: 3B, Columbus: Game 1: 4-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Rohlinger hit a game-tying home run in the fifteenth inning, which culminated his best game as a Clipper.
- Ryan Rohlinger: 3B, Columbus: Game 2: 2-for-5, 2 R: Rohlinger is never going to win a hitting crown, but he is 9-for-18 over the past four games, which brought his average up to .261.
- Joe Martinez: SP, Columbus: Game 1: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR: Martinez pitched extremely well, but wasn’t supported at all by his offense. Of course, he pitched this game on the tenth, which led to…
- Boof Bonser: RP, Columbus: Game 1: L (0-2), 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR: It’s not often you have two pitchers go seven innings in one game. Bonser uniquely pitched in both games…finishing last Wednesday, and picking up where he left off on Saturday.
- CC Lee: RP, Columbus: Game 1: BS (1), 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 HR: The normally solid Lee gave up a bomb to tie the game. Ironically enough, it was his last minor league game before his call-up.
- Nick Hagadone: RP, Columbus: Game 1: 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB: It wasn’t a perfect outing for the big lefty, but it was hit third straight outing without giving up a run since returning to Columbus in July.
- Preston Guilmet: Closer, Columbus: Game 2: 1 2/3 IP, 3 K: Guilmet got a brief taste of his future with the Cleveland Indians, and he clearly wants to go back. Trevor Bauer was injured tonight, and the pen really picked him up, with Nieve, Rapada, Langwekk, Hagadone and Guilmet giving up only two runs total, while striking out ten, and walking only five on seven hits. It’s easy though when you know your closer can go more than an inning, and be a lockdown specialist.
- Ronny Rodriguez: 2B, Akron: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: Rodriguez continues his above-average play for the Aeros, and may be earmarked for a promotion with Francisco Lindor moving up to Akron on Monday. He isn’t as hot as he was in June, but he’s proved himself over time as one of the top 5-10 prospects in the system.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Akron: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, SB (20): Holt is quietly having a pretty solid season, hitting .281 on the season, and stealing his 20th base on the year. He has a fourteen game hit streak, and over that time, he has a .357/.438/.464 with eight stolen bases over a 14 game stretch.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI: Aguilar has had a penchant for driving in runs this year, and with four more, has an incredible 72 on the year. He also hit his ninth home run, but the downfall is that he hasn’t hit one since June 15th, covering almost a month. Aguilar’s calling card will be the long-ball, so let’s hope he can pick-it-up.
- Jake Lowery: C, Akron: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Lowery’s hitting .300 on the year, and the power-hitting catcher has really washed the distaste of Carolina out of his mouth. Lowery is an interesting prospect going forward, because he provides the Indians with a power-hitting, right-handed hitter. He may be closer than you think.
- Zach McAllister: SP, Akron: 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K: McAllister exhibited control, striking out five hitters, and throwing 42 of 61 strikes overall. It’s distinctly possible that McAllister will be ready for his next start in Cleveland. If not his next start, certainly the one after.
- Paolo Espino: RP, Akron: 4 IP, 3 H, 4 K: I love Espino, and while he’s struggled this year in his multi-roles, he came through tonight with a dominant performance. He threw 31 strikes out of 46 pitches, giving up only the three hits.
- Tyler Naquin: CF, Carolina: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 K, SB: The former #1 has been scuffling a bit of late, but put together a nice game in his first without fellow number 1, Francisco Lindor.
- Bo Greenwell: LF, Carolina: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI: Greenwell’s days of a nice prospect are all but over, but he’s still able to put together games like this, that reminisce of his first season in the Carolina League. Of course, this is his third year here, and that’s just not good.
- Joe Wendle: 2B, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB: Wendle went 1-for-9 over his previous three games, which is about as close to a slump as you’ll get with Wendle. Even with that struggle, he’s hitting .382 over his last nine games.
- Bryson Myles: DH, Carolina: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K: Myles has all the talent in the world, but injuries have really derailed all that potential. He’s starting to hit the ball well though, and is 6-for-12 with five runs, a double and a home run over his past three ballgames. It would be nice to see Myles finish strong.
