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Around The Farm: July 2, 2013

Around The Farm:  July 2, 2013
July 3, 2013
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Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) – 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly – The Moncrief Train rolleth along.  Carlos, who has posted a .394/.462/.697 slash line in his last ten games, ran wild over Bowie Baysox pitching Tuesday night, coming up a triple short of the cycle while driving in four runs.  While these kind of numbers are nigh-impossible to keep up in the long run, Moncrief appears to be the real deal and probably deserves a call-up to Columbus before the minor league season is out.

Todd Hankins (Lake County, LF/3B) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – After a rough first couple of games, Todd has begun to get back into the swing of things (pun semi-intended) following his return from the (Carolina) disabled list with two straight multi-hit games.  Tuesday night’s effort was extra-exceptional in that both hits were of the extra-base variety, including a solo homer and two-run ground-rule double in back-to-back innings (the third and fourth, to be specific).

  • Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, CF) – 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – Eze’s two RBIs headline a night that, despite including five runs, was surprisingly bereft of spectacular offensive performances.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka (Columbus, SP) – ND, 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R (all earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP – Only a five-run offensive effort keeps Matsuzaka from picking up his fifth loss of the season.  Unfortunately, the Dice-K experiment looks like a bust (barring the Tribe being able to sell his contract to an NPB team for a significant sum).
  • Preston Guilmet (Columbus, RP) – 2 IP, perfect, 2 K – Two innings of perfect relief get the Clips to extras…
  • Scott Barnes (Columbus, RP) – L  (3-3), 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB - …where they fall victim to another rough Scott Barnes outing.  This represents the second rough outing in a row for Barnes following a stretch of decent pitching.  It looks more and more like he is reverting to the poor form he exhibited in the early part of the season.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, SS) – 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B – Ron-Rod, who is batting .457 in his last 10 games, remainsen fuego.
  • Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) – 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB – Tyler picks up his first multi-hit game in a while.  Hopefully, this is the first sign of a turnaround for him.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K – Not a great night for Aguilar, but he picks up his 62nd RBI of the season.
  • Toru Murata (Akron, SP) – ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed – Five solid, if unspectacular innings flushed down the toilet by…
  • J.D. Reichenbach (Akron, RP) – H (1), L (0-1), 0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB – ...J.D.’s second rough outing in three Double-A appearances.  Clearly, he is in need of some more work to fully acclimate himself to this level.  On a related note, shouldn’t taking a loss erase the hold?
  • Logan Vick (Lake County, CF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 CS – Vick extends his hitting streak to five with his second straight multi-hit night.
  • Anthony Santander (Lake County, RF) – 1-4, 2 R, 1 K – Santander’s season hasn’t exactly been impressive (.224/.286/.345, with an anemic slash line of .162/.205/.324 in his last ten games), but he picked up two RBIs on his lone hit of the game (a line-drive single to right field in the seventh inning).
  • Robbie Aviles (Lake County, SP) – W (2-3), 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – Aviles continues his recent “two bad outings, one good one” trend with this solid effort.  Unfortunately, he had to leave the game when he reaggravated a finger blister throwing a warm-up pitch prior to the start of the sixth inning.
  • Jack Wagoner (Lake County, RP) – H (4), 2 IP, perfect, 2 K – Wagoner answers the emergency call to the bullpen with two innings of perfect relief to pick up his fourth hold of the season.

User Comments

July 3, 2013 - 2:39 PM EDT
With Moncrief losing those first two years as a pitcher, it is what it is. He seems to be making some terrific progress the last year. I say move him to Columbus, and if he continues to hit, bring him up in September. He may have the best tools since I have been an Indians' fan in the early 50;s
July 3, 2013 - 12:16 PM EDT
Better strike zone awareness, more consistent centering up of the ball, it seems he may have figured it out- if this is not a mirage he's the real deal, all the other tools are there big time.

It's too bad Moncrief or the club didn't figure out, out of the box, that the mound wasn't his best path.
July 3, 2013 - 10:54 AM EDT
Interesting thoughts about Moncrief and RRod but I think you keep them where they are. Columbus is an aging team of non-prospect position players. With the MI and OF pretty well set in Cleveland, there is not need to move a couple of prospects at this time. Neither has really learned everything at AA to be a ready ML player and can benefit from more time with the other IF prospects in Akron. I even wonder how much help to the organization it is to move Lindor up at this time although it looks like Naquin has a place in the OF and might help his K totals if he faced better pitching.

My biggest question about Akron is why does Cleveland move Reichenbach there when he was ineffective in A+? I know the organization badly needs LHP but he is never going to be an ML player so what is the point?
July 3, 2013 - 9:12 AM EDT
Carlos Moncrief looks ready to make the jump to AAA. He's definitely an intriguing bat and really seems to be coming to his own.

Ronny Rod is absolutely blazing hot right now. 2/3 hits almost every night, good to see him come back after missing a few games hitting. RRod is IMHO, a major league talent. My only question is where he ends up? SS, 2b, 3b, RF, LF? Fact is, he seems like a likely trade candidate... I hope the Tribe at least gets some control in return for whatever assets they move.

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