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Around The Farm: July 19, 2013

Around The Farm:  July 19, 2013
July 20, 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.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (Columbus, SP) - W (2-5), 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R (earned), 5 K - I think Dice-K may finally have gotten this Triple-A thing figured out.  While this resurgence probably won't translate into a depth option for the Cleveland nine, he can do much to bolster the postseason hopes of a Columbus team who find themselves still in the playoff race (only five back of Norfolk for the wild card spot!).

Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - W (4-5), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Finally, a good outing!  After allowing 15 earned runs in 11.2 IP in his last three outings, I was beginning to wonder if Toru was in line for another demotion.  Big props to him, though, as he got himself together and pitched a gem on Friday night.  Seeing this line from him actually cheered me up a bit after the Big Club's result.

Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 1-4, 1 BB, 1 SB - Lindor picks up a hit for the third straight night as he continues his adjustment to the Double-A level. He also has 6 walks and 0 strikeouts plus 4 stolen bases in his 4 games with Akron. Wow.

  • Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, LF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - Eze's third multi-hit night in four games and his fifth in the last seven.  All I have to say is:  Keep it up!
  • Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, DH) - 3-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K - His first multi-hit night in over a week. Definitely not the kind of year he and the Indians envisioned from him.
  • Juan Diaz (Columbus, SS) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Diaz only got one hit on the night, but he made it count with a two-run homer to left in the seventh.
  • Luis Hernandez (Columbus, 2B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K - While Luis' recent numbers are not much to behold (.118/.162/.147 slash line in his last ten ballgames), he put forth a solid night at the plate.
  • Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 1 R - Holt continues his strong recent form (.359/.419/.410 in his last ten ballgames).
  • Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Urshela stays hot (.325/.341/.500 in his last ten games).
  • Austin Adams (Akron, RP) - H (7), 1 IP, perfect - Adams' perfection preserves the lead for Akron...
  • Trey Haley (Akron, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, 1 BB - ...and Haley faces the minimum (allowed a walk but forced a game-ending 6-3 double play) to pick up the save.
  • Joey Wendle (Carolina, 2B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Joey's second straight multi-hit night offers hope that he can break out of his recent mini-slump (batting .250 in his last ten, albeit with a .500 SLG and .826 OPS).
  • Paddy Matera (Carolina, 3B) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP - Another great night from the Atlantic League signing.
  • Bryson Myles (Carolina, LF) - 2-3, 1 SB, 1 HBP - He is hitting .300/.364/.500 in his last ten.  If he can keep this up he'll be getting high-fived by a space cat in Akron very soon.
  • Justin Toole (Carolina, SS) - 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E - The heir apparent to the shortstop spot at Five County Stadium puts up some good numbers at the plate.  Re: the error, I'm beginng to think this has more to do with the 'Cats official scorers than any reflection of either Justin or Francisco's fielding ability.
  • Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) - W (6-9), 5 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 Balk - He seems to have turned the corner with his second straight scoreless performance (five innings each game) netting his sixth win of the season.
  • Josh Martin (Carolina, CP) - S (1), 1.1 IP, perfect - Martin faces only three batters to get four outs (was on the mound when a 2-3 pickoff ended the top of the eighth) for a perfect outing and his first Advanced Single-A save of the year.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) - 2-4, 1 2B - Not a lot of performances that jump off the boxscore in this one, but Dorssys' multi-hit night seems worthy of mention.
  • Eric Haase (Lake County, DH) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - His fifth-inning homer represented the entirety of the Captains' offense on the night.
  • Jake Sisco (Lake County, SP) - L (4-7), 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP - Not a terrible outing by any means, but far from enough on a night when all of the run support comes on one swing of the bat with the bases empty.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - On a night like Friday night, a multi-hit boxscore line really stands out.
  • Martin Cervenka (Mahoning Valley, C) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI - His two-run double in the seventh drove in the Scrappers' only runs of the game, but it turned out to be enough because of...
  • Luis Lugo (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP - ...this solid outing which set the stage for the Scrappers to claim victory with minimal offensive contribution.  Unfortunately, Cervenka's double came too late for Luis to pick up the win.
  • Cole Sulser (Mahoning Valley, RP) - WT (1-1), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K - Right place (the mound).  Right time (the seventh inning).  First pro win.  Also, the only Scrapper pitcher on the night not to throw a wild pitch.
  • Harold Guerrero (Mahoning Valley, CP) - S (1), 0.2 IP, perfect, 1 K, 1 WP - Guerrero closes out the game after Manny Carmona surrenders a walk to put the potential winning run at the plate.
  • Joel Mejia and Robel Garcia (Mahoning Valley, RF and 3B) - both 0-4, 3 K - Just to underscore how poor of an offensive effort the stellar pitching performances chronicled above were forced to support, I present to you two, count them, TWO!, o-fer/hat trick performances.
  • Matt LaPorta (Arizona League, 1B) - 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K, 1 E - While this line is hardly surprising for a "Quadruple-A" player facing pitchers not old enough to drink, it's still a good sign as it shows that he is back at full effectiveness or something very close to it.
  • Ordomar Valdez (Arizona League, 2B) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - A very good night from Ordomar, which is something that his come to be expected of him this season (.303/.373/.424).
  • Gerald Bautista (Arizona League, 3B) - 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K - A very similar situation to Valdez (.313/.400/.438 on the season).
  • Sean Brady (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 3 IP, perfect, 4 K - A prime example of why I find the "five innings for a win" rule absurd in short-season baseball, especially that of the complex-based Rookie variety.
  • Thomas Pannone (Arizona League, RP) - 0.2 IP, perfect - As is seeming to become usual when I write ATF, I leave you with a perfect relief performance from Pannone.

