Around The Farm: July 19, 2014
Sabourin's cycle, Monsalve's power 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.
Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, LF) - 5-6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
The Undrafted Wonder has the kind of night the vast majority of professional baseball players only dream of having. Five hits, three RBI, three runs, oh, and he hit for the cycle. While this performance is a once-in-a-lifetime type of night, it comes in the midst of a strong run of form that has seen him post a ,350/.409/.500 slash line in his last 10 games. This game also represented his fourth multi-hit game out of those ten. Even if he doesn't make it in the Indians' org, he is making a strong case for another organization or an independent team to pick him up.
Alex Monsalve (Carolina, DH) - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Alex also had a monumental might for the Mudcats tonight, highlighted by a three-run homer to left in the third inning. Monsalve is now on a four-game hitting streak and has hit safely in six of his last seven, including multi-hit efforts both tonight and last night. Monsalve is playing in Carolina this year after performing well in Double-A Akron last year (.295/.304/.449 in 78 games). With performances such as those of the last two weeks, he may just earn a return trip to the corner of State and Main.
- Jose Ramirez (Columbus, SS) - 2-5, 1 2B - Ramirez's batting average goes over the .300 mark (.303) as he makes it two multi-hit games in a row.
- Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Urshela extends his hitting streak to three games.
- Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, RF) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Moncrief continues his recent solid performance as he raises his last 10 slash line to.290/.421/.452.
- Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, 1B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI - Audy has a three-RBI night on a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly.
- Toru Murata (Columbus, SP) - L (0-2), 4.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 5 HR allowed, 1 HBP - This performance perfectly illustrates why Toru has been in Akron most of the season (admittedly, he wasn't that impressive there, either).
- Francisco Lindor (Akron - Game 1, SS) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - It was a long evening of baseball in Akron tonight as the RubberDucks dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers). Both games featured little in the way of stellar performances, but Lindor provided one of them in the opener, making it five multi-hit games in his last nine and stealing his 25th base of the season.
- Anthony Gallas (Akron - Game 1, RF) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K - The offensive highlight of Game 1 for the Mallards of Main Street came on the one occasion where Gallas did not strike out. It came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Anthony hit his eighth Double-A homer of the season to drive in both RubberDucks runs.
- Jordan Smith (Akron - Game 1, CF) - Smith makes it back-to-back multi-hit games and three out of his last four.
- Cody Anderson (Akron - Game 1, SP) - L (4-9), 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K - Just when we thought Anderson had turned it around, this outing happens. Hopefully, this is just a bump in the road and not a reversion to earlier form.
- Adam Miller (Akron - Game 1, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K - Miller continues his comeback with this strong performance in mop-up duty.
- Anthony Gallas (Akron - Game 2, RF) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Gallas had two hits, including a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the fourth, for the only notable Duck offensive performance from the nightcap.
- Jordan Cooper (Akron - Game 2, SP) - L (6-2), 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 K,1 HR allowed, 1 WP - Cooper was not up to his usual level of performance in a rare spot start. Maybe he just pitches better out of the bullpen.
- Giovanni Soto (Akron - Game 2, RP) - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K - More high-quality mop-up work form a reliable bullpen arm.
- Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 3-6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Gonzalez continues to rake as he played a large role in the Mudcat offensive barrage tonight. He is now batting .395/.426/.605 with nine RBI in his most recent 10 ballgames.
- Joe Sever (Carolina, 1B) - 1-5, 3 RBI, 1 BB - Sever extends his hitting streak to four games as he drives in three runs to bring his season total to 26 in 37 games.
- Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, C) - 2-3, 5 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HBP - Lucas got on base almost every way imaginable and scored every time he got on base.
- Ryan Merritt (Carolina, SP) - W (10-3), 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 9 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 HBP - This outing was three pitches away from being utterly dominant.
- Ben Heller (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K - Just Ben Heller pitching like Ben Heller.
- Benny Suarez (Carolina, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - Suarez seems to be settling into a "Bad outing, good outing" pattern which would be an improvement over his poor performance in June.
- Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K - One of only two Captains to get an extra-base hit on the night.
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, LF) - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - The other extra-base hit came of off Paulino's bat.
- Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - L (2-8), 4.2, 3 H, 3 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 2 HBP - Not a great outing, but the defense didn't help matters, either.
- Alexis Paredes (Lake County, RP) - 0 IP, 1 R (earned), 4 BB - Paredes' recent struggles hit a new low. I'm worried he may be pitching hurt or even injured.
- Greg Allen (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, 1 E, 1 HBP - Finally! Some good news from an Ohio affiliate, and from an unlikely source at that. Allen's good eye at the plate as of late (4:7 K:BB ratio in his last 10 games) allows him to have a big night and steal his 10th base of the season (in 22 games). The only concern with this effort is the error, but it was his first of the season (as well as his professional career).
- Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Zimmer's big night was highlighted by two-run homer in the fifth to tie the game up at three runs apiece.
- D'Vone McClure (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K - The only multi-run effort of the game for the Scrappers was, surprisingly, also the only multi-hit one.
- Juan Santana (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 K, 2 WP - A solid outing that, unfortunately, doesn't qualify for the individual win.
- J.P. Feyereisen (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Feyereisen strikes out the side in the sixth to keep the Scrappers in the ballgame.
- Luis DeJesus (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (2-2), 3 IP, 1 H, 6 K - DeJesus simply dominates the IronBirds (Orioles) bats for three innings to give the offense a chance to complete their comeback and pick up the win.
- Bryson Myles (Arizona League, CF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Myles continues to hit well in his rehab assignment as he hits one of two solo home runs on the day for the Tribe's Arizona side.
- David Armendariz (Arizona League, LF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 hr, 1 RBI, 1 E - Armendariz hits the other round-tripper for the A-Tribe and commits his second error of the season.
- Leandro Linares (Arizona League, SP) - L (1-3), 4 IP, 3 H, 5 R (4 earned), 3 BB, 7 K, 1 Balk, 1 HBP - Linares continues to struggle as he acclimates himself to American baseball.
- Yoiber Marquina (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, 3 H, 5 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 1 K - Marquina's first real difficulties as a professional pitcher, including his first earned runs allowed, combine with some bad fielding to create a disaster of an inning.
- Jordan Dunatov (Arizona League, RP) - 0.2, 2 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 WP - Dunatov has his first rough outing after two scoreless efforts to start his pro career.
Seriously though, the emergence of guys like Perez, Urshela and Holt alone makes this a successful Minors season in my book. Those 3 weren't on anyone's radar before the year, best known for their defensive skills, but all three had breakout seasons with their bats and with that, out of almost nowhere or prospect periphery at best, elevated themselves as now-ready Major League options.
Add to that the succesful transition by Bauer, which was far from a given considering his last two seasons in the Minors.
Crockett is already doing his thing for the Indians. His two strikeout performance today was further proof for that. Lindor and JRam are progressing nicely. Frazier's coming around too. Aguilar keeps driving in runs and Naquin had his best season. That are a lot of things going right actually for any system.
The only real disappointment and lack of developement has come from preseason top 5 spec C.Anderson, but even with him it'd be too soon to write him off as a MOR. He never was a FOR.
All in all, the developments in the Minors so far have been pretty successful
I saw lots of Royals and Cubs. Does anyone have any info on where our farm teams rank with other major league clubs