Around the Farm: July 16, 2014
Diaz's solid season, rehabbing players in Arizona highlight 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.
Note that Columbus and Akron were off for their respective All-Star games.
Yandy Diaz (3B, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 BB
Diaz extended his hitting streak to 10 games Wednesday night, but the third baseman's strong performance this season goes past getting a hit in his last 10 outings. The 22-year-old has not hit for much power in his first taste of affiliate ball this season, but he has shown an advanced approach and an ability to get on base through 36 games. Diaz has drawn 23 walks (compared to just 21 strikeouts) this season and reached base at a .424 clip, a rate high enough to survive any impending regression on his .372 BABIP. The beauty of evaluating prospects in the Carolina League is the small nature of the league allows teams to play multiple times and adjust to players, something certainly coming for Diaz. The third baseman has shown a willingness to take a walk; next up will be showing some power when opposing pitchers inevitably challenge him. If Diaz can take that next step and start punishing some balls, he will really start moving up the prospect ladder.
Bryson Myles (DH, AZL Indians): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Making his first rehab appearance after meniscus surgery, Myles hit the ground running, playing a key part in the Arizona League team's 19-run outburst. More than the great performance in the desert, however, it is great to see Myles back on the field. The 24-year-old had been hitting well in Akron before the injury, posting a .282/.353/.421 line in 54 games and generally looking like someone who had successfully made the jump to Double-A. Myles will need to prove he can stay healthy and this most recent injury was more of a fluke than the continuation of the problems that have hampered him in the past, but right now, the outfielder is on the right path and on the rehab road heading back to Akron.
Dylan Baker (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO
Like Myles, the more important thing in the big picture is seeing Baker back out on the mound recovered from his freak leg injury after his first start of the season. But while we will need to see Baker in the Carolina League to make real judgments on his future, it does not hurt to see the right-hander carving up Arizona League opposition. With 13 strikeouts, one walk, and two hits allowed in 5.2 rehab innings, Baker looks ready to dominate the Carolina League when he gets the call. Baker still needs to be stretched out to starter's innings before that can happen, but in these short bursts, the right-hander has been downright filthy.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, International League All-Stars): 0-for-4, 1 R, 2 SO. In what quickly became a theme among Cleveland's active All-Stars Wednesday, Aguilar's performance was far from the one that got him to this game in the first place. But with that exhibition behind him, Aguilar will get back to producing in Columbus while awaiting his next callup to Cleveland.
- Shawn Armstrong (RP, Eastern League Western Division All-Stars): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 SO, 1 HR. The Western Division All-Stars only allowed two runs, with Armstrong responsible for one. Like I said, it was not a good night for the organization's All-Stars.
- Francisco Lindor (2B, Eastern League Western Division All-Stars): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Playing out of position, Lindor managed to reach base once in the midst of a so-so performance. At least none of this counted for Aguilar, Armstrong, and Lindor.
- Joseph Colon (P, Eastern League Western Division All-Stars): DNP. With the way everyone else's All-Star moments went, not playing in this game may have been the best thing to happen to Colon.
- D.J. Brown (SP, Carolina): ND, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP. Brown has not been much of a strikeout pitcher this season -- only punching out 59 in 89.0 innings -- but the right-hander has also limited his walks to 2.43 BB/9. Though Brown's 4.65 ERA is not very good, his peripherals suggest he has not actually pitched that poorly this season.
- Yhoxian Medina (2B, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 SO. Medina cut it close Wednesday, but the second baseman's ninth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 15 games. He also made a spectacular defensive play to end the game.
- Erik Gonzalez (SS, Carolina): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 PO. The Mudcats have a lot of active hit streaks going on, with Gonzalez stretching his to nine games. The shortstop also increased his OPS to .756 in 69 High-A games.
- Todd Hankins (CF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 SO, 1 E. Hankins had some down moments in this game with the error and strikeouts, but his fifth-inning double extended his hitting streak to seven games.
- Jeremy Lucas (C, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Finally, Lucas' fourth-inning single stretched his hitting streak to seven games as the 23-year-old continues to put together a solid season.
