Around The Farm: July 26, 2014
Lindor's two-homer game highlights the night on the farm
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.
Francisco Lindor (Columbus, SS) - 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, Caught Stealing 1 time
Lindor had the best performance on a relatively quiet night in the Indians farm system and his biggest night of the five he has spent in a Clipper uniform. He hit his first two Triple-A home runs, which also gave him his first two RBI at the level, and also raised his batting average to .333. While his stats in the International League continue to represent a small sample size and therefore aren't as reliable an indicator of his performance as they will be in five weeks when the Triple-A regular season ends, tonight's performance does give an indication that he is beginning to acclimate to the level more quickly than hoped.
- Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, DH) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Moncrief continues to rake as of late, raising his last 10 games' slash line to .405/.463/.622 with 10 RBI.
- Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, 1B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Ciriaco has only one hit on the night, but it's a two-run home run to left field in the second inning.
- T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - L (1-4), 6.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Let's hope this is merely him being in a funk after being sent down from the major leagues.
- Austin Adams (Columbus, RP) - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Solid as usual relief work from Adams, who hasn't been allowed a minor league run in over a month.
- Tim Fedroff (Akron, LF) - 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - A big night that hopefully represents an improvement in form for Fedroff, who has struggled since being sent down from Triple-A Columbus, batting only .186/.238/.220 in 15 games.
- Erik Gonzalez (Akron, SS) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K,1 SB - Gonzalez, on the other hand, has hit the ground running in Double-A since a call-up from Advanced Single-A Carolina, posting a .341/.357/.537 slash in nine games. The 10:1 K:BB ratio is a concern, though.
- Joseph Colon (Akron, SP) - L (8-6), 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - I will cut Colon some slack as this was his worst outing in seven weeks.
- Enosil Tejeda (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - A perfect inning of relief to keep the RubberDucks in the game.
- Adam Miller (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - See above.
- Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) - 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB - Medina makes up for a rare weak night with the bat with good plate discipline.
- Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, DH) - 2-5, 1 2B - Lucas continues to mash as he is now .341/.413/.610 with two homers and seven RBI in his most recent 10 ballgames.
- Alex Monsalve (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 1 K - Monsalve gets his last 10 games' batting average to exactly .300 with this multi-hit outing.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, LF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K - The Undrafted Wonder has his first multi-hit night since his five-hit explosion a week ago.
- James Roberts (Carolina, 2B) - 2-4, 1R, 1 K - Roberts continues to roll. He is now batting .359/.375/.487 in his last 10 games, albeit with a 9:1 K:BB ratio.
- Josh Martin (Carolina, RP) - L (4-5), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K - Martin's three-game, six-inning scoreless streak comes to an end at the worst possible time.
- Taylor Murphy (Mahoning Valley, LF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K - There really weren't any offensive performances to write home about in tonight's Scrappers game, but Murphy's was notable primarily because his lone RBI was the game-winner in the top of 10th on a single to right to score catcher Francisco Mejia.
- Julian Merryweather (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K - Merryweather makes it two dominant outings in a row after a couple of rough efforts.
- David Speer (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 3.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K - Speer continues the Mahoning Valley mound dominance as he extends his scoreless streak to three games and 9.2 IP.
- J.P. Feyereisen (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (2-0), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K - Feyereisen remains unscored upon in five outing and 7.1 IP.
- Silento Sayles (Arizona League, CF) - 2-6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 3 SB - While this game also represented Sayles remaining hot at the plate (now batting .321 in 16 games on the season), the most notable fact about this performance is that he stole three bases, bringing his season total to 11.
- Yu-Cheng Chang (Arizona League, 3B) - 3-6, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI - Another player with a big night that represented the continuation of a big season (.329 in 21 games).
- Li-Jen Chu (Arizona League, C) - 3-4, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - This is the type of performance that would normally merit feature status. Unfortunately, this game ended at two in the morning, I am typing this at 2:15, and have a church service to usher in just under eight hours.
- Justus Sheffield (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 3 K - Some control issues, but, all in all, a solid start to the game. Unfortunately, this was the front end of a piggyback with...
- Leandro Linares (Arizona League, RP) - 3 IP, 4 H, 6 R (5 earned), 5 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP, 1 BK - Linares has struggled all season (9.13 ERA in 23.2 IP in six outings) in his first season as a professional pitcher.
- Cortland Cox (Arizona League, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 K, 1 BK - Cortland remains unscored upon in 12.0 innings in 10 outings.
Some very promising performances in the AZL, who's not the crazy offense league anymore. There are only 2 qualifying players with an OPS above 1.000 and they're B.Bradley and Cheng Chang. Only 7 with an OPS over .900 and the other 5 are 1-4years older and/or repeating.
Sayles is another promising spec: .443 OBP with a 13:11 BB:K and 11/12 in SB. If it wasn't for Zimmer and G.Allen, he'd be ths starting CF in LC next season, but I guess he will go to EST for a 3rd year and play in MV
20 innings, 9 hits, 3 walks, 0 runs, 20 K's.
Wow. This guy is killing it. He got lit up his first two appearances in Cleveland, but maybe he was a little amped up. Now that the Tribe's season is pretty much flushed, it's time to give this guy a long look. We can make room for him by releasing Axford or sending Hags back down.
Lindor should play shortstop every day in September after we trade Cabrera (hopefully) in the next couple of days.
And the way Moncrief is hitting, he deserves a shot in right field once we officially pull the plug.