Around The Farm: July 21, 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.
Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI - Lindor just keeps on rolling along at the Double-A level. Sunday's offensive outburst raises his Aeros slash line to .400/.556/.500 in six games. Add on to that seven walks, no strikeouts, and five stolen bases and the numbers just become all that much more impressive. I really think that we are looking at the shortstop of the Big Club in the (possibly) very near future. That said, please resist the urge to start the "Call Lindor up to Cleveland NOW!!!" chants.
Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI - While this performance could easily stand on it's own as far-and-away worthy of feature status in and of itself, it is even more incredible when put into the context of the hot streak at the plate that is part of it (.385/.465/.769 in his last ten games). His full season numbers aren't too shabby either (.308/.381/.511 with 13 HR and 58 RBI, not to mention ten stolen bases). His RBI numbers aren't Jesus Aguilar material, but then again, whose are? The race is well and truly on betwen him and Lindor to see who gets to Columbus first.
Caleb Hamrick (Mahoning Valley - Game 1, SP) - L (1-5), 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 earned), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - Hamrick continues to struggle. While two of the three runs were unearned, the sheer rate of errors in Mahoning Valley games this year raises a serious question of how many of the errors (and thus unearned runs) are a product of young players adjusting to things such as wood bats, grass-and-dirt fields (all-astroturf fields are common in amateur baseball), lineups full of players who were the best hitter on their amateur teams, and playing in front of fans. Or, how many are the product of New York-Penn League scorers, as a group, being quicker to call a questionable play an error than their counterparts in other leagues.
Clint Frazier (Arizona League, CF) - 0-4, 4 K - A rough night in Goodyear for the Tribe's first-round draft pick, who picked up the infamous golden sombrero. When you're talking about a guy with an OPS approaching 1.000 only a couple of months removed from the amateur ranks, however, such an outing is almost certainly a blip on the proverbial radar screen. I wouldn't be all that surprised if he turned it around completely on Monday and wentRocky Colavito (i.e. a four-home run game) on the AZL Athletics at their home complex.
- Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, CF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB - The only Clipper to cross the plate on the night.
- Chun Chen (Columbus, LF) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - The only truly notable offensive performance of the night for the C-Bus side.
- T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - L (3-10), 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R (both earned), 7 K - House's third straight respectable outing, but it all goes for naught as poor run support dooms T.J. to his tenth Triple-A loss of the season.
- Blake Wood (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Six innings of scoreless relief in six outings with only three hits allowed. His is a name to keep in mind regarding potential Big Club bullpen reinforcements.
- Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K - Even for a player with Holt's recent hitting prowess (.350/.409/.400 in his last ten games), this is an incredible night at the plate.
- Brett Brach (Akron, SP) - W (6-6), 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR allowed - Brett gets back to .500 at the Double-A level with his third straight solid outing.
- Tony Wolters (Carolina, C) - 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Another example of a player on fire (.385/.419/.462 in his last ten) taking it to another level on Sunday.
- Bryson Myles (Carolina, LF) - 1-1, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 Sac Fly - The statline may look odd, but behind it is a highly-productive performance from Bryson.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) - 2-4, 1 3B, 4 RBI - Th Undrafted Wonder breaks out of his recent slump (4-for-34 in his last nine) in grand style.
- Nick Pasquale (Carolina, SP) - W (2-6), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB - Great to see him come back with this performance after his forgettable prior outing. This is his fourth good game in his last five. The good-to-bad outing ratio seems to be turning in the right direction for Nick.
- Todd Hankins (Lake County, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 Pick Off - Not the greatest game on the bases, but Hankins was a force at the plate nonetheless.
- Logan Vick (Lake County, CF) - 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Vick continues his strong recent form (.294/.489/.412 in his last ten).
- Jeremy Lucas (Lake County, DH) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Just keepin' up an almost unbelievable recent run of form (.394/.475/.636 in his last ten ballgames).
- Luis Morel (Lake County, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 3 K - An excellent outing, but unfortunately too short for him to be able to pick up the win.
- Josh McAdams (Mahoning Valley - Game 1, LF) - 2-3, 1 K - Not really much to say about the Scrappers' offensive effort in the opener of Sunday's twin bill, so Mcadams' multi-hit effort makes the cut here in ATF.
- Ben Heller (Mahoning Valley - Game 1, RP) - 2 IP, 1 H, 5 K - Finally! Some good news from the Scraps' opener! Ben Heller extends his scoreless streak to four outings and 6.2 IP.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, 1B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K - The second game was entirely a different story than the first, as evidenced by this gem of an offensive performance from the nightcap's box. Rodriguez really seems to be benefitting from the ability to regroup himself mentally against easier competition (.333/.393/.504 in 33 games with the Scrappers and .395/.425/.789 in his last ten).
- Juan Herrera (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, SS) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K - Hardly a surprising night from a player who is batting .292 on the season and .350 in his last ten nights in the lineup.
- Robel Garcia (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, DH) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 Sac Fly - This outing, however, is a bit more surprising as Robel is only batting .211 on the season and ,250 in his last ten games.
- Robert Whitenack (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, SP) - W (2-4), 5 IP, 5 H, 6 K, 1 WP - Definitely a positive to see a good outing from Whitenack. While it is too early to say anything based on only one outing, it would be nice if this was the beginning of him geting some consistency in his return from injury.
- Kyle Crockett (Mahoning Valley - Game 2, RP) - 1 IP, 2 K - You know how this works by now: Pitch a perfect inning, get into ATF (at least when I write it).
- Grant Fink (Arizona League, 3B/1B) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K - His three-run homer to left in the bottom of the eighth put the game away for thr A-Tribe and capped off an incredible night at the plate for Grant. By the way, for those wondering about the position change, when starting 1B Matt LaPorta's rehab appearance was over, his spot in the lineup was taken by 3B Gerald Bautista and Grant switched from one corner of the infield to the other.
- D'Vone McClure (Arixona League, DH) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K - The only negative to be found in this outing is that it just got him over the Mendoza Line.
- Juan De La Cruz (Arizona League, backup C) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI - Not a bad evening for a guy who came into the game to start the third inning after starter Francisco Mejia had to leave the game.
- Mitch Brown (Arizona League, SP) - W (1-2), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 earned), 5 K, 2 WP - Outside of the wild pitches, a very solid outing for Brown, who picks up his first win of the AZL campaign.
- Jose Zapata (Arizona League, RP) - H (1), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - As per usual, I leave you with a perfect inning of relief to end this edition of ATF on a positive note.
I don't think Wolters has any chance of getting to Akron this year. They have 2 priority prospects in Monsalve and Lowery already on the roster in Akron, so I would guess there won't be any catcher movement between now and the end of the year.
But every time I started getting jacked about this guy he blows a hammy.