Around the Farm: July 16, 2012
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.
Preston Guilmet: Closer, Akron Aeros: S (14), 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K:
Guilmet is just dominating right now, as he tends to do once he gets everything right. He’s been a reliever now for nearly three years, and the move has added value to his career going forward. His ERA has never been above 2.25 at the end of the season since the move, and while he struggled out of the gate this season (4.09 ERA in April), he’s gotten better month-to-month. In May, his ERA was 1.50. In June it was 0.77. In July, it’s currently at 0.00, and his overall ERA is at a season low 1.80. Guilmet isn’t a golden arm, but his delivery and release point add velocity to his pitches. He hides the ball well, and it really keeps hitters from tracking his pitches. There is a question as to how this will translate to the bigs, but he’ll get a chance at some point.
Chris Seddon: SP, Columbus: W (9-5), 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 7 K, 1 HR:
Seddon is about as quiet a 9-5 pitcher as you can possibly be, but there’s a reason for that. While he’s pitched fairly well all year, he always seems to throw up a bad start every four or five turns. Still, the 28-year old has really done a nice job as a free agent pick-up. In 109 innings, he’s given up only 101 hits and 50 runs, with only 42 earned. He’s only walked 25 batters, while striking out a hefty 97. He has given up 14 dingers, but he has nice velocity, and as a lefty, could provide the big league Indians with a change of pace in the future should other options falter, or if there are injuries. He’s had a couple of stints in the bigs in the past, so he is another one of those fill guys that can provide a start or two should the Indians need it.
Todd Hankins: PR, Lake County: 0-0, 1 R:
Well, it’s not often that a guy that didn’t play a lick of baseball in the field, or even get an at bat, makes the top of ATF, but Hankins gets the strange honor. Why? Well, the speedy infielder has been making waves this season with his offensive play. He’s only hitting .256, but has scored 34 runs in 67 games, with 32 walks and 23 stolen bases. He’s only been caught three times. On Monday night, Hankins came in to pinch run for Leonardo Castillo, who got to first on an error. Hankins than brought the fury. Jordan Casa hit a foul ball to the third base side that was caught. Hankins, realizing the third baseman wasn’t facing him, tagged up and sped to second without even a throw. Jose Ramirez popped out to center, and Hankins ripped over to third, again, without a throw. After an intentional walk to Lindor, the pitcher lost command, as Hankins clearly was in his head. He walked Jordan Smith, but the final ball was in the dirt, and got away from the catcher. Hankins didn’t bat an eyelash, and was on his way home…safe…with the winning run. The kid has speed boy…and that will take him far.
- Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 K: Carrera has been playing really good baseball over the past two months, hitting .299 since June 1, with 27 runs, six doubles, a triple, three homers (!!!) and 15 RBI. His OBP has been over .350, and he’s stolen 16 bases, including eight in the past ten ballgames, without getting caught once. Carrera’s three homers in June would have been his season high since 2005, in every season but one (seven in 2008).
- Jason Donald: LF, Columbus: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS: With Trevor Crowe’s release, perhaps Jason Donald is being given a chance to become more valuable. After a horrible June, Donals is hitting .286 in July
- Vinny Rottino: RF, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Rottino hit his third homer in four ball games, is hitting .333 over his past ten, and has a six-game hit streak working right now. This is a guy that wants to get back to the bigs in the worst way.
- Cord Phelps: 2B, Columbus: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 K: I like Phelps as a ballplayer, but just don’t see his value IN the system. Perhaps there’s value there as a peripheral part of a trade, but only as a major-league ready utility player. Some may question him being major league ready.
- Jared Goedert: 3B, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 R: Goedert is really having a solid season in the minors this year. His average is up to .292 with Columbus, and after hitting .395 in Akron, is hitting .334 on the season, with 48 runs, 20 doubles, a triple, 13 homers and 51 RBI. He may hold more value right now in a potential trade than Phelps, but not a bunch. He certainly could fill a third base role, or a utility role, should a major league team need an extra piece.
- Bryan Price: RP, Columbus: 1 IP: Pryce was recently called up after a decent season at Akron, and made a nice, uneventful debut for the Clippers, without much stress involved.
- Juan Diaz: SS, Akron: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI: Diaz continues a torrid month in which he’s hitting .320, with eight runs, four doubles, a triple, two homers and 16 RBI in 16 ballgames. Diaz does appear to be developing some power. He’s got eight homers this season, which is one behind his career high of nine. He’s a big kid, at 6’4”, and at 23, could provide some value down the road. He’s not going to ever be a top prospect, but he did handle himself well under adverse conditions with the Indians earlier this season, and that’s always a plus.
- Roberto Perez: C, Akron: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 K: Perez scored what turned out to be the winning run in the seventh inning. At the time, it was an insurance run, but it turned out to be big. I’m a big Perez fan, even with his .212 average. This kid can catch.
