Around The Farm: July 18, 2014
Castillo's big 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.
Leo Castillo (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 K
While Castillo's season statistics (.250/.333/.488 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 23 games) may be a bit pedestrian outside of the RBI number, he is performing better as of late (.282/.349/.590 with two home runs and 11 RBI in his last 10 games). If he can keep posting this slash line and maintain his current RBI-a-game pace, he should make himself hard for the Tribe minor league brass to ignore.
- Jose Ramirez (Columbus, 2B) - 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 3B - J-Ram ends a three-game 1-for-11 (.091) mini-slump in grand style tonight with three extra-base hits to get his batting average back to .300.
- Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - The RBI Machine continues to pile them up, increasing his season total to 53 in 81 games.
- Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K - Ciriaco's first multi-hit night in a while ends a three-game hitless streak.
- Matt Carson (Columbus, CF) - 3-4, 1 2B - Carson has his second three-hit game out of his last three.
- Tyler Cloyd (Columbus, SP) - W (8-5), 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed - While this outing was not exactly one of Tyler's better efforts of the season, it is enough for the win.
- J.C. Ramirez (Columbus, RP) - H (2), 1 IP, 1 H - J.C.-Ram shows no signs of rust in his first outing in a week.
- Mark Lowe (Columbus, CP) - S (14), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned) - Lowe's 14th save of the season was not without some drama but, then again, this is the Indians organization.
- Jordan Smith (Akron, CF) - 2-4 - The Akron offense's performance as a whole tonight was nondescript, but I had to include someone, so I went with the lone multi-hit performance of the night.
- Shawn Morimando (Akron, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - Morimando's form in Akron has consisted thus far of letting too many guys on (11 hits allowed in 12.0 IP) but not letting them score (tonight's two earned runs were his first since being called up). Thankfully, he did not take the loss tonight as he did not deserve it.
- Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - L (4-2), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K - Normally this would not be a bad inning, but in extras, everything is magnified.
- Todd Hankins (Carolina, CF) - 0-5, 4 K - One of the major concerns re: Hankins has been his high strikeout rate -- his K:BB ratio now stands at 3.00 (72:24) -- and tonight's golden sombrero serves only to heighten such concerns.
- Joe Sever (Carolina, 1B) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Sever recovers from a four-game 3-for-15 (.200) stretch with tonight's spectacular statline.
- Alex Monsalve (Carolina, starting DH) - 2-4, 2 K -Monsalve was all-or-nothing tonight as he either got a hit or a strikeout in a all four of his at-bats tonight before being removed for pinch-runner Luigi Rodriguez in the top of the 9th.
- Cole Sulser (Carolina, SP) - L (3-9), 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - A typical Cole Sulser outing. In other words, heavily run-support dependent but not awful. Unfortunately, he got next to no run support tonight.
- Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - A perfect inning of work. Too bad the offense didn't back it up with some runs.
- Clayton Cook (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - See above.
- Claudio Bautista (Lake County, 2B) - 3-6, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RB1, 1 SB - Bautista continues his recent wreckage, increasing his last 10 slash line to .366/.381/.561 with hits in nine of those games and runs in eight.
- Brian Ruiz (Lake County, starting DH) - 2-4, 1 2B - Ruiz has his third multi-hit night in his last four before being pulled for pinch-runner Paul Hendrix in the top of the 11th inning.
- Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 earned), 6 K, 1 HR allowed , 1 WP - Lugo has not pitched well since the Single-A All-Star Break (7.89 ERA, 1.92 WHIP, and, proving once and for all that K:BB ratio should never be used in isolation to evaluate a pitcher, a 41:11 K:BB ratio in 29.2 IP in six starting appearances) and has the offense to thank for getting a no decision tonight.
- Anderson Polanco (Lake County, RP) - 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 4 K, 1 Balk - Polanco pitches well, but allows the run that ultimately sent the game into extra innings.
- James Stokes (Lake County, RP) - 2 IP, 3 BB, 2 K - Pretty typical of Stokes' performance as of late: generally dominant stuff with occasional lapses in control.
- Carlos Melo (Lake County, RP) - L (0-1), 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 K - Melo's four-outing, 6.0 IP scoreless streak comes to an end at the worst time imaginable.
- Greg Allen (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - Allen continues to post impressive RBI numbers, increasing his total to 11 in 21 games.
- Steven Patterson (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB -Patterson's batting average drops below .300, but he still scores two runs.
- Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 0-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP - Nine of Zimmer's last 10 games have been either two-hit or no-hit efforts. The big nights are nice, but some consistency would be even better.
- Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI - Mejia seems to be turning it around, with tonight being his third multi-hit game in his last four.
- Ordomar Valdez (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB - Another batter whose recent performance can best be summarized as "feast or famine" as he has also posted nine two-hit or no-hit outings out of his last 10.
- Sean Brady (Mahoning Valley, SP) - W (2-1), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP - Brady has one of his best outings of the season for a well-deserved win to get back over the .500 mark (as an individual, the team getting over the .500 mark is a pipe dream at the present moment).
- Jose Zapata (Mahoning Valley, RP) - S (1), 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 1 WP - Zapata earns his first save of the season thanks to Rule 10.19 (d) (3). For those unfamiliar with the rule, it awards a save to a pitcher who finishes the game regardless of how close the game is if he pitches at least three innings.
- Silento Sayles (Arizona League, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 Sac Fly, 1 SB - Sayles makes it back-to-back multi-hit nights after a six-game 2-for-17 (.118) stretch.
- Alexis Pantoja (Arizona League, 2B) - 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E - Pantoja has a multi-hit night as his batting average inches towards .300 (.297 following tonight's action). However, he also committed his fifth error in 14 games.
- Emmanuel Tapia (Arizona League, 1B) - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS - Tapia equals his hit total from his last nine games in one night.
- Grant Hockin (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed - The only reason Hockin didn't take the loss tonight is that AZL Giants starter Martin Agosta had just as bad of a game.
- Jared Robinson (Arizona League, RP) - L (0-1), 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both unearned), 1 K, 1 WP - Robinson's first professional decision is a tough-luck loss at the hands of the seven men behind him in the field.
- Randy Valladares (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP - Randy has been keeping the rough outings to a minimum, but he could not avoid it Friday.
- Argenis Angulo (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, 1 K - The same can be said for Angulo, except that tonight was one of his good outings.