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Around the Farm: July 15, 2013

Around the Farm: July 15, 2013
July 16, 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.

Carlos Moncrief (Akron RF): 2-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB, K:

Every time I do ATF this guy goes off and that has been true for more writers than I. Carlos has gone out of his way to establish himself as a legitimate prospect this season and one would hope a promotion to Columbus is in the cards, and soon. The guy is showing a .380 + OBP with some power in a solid pitching league.

Jesus Aguilar (Akron 1B): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, K:

75 RBI’s, 87 games. Talk about production Aguilar has really offered it. Obviously RBI are not a perfect monitor of success and not the first thing you look at to evaluate a prospect but it is hard to ignore with Aguilar of late. If he could squeeze a bit more power out of himself it would be major in his prospect value.

  • Kyle Bellows/Matt Lawson (Akron): 4-8, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 K: Each had two hits, all singles. Each scored two runs. Two solid performances from organizational depth.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (Akron SS): 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, K: As Lindor heads to Akron Rodriguez continues to thrive offensively. The power has taken a drop since last season but his production has remained impressive. One wonders if Ronny is due for a promotion, position shift or moved as an asset, one thing is clear, more clarity surrounding Rodriguez will come soon.
  • Matt Packer (Akron SP): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 5 K: A really sound performance for Packer who is having an impressive season. The WHIP is solid. K/BB also solid.
  • Austin Adams (Akron RP): 1 IP, 2 BB, K: You don’t like to see the two walks but Adams has unbelievable stuff. Have to wonder if he could have a quick ascension with the current struggles in the big league pen.
  • Justin Toole (Carolina SS): 2-5: Two hits are never a bad night, Toole is a nice player for the organization because of his versatility and ability to transition well.
  • Paddy Matera (Carolina 1B): 2-3, 2 R, 2B, BB: The 25 year old is having a lot of success for the Mudcats this season as his average sits at .319 in 29 games.
  • Jordan Smith (Carolina RF): 3-4, RBI: Smith has not had the success that many had hoped entering this season. Regardless a solid Monday night has him sitting at .271.
  • Bryson Myles (Carolina LF): 2-4, RBI, K: Speaking of disappointing season Myles has had one but with time left hopefully he can rebound and finish strong. Tonight is a good start to a strong close.
  • Nick Pasquale (Carolina SP): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, K:  Pasquale only surrendered two hits to drive in the six runs but wildness was at the root of the poor performance. The three walks and HBP drove Nick from the game far too early.
  • Richard Stock (Lake County DH): 2-4, R, K: Stock got a night off from being behind the dish but offensively Stock was still on.  Over the last 10 games Stock is hitting .472 with a .500 OBP.
  • Jorge Martinez (Lake County LF): 2-4, RBI, 2 K: 2-4, 2B, 2 K: Jorge has really struggled this season in Lake County, however, he has swung the bat well of late. Over the last ten Jorge is hitting .306. The strikeout to walk ratio is the real downer though. 67:9.
  • Ryan Merritt (Lake County SP): 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 K: Although Merritt was only tacked for two earned the 9 hits over 5 innings is an abysmal mark. He has to lower the WHIP to be successful.
  • D.J. Brown (Lake County RP): 1.2 IP, 3 K: No base runners, struck out three of the five he faced, hard to have a better relief appearance.
  • Robel Garcia (Mahoning Valley 2B): 1-1, HR, RBI, R: Substituted for Claudio Batista, Garcia made good use of his one at bat.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley 1B): 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI: Mahoning Valley for Nellie Rodriguez has been an altogether reinvigorating experience. Hopefully the success and adjustments with the Scrappers allow the 19 year old to continue to improve as he moves through the system.
  • Cole Sulser (Mahoning Valley SP): 4 IP, 4 K, HBP: The Indians 2013 25th round pick with a solid outing. The WHIP and K/9 for the outing were both impressive.
  • Kyle Crockett (Mahoning Valley RP): 1 IP, 2 K: Crockett is projected to one of the quickest movers of this draft class and so far it is easy to see why. Crocket is a left-handed reliever in a system with a major need for such a commodity. Would not be surprising to see him move soon as he is a well finished product.
  • Levon Washington (AZL Indians CF): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB: In a game in which no player for the Indians had more than one hit, Washington showcased his value by getting on base, stealing two bases, and scoring a run. The kid is ready to take off, if he can just stay healthy.
  • Mitch Brown (AZL Indians SP): 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 5 BB, 3 K: On one hand, you can be happy that Brown only gave up one run in a season in which he’s given up 36 runs in 33 innings overall. The problem is that he gave up five walks to go with it.
  • Martin Alcantara (AZL Indians RP): W (3-1),2 IP, 1 H, 5 K: Alcantra has pitched five innings in his last three appearances, and given up only three hits and a walk, while striking out 11.