- Paolo Espino: SP, Akron: 5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 H: This is a typical start for Espino. You don’t see it and say, “Star,” but you respect the fact that he doesn’t ever really hurt you too badly.
- Kyle Landis: RP, Akron: W (5-3), 2/3 IP: Landis is the kind of pitcher that always ends up at the right place, and the right time. There’s a reason for that. He’s got the trust of the manager and coaches to get the job done, and he usually does. He has struggled at times, but Landis will be a major leaguer at some point.
- Rafael Perez: RP, Akron: H (1), 1 IP, 1 H: Perez continues his climb back to the Tribe. I’m not sure on his timetable, but I have to feel that he could be with the Indians by the end of this week, or the beginning of next. Perhaps they have him lined up to return prior to the big Tigers series.
- Carlos Moncrief: CF, Carolina: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: Moncrief has slowly but surely improved this season after coming out of the gate in Carolina struggling. As I’ve said from the start of the season, Moncrief is an extremely toolsy ballplayer, and if he can get a bit more selective, and keep that OBP up around .380, he’ll be a major leaguer sooner, rather than later.
- Anthony Gallas: LF, Carolina: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB: Gallas is hitting .323 since June 1, with 17 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, four homers and 18 RBI in 28 ballgames. He’s become a valuable component to the Indians minor league system. How high will his game translate is the question.
- Dwight Childs: C, Carolina: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: Childs has 11 hits on the season, so a two-hit game is grounds for a holiday for the defensive-minded catcher.
- Grant Sides: RP, Carolina: 2 IP, 2 BB, 1 K: Sides wasn’t mowing people down, but he did pitch well. He’s pitched in eight games and 10 1/3 innings pitched, giving up six hits and a run, with five walks and 10 strikeouts. He’ll at least be in Akron by the end of the season, if not higher.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Lake County: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 BB: Lindor hit his 18th double, and drew four walks, including one intentional in the ninth inning. Lindor has such an advanced bat for an 18-year old, as he’s got 49 K’s on the year, but 42 walks. Talk about growth though, and you’ve just need to take a look at his past two months. His average has dropped, but he’s walked 29 times against only 10 strikeouts, and his OBP has been .393 since June 1st. Did I mention that he’s on a ten-game hit streak, the best of his major league career?
- Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County: 1-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB: Smith only had one hit, breaking his five-game multi-hit streak, but he managed to get on base two more times thanks to the walk. His last walk came on a wild pitch, that scored the winning run.
- Luigi Rodriguez: CF, Lake County: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI: LRod is on another one of those insane streaks. He’s had three hits in three of his last five games, and is a crazy 7-for-9, with four runs, two homers and five RBI in his last two. Like Moncrief, this kid’s tools are insane. If there are deals to be made for players in the low minors, there’s no doubt LRod will be on the tips of many GM’s tongues.
- Enosil Tejeda: RP, Lake County: W (1-1), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K: Tejeda got blitzed in his first game with Lake County this season, but rebounded with a big game to get the win on Monday night.
- Joe Sever: Game 1: 2B, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B: Sever, the Indians 21st round pick in 2012, has swing a fairly advanced bat for the Scrappers. The 21-year old junior is John Elway’s nephew, which out to make his career in Cleveland an interesting one. He’s currently on a five game hit streak in which he’s gone 9-for-20, with four runs, three doubles, three RBI, two walks and 1 strikeout. He’s got a really nice approach, and by all indications, a high learning curve.
- Evan Frazer: Game 1: 3B, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Frazer was a 27th rounder last season, and hit .304 in 19 games with the Scrappers last season. He’s been a mixed bag so far this year in the early going, but has sprinkled three multi-hit games in his last ten. This was his first homer of the season, and his second of his professional career.
- Jake Sisco: Game 1: SP, Mahoning Valley: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K: Sisco did his job, pitching well enough to get the win, but Cody Penny blew it in the seventh inning. Sisco had retired eight-in-a-row, before coming out of the game for Penny. Overall, Sisco has been very good, and over his past two starts, has gone 12 innings, giving up only seven hits, one unearned run and four walks, while striking out eight. Overall, he’s walked 15 vs. only 17 K’s, which is a bit of a concern, but something I’m sure he’ll improve on. Sisco is a top ten-ish talent in the system.
- Aaron Siliga: Game 2: CF, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K: Siliga played center in game two after Tyler Naquin left game one (not sure why as of yet). Siliga had cooled off at the plate over the last week after a hot stretch (0-for-13), but rolled out his fourth multi-hit game in his last nine games total.
- Joe Wendle: Game 2: 2B, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI: This is becoming a bit ho-hum for the 2012 draft pick, as he’s hitting .329 on the season, and .300 over his past ten ball games. His bat is too advanced for the league, but there’s nowhere to put him at Lake County just yet.
