Around The Farm: July 13, 2014
Lindor's time at the Futures Game highlights the night on the farm
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 (World Futures, starting SS) - 0-2, 1 K
While his Futures Game performance was nondescript, his first half was anything but. Lindor is batting .284/.361/.400 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 82 games. He is also 24 of 33 in stolen base attempts. While these numbers are down from what he has posted in lower levels, they are also likely to improve as he very well may spend the entire season in Akron. The big question is if the Indians rush him to the majors next year upon the likely departure of Asdrubal Cabrera in free agency or if they sign a veteran shortstop to bridge the gap until Lindor is truly ready for the big time.
Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
The RBI Machine continues to hit well, especially as of late, with a .333/.439/.455 line and five RBI. His season numbers are at .284/.381/.475 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI. While he has been hitting better recently, it has come at the expense of some pop, as his last 10 games isolated power is only.122, as opposed to .193 on the season. He has had a taste of the majors this season and will likely get more chances at the top level of pro ball, maybe even this season.
Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Diaz just continues to rake and may soon make it hard for the Tribe brass not to bring him up to Akron. He is batting .341/.426/.341 with more walks (6) than strikeouts (5) in his last 10 games. His full season numbers are hardly shabby, either, at .313/.467/.367 with 17 RBI and a 21:22 K:BB ratio in 34 games (all at Carolina). While the near total lack of extra-base hits -- total in the case if his last 10 games -- is a concern (.054 ISO on the season), he does seem to have hitting for contact and plate discipline figured out.
Clint Frazier (Lake County, RF) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Frazier's performance has been on an uptick lately as he has begun to play like the first round pick that he is. His last 10 games have been particularly impressive, with Clint putting up a .455/.489/.818 slash line with four home runs and nine RBI. His plate discipline continues to be a problem, as his last ten K:BB ratio is 12:3. However, if he can keep putting up numbers like this, the strikeouts may become less of an issue, if it remains one at all.
- Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 SB, 1 HBP - Holt remains hot at the plate as his last 10 games OPS now stands at .916.
- Matt Carson (Columbus, DH) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 SB - Carson's first multi-hit game in just over a week is a big one. Hopefully, it isn't eight days until his next one.
- Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, RF) - 1-2, 2 R, 3 BB (2 intentional) - It's not often that you see a guy hitless in his last five games intentionally walked twice in the same afternoon. I'm not sure what the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) were afraid of.
- Luke Carlin (Columbus, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB - Carlin nearly doubles his season RBI total (to 10) on a rare big day at the plate.
- Tyler Cloyd (Columbus, SP) - W (7-5), 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 5 K - Cloyd is another pitcher in the Indians organization to recover from a rough June to have a solid July. In three starts from June 9-June 22, Cloyd posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. In four starts since, he has posted a 2.08 ERA. The amount of men he allows on base is still a concern, however, as his WHIP has actually increased during this recent stretch of better pitching (1.42 in his last four games). While it is nice to see him allowing less runs, to keep it up long term he is going to have to start allowing less runners on base to begin with.
- Bryan Price (Columbus, RP) - H (2), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB - Price's performance since his call-up from Double-A Akron continues to be uneven, but not horrendous.
- Frank Herrmann (Columbus, RP) - H (4), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K, 1 WP - Herrmann set the Indy batters down in order after Price walked two batters to start the bottom of the eighth.
- Mark Lowe (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB - Putting a closer in during a non-save situation is the kind of risk you can take when you go into the bottom of the ninth up by six runs.
- Adam Abraham (Akron, DH) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K - There wasn't much to write home (or in ATF) about offensively from the RubberDucks Sunday, so Abraham's extra-base hit (one of only two on the day) is noteworthy.
- Jordan Smith (Akron, CF) - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K - Here's the other two-bagger.
- Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R - LaHair scored the Ducks' only run of the day.
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 2B) - 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K,, Picked Off 1 time - Here's the RBI on that run.
- Duke von Schamann (Akron, SP) - L (3-5), 7 IP, 10 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K - Duke continues to struggle. Given that he started the season pitching better than this, I'm beginning to wonder if this may be a Justin Masterson-type situation (poor pitching habits resulting from a lingering injury).
- Trey Haley (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H - Finally, some good news from the LeBron City Quackers! Haley's return from his rehab stint in the AZL goes very well.
- Todd Hankins (Carolina, CF) - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K - Hankins continues to hit well as of late, with today's outing increasing his last 10 games' slash line to (.372/.438/.512 with eight RBI and six steals. If he can keep up this kind of baseball, this season could be a breakout campaign for Todd, who has never had a season batting average over .250 and is batting .272 on the season going into Monday.
- Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 2 SB - Gonzalez has a solid day both at the plate and on the bases as he gets closer to a .300 BA (up 2 points to .291) and increased his stolen base total on the season to 15.
- Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, C) - 1-3, 2 BB - Jeremy had only one hit, but walks twice to have a solid day in terms of getting on base.
- Ryan Merritt (Carolina, SP) - L (9-3), 7.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR allowed - A rough eighth inning capped by a three-run home run off the bat of Winston-Salem (White Sox) left fielder Courtney Hawkins resulted in Merritt's worst outing in a long time.