- LeVon Washington (LF, Carolina): 0-for-4, 2 SO. One Mudcat hit streak came to an end Wednesday, as Washington's was snapped at eight games. The outfielder still owns a .829 OPS in 46 games this season, however.
- Caleb Hamrick (SP, Lake County): L (3-5), 4.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR. Hamrick has shown some flashes this year, but the right-hander is still trying to put it all together and get back on track.
- Carlos Melo (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO. The hard-throwing Melo can have nights like this where he is unhittable, but the right-hander is still trying to be more consistent with his stuff. It has come together lately (he owns a 7:4 SO:BB in his last six innings, all scoreless), though maintaining this level of performance over the long haul is the real challenge.
- Brian Ruiz (RF, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E. After missing some time with an injury, Ruiz has started hitting better, posting a .732 OPS in 11 July games. Time will tell if that is a coincidence or Ruiz definitely taking a step forward.
- Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 E. Frazier is adapting to the Midwest League, slowly but surely. But while the 19-year-old had a solid night at the plate, he had one to forget in the field.
- Paul Hendrix (3B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 SO. After posting a rough .586 OPS in 22 June games following his hot start to the season, July has seen Hendrix reverse his initial reversal of fortunes, with the infielder putting up a .950 OPS in 12 games this month.
- T.J. House (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. Well, when you think about it, this outing really was unfair to the Scrappers' opponents. House is a bona fide major league starter at this point only pitching in Mahoning Valley because he needed to get some work and the Scrappers had an opening. He should be back in the majors shortly.
- Luis DeJesus (RP, Mahoning Valley): W (1-2), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO. DeJesus is still biding his time and waiting for another shot in Lake County. In order to get it, however, the right-hander will need to improve his 12:8 SO:BB in 19.1 innings with the Scrappers.
- Greg Allen (RF, Mahoning Valley): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 CS. Allen continued getting on base easily on Wednesday, increasing his on-base percentage to .393 in 19 games. The outfielder has also shown off his speed, attempting his 11th steal of the season (even though he was caught, Allen has been safe on eight of 11 attempts).
- Steven Patterson (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 E. Though he has fallen off from his strong debut, Patterson is still hitting decently in Mahoning Valley, posting a .760 OPS. The infielder is working on his consistency in the field as this was his fourth error in 20 games.
- Bradley Zimmer (CF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI. Though the power is not there for Zimmer in his first 17 professional games, the center fielder has more walks than strikeouts and is getting on-base. Zimmer has the body type to grow into some power (6'4", 185 pounds), which would only be amplified by his advanced approach.
- Thomas Pannone (RP, AZL Indians): W (4-0), 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 1 WP. Obviously three walks in three innings is not very good, but pairing it with seven strikeouts is just impressive. Pannone now has a 28:11 SO:BB in 21.0 innings this season.
- Bobby Bradley (1B, AZL Indians): 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. What a night for Bradley. We always have to treat Arizona League stats with a great deal of caution, but Bradley's 1.071 OPS and 11 extra bases in 15 games is great to see.
- Silento Sayles (CF, AZL Indians): 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB. Sayles is not hitting for much power out in Arizona, but the 19-year-old owns a .426 on-base percentage and has six steals in 13 games.
- Kevin Calderon (C, AZL Indians): 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E. Calderon does not play frequently, but the 20-year-old made the most of his time Wednesday, launching his first two extra base hits of the season.
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Aguilar is smilar. To me this means that there's still upside left once they treat every AB the same and consistency sets in and even if that never happens, these guys are at their best when it counts.
That's why I wanted the Indians to draft Bradley. Finally a true cleanup hitter prospect in the system.
Plus I had him featured last week in ATF and not much has changed in that time. It was a tremendous game for sure, though. Definitely showing that power that makes him special.
Pantoja is looking like a steal so far. Seems like the questions about his hitting were overblown. Impressive plate discipline at 7:6 BB:K for yet another 18yo kid. Could he be a Lindor-light?
AZL Indians pitching leads the league in team ERA and WHIP, and that's without much (or none) contribution from top picks Sheffield, Hockin, Hentges, Miniard and including a very disappointing showing of Linares. In other words, there is a lot of 2nd level talent there doing a pretty good job: Pannone, Ching Chiang, C.Shane, C.Cox etc