Around The Farm: July 26, 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.
Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) - 4-5,3 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI - My jaw dropped when I saw this line in the Carolina boxscore. This outing is absolutely deserving of top billing in Around The Farm on the night. Jordan Smith has been an ustoppable force of nature recently (.364/.419/.500 in his last ten games), but Friday night was quite simply a bat already turned up to eleven being cranked to twelve. While it would seem to be impossible for a non-starting pitcher to pick up Indians Minor League Player of the Week honors based on one game, this performance just might do the trick.
Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Yes, it was only a one-RBI night for the RBI Machine (his 78th of the season, by the way), but the overall quality of this line is highly impressive. Getting on base three times out of four, hitting one over the outfield wall, and showing signs of plate discipline are all positives to be taken out of this outing. Aguilar just keeps producing.
Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Moncrief continues to tear through Eastern League pitching at a superhuman clip. Although a two-game hitless streak has lowered his last ten numbers to "just" .270/.333/.595, rest assured that those two games were just a minimal blip on the proverbial radar. Carlos Moncrief is back to being Carlos Moncrief. All is well. No need to panic.
- Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 SB - Easily the best offensive performance of the night for the Clippers. This effort continues a strong ten-game stretch in which he has put up a .368/.390/.526 slash line with four RBI and five stolen bases.
- T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K - House continues to shine of late at the Triple-A level with his fourth solid outing. Too bad he couldn't get enough run support to pick up the win.
- C.C. Lee (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K - C.C. shows no signs of a funk after being sent down from the big leagues after the All-Star break.
- Fernando Nieve (Columbus, RP) - W (5-2), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K - 5-2 is a pretty good record, especially from someone with only two starts on the season.
- Nick Hagadone (Columbus, CP) - S (1), 1 IP, 1 BB - If Nick could just transfer a little of this form to the major league level, he could be a major asset to the struggling Cleveland bullpen.
- Brett Brach (Akron, SP) - L (6-7), 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3 HBP - After three solid outings, Brach pretty much repeats his fourth of July disaster. When he's on, he's really difficult to hit. The problem is consistency. You never know when of these train wrecks is coming.
- Shawn Armstrong and Jose Flores (Akron, RPs) - both 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Identical perfect innings from these two in a lost cause at the corner of Main and State.
- Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS - Not a stellar night on the bases, but pretty good at the plate.
- Joe Wendle (Carolina, 2B) - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB - Another multi-hit night, this one with a successful stolen base.
- Tony Wolters (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 K - The multi-hit stat lines just keep coming. This one is especially notable as it is also multi-RBI.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) - Here's one more from the Undrafted Wonder. Pay no attention to the error. The massive error numbers piled up by Francisco Lindor while with the Mudcats have made me skeptical of Carolina League error totals.
- Justin Toole (Carolina, 3B) - 1-3, 4 RBI, 2 K, 1 Sac Fly - A four-RBI night is already an impossible performance to ignore. A four-RBI night from thr nine-hole? Just one word: WOW!!!
- Nick Pasquale (Carolina, SP) - W (3-6), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP - This outing plus the significant run support he recieved from the Mudcat lineup = a verygood night for the 'Cats.
- Jorge Martinez (Lake County, RF) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K - His fourth-inning grand slam to right was pretty much the whole Captains' offense on the night.
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) - 2-4 - The only other notable offensive performance from the Captains' lineup on the night.
- Ryan Merritt (Lake County, SP) - ND, ND, 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 K - It was his first bad outing in over a month, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that this was a just a speed bump in his recent strong form.
- Luis Morel (Lake County, RP) - L (2-2), 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP - Morel, on the other hand, posted his fourth worrisome outing in his last five, with Friday night's being the worst of them. The trend is not positive here.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB - Nellie is pushing hard for a promotion back to full-season ball in Eastlake.
- Claudio Bautista (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 2-4, 1 K - The only other multi-hit effort of the evening for the Scraps.
- Paul Hendrix (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 0-4, 4 K - Paul has already been striking out at the pace of roughly once per game. Friday night's golden sombrero hardly helps matters in this department.
- Harold Guerrero (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 0 IP, 4 R (all earned), 4 BB - There was a lot of bad pitching in Niles on the night. Rather than recount the whole sordid mess, I'll just post this outing which is epresentative of the evening.
- LeVon Washington (Arizona League - Rehab DH) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K - LeVon only picked up one hit in his rehab appearance, but he made it count with a two-run homer to right center to drive in the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) runs.
- Matt LaPorta (Arizona League, Rehab 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Not nearly as spectacular as Washtime's outing, but he got his work in and continued his progress back to the Columbus lineup. That's what's important here.
- Shane Rowland (Arizona League, C) - 2-3, 2 PB - Clearly the non-rehab star performance of the night in the AZL, but the two passed balls are a little disconcerting.
- Josh Tomlin (Arizona League, Rehab SP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Good to see Tomlin pitching well and starting on his way back to the Progressive Field mound.
- Mitch Brown (Arizona League, Scheduled SP) - 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP - While the run support wasn't such that he could pick up the win (the five innings rule wouldn't have been an issue as he was techinically a relief pitcher due to Tomlin's rehab start), this is still a high-quality outing by Mitch.
- Carlos Melo (Arizona League, CP) - S (3), 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - A little wild, but he gets the job done. Yep, this guy has the makings of an Indians closer of the future.