- Jacob Lee (Carolina, RP) - 1.1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Lee comes in and shuts down the Dash lineup to give the Mudcat offense an (ultimately unconverted) opportunity to come back and win the game.
- Claudio Bautista (Lake County, 2B) - 2-5, 1 R - Bautista continues his recent wreckage, raising his last 10 slash line to .358/.390/.615 with two home runs and five RBI.
- Paul Hendrix (Lake County, SS) - 3-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB - Hendrix has his third multi-hit night in his last five games following a 2-for-16 (.125) stretch in the prior five games he appeared in. Hopefully, this represents a long-term turnaround in his performance.
- Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 3-4, 1 R, Caught Stealing 1 time - Haase continues to rake as his last 10 games stats now stand at .357/.386/.452.
- Brian Ruiz (Lake County, DH) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Ruiz has his biggest night at the plate in quite a while.
- Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - I'm not sure what's happened to Mitch Brown. He had been on a decent run but has had two straight rough starts in a row. Unfortunately, steep declines in performance like this one often signal an undiagnosed injury.
- Alexis Paredes (Lake County, RP) - W (3-1), 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HBP - Paredes didn't pitch much better in getting this game to the back end of the bullpen, but got the win due to copious run support.
- Carlos Melo (Lake County, RP) - H (2), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB - Melo has not allowed an earned run in his last three outings (4.0 IP).
- Trevor Frank (Lake County, CP) - S (9), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Just a typical dominant outing from the Captains closer.
- Steven Patterson (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K - Patterson has a big afternoon at Fenway Park (The Scrappers played Red Sox Affiliate Lowell Spinners as part of the Annual "Futures at Fenway" minor league game). These types of games aren't the issue for Steven, The lack of production between them is. Other than last night's performance, all of Steven's last 10 games have been either multi-hit or no-hit.
- Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, C) - 2-5 - Another big afternoon from a Scrapper struggling at the plate. Even with this outing, Mejia is below the Mendoza line in his last 10 games (.175).
- Ordomar Valdez (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - See above two entries regarding rare big games. This outing is even more notable in that he drove in the game-tying run on a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
- Kieran Lovegrove (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 2 K - Lovegrove rebounds from a rough start with this scoreless effort. The question is if he can consistently perform at this level or if he will settle into a "good start, bad start" pattern.
- Jordan Carter (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K - Carter extends his scoreless streak to 10 innings in four outings.
- Luis Gomez (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (3-0), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP - Not a masterpiece control-wise, but Gomez keeps the Spinners off the board long enough for the Scrappers to make a six-run top of the ninth comeback for the win.
- Willi Castro (Arizona League, 2B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt - Castro has one of three three-hit performance for the Arizona League side in tonight's 13-inning game for his second multi-hit game out of his most recent three.
- Yu-Cheng Chang (Arizona League, SS) - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB (1 intentional), 1 K, Caught Stealing 1 time - While Chang had an uncharacteristically bad night at the plate, his plate discipline made up for it.
- Gerald Bautista (Arizona League, 1B) - 3-6, 1 R - The good news: This performance saw Gerald's batting average jump 104 points. The bad news: It is still only at .154.
- Hector Caro (Arizona League, RF) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI - Caro would've had a chance at a four-hit night if he hadn't been pulled for pinch-hitter Emmanuel Tapia in the bottom of the 13th inning.
- Casey Shane (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HBP, 1 E - Shane pitches well, but has some control issues, including an error on a pickoff throw.
Washington does look ready for stiffer competition even though he only has 49 games at High-A so far in his career. He'd seem like a good fit to replace Fedroff on Akron's roster.
Not sure if you've ever seen Zimmer play in person or if you're just going off the stat sheets, but he is much more in the mold of Brantley than Naquin. Body type, athleticism, build, etc. are all much more similar to Brantley. So keep that in mind. Brantley didn't notch double digit homeruns in a season until he was 26 when he hit 10. In 2006 he hit 0, in 2007 he hit 2, in 2008 he hit 4, in 2009 he hit 6, he hit 7 in 2011 and 2012, and then finally 10 in 2012. Guys with their body type and good swings grow into their power in their mid to late 20's. That's what we're seeing with Brantley right now and hopefully that's what we see with Zimmer. Naquin has a much smaller build and is a groundball hitter primarily.
Frazier will be at Lake County all season.
Todd Hankins is a real prospect.
Cheng Chang looks top 20 worthy already, if not more, but it's only the AZL.
Merritt is starting to cool off after a nice start to the season, may not be ready for Akron
I would like to see Washington bumped up to Akron
Why are so many garbage pitcher occupying rotation slots at the upper end of the Indians system? Have we not seen enough of Duke, Denney, etc.
Lindor needs moved to CBus, Gonzalez to Akron, Medina/Hendrix at Carolina and Fisher at Lake County
Do Hamilton and Rowland ever get to play, these guys are lost at sea
Jorge Martinez is batting .150 at Lake County, why keep starting the guy and letting him fail?
Mahoning Valley might be the worst overall team in the NY PENN League, some talent, but terrible as a team.
Again, I know you people hate this, but Zimmer is another Naquin without the power