User Comments

camfrommaine22
July 21, 2013 - 10:23 AM EDT
Roger, good to hear, fan since 89, and I would use jeter ss comparison , and thats no insult. Age, skill set, we can safely assume that he is celebrating with team in july next year on the ,4th. That said, i cant wait for this kid!!
Tony
July 21, 2013 - 1:16 AM EDT
You really need to stop making stuff up. First saying Washington was out for the year with a hand injury and now Carrasco blowing his arm out. He left tonight's game because of a 2-hour rain delay.
Sternfan10
July 21, 2013 - 12:53 AM EDT
Carrasco out for the season, blew his arm out. Tihey reported the game in CBus tonight
Chip
July 20, 2013 - 8:36 PM EDT
Does a health Matt LaPorta produce better than Reynolds? I think he most certainly can. Staying healthy is the question.
Norm
July 20, 2013 - 5:38 PM EDT
First time that I can recall that the organization had decent pitching performances throughout. Nobody got blown out which is good to see given the troubles we have seen this year. It doesn't even matter to me that Columbus/Akron were non-prospects. Just nice to see.

Another thing that stood out from yesterday was the defensive quality of the Akron infield. Didn't have JRam but even the big guy on 1st looked solid. Real nice to see, especially given the troubles in Cleveland defensively.
Roger
July 20, 2013 - 2:13 PM EDT
Shy,with the 10 million salary wouldnt surprise me if he is moved during the winter meetings if not sooner. i would send lindor to the arizona fall league and winter ball in puerto rico to see if he can season a tad quicker offensively. the tigers lost 1-0 to the royals and have been shut out 7 times classic underachieving team. I if i were betting man would put my money on them but they dont seem to play up to their potential. That is a very talented club to be only 90 or so win team. Leyland may not be the miracle worker i thought he was.
Homer
July 20, 2013 - 1:23 PM EDT
Martinez is very similar to Salazar - small frame flamethrowers. Martinez hits 97-98 regularly, has a potential plus CB and a change to keep hitters honest. Martinez is 6'0 185 and there are concerns his future is limited to the bullpen. I'd prefer Lance Lynn straight up for ACab OR.... Michael Wacha plus one of Tim Cooney or Cory Jones.
shy
July 20, 2013 - 12:22 PM EDT
Roger- I'm on the Lindor train w you, he's special. I think he could be playing at the Jake sometime next year and be around for a long time. There is a rumor out there that the Cardinals are very interested in Asdrubal Cabrera. They are dangling Carlos Martinez- a highly rated 21 yr old pitcher along w another high ceiling single A prospect. I haven't seen Martinez pitch, but if he's anything close to Salazar, Antonetti needs to pull the trigger now. I don't think the Indians beat the Tigers this year w the team they had on the field last night.
Roger
July 20, 2013 - 11:07 AM EDT
having been an indian fan since 1959 i am beginning to think that all around lindor may be the best everyday prospectnot counting pitchers signed in my lifetime. yes I am aware of thome and manny, lindor is a shortstop where skill leadership and the overalll game is so so so important. the only thing he doesn't do is hit home runs and that is not too say he wont get 15-20 as he fills out more. I dont mean to spout hyperbole but he may be jeteresq. Jeter has never hit for power either but is perhaps in the top 10 shortstops of all time if not top 5. something tells me if he uses fireworks on the 4th of july the next time he celebrates the 4th of july may be in cleveland. He is coming fast!!!!!!!!!!!!
Homer
July 20, 2013 - 9:51 AM EDT
Really encouraging numbers from Francisco Lindor. He is a stud, easy to see why he was considered the 2nd best player (behind Gerrit Cole) in 2011 draft by some.

Nice performance by Sean Brady so far. FWIW, David Rawnsley of Perfect Game raved about him going into the draft. Rawnsley knows his stuff and Brady's performance in the AZL backs it up so far.

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