Around the Farm: July 20, 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.
Matt Packer: SP, Akron Aeros: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 8 K, 1 HR:
In 2010, Matt Packer was a breakout pitcher in the Indians organization when he went 9-7 with a 2.04 ERA combined between Lake County and Akron. As a lefty starter, it was believed that Packer could make a quick move through Akron and Columbus in 2011. He has struggled since then, both on the hill and with injuries that seemingly derailed his career. Enter 2013. You could make a case that there hasn’t been a better pitcher in the Indians’ minor league organization. Packer is leading the Eastern League in wins and ERA, and is second in innings pitched. Since May 8th, his ERA is an astounding 1.89 over 85 2/3 IP, while striking out 73 and walking only 18. Packer is now 25, and while that’s an advanced age dominating younger hitters, you could see a scenario where Packer makes a quick bump to Columbus and immediately becomes a spot starter or lefty reliever candidate for the Indians.
Bryson Myles: DH, Carolina Mudcats: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K::
It’s hard to figure where Myles figures into the equation with regards to the top prospects at this point because of all the injuries that he’s had in his career with the Indians’ organization. He’s now a 23-year old in High A Carolina, who has only played 100 games in a season once (102 last year). But, the talent is undeniable. When he’s healthy, and when his core is strong, he can dominate baseball games with both power, and with speed. Since July 10th, Myles has a slash-line of .419/.486/.774, with two doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in that eight game stretch. He also has two stolen bases. The talent is tantalizing, but he just can’t sustain it because of injuries. If he can stay healthy, you could see a fast mover over the next two years, and he could really rise up in the rankings. Easier said than done.
Preston Guilmet: Closer, Columbus: W (4-4), 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K:
After watching the Indians bullpen on Saturday, it’s really hard to justify Preston Guilmet sitting in Columbus while dominating the way that he does. There just isn’t a more consistently good reliever in the system than Guilmet, and he showed again why he’s so valuable. His three-inning performance late in a 13-inning game for the Clippers was needed after a rain-delay took out starter Carlos Carrasco. Guilmet is an odd closer in that he often pitches longer than an inning. This was the first three-inning game of the season, but he’s gone more than one inning in 17 of his 37 games, and he’s gone two or more innings seven times. It shows his versatility going forward as a guy that can work in any inning, at any time, in any role.
- Jeremy Hermida: RF, Columbus: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB: Jeremy Hermida is long past his #1 draft pick hype, but he still can showcase that talent. Hermida is 6-for-9 in his last two games, and continues to be a backbone for the Clippers.
- Matt Carson: CF, Columbus: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K: Carson ended all of the drama in the 13-inning, seven-hour plus game with his 13th inning blast that proved to be the game winner.
- Carlos Carrasco: SP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 K: No worries about Carrasco’s one-inning performance here. He was pulled from this game after 1 ½ hour rain delay.
- Boof Bonser: RP, Columbus: 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 4 K: Bonser has been terrible since being acquired by the Indians for bullpen depth at the beginning of July. He gave up ten earned runs in 11 2/3 innings heading into this game, but was stellar on Saturday night.
- Nick Hagadone: RP, Columbus: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K: Hagadone continues to shut-down Triple A hitting with another solid multi-innings outing. He hasn’t given up a run since returning to the Clippers on July 5th, and has only given up two earned runs in his 12 games and 17 innings pitched.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 BB, SB: Lindor has played in five games for the Aeros, and currently has a four-game hitting streak, and has now added his first multi-hit game. He also now has a four game stolen base streak (five total), and has walked seven times, without a strikeout. He added his first extra-base hit with a triple. Ready for Columbus yet?
- Giovanny Urshela: 3B, Akron: 3-for-4, SB: The 21-year old third baseman is such a tantalizing prospect because of his age and defensive skill-set. Lonnie Chisenhall is doing everything in his power to provide Urshela with an even bigger boost to his prospect status with his shoddy defense at the big league level. If his offense continues to develop and is sustainable, he could really pressure for a big league job starting at some point 2014.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Aguilar did what power-hitting first basemen are supposed to do: he won the game with a tenth inning home run. He still leads the Eastern League with 76 RBI.
- Enosil Tejeda: RP, Akron: W (1-1), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K: Tejeda was dominant in Carolina to start the year off. As good as he was there, he’s been better in Akron. His ERA has dropped close to a run (2.04 to 1.07), and maintained his K/BB ratio (30/9 to 28/8). Here’s yet another reliever that likely can help the big league club sooner, rather than later.
- Rob Bryson: RP, Akron: S (1), 1 IP, 2 K: Bryson had given up nine runs in 2 1/3 IP heading into this game, so it was good to see a solid outing for Bryson. The writing may be on the wall. His ERA in Columbus this year was 6.19, and has gotten worse in Akron (10.93).
- Joe Wendle: 2B, Carolina: 1-for-3, 3 R, 1 BB: Wendle continues to hit the baseball for Carolina, and has scored five runs over the past two games as well. It’s going to be hard to keep the 23-year old from moving up if he continues to play this well.
- Todd Hankins: LF, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 K: Hankins is one of the fastest players in the system, but boy does he struggle offensively. This is his third two-hit game in his last eight games, but he is now a 22-year old in Low A.
- Dorssys Paulino: SS, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: Paulino is showing signs of life in Lake County. He’s 4-for-8, with a run, a double, a homer and an RBI over the past two games. He’s hitting .286 in July.
- Joseph Sever: 1B, Lake County: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Sever has a five-game hit streak, and has hits in 15 of his past 16 and 22 of his past 24 games.
- Erik Gonzalez: 3B, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K: Gonzalez has three two-hit games in his last three, and has gone 6-for-19 over that stretch.
- Ryan Merritt: SP, Lake County: W (6-9), 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR: Merritt has been very good since the Fourth of July, going 2-1 in his four starts, with a 1.85 ERA in 24 1/3 innings pitched. Over that same stretch, he’s struck out 12, while walking only three.
- Grant Sides: RP, Lake County: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K: Sides hadn’t given up much of anything since being demoted from Carolina…until Saturday. Sides has the stuff to be a very good reliever, but has never been able to find it for any stretch of time in 2013.
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I say dump Hill and use Allen against lefties. Move CC Lee into Allen's spot.
Am really curious what your take is on Columbus. It looks to me like a wholesale roster change among the position players. Every position in Akron with the possible exception of LF has a better player/prospect than Columbus. They may have problems to work on but the projection is much better from what I see. Just wish Akron had more than one starter.