Around The Farm: July 19, 2013
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.
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.
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.