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User Comments

July 16, 2013 - 7:05 PM EDT
Hi Jim, Yeah, don't get to post much any more due to vision problems that will hopefully improve with surgery Thursday.

Everything that you say is absolutely true but it is by design of the Indians. They have broken his swing down and shortened the length and ability to cover the outside pitch, especially the breaking ball. He still has problems with the change/off-speed pitch but he is getting better. His swing changes are especially noticeable with men on base when he concentrates on solid contact. Look at the run stats of Ramirez, Holt and R-Rod. And the Tribe choose to bat Moncrief behind Aguilar instead of 3 or 4. They know what they are doing and trying to achieve. It is just taking time to get there. Wait until next year at Columbus when he tries to put it all together. Until then we live with the gradual improvement. Remember, he is almost 2 years younger than Moncrief who did not break out until this year and is a much better athlete than Aguilar.
July 16, 2013 - 12:03 PM EDT
I think what we have to think about is adjustments being made. It seems like Moncrief is starting to get it, where Aguilar is still processing some. When a player is thinking approach and thinking what pitches can I drive the production will be less. both these players have made big strides in a pitchers league. that being said, Moncreif I see as a 20/20 guy with .280avg and 80 RBI's in the majors someday. Auguilar has enough bat to ball skills to be a 275 to 280 hitters in the league, his question mark will be if he has enough power to play first everyday on a contender. These are two interesting prospects who have improved at every level.
July 16, 2013 - 11:29 AM EDT
I remember watching Moncrief go deep in Spring Training - it was the longest home run I had seen all spring and ended up in the parking lot. After watching Cespedes last night, OMG, I left thinking wouldn't it be nice if the Indians had somebody with that much power and athletic ability on the roster. Maybe they can w Moncrief. If you think about the guys that play outfield in high school, college, and 3 years minors what you see when they're 25 is what you get. Moncrief is still early in his development because he was a pitcher most of those years and I would say his rapid ascension as an outfielder/hitter is one of the more dramatic in all the minors.
July 16, 2013 - 8:48 AM EDT
Norm--good to see you posting!

That said, how do you say Mike is dismissing the fact he's close to the league lead in doubles? I don't read that at all there...

Of course, power is more than home runs...we all know that, and Aguilar has stepped up his game since June in many ways. The reality here is that when you look at Aguilar and see his size, you immediately see a guy that should hit a whole bunch of home runs.

He can...

but, it seems that when he's "swinging for the fences," his offensive game breaks down. You can almost pinpoint when his approach changes, as his power drops, and other parts of his game improves.

The reality is that Aguilar, as it stands now, is not a very typical power hitter. He's, as you have mentioned, more a doubles guy then a home run guy right now, which is fine...just not prototypically what 's expected...
July 16, 2013 - 8:38 AM EDT
Of course you would like to see more HRs from Aguilar but you seem to dismiss the fact that he is close to the league lead in 2B with no appreciable speed. And that most of his OPS has come since June. His K/BB is almost identical to Moncrief and much improved over past seasons. Although runs is the name of the game, his numbers look decent even excluding RBIs.

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