Around the Farm: July 25, 2014
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.
Note, rookie level Arizona was off on Friday.
Justin Masterson (Columbus, SP) - 6.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (all earned), 6 BB, 4 K, 1 WP -Masterson looked a lot more like Injured Masterson than even the worst of Healthey Masterson in this outing, where he got bombed by Triple-A hitting. While giving up a lot of runs in a rehab start may be nothing more than a pitcher working on getting his timing back on a given pitch or pitches, I don't know how to explain six walks other than him not yet being well enough to pitch, especially since his injury involves his plant foot and hampered his control when he tried to pitch through it.. While I understand that the Indians can't take things too slow with Masterson as he is a free agent at the end of this season, rushing him isn't helping anyone, either.
Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, C) - 4-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI - Lucas has a huge night at the plate highlighted by his first-inning grand slam. This outing puts Jeremy's slash line in his 10 most recent ballgames to .333/.409/.590 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI. Hopefully, he can keep this recent run of form up and earn a return trip to Akron (where he played five games last year for the then-Aeros). Either way, he has really had a solid season this year and has been a mainstay in the Mudcats lineup.
- Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, DH) - 3-4, 1 K, Picked Off 1 time - Gio comes back from a couple of rough nights to highlight a difficult night at the plate for the Clippers.
- Matt Carson (Columbus, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI - Carson had the only other multi-hit effort of the night for the Clippers and accounted for half of the team's scoring with his seventh inning solo shot to left.
- C.C. Lee (Columbus, RP) - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 2 WP - Lee comes back from a stretch of three bad outings to return to his usual form, albeit with a couple of balls getting past the catcher.
- Bryan Price (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - Price holds the opposition scoreless for the first time in almost two weeks.
- Bryan LaHair (Akron, DH) - 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI - Surprisingly, on a night where the RubberDucks won 5-0, Bryan had the lone notable hitting performance of the evening (the remainder of the offense was spread pretty thinly between the rest of the lineup).
- Duke von Schamman (Akron, SP) - 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP - Following an outing that represented an improvement from his recent struggles, The Duke of Canal Park improves even further and dominates the Reading (Phillies) lineup.
- Elvis Araujo (Akron, RP) - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K - Elvis makes it four straight scoreless outings. He looks to be settling in now at the Doube-A level.
- Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) - 2-6, 1 R - Yhoxian keeps hitting, as he is now at a .306/.359/.389 slash line in his last 10 games.
- Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 1-4, 2 R, RBI, BB - Yandy scores twice to break a four-game scoreless streak on an all-around solid night at the plate.
- LeVon Washington (Carolina, LF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K - LeVon makes it back-to-back multi-hit nights after an eight game stretch in which he only batted .161 (5-for-31).
- James Roberts (Carolina, 2B) - 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E - Roberts' rakeage continues, He is now hitting .342/.350/.474 in his last 10 games. Concerns still remain with his discipline (58:26 K:BB ratio on the season and 8:1 in his last 10 games) and his defense (he committed his 24th error of the season in his 86th game Friday night).
- Ryan Merritt (Carolina, SP) - 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR allowed - Ryan seems to be alternating respectable and terrible outings. The offense is all that saved him from taking the loss on the night.
- Ben Heller (Carolina, RP) - H (2), 1 IP, 1 H - A solid inning of relief undone by...
- Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 earned) - This was not one of Nixon's best showings of the season, though he did not get a lot of help from the defense as well.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Nellie-Rod was one of only three Captains to get a hit Friday night, but his was a big one. Nellie's fourth inning solo homer gave the Caps a lead that they would not relinquish.
- Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - W (3-8), 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 8 K, 3 WP, 1 HBP - Mitch makes it two solid outings in a row and earns his third win of the season.
- James Stokes (Lake County, RP) - H (1), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Stokes makes it five straight scoreless outings and seven out of his nine full-season Single-A outings en route to his first hold of the season at a full-season level.
- Trevor Frank (Lake County, CP) - S (10), 1 IP, 2 H, 3 K - Frank strikes out the side for his 10th save of the season.
- Austin Fisher (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Fisher has his second straight multi-hit game after a seven game stretch (not counting a game in which he did not make a plate appearance) in which he hit only .227 (5-for-22).
- Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB - Zimmer has a big night after two hitless nights. Maybe he can go on another three-game (or longer) multi-hit game streak.
- Leo Castillo (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI - Leo continues to hit extremly well as of late, posting a .326/.370/.535 slash line with 13 RBI in his last 10 games.
- Kieran Lovegrove (Mahoning Valley, SP) - 3.1 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 2 K - Lovegrove makes it three scoreless outings in a row but unfortunately doesn't pitch enough innings to earn the individual win.
- Jordan Carter (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (1-1), 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K - None of what I wrote above is to be construed in any way as saying that Carter's first professional win on the night was anything but deserved. He has been pitching very well since a couple of rough outings to start his pro career.
- Jose Zapata (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2 IP, 3 K - Zapata makes it five straight scoreless outings.
How good would Brett Gardner look in a Tribe uni?
Rosenthal on Twitter says, Indians are getting calls for ACab, talking vets and young players in return for ACab. Maybe they could get a useful young corner OF...or young SP in return.
Bradlley Zimmer had another good game. My question is wil he stay at MV or will he get a taste at LC before the season ends?
As for moving Murphy, and Raburn I think they should be available. I don't know if they could find any takers for Pestano and Outman, but they'd be out there or throw ins for me. Same with Adams and Lee, the Tribe has BP arms to spare and they'll probably hang on too me of these guys too long, while they loose legit talent (that's my fear).
The Blue Jays are supposed to be looking for a RP. Axford might be a nice option for them, he's been a decent BP arm outside of a few blow ups.
As for Masterson, who knows where things go with him. Is the knee that serious? Is his mechanics that messed up? Does he have any trade value? Is he worth gambling on with a QO this offseason? I think I'd move him, but it will take two good prospects that are close to big league ready.
Contenders like the A's should be interested. They only have Lowrie, Sogard and Punto for their MIF. They have comp balance round B pick to trade away. Would that be too much for a rental? That would be another 800k of draft budget around pick 70.
The Reds could be another team interested, they also have a comp B pick. The Marlins, by all reports, want to buy, so maybe even their comp A pick could be added. They already have shown the willingness to move those picks, when they traded one to the Pirates before this year's draft for a reliever, though he was controllable.
Maybe a swap of picks (comp A against Indians B) plus some rookie ball flyer?
Anyway, it's time to sell and promote from within. I don't think Holt and Aguilar can possibly do worse than Raburn and Swisher...
If they can get something for Masterson, ACab and Axford, I say trade them. There is no sense in holding onto these guys who likely have no future here. Is Masterson worth a $14M gamble this offseason...I have my doubts, but if he performs like he has in the past he will have a great yr next yr following the worst of his career.
Maybe the Tribe should shut Masterson down or slide him into the bullpen. It seems throwing an inning or two at a time would be a lot easier on his knee.
Beyond the lack of control, any word on his velocity? It's sad to see him strugglng and losing his effectiveness like this, much like Pestano.
The main question next year, if you do not trade him, do you give him the QO? Based on his history he would be in for a good year for 15. ( Good 11, Bad 12, Good 13, and Bad 14).