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Around The Farm: July 14, 2013

Around The Farm:  July 14, 2013
July 15, 2013
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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.

Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, CF) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - Carrera seems to be on a role as of late.  Sunday was his second straight multi-hit game and his fourth in his last five games (a stretch in which he is 9-for-26 with four RBI).  Hopefully this is the beginning of something good for Carrera, who could be helpful to the Big Club either as a piece in a trade or as the fourth outfielder.

Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 #B, 1 RBI, 1 SB - Naquin is beginning to hit like Tyler Naquin once again.  While his last-ten slash line is "only" .261/.320/.435, he is 7-for-21 with six runs, two stolen bases, and three multi-hit days in his last four ballgames.  The "slump" appears to be officially over.

  • Tim Fedroff (Columbus, LF) - 1-4, 2 RBI  - Anytime someone puts up a multi-RBI night without the benefit of an extra-base hit of any kind, it is most definitly of note.
  • Juan Diaz (Columbus, SS) - 2-4, 1 R - This multi-hit day continues a strong recent stretch for Juan (.297/.341/.378 in his last ten).
  • T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - W (3-9), 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 6 K - T.J. may just be figuring out this Triple-A thing for real this time.  Two straight outings.  Two straight wins.  I like what I'm seeing out of him recently.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. 1 K - The RBI Machine picks up his 73rd of the season.
  • Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 1 K, 1 SB - Tyler is just rolling in his last ten games (.381/.447/.405).  This guy is pushing for a promotion big time.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Bunt - Urshela's hitting streak extends to seven games.
  • Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - L (3-5), 4.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed - Murata continues to struggle with his third straight poor outing.  If nothing else, it wasn't as bad as his last one (admittedly, though,  that's not saying much).
  • Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 CS - Jordan Smith puts up his fourth multi-hit night in his last ten games.  The problem, however, is the games in between (hasn't had a single-hit night since July 3rd against Lynchburg).
  • Joe Colon (Carolina, SP) - W (1-2), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K - Joe Colon's second staright solid outing nets him his first Advanced Single-A-level win.  Hopefully this is a sign of him finally turning the corner at this level.
  • Rob Nixon (Carolina, CP) - S (1), 1.1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Rob extends his scoreless streak to five outings and seven innings while picking up his first save of the season at any level and the third of his career.
  • Logan Vick (Lake County, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B - Vick continues a stretch of ten games in which he has put up a slash line of .394/.533/.455.  While he obviously can't keep up these kind of numbers on a long-term basis, they are a very good sign and may be enough to get him a bus ticket to Zebulon, North Carolina.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Lake County, DH) - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Lucas remains strong as he gets more playing time and has been especially strong as of late (.364/.462/.576 in his last ten games).
  • Robbie Aviles (Lake County, SP) - ND, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR allowed - After a couple of solid outings, Aviles reverts to earlier form with this outing.  Only a late comeback kept him from taking the loss.
  • James Stokes (Lake County, RP) - 2.1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Stokes continues to pitch well at the Full-Season level, with Sunday's outing keeping the Captains in the game long enough to mount their top-of-the-ninth comeback.
  • Benny Suarez (Lake County, RP) - W (2-2), 2 IP, 1 H - Benny Suarez picks up his second win of the season by being in the right place (the pitching mound) at the the right time (the last two innings).
  • Manuel Boscan (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 1-4, 1 R - Not much of an offensive night for the Scrappers on Sunday.  Boscan gets mentioned here in ATF for scoring the team's only run of the evening.
  • Brian Ruiz (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 0-1, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt, 1 Sac Fly - Drove in Ruiz for the aforementioned run on a second-inning sacrifice fly to right field.
  • Robert Whitenack (Mahoning Valley, SP) - L (1-4), 5 IP, 5 H , 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk - Unfortunatley, this counts as a good outing for Whitenack this season.  Hopefully, he can get it together, but I don't know if it will be in this org.
  • Alexis Paredes (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR allowed - Whitenack may have picked up the loss, but Paredes' ugly eighth inning put the game away for the Vermont Lake Monsters (By the way, I firmly believe that MiLB should have let them keep the Expos name).
  • Manuel Carmona (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1.1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Too bad this outing had to come in garbage time.

User Comments

July 15, 2013 - 6:08 PM EDT
If House regains his velocity somehow, then maybe he can become a back end major league starter. But at 87-88mph with his heater, I can't imagine him finding any real success. I hope he proves me wrong. He seems like a really great guy, and I'd love to see him in a Tribe uniform.
July 15, 2013 - 5:47 PM EDT
I think the observations about TJ House were right on target. He is someone who gets lost in the discussion about future potential starting pitchers, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him establish himself in the majors within the next year or so.
July 15, 2013 - 3:01 PM EDT
If this is still the blister issue, they should seriously consider putting him on the DL. Since it's only 7 days, if it's timed right, he could only miss one start and get his blister treated.
MT88 in WI
July 15, 2013 - 9:09 AM EDT
The Robbie Aviles outing was better than you suggest, many ground balls and weak tappers. I suspect a blister issue as the long balls and his removal mid batter all happened in the same inning.

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