- Alex Lavisky: C, Carolina: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI: Lavisky hit his first Carolina League home run, and now has eight of his 11 RBI over the last two ballgames. Lavisky is still only 22, so there’s still time to improve. Let’s see if he can build off the last two games.
- Justin Toole: SS, Carolina: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Lindor’s replacement did his best Lindor impression. You know Toole…have glove…will travel.
- Shawn Morimando: SP, Carolina: (W 5-9): Morimando is a great pitcher, and he’s a lefty. The only issue I have with him is that he really doesn’t have the type of ability to strike hitters out. No, it’s not the end-all, but it does seem to separate TOR guys with BOR guys.
- Dorssys Paulino: SS, Lake County: 2-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K: Paulino is slowly but surely regaining his offensive footing. Remember, the kid is only 18 years old, and this was his first season in which he was really pushed. The organization trusted his talent, and now it may be paying off.
- Anthony Santander: RF, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 K: There’s a lot to like from Santander. Like Paulino, the big right fielder is only 18-years old, and like Paulino, he has tremendous upside. He has a decent approach already, and when he harnesses his power, he could become a break-out star.
- Richard Stock: C, Lake County: 4-for-5, 1 K: Stock is on an incredible streak. He has a seven-game hit streak, and six of those games are of the multi-hit variety. Here’s the catch, he hasn’t scored a run, has only one extra-base hit, and one RBI.
- Jake Sisco: SP, Lake County: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R/3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR: This wasn’t Sisco’s best start, but it was his best out of his last three two starts.
- Juan Herrera: SS, Mahoning Valley: 3-for-5, 1 2B: Herrera is 5-for-9 over his last two ballgames, and has three multi-hit games in his last five.
- Robel Garcia: 3B, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI: Garcia is spinning his wheels in the lower levels. This is his fourth year in the system, and he can’t get above Lake County.
- Clint Frazier: CF, AZL Indians: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Frazier appears to be as good as advertised early in the AZL season. While you always have to be careful of the Arizona stats, it's good to see the 2013 first round pick of the Indians tearing it up offensively. Frazier is ninth in batting, eigth in xtra base hits, second in triples, fourth in homers, and second in slugging and OPS. His slash line is .340/.377/.623 for that 1.000 OPS.
- D'vone McClure: DH, AZL Indians: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB: Don't forget about McClure, who falls in line with theLuigi Rodriguez's and the Carlos Moncrief's of the system. He may actually have more upside than anyone in the system, but has the furthest to go to reach that level.
- Anthony Vizcaya: SP, AZL Indians: W (1-1), 5 IP, 5 H, 6 K: Vizcaya wasn't the official starter, that honor went to 2013 fifth round pick, LHP Sean Brady. But what Vizcaya did is worth taking note of, because it's really difficult to role out five innings of five-hit, no run baseball in this league. Vizcaya was nearly unhittable in the Dominican Summer League in 2012, giving up only 38 hits in 67 innings pitched. He only struck out 33 though, while walking 19. He's struggled a bit in 2013 though, giving up 14 runs in three of his five games pitched. This can't be ignored, but the 19-year old continues to throw out games like this, which makes you think that once he can replicate his delivery and maintain his confidence, he could become a prospect worth mentioning on a daily basis.
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I had the chance to speak with Sisco before Sundays game and he set me right. It took 2 pitches to get the 1st out that inning.
It does look like A. Cabrera could be dealt to St. Louis, if the right package is presented. M. Aviles appears to be more than adequate to start at shortstop to fill the gap this year. He has performed well while Cabrera was unavailable.
Jose Rodriguez appears to be a possible candidate in 2014 to support M. Aviles or start.
Could the Indians make a series run for the playoffs without A. Cabrera?
A few items to note from Saturdays game. 1) Sisco tossed a 3 pitch, 3 outs recorded 5th inning. 2) the only non hit for Stock was in the 1st when it was bases loaded and 2 out. 3) Game went extras due to unearned run allowed bottom of 1st, Santander dropped a 3rd out fly out. All momentum from a great top of 1st was taken away at that point. Nice that LC rallyed but I think they need a win in the biggest way with the trip they have had.
Well, that's kind of normal for him so maybe that's why it didn't get a mention.