- Joe Sever: Game 2: 3B, Mahoning Valley: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI: Well, a new position for Sever didn’t stop him from killing the ball. He’s now 11-for-24 in his past six ballgames, and like Wendle, will likely move up the chain should positions open up for whatever reason in the next couple of weeks.
- Luis DeJesus: Game 2: SP, Mahoning Valley: W (3-0), 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R/1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K: I haven’t seen this kid pitch, but he’s been dominating in his six starts this year. He’s sixth in the league with a 1.36 ERA, second in wins, second in innings, and eleventh in strikeouts. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
- Joshua McAdams: RF, AZL Indians: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 K: McAdams, who is changing his name to Schubert, has struggled a bit in the early going, but got it goin’ tonight with his second straight two hit ball game. He’s 5-for-12, with two runs and three RBI in his last three games.
- Dorssys Paulino: SS, AZL Indians: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB: Paulino gives the Indians two of the top SS prospects in all of baseball, and he’s starting to show it off in the rookie league. It will be interesting to see if the Indians can manage to keep both throughout the next two weeks.
- Jorge Martinez: 3B, AZL Indians: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K: Will this kid ever stop hitting the ball? After dropping under .400, he’s lit up the sky over the past three games, going 9-for-16, with three runs, two doubles, a triple and six RBI. He has 10 Ks over the last ten games, with only one walk.
- Nelson Rodriguez: 1B, AZL Indians: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K: Well, the Indians seemed to hold true in moving the high school catcher to first base. He had an interesting first game, getting his first professional hit, and walking twice. Could we have an advance bat at first?
- Mitch Brown: SP, AZL Indians: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R/1 ER, 1 K: Brown, the Indians 2012 second round draft pick, made his professional debut on Monday night. No, he didn’t strike out 20 or anything like that, but he did get his feet wet.
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Thanks for the insight on Lindor. You're explanation makes sense, although it suggests that Lindor isn't improving his plate discipline to the extent the numbers suggest. In other words, he isn't so much earning walks as being handed them by teams that prefer not to pitch to him. Additionallly, it is somewhat dismaying that players are pitched around in the low minors.
Most curious parenthetical remark of 2012 season, so far at least.
This system is extremely underrated right now...of course you can't put a lot of value on those lower levels yet...but boy...they are throwing up a lot on the wall to see what sticks...
It also likely shows you how poorly teams scout...
Think about it...Lake County's best hitter this season has unquestionably been Jordan Smith...not for power...but for bat to ball contact. Wallace did the right thing last night, and gave Lindor Smith as protection. Smith had five games in a row with multiple hits, and had even showcased a little power.
What does Beloit do last night in the ninth, with a runner on third and two outs? They walk Lindor, the name bat, to get to Smith.
In a pure baseball sense, that doesn't make any sense. That's what they did. So now, the Beloit pitcher has crazy Hankins on third...speedy Lindor on first (and while inconsequential, I'm sure he was doing everything he could to stay in sight) and the hottest hitter in the league at the plate...in a tie game...
The manager should be fired, especially after watching Smith just shred them to the tune of six hits in two and 3/4 games heading up to that at bat...
He likely correctly walked Smith...but threw the ball in the dirt, allowing the run to score...
Anyways...Lindor is clearly THE feared batter in the league...which has played a part in his bursts of walks...I'm sure, as an 18-year old, that can make you swing at some things you shouldn't.
What I'm looking forward to is what happens when he moves up, and they start not caring about his rep...
Sisco has the stuff...I know he's been working on some stuff, and the organization is fairly high on him...either as a starter (likely), or potentially as a reliever...
I love Rodriguez...can't wait to see him live and in living color. You never know what you are going to get with a big high school kid like that...and the rookie league isn't the league to put a lot of stock in...but boy...great debut...
Of course...they probably saw him walk up to the plate...and were scared out of their minds...he's big...
...and he's pissed that he went in the fifteenth round. Here was a kid that was told by a few teams...top five rounds...
I like a kid with a chip on his shoulder...
He seems to either get multiple BBs or none, as though he goes into a game with the mindset to either swing away or be very patient. He's worked a BB 4 times in the last 10 games, and each time he had multiple BBs. Ideally, he will eventually become more consistent in his approach and work the pitcher in each at-bat rather than in fits and starts.
Jake Sisco's recent outings have been encouraging. He's getting BBs under control, minimizing Hs and starting to strike out some batters. You would like to see more Ks, but hopefully that will come. He's starting to look like a high draft choice.
I noticed that Naquin came out of the game after 1 at-bat. Hope he didn't suffer an injury.
Nice start by Nelson Rodriguez. Hope we gat a quality bat with power for just $100K.